I was doing a corporate show in northeast Iowa a few months ago, and I overheard a conversation that got me furious. The people at the table were talking about my show, before I went on, and they said, "Yeah, he's just a magician, nothing to worry about. Just a bunch of tricks."
Of course, after the show, he changed his tune, but that comment really got under my skin.
As I say in the "About" section of the website, I DON'T DO MAGIC TRICKS. I've seen other "mentalist" acts, with plenty of tricks up their sleeves, (And I've seen a few psychic swindlers doing the same thing). I know what they're doing (why do you duct tape your eyes shut anyway, just to read a piece of paper??? Just a bit silly.), and I avoid those approaches like the plague. No gimmicks, thank you very much.
I don't do tricks.
Yes, there's nothing supernatural that I do. I'm not possessed by a demon. I don't use secret devices. I don't used electronics (except a microphone, so you can hear me). I use abilities that we all have, just in an extra-special way. Study psychology, study people, learn from your elders, listen to your gut, and you can do it, too...with years of practice and dedication.
Behold the enigma of the mind. I can read your mind. I can influence your mind. All through connection, in an incredibly funny and amazing show!