I remember discovering the body.
Lying prostrate before me was the
murdered man, savagely dispatched and with grisly efficiency.
At the time, I was in an
unfamiliar mansion with lots of long corridors dotted with forbidding doors,
each leading off into interesting rooms, some with false walls and secret
passageways. I was also surrounded by
suspicious characters, one of which was carrying the darkest secret of all deep
inside their black heart.
I admit to being
intimidated. This was the first time I'd
ever been in a situation like this, and it was my job to work out who had
killed the unfortunate Mr. Body...
Yes indeed, I remember the first
time I played 'Clue' very clearly.
Of course, all of the above took
place around a flat piece of folding cardboard with plastic pieces all over it,
but my youthful imagination took me deeper and filled in the details. It made it seem very real. Murder mysteries have a way of arresting your
In fact, I'd be very surprised if
the first few paragraphs of this week's blog post did not effectively capture
your interest and draw you in.
Now, don't be disappointed! I am making a point here - and that is that
as a Mentalist trying to entertain your audience, you can't go wrong with a
And I have to say that Marc
Paul's "True Lies" is a very clever and entertaining routine with
this principle at its core.
I absolutely loved it.
It ticked all the boxes for me,
in that it was entertaining, plausible, and simple to accomplish (which allows
you to really focus on your interaction with the audience and the performance
of the piece). It is also something that
you can do anywhere and anytime.
"True Lies" takes the
idea behind the murder mystery plot and combines it with a lie detector
routine, with the mentalist playing the role of the detective. I was struck by how simple the process was,
and impressed that the method was not what you would expect from such a
In fact, some of the thinking in
this reminded me a bit of a portion of Paul Brooks' "NIX4" - though I
want to emphasize that Marc's routine came first and that neither is really
that similar...there's just a flavor that was extremely pleasing.
If you love psychological
mentalism or a have been looking for a dramatic murder mystery presentation,
this is a piece that you CANNOT
I mentioned earlier that the
method here is simplicity itself. This
is true. As I read through Marc's book,
I discovered that there is only one little thing that needs to be done, and it
is totally invisible.
But, as does anyone who has read
a method but not yet attempted it, I was left wondering "What if when I
get to that one bit, I can't do what I need to?" In practice, I am sure that such thoughts are
But, as I thought about what I
would do if such a situation ever arose, I came up with a sort of "No Fail
Protocol", which allows this presentation to work even if you can't do
that one thing that you need to do.
Don't get me wrong, this is a backup, but if you present it correctly
then the effect will look exactly the same.
You can therefore be 100% confident that you can perform this routine
all of the time.
Why do I tell you this?
Because Marc's wonderful effort
deserves a wider audience and, in an attempt to add a little incentive to any
prospective purchaser, I will be happy to include this "No Fail
Protocol" as a bonus to anyone who takes my advice and buys this
A disclaimer here: I've never
done this before (and may never do so again), and I don't stand to make a
single bean from any of the sales - I was just really VERY pleased with
Marc's ideas here. In my mind, he is one
of the cleverest thinkers out there and I've thought so since I read "The
Human Equation", which is also an excellent piece of thinking and one
which can make a show extremely memorable for the audience.
My advice is to look into Marc's
work, starting with "True Lies".
It really is a very special piece of impromptu, crowd-pleasing