you're not familiar with Cicardi (aka Dr. Charles Scott),
you might want to check HERE
first to fully appreciate the importance of this new DVD
release. In a nutshell, Cicardi is -- quite simply -- the
mentalist with the longest-running live television show
in history, period. The show MIND PROBE ran weekly
for 11 years, amazing and entertaining over 15,000 studio
audience members and countless others at home.
audience members came to the live studio performances over
100 times, several came over 200 times, and a few actually
made it to over 300 tapings. That fact alone is a powerful
testimony to the impact Cicardi has had on his television
and live performance audiences for well over 30 years. What
could possibly elicit this kind of loyal response from Dr.
Scott once told me that there was literally one thing that
kept people coming back, week after week: "Flashes
of Thought in the Darkness of the Mind", his
Blindfold Question & Answer routine. The Q&A act
has been a part of human culture for literally thousands
of years (if you don't believe me, just look up the term
"delphi oracle" on Wikipedia), and it's well-known
in the psychic entertainer community that the Q&A act
has a universal appeal.
fact, some feel the ability to present a credible Blindfold
Q&A act to be what separates professionals in the field
from everyone else. There's no question that it can be challenging,
but any Q&A practitioner will tell you that it is a
supremely gratifying form of entertainment, for both the
performer and the audience.
then, don't more mentalists include Q&A in their presentations?
many, it comes down to one of two (or both, for some) issues:
methodology and ethics. Let's address the simpler of these
two issues first.
of Analysis, Part One
you ever known someone who was waiting to learn the perfect
method for a given presentation, and as a result, never
performed it? I thought so. And while methodologies are
interesting (I've collected way more than I'll ever be able
to use in this lifetime), it seems a shame that some
people spend years looking for the perfect method for the
Blindfold Q&A act, and as a result deny both themselves
and their audiences the end result -- the satisfaction of
fielding and answering questions.
get me wrong -- as soon as someone comes up with an improved
design for the wheel, it will only make sense to use it,
but until then, doesn't it make as much sense to use a time-tested,
proven model? On this DVD set, Dr. Scott shares his version
of two classic methods that he's combined, refined and used
exclusively for over 35 years. His sophisticated handling
of this technique is very effective, and very powerful.
It's so good, in fact, that when he shared it with some
members of a professional association a number of years
ago, it became the new standard for Q&A practically
are just a few things Dr. Scott will share with you...
The best type of Q&A card to use
His ingenious update of a classic Q&A card
How to guarantee audience members fill out
the card correctly
The best way to collect Q&A cards
Step-by-step instructions on reading the Q&A card
How to deal with illegible cards
Pros & cons of blindfolds
you've been holding off adding Q&A to your repetoire
because you've been looking for the best way to perform
it, you can cross that off your list of reasons.
The other main reason not to do the Q&A act is a little
of Analysis, Part Two
performers wrestle with the idea of including the Blindfold
Q&A act in their presentations, and wind up avoiding
it entirely on ethical grounds. "Who am I to play
God with other people's lives?" they often ask
themselves, "What if the answer I give someone winds
up putting them in a worse situation than they're in now?"
It's a compelling argument, to be sure, and for some people
the decision not to perform Q&A is entirely correct.
many people who make this decision miss, however, is that
there is a way to perform the Q&A act that avoids
ethical problems altogether, and I'm not talking about the
approach in which non-personal information like pet names,
first kisses and Social Security numbers (eek!) are divined
and repeated back. The approach I'm talking about -- the
one taught by Dr. Scott on this DVD set -- allows you to
field serious questions and respond with meaningful answers...
in a completely ethical manner.
ethical approach to Q&A is of paramount importance to
Charles, and I suspect it's one of the reasons his audiences
continued to come back to see him, week after week, year
chances are you can cross the ethical concern off your list,
as well. What's preventing you from performing the Q&A
about... knowing the most important aspect of doing it successfully?
Most Important Part, Revealed
a doubt, the most important component of the Q&A act
is not how you obtain the questions, but how you answer
them. I know -- that sounds like a ridiculously obvious
point to make, but judging from some Q&A acts I've seen,
it's one that must be made. Luckily, that's exactly what
Dr. Scott can teach you. Viewing this DVD set, you'll learn...
How to avoid problem questions
How to deal with ethical considerations
How to answer confidential questions
When NOT to answer questions
How to empower spectators
The most interesting question in Q&A
what we're talking about here is the difference between
showing your audience how amazing you are, and performing
a flawless presentation that actually helps people.
Trust me -- people will (hopefully) think you're amazing,
but if you can't send them away without improving their
lives, what's the point?
I had to name the single most important person whose
advice has been essential to my success and development
as a mentalist, that person would be Dr. Charles Scott.
He has been a friend and mentor for over twenty-five
years, and words cannot express the gratitude I feel
every time I perform and realize how much I owe this
generous and brilliant individual."
the years, I've seen and read a lot of explanations on the
subject of blindfolds, and I must say that Dr. Scott's clear
and concise explanation on this DVD set is the best one
I've seen, hands down. The simplicity and effectiveness
of this blindfold make it such a thing of beauty, you'll
understand why it has been adopted by so many working professionals
over the years.
learn every aspect of this insidiously clever system, including:
Dr. Scott's time-tested table set-up
How to apply the multi-layered blindfold
How to pick the perfect assistant
An amazing learning aid
How to remove the blindfold (painlessly!)
Dr. Scott's signature effect
you've got everything you need to know in order to perform
your own professional Blindfold Q&A Act -- the blindfold
technique, the best way to collect and read the audience's
questions, the correct philosophy needed to answer the questions
ethically, plus a myriad of practical, real-world tips that
make the whole act flow smoothly. What else could possibly
make this 2-disk DVD set better?
make this DVD set the most effective learning tool possible,
we've included Dr. Scott performing five separate presentations
of his version of the Blindfold Q&A Act, "Flashes
of Thought in the Darkness of the Mind", exactly
as they were seen on MIND PROBE by the studio audience
and the viewers at home.
while the best way to get good at something is to actually
get out there and do it, it's also true that it can be immensely
helpful to see how something is done the right
way, so you can avoid potential gaffes and problems in the
first place. This is exactly what you'll see as Dr. Scott
applies his years of experience and expertise under the
heat of the studio lights, handling a wide range of questions
from the live audience.
As I mention on the web page for the CICARD
PROJECT Volume One DVD set, this MIND PROBE
footage is something that, previous to the release of these
DVD sets, was not available unless you knew someone ...
who knew someone else ... who had a 4th or 5th generation
copy of a VHS tape that was bootlegged in the first place.
As with the video footage on Volume One, these five performances
come directly from Dr. Scott's own private collection which
is comprised of shows that were copied off the original
broadcast studio master tapes.
Scott created one of the best devices in mentalism,
Psi-Grafico, which I have used in every every one
of my shows for over 20 years. Now, however, I am
switching to his handling of the Hull Card. On Volume
Two of The Cicardi Project, he teaches several improvements
and tips that update the method and make it better
by far. I personally highly recommend both volumes
of the Cicardi Project!"
every Cicardi Project Volume 2 DVD set, you'll also receive
a full-size reproduction of Dr. Scott's own Q&A question
card, which will enable you to clearly see the possibilities
when designing one of your own. You'll also receive a ready-to-use
list of sample questions that Dr. Scott used in his own
performances with great success. And, as they say in all
the infomercials, "Wait
-- that's not all"...
also get hard copies of printed promotional materials used
by Dr. Scott, including:
Two articles demonstrating how to make the most of
A flyer used to promote Dr. Scott's TV show,
A tent card Dr. Scott used to promote his personal
A pocket-sized promotional handout
A copy of Dr. Scott's MIND PROBE newsletter
these are copies of photocopies, so the quality isn't what
I'd like it to be, but it's good enough that I'm willing to
bet you'll be inspired to incorporate some of Dr. Scott's
ideas into your own promotional materials.
looking for the latest gee-whiz method or trick, please
don't order this. Seriously.
if you want the best Blindfold Q&A presentation taught
by the best teacher, buy this now. This DVD set takes
the mystery out of the Blindfold Q&A act (for you, that
is), and allows you to learn
this timeless information from a working professional who's
been in the trenches for over 30 years. Clearly, this isn't
something you'll watch in the morning and perform the same
night, but it certainly places in your hands everything
you could possibly want to know in order to put this powerful
presentation into your repertoire.
while I'll admit that this is blatant marketing hype (really?)...
it's also true that people have started religions
and cults with far less than this. What you do with it is
entirely up to you.
you've read all of the above, you should know by now that
I think this DVD set is an incredible value, and belongs
in every serious mystery worker's DVD collection. But, if
you've dealt with me in the past, you know that I like to
be as up front about the Pro Shop's products as possible.
the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that
while the MIND PROBE footage that appears on Disk
One of this set was produced in a professional broadcast
studio, the interview with Dr. Scott was definitely not
-- it was a one-camera shoot with absolutely no bells or
whistles. We're not professional videographers by any means,
but rather professionals who have a passion for this material.
if it's high production values you're looking for ... well,
you can find plenty of excellent DVDs out there, but they
won't have the invaluable content that you'll find on The
CICARDI PROJECT Volume 2 (or Volume 1, for that matter).
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