Paul Stockman - Connected voulme 2 and interview
Alakazam Magic take great pride in bringing fresh
new material from original artists to the forefront of the magic and
mentalism communities and the latest of these exciting new talents is a
name that is destined to become synonymous with modern mentalism.
For over a decade, Paul Stockman has been extremely busy performing his
unique and fascinating style of psychological entertainment all around
the world. Appearing at almost two hundred events every year Paul is in
constant demand and is a consummate and professional entertainer in
every sense of the word. From intimate, high-end celebrity gatherings to
full evening theatre shows for two and a half thousand people, Paul has
performed in virtually all situations possible.
"Connected" is Paul Stockman's DVD debut and showcases some of the
finest modern mentalism in the world today, seamlessly blending
deviously clever methods and engagingly entertaining plots this double
DVD set is certain to become a must-see for all stand-up performers.
Shot in front of a live audience, the DVD opens with a full fifty-minute
stand-up show that features some of Paul's favourite routine and ends
with a revelation that is destined to go straight into the act of so
many performers immediately!
"Connected" is a clear example of how Paul Stockman has become one of
the UK's leading psychological entertainers and on this DVD, Paul shares
with you his wealth of experience and knowledge that can only be gained
over hundreds of performances as each section of the show is broken
down and explained with the assistance of Peter Nardi.
"Connected" is not just a collection of effects, it is a professionally
structured show that is taught in full detail from beginning to end and
includes tips and advice on scripting a show, structuring routines and
keeping it entertaining as well as captivating.
"Paul Stockman: Connected" Routines performed & explained:
Pick a Chair A direct and baffling chair routine that audiences love and
establishes your abilities straight away. Four spectators are invited
onto the stage and allowed to sit in any one of four chairs. After a
number of free choices, the spectators discover that you have managed to
influence exactly where they have sat.
Paul discusses the fundamental elements that make a chair routine such a
popular feature for many mentalists, as well as the importance of
keeping the effect clear and understandable for the audience.
Hands-Off Bank Night This popular effect gets a dose of the Stockman
treatment when Paul puts the entire effect into the hands of a
spectator. Tried and tested over hundreds of corporate performances, the
entertainment that derives from an executive standing to lose their
cash make this a real crowd-pleaser.
The spectator hides the money in one of six envelopes and then makes all
the decisions while you stand back, guilt free, as each envelope is
eliminated and destroyedâ€¦will they avoid the money!
The Pendant Curse A beautifully scripted routine revolving around a tale
of four women, a murder and a sinister curse that captivates the
audience with its intriguing mystery. This is a clear demonstration of
the power of a strong narrative in mentalism routines.
With the emphasis on performance and deliverance an audience member
managed to divine the identity of a murder victim. Specially designed
PDF files to reproduce the required props, as seen in the live show, are
included on the DVD.
Back to Becker Larry Becker's fabulous "Casino Royale" is a true classic
of modern mentalism and is part of many leading performer's
repertoires. With Larry's kind permission, Paul explains his variation
of this brilliant routine that focuses on chance, influence and luck
involving money, blackjack and some imaginary dice. This piece is a very
good study of the fundamental principles of three-way prediction style
of effect with tips learnt through countless performances of such
Our special thanks to Larry Becker for allowing us to use and explain
some of the brilliantly creative props and principles from his original,
commercially available "Casino Royale" routine.
The Sweet Jar Another example of the strength of attaching an engaging
plot in order to amplify the effect and make a routine entertaining.
This was one of the favourites with the audience during the filming of
the live show.
A large jar of sweets that has been on show throughout and Paul invites
three audience members to join him on stage to try to guess the number
of sweets. Each one of them has a totally free choice and at the climax,
not only does one of the spectators manage to guess exactly right and
finds a prediction buried inside the sweets but unbelievably, Paul has
also managed to predict in advance, which of the spectators that would
My Luckiest Day The concept explained in this show-stopping finale is a
beautiful way to end any mentalism performance. The confabulation plot
has always been a firm favourite within mentalism and Paul's tray
revelation can be applied to almost any plot or performance.
Throughout the entire show, right in the middle of the stage is a small
table that holds a tray that has a large candlestick and candle standing
upon it. At the start of the show the candle is lit and remains in full
view and untouched throughout. During the course of the show, Paul has
various free choices made by different members of the audience and has
them keep a mental note of each one.
At the finale of the show, the candle is extinguished and removed from
the tray and Paul turns over the tray to show a written prediction
securely taped to the underside of the tray on all sides. Impossibly the
prediction matches every single one of the free choices made throughout
This is an unbelievable finale and destined to become a classic way of
presenting the confabulation routine. It can be applied to many
different types of revelation, in the show, Paul uses times and dates
that are selected by the audience by you could have names, places, or
just about anything! No fancy boxes or backstage assistants are required
- this is the ultimate one-man confabulation for stand-up and stage.
The final image of the prediction taped to the underside of a tray is a
truly stunning climax to the show!
Paul Stockman Interview & Discussion with Peter Nardi Join Peter
Nardi as he delves into Paul's background in performing and how it all
began for him in mentalism. You will also learn the fascinating
processes that go into formulating routines, scripting them and
rehearsal techniques. Paul also emphasises the importance of being
entertaining and commercial to modern audiences as well as tips on
structuring a show correctly to make it flow naturally and making
Advice on handling audiences and clients as well as discussing his love
for interesting narratives and presentations are also addressed,
including tips on knowing how to adapt and work to different crowds and
venues. This is an extremely insightful and interesting section of the
DVD that very in-depth and filled with top-notch professional advice
from a highly experienced performer.