In my opinion, this particular performance was the highlight of the evening. I wanted to share it to show the impact and strength of traditional texts like Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism. I loved the participant's response to this piece, and it actually got significantly deeper as the camera went off. There's a very interesting connection built between a mentalist and a participant that isn't always prevalent in the performance of other areas in magic.
With that, I understand that this is far from a solid performance at all. With only a couple years under my belt, I'm still relatively new to mentalism, and I'm still exploring the techniques and getting familiar with their execution. After reading Luke Jermay's and Peter Turner's work, I understand there were several missed opportunities throughout this piece that I wish I had the courage to take advantage of.
In the end, my biggest self criticism of this performance was my lack of awareness to how guarded both she and I were to one another in terms of body language. If I had it to do all over again, I would have attempted to build more non-verbal rapport with her and ask that uncross her arms for me. Likewise, I would have done something else with my own hands besides the weird "handwashing prayer" (?) I was unconsciously doing. Again, this is a valuable lesson learned from self analysis of filming live performances. I hope others continue this trend for others to learn as well.
Despite its shortcomings, I'm relatively proud of this performance. I think a genuine connection was built at its climax.
I'd love to hear what others have to say.