John Riggs – Q and A My Way
A method I came up with more than ten years ago for performing Q and A in real time, without any pre-show work at all. The effect is that audience members — all or some — write their name and a question on small 3″ x 3″ cards, fold them, and you gather them in a bag. Then, returning to the stage area, you bring out a 6×9 Memo pad, flip it open, and proceed to give detailed readings for up to 25 people in the audience.
The few mentalists who have seen me perform this for audiences had no clue how it was done, and proceeded to spread a “legend” about the act. Everything from electronics to shills was proposed — but none were correct! Like everything else I do, this is low-tech, with nothing to go wrong. Several professional psychic entertainers added this to their act immediately.
I’ve used this almost exclusively for my Q and A method of choice. Until recently, it was available only to members of the PEA. I’ve decided to release it to mentalists who want a nearly-perfect method of doing Q and A. What you get is (1) a manuscript detailing how to make the gimmick, handling suggestions and various ways to do the work (2) a DVD explaining and demonstrating the presentation.