Mental Illusionist Rod Robison is in town the weekend of May 3 and we've snagged him for P&P!

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Rod Robison is an illusionist from Tucson, AZ. His entertainment specialty is mentalism, or pseudo-mindreading.  Thus the name of his show, Mentallusions.

Rod has entertained audiences aboard Holland America Cruises, London's famed Magic Circle Theater, resorts, and corporate events.

He will demonstrate a few of the "mentallusions" he performs in his show, particularly those utilized by spirit mediums. He'll also talk about his on-site investigation of Camp Chesterfield, a spiritualist camp in Indiana.

So the evening will be devoted to:

• Performance of amazing illusions.

• The scoop behind "spiritism."

• Rod's report of his visit and of the famed spiritualist Camp Chesterfield in Indiana.

• Q&A.  Your participation and discussion.


What kind of illusions?

In Rod's regular shows, his illusions include

- An audience member opens a book to any page, thinking of any word from thousands to choose from, and Rod reveals the person's thought or word.

- Attendee imagines looking into the eyes of a famous actor, musician, or entertainer, and soon the famous person's name mysteriously writes itself on a chalkboard.

- An antique table begins to move, slowly rises from the floor, then floats and dances across the stage.

Afterwards, watch beer and food disappear at the nearby Blue Moose.  Rod will join us to continue the Q&A and the conversations.

Fred Heeren / [masked] /[masked]

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  • Brianna W.

    It was so much fun! Very entertaining and interesting to find out some of the history of spiritualism and see the tricks. Rod was a great showman and very friendly.

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We'll be good, we promise. Thanks for coming out, Rod, and the conversation, info, and entertainment were all top-notch.

      May 7, 2013

    • Brianna W.

      I promise. ;)

      May 8, 2013

  • Fred

    BTW, some of you might be happy to know that Rod is encouraging an illusionist friend (a rather famous one) to stop by KC to give us a show this summer. We may have only gotten our appetite whetted for what 's to come, says Rod.

    3 · May 7, 2013

    • michell

      I would NOT want to miss this one! So sad I had to miss the RR.

      May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wishing it to be in June on my magic 8ball because I'll be gone after that :(`` -Rox

      May 7, 2013

  • Christopher

    Excellent. I learned a lot from Mr. Robison's presentation, especially about the psychological aspects of audiences that make make them credulous of the mentalist's tricks. Rod is an extraordinarily humorous and engaging speaker, and I enjoyed his entire presentation.

    May 4, 2013

    • Christopher

      Sorry, I accidentally sent too soon: Read "One lexical difference. . . " The context of the quotation is that the ghost of Hamlet's father has just appeared to Horatio and Hamlet. Thus, Horatio has just had his Epicureanism disproven.

      May 7, 2013

    • Christopher

      Sorry I have to increase my verbosity, but I have to correct a mistake I made above: Horatio's "philosophy" in Hamlet is almost certainly not intended to be Epicureanism (although the tenets I mentioned above are in fact perfectly compatible with it). In calling Horatio's philosophy Epicurean, I was importing into Hamlet a quotation from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (Act 5, scene 1, lines 76-78) in which a character expressly identifies his own thought as Epicurean. There is much scholarly disagreement about what Horatio's philosophy in fact is, and this debate gets complicated very fast.

      May 7, 2013

  • Linda

    Nice guy, great showman, fun tricks...had a good time and a really nice group of people...if you watched closely you could figure some of the tricks out but that's fine I love entertainment! As for the spiritualist exposed part every profession includes its share of fakes but after years of travel, significant study and intense research...this skeptic is a believer. And I used to be as big of a skeptic as they come! If you decide to test an astrologer or psychic, tell then nothing until you meet with them, not even your last name should be required. Talented individuals in these professions prefer that and they also like to read for grounded and sane individuals. I have clients that are dentists, healers, even psychiatrists and successful business people. Seances and show types are magicians a true astrologer and psychic simply shares by having a sit down conversation! They do it because they sincerely love and want to help others!

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • Linda

      Nice meeting and sharing with you, Rod!! You are a nice guy and a great entertainer. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share with the group!!

      May 7, 2013

  • David

    Being a magician or mentalist is an art form. Rod is definitely at the pinnacle of his craft. I really enjoyed his lecture, and his demonstrations- very thoughtfully presented, and wonderfully executed.

    May 6, 2013

  • Craig

    I'm really going to try!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Bob H.

    Attending graduation in Hannibal.

    May 2, 2013

  • Jesse

    So insanely upset that I can't go to this. I'll be out of town at interfuse. I wish more than anything I could be there, or that it was on a different day. Dammit Fred. Dammit.

    April 22, 2013

  • Anna S.

    How fun!

    April 15, 2013

  • Kristy C.

    Might bring a third!

    April 15, 2013

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