Dominic Reyes – In what situations do you think it excels and in which do you think require more careful handling?
Bill Dekel – I’m generally quite careful about words, and try to keep them short. They’re a bit risky, but I have used it with success now many, many times, it almost always succeeds, you feel like you’re really reading minds. It’s a bit of “risk and reward”. The greater the risk the more reward. There’s something quite powerful about telling someone what they are thinking of with absolutely nothing other than you and them.
Dominic Reyes – What do you think of the current state of mentalism?
Bill Dekel – I feel that we as mentalists are all standing on the shoulders of giants, and as such we can only go farther with every passing year, in terms of performance and techniques. I believe, be it sooner or later, that we will eventually reach a point where we will truly be able to read minds.
Dominic Reyes – How have you reacted to the reaction you have received from mentalists about Air Writer?
Dominic Reyes – Who are your influences and why?
Bill Dekel – Around the top of the list are probably Derren Brown, Banachek, Joshua Quinn, Marc Oberon and David Copperfield. Derren Brown because he comes up with some absolutely brilliant ideas and then uses his well developed skills to make them a reality. I admire Banachek primarily because of the guts he has to perform the kind of psychological forces that he has come up with. Joshua Quinn because his work in the manipulation of words and equivoque has inspired some of my greatest effects. I always like watching Oberon perform because he makes magic, be it with cards or keys, tangible, bright, and charming, flowing seamlessly from one trick to the next. Last but not least I love David Copperfield because of his brilliant showmanship. His powerful acting abilities that enable him to make the impossible real, no matter how larger the scale, and to relate it to every one of his spectators in a personable, way, often linking it with a story.
Dominic Reyes – Where do you plan to go from here?
Bill Dekel – As I think that mentalism will only get closer to the real thing, I want to be one of those on the edge of reality, pushing forwards to create a reality for both me and my spectators.
Dominic Reyes – Thanks for taking the time for this short interview Bill. Good luck with your magic and congratulations on a great bit of mentalism!
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