Mokele by Phill Smith


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What feelings do you inspire in your audiences?
“I’ve got to go to work tomorrow and pretend that everything is normal, knowing that someone out there can do THAT?”

Imagine a performance that doesn’t stop when you step off stage, but endures in the audience’s minds. Something that they keep coming back to in quiet moments, a delicious snack of the impossible that they can draw out and examine in their mind’s eye.

Mitox and Yokai were about creating a new and unique mythology, telling a story that your performances illuminate and inhabit. In my new book, Mokele, I have dug into this concept much deeper, examining techniques and concepts that help extend this world, tips to create a performance that immerses your audiences, ways to draw them into your act and new ideas for building a bridge between the fantasy of your show and their own ordinary lives.

Mokele is a collection of effects, games, essays and of course a sprinkling of unique premises, that you can pick up and build into your own unique performances, or step out from to create something completely ‘you’.

Your own mythology
Mythology is a powerful concept, an archetype that describes the intersection between an impossible world of the fantastic and the ordinary world of people’s everyday lives. In Mokele there are new premises for a new mythology of mentalism. New inter-disciplinary techniques that teach you to lock your mythology into the audience’s lives. New effects and utility pieces to manifest this mythology and present your audience with the paradox of the possible impossibility.

Mokele is filled with powerful tools to elevate your routines and effects into this realm of mythology.

This sounds like an abstract idea, so let me spell it out: simple practical ideas that you can incorporate into your existing routines. New approaches that will help you create your own unique niche in the commercial marketplace. Stronger effects. Better responses. More entertainment. The road I’ll show you down in Mokele takes in a few obscure stops, but believe me, it ends in a very real place where you can give your audience something spectacular and unique.