Paul Stockman Lecture
Riviera Circle of Magicians
17th November 2010
Reviewed by Jay Williams

On Wednesday night we were treated to a brilliant lecture by one of the UK's top mentalists, Paul Stockman.

Paul opened the evening immaculately dressed and gave us a brief history of his varied career in the entertainment industry and then presented a very entertaining chair prediction.

Following a very clear explanation and question and answer session, he moved onto one of his marketed effects - The Psyclock. Paul then showed us his process for scripting of effects, this was very informative and certainly appreciated by all the professionals in the room.

As an example, we were next treated to a story routine, set to music, the Pendant Curse - an effect that more that one person in the room will now be adding to their professional repertoire.

Following a newspaper prediction, which again was performed flawlessly, we entered a discussion about rehearsal and the importance of stage management and spectator handling. Again, even for the non-professionals this proved most valuable information.

Paul closed his performance with his effect Back to Becker, leaving enough time for another question and answer session and the chance to purchase some of the effects demonstrated.

To quote our current President, Trev Stone - "He certainly ticked all the boxes for me, smart, clearly spoken, informative, very strong mentalism, entertaining and most of all, given his level of success, most humble and generous."

I know Paul hasn't hit the lecture circuit hard as yet, but we at the RCM strongly advise booking him - you certainly won't be disappointed.

Once again from all those present, thank you Paul, it was an absolute pleasure.

Jay Williams - Secretary Riviera Circle of Magicians, November 2010