Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Are you a believer?

Last night, Anna, Sarah, Gui and I went to check out an event I'd first read about on Francine's blog. (Btw, y'all should check out her post on bi/tri-cultural couples and the language they speak). It's a show done by Robertto Strizzi at the Théâtre Clavel in the 19ème. He purports to be a mind-reader and his whole spectacle involves different activities in which he tries to convince you thereof.

He's been accused of "planting" people in the audience in order to make his show works, so he went out of his way to try to prove the randomness of his audience selection for each different activity. There were a few times where I could tell what he was doing was obviously faked (like the very first part of the show, with the watch), but there were other times where I was left wondering. Like when he was blindfolded and had someone else pick up several different objects. He then held the hand of that person and was able to say what it was. He was also able to tell random facts about people, like their job or where they were from.

So whether you believe in this stuff or not, I'd definitely recommend going to check it out - if nothing else, it's an entertaining show, and at 3€ per person, you really can't go wrong! The show is every Monday night at 9:30 - but get there early. We showed up a little after 9 and there was already a line out the door. If you want to be sure to get in, I would call ahead to reserve. I noticed a lot of people had done that, and there was a sign saying that his show was sold-out for the month of October, but they let us in anyways, so who know. It's worth a try anyways!

PS. If you go to his site, the video on the first page was taken after the show last night. Besides hearing what people have to say about it, you can see Anna coming out of the theater around the 40 second mark. Coucou Anna!



Blogger Fned said...

Oh wow! Did he do the one where he stops the heartbeat of an audience member???

Glad you guys enjoyed the show... I'm still not sure if I believe in this stuff or not... but it's definetly a fun way to spend a monday evening!! :)


October 28, 2008 at 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These shows have teams of researchers who scout particular people before the show..ticketholders are researched and targeted in very creative ways. Did you ever see that movie with Steve Martin where he was the evangelical guy? They used the same tactics and it's interesting to see...

October 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM  

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