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Archive for November, 2009

An amazing December awaits this Atlanta magician and mentalist!

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on November 30, 2009

Chateau Elan at Christmas

Chateau Elan sparkles at Christmastime after "The Lighting of the Chateau" event each November.

My 8th annual appearance at the “Lighting of the Chateau” event at Chateau Elan marks the beginning of the holiday season. (See another press release about the event here.) This week kicks it off and it appears to go right through until December 20th this year… three weeks of stacked-up performances at venues ranging from rural Alabama to the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

Despite a challenging 2009, this December looks to be a record-breaker. I am depending on you, loyal readers and clients, to help carry the momentum into 2010!

I’m already booking events into the summer of next year. Let’s talk about your 2010 trade shows, conferences, and conventions soon, while there is still some flexibility on dates.

Your friendly neighborhood Atlanta magician wishes you all the joy, blessings, and magic of the holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

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Atlanta Mentalist Turner reads thoughts, bends objects on CBS Atlanta News

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on November 23, 2009

Last Thursday I appeared on CBS Atlanta News at 11 as part of a story related to the CBS series “The Mentalist.” The idea for the tie-in was to seek out people in Atlanta who shared one or more similar skills with Patrick Jane, the protagonist on the series.

Atlanta Mentalist and Magician Joe M. Turner on CBS Atlanta News

Atlanta Mentalist and Magician Joe M. Turner on CBS Atlanta News

From an interview that lasted 75 minutes and involved several different demonstrations, the final report included only a couple of quotes and a couple of nice visuals. I was introduced during the first part of the segment as a performer specializing in using unusual mental techniques to create psychological effects to surprise and entertain audiences. (There are clips of me performing some word tests and psychokinetically bending a borrowed quarter.) The story then took a turn toward criminal profiling, matching the application of mental techniques represented in the television series. Keith Howard, a certified criminal profiler, was the subject of this portion of the story.

During much of the unaired portion of my lengthy interview, I covered many of the same content points that Howard mentioned, describing the search for non-verbal inconsistencies under some amount of tension as a “tell” — even in an entertainment context.

You can watch the full video report here and read the text here.

As it happened, my short interview and performance clips were used as the basis for all the teasers. I have uploaded a video compilation of the teasers and my portion of the report which you can view here.

(Thanks to Rick Silver, Joseph Daniels, and Max Maven, each of whom contributed to the success of this appearance!)

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Atlanta Mentalist Turner to Appear on CBS Atlanta News @ 11

Posted by Joe M. Turner | TurnerMagic.com on November 13, 2009

mentalist_logoAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL-TV 46 will air a special report on Thursday night, November 19. As a tie-in with the CBS series “The Mentalist,” they have scheduled an interview with Atlanta magician and mentalist Joe M. Turner to discuss mentalism as an entertainment phenomenon. Turner will discuss some of the historical and psychological aspects of the art of mentalism, offering a glimpse into the unusual world of mental perception, influence, and illusion.

Details to follow.

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