Mentalist Gerry McCambridge is performing at the V2 showroom inside the Miracle Mile shops at
Planet Hollywood. His show is centered around tricks and illusions that are geared to mess
with people's minds-part magic, part psychic, part hypnotist, and
part statistical analyst. "Mentalism is the art of riding the fine line between intuition and
illusion," says McCambridge.
"How much of each I use in a particular routine is my secret." For the most part, he does
"tell" us how the gimmicks are
done...with enough omission in order to keep us guessing. He tells us what is happening, but
he doesn't really tell us, if
that makes sense. The show is an amusing escape with plenty of different elements to keep us
engaged. The routines in his
show oftentimes remind me of what would be considered parlor tricks.
McCambridge has studied memory techniques, body language, hypnosis, linguistics, statistics,
law of averages, non-verbal
communication, magic, acting, theatre, and stand-up comedy. They have all helped him sharpen
his skills and natural intuitive
abilities, and all have helped him create this show through a synthesis of these techniques.
The show is certainly about "him," and his abilities to openly fool us. He does a very good
job of walking that fine line
between amicability and arrogance, which would be an easy trap into which one could fall given
the nature of the show. He
does tell us his resume and peppers the show with plenty of self-promotion to help increase the
back-of-house sales at the
end...but none of that takes away from the fun of the show.
His ability to "read" people and gives us the insight and predictions is always astounding and
fascinating. It makes us wish
that the show was longer because we all want someone to be able to peer inside our psyches' and
tell us interesting things
It is also very interesting to see him do a large chunk of his show blindfolded...it makes for
a couple of very dynamic
moments-especially with the spike and cup routine. The spike and cup bit has become almost a
regular in this town. There
are at least three people that are performing this illusion currently-and they all show us the
scar of when it went wrong.
Nonetheless, it is still a lot of fun to watch.
The V2 space seems to lend itself very nicely to the show, and is another feather in the cap of
David Saxe productions.
The show is fun and even astounding at times. McCambridge easily takes us from one routine to
another, the outcome of which is
always surprising. McCambridge quickly builds a good rapport with the audience, and his ease
and charm make us appreciate his
abilities. It is a very nice diversion.