What they say!
Before you hire me, you want to know if I'm any good, right? Sure you do. Here are some quotes to help you decide. They come from audiences, TV producers, skeptics, believers, executives and fellow performers. (There's a second page of quotes if you want more.)
"Ian Rowland is... a cross between David Copperfield and the X-Files... frankly amazing displays of dexterity and skill and outright illusion"
"Ian is a subtle yet commanding performer mesmerising his crowd with his wit and finely honed skills. His stature, grace and genuine interest in everything and everyone around him make him an inspiring addition to any gathering and if, and when he can be persuaded to perform he will take everyone home with him in his pocket."
"On the stage the psychic energy is crackling. Two bemused members of the audience have seen the spoons they were lightly stroking turn floppy and break. Another has been told the contents of an envelope she had sealed before the show and kept carefully ever since. Finally trumpets, playing cards and other paraphernalia come hurling over a screen while the man behind it is tied to a chair with 50 feet of rope. The man orchestrating this display of the paranormal is Ian Rowland"
"You delivered us such a wonderful show! Thank you again for all your hard work!"
"Hot Ticket of the Day... Ian Rowland's Psychic Show is not a magic show. All Mr. Rowland's routines are based on genuine psychic research, but accomplished by 'fakery, cheating and similar naughtiness'. There are no card tricks and no pretty assistants climbing into brightly coloured boxes. So indulge, instead, in a little spoon-bending and ESP, all taped together with healthy amounts of humour"
"Cutlery mysteriously bends when he's around, he can tell you things about your past that even you'd forgotten, and your future is an open book. Just when you're about to beg him for some tips for share prices, he'll reveal how he did it and you discover that psychic power has more to do with psychology and human nature than mysterious forces or mystic vision"
"I just wanted to thank you for all your good work on our 'Talking to the Dead' segment at the end of October. We got a tremendous response from the piece. It was a pleasure working with you. You're a true professional - increasingly rare to find these days - easy to work with. As well as being an informed and articulate interviewee. Looking forwards to working with you again."
"Ian Rowland has got his own franchise on modern, sophisticated mental magic. By combining seeming miracles with blistering honesty, his results are unexpected and fascinating: none of the nineteenth-century hoodoo and all of the puzzling mystery. Best of all, he's smart, and he treats his audience as if they're smart, too."
"Ian - Just a note to thank you again for your extraordinary performances during our Los Angeles taping of 'Unmasked Deception'. Thanks to your captivating presentations and technical expertise we anticipate these portions of the 'Unmasked!' special to be extremely well-received."
"Ian's natural charm serves him equally well with a deck of cards in his hands or in pondering a vintner's latest offering. It is his engaging personality which everyone remembers when his journey takes him to elsewhere. One of those rare breed who seem to be at home in, and finding the best in, every situation."
"We thoroughly enjoyed your performances of spoon bending and mind reading and can honestly say that it opened our eyes, particularly in the area of psychological game-playing."
"I met Ian when he did a great show at Cal Tech for the Skeptics Society. He is so likeable and powerfully charismatic as a performer that he could probably have made some converts had his presentation not been so scrupulously honest about the kind of Mind Power he was demonstrating. Even knowing something about magic, he left me far behind more than once. We had a memorable lunch during which he was kind enough to perform some mind-boggling material for my wife, who is not easily impressed. She was impressed"
"Ian Rowland can read your tarot cards with spooky accuracy. He can summon the spirits of the dead, perform psychic surgery and bend spoons without opening your cutlery drawer. Impressed? Then he has a message for you: seeing shouldn't be believing. His predictions and illusions rely on nothing more psychic than a smooth line in patter and a worryingly astute knowledge of human nature. His show is lighthearted and entertaining, but he does have serious points to make."
"Ian Rowland is unique in that he not only knows how the flim-flam is done, he also does it very well himself. I suspect that it's his constant appearance before audiences all over the world, that hones his skill and knowledge of this most complicated and subtle art; experience is always the best teacher. Rowland has no peer in what he does. I'm not often in awe of a friend; I make an exception in this case."
"Ian's brain is an amazing thing. Take a look at his Wow cards and FLink Cards - to think this way one has to be extremely flexible and versatile and these qualities also come through in his performance style. Ian can't be explained in a few sentences, he is just way too complex but his manner can, Ian is a gentleman's gentlemanxxx"
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