I wanted to find out what type of Patter/persona each of you use when performing. Also, do you select tricks to learn based on your persona or do you adjust your persona/patter to fit with the tricks that you have in your routine? Personally, I spent a lot of my free time in college reading all different types of religious text (Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganistic beliefs, Voodoo/Hoodoo, Tdaoism, Islam, etc.) because I have a general interest in learning about ALL the religions which encompass our earth. Through these self guided studies, I learned quite a bit about different philosophies concerning various things. One thing that I picked up from some of my studies is the untapped potentials of the mind (Self-Induced hypnosis, various forms of meditation, telekinesis, etc) I also picked up on various philosophies of the afterlife. With all of this knowledge, I have been able to develop a persona of someone who has managed to harness the untapped "powers" of the mind and a little of the invocation of spirits into performing miraculous feats. Something as simple as the Erdnase packs a big punch for me after the buildup. I try to find tricks that will fit into this persona for my main routines (IT, etc. *(Stigmata is the end all!)). What is ya'lls take? Do you have multiple story lines for each of your tricks or do you tie everything in with one story line/persona?