I believe we all got to see some real magic last Saturday night.

Watch this video now and see for yourself what a combination of magic, mentalism and storytelling can really achieve:

Marc Spelmann let us glimpse that special something that only great magic can ever really do. Something unique, powerful and singularly inspirational. Something that moves us to our very deepest core. Something that speaks to us about what it is to be human, to have a special and loving family, to really feel alive.

The Real Impact of Mentalism

Marc Spelmann’s performance rocked the nation on Saturday night’s edition of Britain’s Got Talent (aired 14th April 2018).

As of writing this, his video has just under 4 million views. We’ve seen people say: “This was so emotive and spectacular”, “Great story, great delivery”, “That was brilliant, thanks for sharing”, “Absolutely fantastic” and “Wow!”

His performance shows just how flexible our art form can be. It shows just how much impact you can create from combining simple and strong mentalism with an authentic, amazing and genuinely engaging story. Most importantly, it shows how you can learn to apply it to your business and your day-to-day life.

Three Key Lessons

The three key lessons you can learn from this are:

  • The Flexibility of Mentalism
  • The Power of Story
  • The Impact of Emotional Engagement

The Flexibility of Mentalism

We define mentalism as “a particular set of magic tricks that gives the appearance of being able to read minds, predict the future, move objects without touching them and influence people’s choices.” You can see almost all of these in play during Marc Spelmann’s performance.

More impressively, you can see how he wrapped all of these elements together, confounding any attempt to really discern how he achieved such an amazing effect. This is the true flexibility of mentalism, and this is how it can facilitate your ability to:

  • Develop flexible thinking
  • Think creatively
  • Enhance presentation skills
  • Improve productivity and engagement
  • Tap into novelty, mystery and surprise

How could you start to include some flexible thinking in your life?

The Power of Story

When you watch this video, you might find it difficult to pull apart where Marc’s script ended and where his story began. But that’s the secret: when you’re telling a good story, there is no difference a script and a story.

When you’re talking about your past, when you’re engaged in what makes you passionate and excited, when you’re communicating with people on a deep and meaningful level, you no longer have to worry if people remember you and your message, you just know they will.

This can be very uncomfortable for some of us. In the UK especially, we have an uneasy relationship with our emotions. We’re known for having ‘stiff upper lips’ for a reason. Just the thought of reaching deep down inside of us and putting that on show can make us go wobbly at the knees, faint-headed and a bit queasy.

I like to remember, as I do a lot of the times, a quote from Neil Gaiman:

“The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself…That is the moment, you might be starting to get it right.”

What stories could you start telling that reveals the true you?

The Impact of Emotional Engagement

If you’re ever curious about how amazing emotional connection and good, strong magic or mentalism can work together, look no further than the incredible performance from Marc Spelmann.

If you ever want to witness the sheer impact you can make from telling a great story and illustrating it in an entertaining way, look no further than the judge’s faces and the audience’s reactions to Marc’s incredible performance.

If you ever want to harness that sort of power, those amazing reactions and just how moving a performance can be, look no further than two deceptively simple words: Emotional Engagement.

Marc took everyone on an emotional journey, and I think that’s truly magical.

Ask yourself:

  • What emotions am I (as the storyteller) feeling?
  • What emotions do I want them (your audience) to feel?
  • What emotional journey (from nervous to elated, from heartbroken to comforted, from scared to empowered) do I want them to go on?
  • Why do I want them to feel this way?
  • How do I do it?

What moments of emotional engagement could you include in your life?

Magical Stories and Mindsways

This is the subject we’ve been working with for the past 6 years: How do you use flexible mentalism when helping people? How do you use powerful stories in business and personal development? How do you consistently engage with an audience on an emotional level?

Marc Spelmann did an amazing job at showing all of this and so much more. We’re incredibly grateful for all the work that he’s done, on both Britian’s Got Talent and outside of it.

This is the key that we want to teach you: The skills he clearly demonstrates and how you can apply them in your day to day life: whether working with individuals, teams, organisations or just working to improve yourself.

We’re running two days to help you explore these ideas more and help you apply them to your day to day life:

Project Mindfoolness Live! – www.mindsways.com/PMFL/

Psychological Artistry Live! – www.mindsways.com/PA/

If you would like to learn how to give the appearance of being able to read minds, predict the future, move objects without touching them and influence people’s choices, as well as tell powerful stories and create emotional engagement, we’d love to see you there!


P.S. “The brain is a place with a mind of its own.” – Suzanne O’Sullivan

Categories: Features

I’m a creative thinker, designer and web developer, experienced magician and actor, writer and stage director who uses elements from Psychological Artistry (a blend of psychology, behavioural insights and mentalism) to tell effective, engaging and empowering stories. I believe that storytelling is key to developing a better and more successful business community and society. My aims are to instil a feeling of wonder, awe, authenticity, autonomy and hope in the business owners I work with and their clients.

1 Comment

John Gallanders · 18th April 2018 at 8:18 am

Hi your article about Marc is very good and thought provoking in its own right – however I still can’t understand though how the “magic” worked on Saturday

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.