A question I keep coming across is: what makes mentalism so powerful?
Mentalism has been around for over 150 years and has proven popular across the entire world. Just watch shows like Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, Derren Brown: The Push, Penn and Teller’s Fool Us, Dynamo: Magician Impossible etc. and you will see mentalism is incredibly engaging, unique and fun.
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Mentalism is a rich toolbox that allows us to present our ideas in understandable and accessible ways. If you can do this, you have a far better chance at getting your voice heard, of getting your solutions applied, of making a lasting change with either your clients or your organisation, and of making a difference personally and financially.
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Why Is Mentalism Just So Powerful?
We are surrounded by brand new ideas daily, but it’s incredibly difficult to get our voices heard.
We are faced with 21st Century problems, but it’s so challenging to get our solutions applied in everyday life.
We are swamped by our competition, but we know our techniques are so powerful and effective that they blow away all kinds of expectations.
Why is this?
It is the same reason that mentalism is so powerful.
In case you didn’t know, mentalism is a term we use to describe mental magic: giving the appearance that you can read people’s minds, predict the future, influence decisions, read micro-expressions and body language, make objects float or move and much more.
Mentalists and magicians know how to:
- Really predict and influence people’s behaviour
- Understand how and when to put their most important message across
- Be clear, concise and confident with how they communicate
- Tell engaging and meaningful stories
- Connect with people through humour, imagination and creativity
- Learn memory skills, enhance physical dexterity and cognitive flexibility
- Use misdirection and psychology to entertain and enlighten
- Present new ideas to both large and small groups of people
What Makes Mentalism so Powerful?
Derren Brown is responsible for much of the UK’s modern mentalism scene. Here, you can see a clip from one of his early shows where he is apparently using a mixture of misdirection, psychology and suggestion.
The truth is that we cannot believe what we see, but we see what we believe. We will not give away how the trick is done, but this is a perfect example of how convinced we can become by subtle and powerful illusions.
You can use this kind of material to demonstrate the power of our beliefs, our mindsets, our attitude and what happens when we miss the obvious, even when it’s right in front of our face.
Penn & Teller
Penn and Teller are one of my personal inspirations for performing magic; they involve you with the stories they tell, with their dramatic presentation and their over-the-top personalities.
Whilst arguably not mentalism, this performance is all about timing and prediction, but something more is going on: trust. To be able to perform this incredible fete, they have to trust the props they are performing with, trust they have prepared fully and most importantly: trust each other entirely.
You can use this kind of material to drive home important metaphors, to create dramatic tension with what you do and to create a buzz during what may have been pretty typical meeting or networking events.
I wrote in greater detail just what Marc Spelmann managed to do in his act, but it’s safe to say that he has secured mentalism in the hearts and minds of the British public with this performance.
At the time of writing, this video has just over 16 million views and over 300,000 likes. That is a phenomenal response to a combination of four predictions. But that is the key: It’s not just the magic people love about this video, it’s how emotional Marc manages to make it that has a huge impact on you.
You can use this kind of material to really make a difference in someone’s life. For us, magic and mentalism is about telling authentic stories and creating connections with people from different backgrounds. Here, Marc manages to do that whilst also packing an almighty mentalism punch.
The Clairvoyants made a splash in the magic world relatively recently, going through to the finals of 2016’s America’s Got Talent. Not only do they perform devastatingly puzzling mentalism, they do it showbiz style and elegance.
We love mystery. If we didn’t, shows like Sherlock, Making A Murderer, Broadchurch, Twin Peaks and Westworld wouldn’t be so popular. Let’s not forget Columbo, Agatha Christie novels, Harry Houdini and the original, constantly bestselling Sherlock Holmes stories’ that have existed in public consciousness for decades. This is exactly what the Clairvoyants are doing: creating a mystery and keeping us engaged by just hinting at a solution.
You can use this kind of material to really hook your audience, whether it’s one person, a small group or a large crowd. Whilst it helps having a partner on stage (a fact myself and George are incredibly lucky to do), you can still create this kind of mystery, puzzlement and amazement on your own. There is no other type of presentation, tool or technique that quite manages to capture people like mentalism.
Now, I Want To Train You In These Skills
Performers have had to make their living based off these skillsets. These skills have been refined over centuries worth of real-life use, so why not make use of them now? It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, if you want to perform magic or just learn how tricks are done, what your professional or personal background is, I want you to join us on Project MindFoolness Live!
Now, I want to train you in how you can use the skills of a mentalist to amplify what you do on a day-to-day basis. This is what I have been doing for the past 7 years across the UK and digitally across the globe.
Our next training dates for Project MindFoolness Live! are in London (5th July) and Birmingham (12th July). We would love to see you there. Go to www.mindsways.com/PMFL/ to book your place and start learning now.