They can detect truth from lies, they can read your mind and influence your thoughts, they can reveal your best kept secrets, who are they? They are Mentalists!
Note to the Reader: They may not be able to plant ideas into your brain (like in Inception) but can expose what you already know. So if you want to figure out where your lost keys are, going to a Mentalist will not really solve the problem but if you know the pin of your debit card, beware its not your secret anymore!
Mentalism is an art form where professionals use a mixture of telepathy, intuition, divination and mind control to perform Magic. It is not the traditional rabbit from the hat or sawing a woman in half form of magic but a more sophisticated, mind boggling experience which leaves the audience in a mix of wonder and awe. Only one question rings in the mind, how the bloody hell did he do that?
Though in its nascent stage not only in India but globally, the first recorded history of Mentalism dates back to 1572 performed by diplomat and sleight-of-hand magician Girolamo Scotto. References can be found in the accounts of seers in ancient Greek and in the Old Testament of the Bible.
This article showcases the greatest mentalists of this era.
Here are some of the best Mentalists of this day and age:
1. Lior Suchard- “Always think positive thoughts, you never know who can read them”
He earned international acclaim when he won the highly rated international TV show ‘The Successor’. He has since then performed his show ‘Supernatural Entertainment’ in 42 countries around the world including India. A common personality on TV, his live performance on the show titled ‘Tonight’ with Jay Leno and Zac Efron made him instantly popular. He was voted the best mentalist in the world on German TV show, Pro 7. He started doing ‘tricks’ when he was seven years old. He doesn’t likes to be called a psychic or a magician but a ‘mind reader’. By using techniques of underground psychology, understanding non-verbal communication and body language he can decipher your thoughts. He encourages the audience to think positive thoughts and employs a positive technique. He has performed several times in India and has recently concluded his 3 day event from 22nd to 25th August at Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon.
2. Christoph Kuch- “Peoples’ facial expressions and body language give away a lot more about them than they realize or want to believe”
Defeating 160 mentalists from around the globe and winning the Mental Magic category at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques(FISM) World Championships of Magic which is held every three years in Blackpool,UK, Christoph Kuch is one of the best mentalists the world has seen. Subsequently he was invited by the world’s best known club for magicians, the Magic Castle in Los Angeles for a week. He uses techniques like noticing body language and facial expressions to extract thoughts. His believes in understanding the human nature and basis backs up his talent with statistics.
3. David Blaine- “As a kid, I was always obsessed with Houdini”
An illusionist and an endurance artist, Blaine likes to push the limits by performing deadly stunts. Who can forget the ‘Dive of Death’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Buried Alive’ episodes of David Blaine, to name a few, which were telecast on AXN. He has devoted nearly his entire life to street magic and entertaining people, he is now focusing on the more intricate art of Mentalism. The New York Times have referred to him as the modern day Houdini.
4. Marc Salem- “The mind is your wits, your wisdom, your playfulness, your perceptions”
He was always intrigued by the working of the mind even as a child. He loved to go to train stations and airports because there he could experience a plethora of different emotions and behaviors. He also teaches non-verbal communication, group dynamics and organized psychology. He believes in the power of educating one-self through reading books, articles, watching theatre and films and studying various disciplines. He has performed his show “Mind Games” on Broadway and on the popular TV show“60 Minutes”. His performances received positive response.
Who is your favorite mentalist? Write in the comments below. (Please don’t write Patrick Jane )