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What is Mentalism/About Mentalism?

Learn about mentalism. Learn what is mentalism, how it differs from other magic. Here you can also find the types of mentalism and the top three best tactics used by pro mentalists.

 

History Of Mentalism

Learn about where mentalism originated from. What was this art known as in earlier times of humanity, and how it has evolved to what we know of it today!

Mentalism Tricks

Learn a variety of tricks that many mentalists use while performing their acts, and how you can incorporate them yourself in your acts.

Mentalism Videos

Watch a range of awesome mentalism videos. These range range from clips from movies to some awesome live presentations. A great place to enjoy the art of mentalism, without searching around for it!


What is Mentalism 




Mentalism is a practice which involves an individual, the mentalist, to appear to have highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. As a matter of fact, many believe these mentalists to have some sort of “mind reading” capability. This is because they are able to point out what their audience is thinking. A major factor in this art is that the viewers actually believe you are doing something real, and if done correctly, they will believe you have “special powers” unlike magic, in where you are perceived as a trickster. Performances of mentalism may appear to include feats of hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, mind control, memory feats and rapid mathematics. Most mentalists are categorized to be psychic entertainers. However, this category also have performers who are non-mentalists like bizarrists and psychic readers.

How Do Mentalists Present Themselves?

Well it really depends on the mentalists themselves. The more traditional mentalism performers like Dunninger present themselves as “mind readers” or “psychics”. This makes their audience believe they have supernatural abilities. Newer mentalists including Banachek and Derren Brown take the opposite approach and say that they have natural skill in mentalism. Therfore, they are good at reading the body language of their audience and using psychological suggestion to manipulate the minds of their viewers. Some other mentalists like Chan Canasta and David Berglas decide not to reveal their secrets, and simply leave it up to the audience to decide.




New mentalists are taking their presentations to the streets and performing on random people on the streets. This unexpectedness of the civilians makes it easier to perform on them. David Brown likes this approach, but clearly states beforehand that everything he does is an illusion and he isn’t actually reading their minds. This has also caused a lot of controversy among mentalists as many want their talents to appear real. However,  others do not want to cheat their spectators by lying to them.

types of mentalism 

Performances of mentalism may appear to include feats of hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, mind control, memory feats and rapid mathematics. The type which is mainly used by mentalists is “psychic” ability, in which the mentalist can accurately guess what the spectators are thinking.

 

 

Mentalism vs Magic

 

While many may believe that mentalism is just a type of magic, many people beg to differ. Magic as you know is largely based off of trickery, and sleight-of-hands. In a magic trick, the spectators usually know that it is a “trick”, thus the name magic trick. Although they may not know how it was done, the spectators are almost always convinced that it was merely a trick. The magicians also promote this idea, and usually always show the magic as fun, and do not say that it is real. Mentalism on the other hand, is traditionally know for being portrayed as real. The spectators usually believe that the mentalist can read their minds and so has “psychic: abilities. It is only nowadays that many Mentalists like Derren Brown openly state that their acts are merely illusions and that they are not actually reading their minds.

A recent mentalism presentation was shown in Britain’s Got Talent that raised many eyebrows on how it was done. The mentalist Aaron Crow uses his great acting skills to appear awkward or un-normal to the audience which adds to the idea that maybe he is different, and indeed has “psychic” abilities. Check out this video of a presentation of Aaron Crow on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent.

 

So Is Mentalism Real?

 

A majority of mentalism is exactly what the word sounds like, mental plays. Mentalism doesn’t involve mastering sleight-of-hands, it doesn’t require any trickery, all a good mentalist needs is to understand the spectators. For the most part, mentalism is just a lot of studying of behaviour and applying your own style to it. Although many mentalists want their art to be considered real, many mentalists like Derren Brown openly admit to playing mind games, and not actually reading minds.

A fun portrayal of a mentalist can be seen in the movie “Now You See Me,” in which Merritt McKinney, played by Woody Harrelson, performs as a mentalist. Watch a clip of it here:

 

How to Become A Mentalist

More people are now getting interested of the facts concerning mentalism and due to amazement, some are wondering how they can become their own mentalist. Becoming a mentalist requires that you have the ability to discern truth and details about a certain individual. Mentalism is sometimes referred to being a supernatural act.

To become a true mentalist, you have to develop extraordinary skills in observational and decoding aptitude. Most professions from the field of magic performers down to crime investigation officers are using mentalism tricks as they go along psychological discipline that aids mental behaviours and performance. So by now you understand that you’ll need to understand some of the mentalism tricks to become a mentalist right. Well you can jump over to our Mentalism Tricks section to learn some of them now, or simply continue reading.

 


History Of Mentalism

 

history of mentalism

Mentalism is a practice which involves an individual, the mentalist, to appear to have highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. As a matter of fact, many believe these mentalists to have some sort of “mind reading” capability, as they are able to point out what their audience is thinking. A major factor in mentalism is that the viewers actually believe you are doing something real, and if done correctly, they will believe you have “special powers” unlike magic, in where you are perceived as a trickster.

 

 

 

Early Mentalism 

Mentalism dates back to as early as ancient Greece and the Old Testament of the Bible. Accounts of “seers” and “oracles” are portrayed in the works of many Ancient Greek text. Oracles and Seers also appeared to be able to be psychic and were able to predict things that “ordinary” people could not even think of.  Much of what modern mentalists perform in their acts can also be closely associated with the acts of “psychics”, “mediums”, and spiritualists in history around the world. Although, among magicians, the earliest mentalism performance on record was by the sleight-of-hand magician Girolamo Scotto in 1572. 




 

This Video documentary of youtuber “Amazing Dio” gives an extensive history of mentalism. It is a long video, but is really informative if you have the time.

 


 

Mentalism Tricks

 

Learn The Many Tricks Of Mentalism Today!

 

 

The Three Main Mentalism Tactics

Mentalism’s prerequisite is the knowledge about mentalism tricks. If you really want to become one good mentalist, you need to start off practicing and applying the following mentalism tricks that will surely impress the people around you, especially your friends. Through mentalism tricks, you can appear to have awesome mental powers.

  1. Watch their Lips – Mentalists often ask someone in the audience to think of any word and repeat it over again in their head. Then, they ramble about something, as the person has been saying that word over and over again in their head. They will actually very slightly move their lips having the word that they think being said without actually saying it, and with all not realizing it.
  2. Fishing for information – One great way of extracting information from a subject is through fishing for. Fishing for information has been done by saying general and broad statements that seem to be subject like you have quite read their mind when it could really apply to almost anyone or anything.
  3. Misdirection – As time passes by, the best ways of convincing somebody that you are reading their thoughts and that are a true mentalist is planting a thought in their minds so that you would fully know well that it is, and you can do it by means of misdirection.

 

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Mentalism Videos

 

 

mentalism videos

We have compiled some the best videos on mentalism on this page. For clips ranging from movies and TV Shows, to videos from live mentalist events, you have access to all the videos presented here. Mentalism is a growing art in which the mentalist appears to have superior mind abilities and so could do things like read minds, predict events and many other things. Continue reading for the videos.




 

Mentalism In The Media

Mentalism is getting a growing position in the media. We have found some notable mentions of mentalism in the media today.

Oz Pearlman is a mentalist famous for Britain’s Got Talent’s 10th season, where he came 3rd.

The Mentalist is an American crime television series in which the protagonist, Patrick Jane, is an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation and later the FBI. He solves serious crimes by using his skills of observation and his frequent use of his abilities as a former professional mentalist.

In “Now You See Me”, The actor Merritt Woody Harrelson, portrays a mentalist called Merritt McKinney. We have a video of one of his clips in this video section. So stay tuned for that also.

Psych is an American criminal comedy tv series in which the protagonist, Shawn Spencer, works as a consultant to the Santa Barbara Police Department as a “psychic detective.” Although he appears to act as a psychic, it is his excellent observational skills, photographic memory and great communication skills that make him so great at his work. Just like a typical mentalist.

 

The mentalism Videos

Merritt woody Harrelson portrays a mentalist in “now you see me”

A clip from the critically-acclaimed movie on magic, “Now You See Me”. Truly a great movie, and Merritt McKinney’s roll as the mentalist Woody Harrelson was absolutely fantastic. The movie has brought more attention to the art of mentalism, and magic in general. This awesome clip is a small glimpse of Woody’s awesome mentalism.

Mentalism act by aaron crow in britain’s got talent

The Mentalist Aaron Crow lands a spectacular performance on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent. His abnormal and mystical behavior and appearance impacts his performance greatly. It makes it seem like he is different from the usual human, and may actually possess “supernatural” abilities. One of the best mentalism videos on the internet.




Scary mentalism presentation during penn & tellor fool us


This spooky presentation on Penn & Teller Fool us is a must watch for mentalism fans. A great overall delivery by the mentalist. If you are looking for good mentalism videos, this one is recommended by us.

Colin McLeod Britains Got Talent 2012 Mentalism Act

Can we just say that Simon McLeod killed it on that presentation. A truly amazing act and a must watch mentalism video.

 

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