#1 What Is Mentalism?
Mentalism is a performing art, where its practitioner, known as a mentalist, fools the spectator by pretending that he or she has mental superpowers such as telepathy, divination, mediumship, clairvoyance, divination, mind control and few others. Although mentalists normally only pretend to have mental superpowers, it doesn’t mean they cannot actually obtain one and demonstrate it. However the secret of special abilities like mind reading or precognition is hidden in a deep knowledge of psychology and use of manipulation tricks, which can be acquired in the learning mentalism process.
#2 Body Language Does Matter
Body language (also known as non verbal communication) is the most important thing when it comes to learning mentalism. First, you have to be able to read the body language of the spectator. Don’t worry if you cannot do it right now. It is something anyone can learn. The ability of reading language of the body allows you, for example, to see if the person is happy, sad or angry, which is very important when you are performing a mind reading routine or playing a medium. Second, you have to follow your own body language. Remember that mentalism is a performing art. And how you say is far more important than what you say, unlike in some other types of arts. It’s all about how you present yourself and your routine.
This part is directly related to the body language. Once more, it is extremely important to know how to present yourself and your routine when you are performing. After you learn a mentalist trick, you have to master its presentation as well. The main point here is you have to make the spectator believe in what you are saying. Even if the spectator knows you well from when you were kids and he or she knows that you don’t really have any superpower, you have to be able to put a seed of doubt and make him or her think “what if…”.
When you learn mentalism, don’t forget that it is mental type of magic. There are quite many mentalism tricks which you would perform as a regular card trick or any other magic routine that requires some props and sleight of hands. But when you look at misdirection as a control of attention (of the spectator or the audience), it makes even more sense and significance. You are the leader of your performance and you have to lead your spectator as well as the audience. Make them follow you, follow what you are saying, what you are doing and how you are acting. You have to control their attention and make it go the direction you want to.
#5 Mind Reading
Mind reading (also known as cold reading) is probably what mentalists are known for the most. However, I would like to mention real mind or even person reading. By that I mean what you can say about a person just observing him or her. It’s where body language knowledge comes into action. Apart from non verbal signals of the body, you have to pay attention to all kinds of details. The more details you can catch and read, the more information you can get about the person without even asking him or her anything at all.
#6 Learn Mentalism In Everyday Life
As I mentioned above, reading other person is the key to be a successful mentalist. And one of the best ways to improve it is just by actual practising. Observe other people – how they look, how they behave, what do they do, why, etc. Almost every person is doing it without even noticing it. But a lot of people are doing it to judge others and make him or herself feeling better (deep inside). Therefore it is important to observe consciously, trying to understand the being of the person, take his or her place, feel him or her. The more you do that, the more you are able to reading others.
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