Often you have seen some extraordinary tricks and magic on TV. They seem to be real and have a lot of effect on the people who are watching these. I am always a big fan of these tricks and people who are performing this art. Most basic tricks you have seen people are performing are playing with cards and coins.
Magic do have different branches but I do believe that Mentalism is the most powerful among them. The best thing about this branch is that a mentalist is reading other people’s mind and this is not an easy task.
When I have seen first time in front of my eyes then I firmly believe that this person has magic and he has some extraordinary powers. What’s your thought when you have seen something like that in front of your eyes? I am always very curious about this but eventually, I became clearer and clearer that it is an art rather than a magic.
What is Mentalism?
Mentalism is an art of showing other people that mentalist has supernatural or extraordinary mind-based powers. The person who are practitioner known as “Mentalist”. There are many forms of mentalism but most common performances include mind reading, mathematics tricks, memory feats, hypnosis, mind control, fortune telling, remote vision, and more.
How mentalist do this? Some people are thinking that it is actually a magic, but in reality, the mentalist has acquired different skills just by doing practice again and again. I know the skills can be acquired but only relying on those skills cannot give you that much confidence similar to professional mentalist has.
Becoming a Mentalist?
History of Mentalism
Mentalism has been around centuries and most people believe that it can be found in ancient Greeks and in the Old Testament of Bible. The most prominent name that can be traced back in history is Girolamo Scotto who was a well-known magician and his performance was one of the earliest recorded performances of a mentalism act in 1572.
But this field becomes quite prominent in the start of 19th century and now this has become a big industry and people are coming to great numbers in this field.
What is Difference between Magic and Mentalism?
Well, most of the people believe that both are common names of a similar task. But when I researched more and more about these terms then I feel a thin line that segregates between these two terms.
Mentalists make full use of the power of the mental skills and body language to perform different tasks. It means that their “tricks” are actually based on reality. If we look at the magicians then they employ the use of theatrical trickery to create illusions.
To put it differently, a magician uses skill, trickery, and misdirection to entertain his audience and a mentalist entertains with a showing of mental prowess and claims of unusual abilities.
Most Prominent Mentalists in the World:
As I said earlier, this field is going bigger and bigger as new people are joining this industry. Each person may have its own list but I am not here discussing the best ones but gives you some names like;
- Derren Brown
- Richard Osterlind
- Marc Savard
- Paul Brook
- Max Maven
- Bob Cassidy
- Ava Do
- The Amazing Kreskin
- Uri Geller
My Final Words:
To be concise, mentalism is an art that persuades people to believe that mentalist has high mental and intuitive abilities. It has been used for entertainment purposes and even now its popularity are increasing are day by day. These people have great skills to read people mind and perform tasks that look uncommon in the real world.
Prominent mentalists such as Derren Brown, Richard Osterlind and even others have fascinated the public’s imagination with their mind manipulating techniques. I am also a very big fan of such people and are always looking for new performances.
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