Sleight of Mind: Suggestion and Mind Control – The Mentalists Toolkit

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We can't help but square our shoulders towards those we like and agree with and away from those we don't. Holding a conversation with someone with your upper body angled away from them can clearly signal that you may not be interested in them, or are feeling unfriendly towards them, or may even fear them. When in groups, some people will talk with a number of other members of the gathering, freely moving their heads and eyes in various directions - but will all the while remain with their upper body pointing towards the dominant or most liked member of the group.

Gaze Avoidance. Gaze avoidance is so deeply 'wired-in' to our reactions that it can be an excellent Tell. It can denote scepticism usually used with a sudden look upwards and to one side , invasion of personal space, or guilt. Gaze down. Eyes looking downwards rather than to the side shows guilt or submission. Looking into another's eyes can increase anxiety and give the sense that the other person may be able to see our true emotions - whilst breaking eye contact lowers our stress levels. People who feel, or want to appear, to be dominant will hold eye contact much longer with those they feel to be subordinate to them.

However, remember that the reason the other person might not be able to maintain eye contact with you could be simply that they like you! Arms crossed. Although many people equate this with anxious, defensive postures, in fact it can also mean, "I'm happy and comfortable," or a haughty, "This had better be good The difference between the two can best be decided by looking at how tightly the arms are crossed and how closely the elbows are held into the body of the subject.

The tighter they are the more defensive the person is feeling. How 'big' the crossed arms are made to appear can reflect how disdainful the subject is of you. Tilting your head back and pointing your chin towards another shows a subtle intent to attack or a disliking for those your engaging with. An extension of this, 'Rearing' rising up and leaning slightly backwards, usually means arrogance, disbelief and disliking for.

You and who's army? A 'normal' blink rate in humans is around 20 a minute, with anything more than this usually indicating shyness, fear or guilt. Flexion Withdrawal. Pulling the hands away from a speaker especially noticeable if you're seated at a table tends to show dislike and even fear, removing the limb from apparent or potential harm.

Arm Reach. Again, most visible when people are sitting across a table from each other, indicating a subconscious desire to touch the other person or to increase the depth of rapport with them.

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Hand Behind Head. Can also be used to show that the speaker wants to appear uncertain and less aggressive about something he is saying to reduce its impact. Lesser versions of this signal are touching the side of the neck, scratching or tugging at an ear lobe or touching the cheek. The amount of 'guilt' or stress being felt is usually proportionate to the amount of force being applied by the hand to the neck and the length of time it stays in this raised position. Head Tilt towards the left or right shoulder. When used with a slight raising of the shoulder, may indicate friendliness and help create rapport.

Also used to show coyness, submission or deference. Without the shoulder raise it can indicate incredulity. Feet Pointing. Someone who disagrees with what you're saying will tend to have their feet pointing away from you, showing their desire to walk away or escape from you. Pursing the lips has a number of uses, signalling dislike, anger, sadness, uncertainty or disagreement.

It's also commonly used when someone is thinking hard about an awkward task they're doing. Lip Touch with fingers or an object. Can indicate such a range of emotions that it can be hard to get a definitive meaning unless used with other signals. It may indicate stress, fear or uncertainty - or even sudden thoughtfulness. However, it's closely linked to thumb-sucking as a source of comfort, so will usually signify that the speaker is under stress or anxious. If you're speaking to someone who Lip Touches as you say something, they may be indicating that they have an unexpressed opinion or idea about what you've just said, using the movement as a way of visually indicating that this is the point where they would like to interject.

Nose Touch. Touching the side of the nose with a finger is a strong sign of uncertainty. Pitch of Voice. As well as showing levels of stress in your subjects, the pitch of the voice is also a useful way of telling who is dominant and who is subservient in any exchange. Men may also tend to speak in a much higher pitch when in a female dominated group to try to show non-aggression and ingratiate themselves into the group. The more stressed we become the more we unconsciously touch our bodies to gain comfort. Scratching, pinching and rubbing at the skin at the wrists for example can also show lying, dislike, fear, disagreement, or uncertainty.

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Obviously, as this is the case it's best to avoid this kind of movement when trying to create rapport. Shoulder Shrug. Indicates uncertainty, submissiveness or resignation - and will usually be used by a speaker to non-verbally contradict a statement of assent. For example, giving a shoulder shrug when saying something like, "Okay, I'll do it", tends to indicate that the speaker has no desire to do whatever is being asked of them and will therefore probably do it badly.

Tongue Show. When the subject's tongue pokes out briefly from between their lips it will usually signify uncertainty, disliking or displeasure and will tend to show contradiction to any statements the speaker has made, such as, "I'm happy with that," or "I agree. Think of them as being triggers that release the emotional content that memories carry. You might for example associate certain songs with events in your life - both happy and sad - and find that simply hearing the first bars of these tunes will bring back all kinds of vivid emotional associations. Tastes and smells in particular can trigger incredibly deep and detailed memories going right back to early childhood, causing you to recall not just a vague event, but sometimes the entire emotional content of your mind at that point.

You remember what it was like to be you at this particular moment in your life, almost in totality. Memories and anchors are so closely entwined that it's very hard to see where one stops and the other begins. If you'd like to trigger a recoil response in a volunteer then you might begin by creating an atmosphere of tension and foreboding and, at a critical moment nod your head sharply as you pull on a hidden thread that passes through the subject's hair.

If you repeat this a couple of times the sensations they feel will become anchored to the movement of your head and you may then be able to trigger a recoil by simply making that gesture without the use of the thread. The subject subconsciously associates a particular movement with a disagreeable outcome and responds accordingly. Even though it may seem impossible to them that you could create this effect with a simple nod of your head, they wont be able to over-ride the fact that experience has just taught them that this movement signals a physical effect upon their hair that they will react to, regardless of whether they can feel something or not.

We touch a hot kettle as children and forever associate the 44 pain of the burn we receive with that touch, reminding us not to do it again in future without being aware of the consequences. Whether we call this process 'anchoring', 'suggestion' or simply 'remembering' is a moot point, but there's no doubting its effectiveness.

Anchors are everywhere - and in such a large quantity that we hardly notice them. Marketing people thrive on anchors and ab use them severely to generate emotional responses to their products. Images of babies and kittens are used in advertising to create in the viewer a direct association between the product and feelings of love and warmth. On a more simplistic level, images of thirsty people in sweltering heat are used to trigger a desire to drink.

Even seeing a green traffic light on the road side in an advertisement can cause a relaxation response in some drivers. One thing that marketing companies and we mentalists have in common is that we both seek to control the emotional state of our 'clients'. And this is basically what an anchor does, helping you trigger particular emotions which you can then take and use to create a specific frame of mind or sensation in your subjects - or even make them choose a particular card or object over another.

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If for example you were to offer five cards to a participant, their natural propensity would be to take the card at position 4 if they were to just pick one without thinking about it. But if you were to anchor a gesture, sound or image to one particular card you could in many cases steer them away from this tendency and free choice. In his excellent book, 'Psychological Subtleties', Steve Banachek asks a volunteer to choose a number between 17 and 21, then recites each number in the same voice until he gets to the required force, whereupon he softens his tone to create a subtle subliminal anchor.

Simple as this is it's enough to cause a high percentage of subjects to pick the desired card. Note that although you could alternatively anchor the required card to a firmer vocal delivery, your subject and audience may tend to recognise this immediately as a direct attempt at influencing the choice the subject makes, so it's best to use cues that negatively' stress the force object, as they're less obvious.

Giving suggestion in this way is something that can only be learned through experience and practise. Our minds store a vast range of memories of events and information that we've gleaned throughout our lives, many of them carrying strong emotional content. If we can get a subject to recall such a memory in detail we can attach a new anchor - or even a series of them - to it, a new trigger that we can use to release the emotion when and where we want to.

As with most methods in this book, try to gain a good understanding of all the processes behind anchors before you start trying to use them. Note that, on the whole, anchors will only give good results if you've established good rapport. This isn't to say that you can't 'place' anchors without rapport, you can, they just don't work as well.

But please, use these techniques with respect for your subjects. It's just as easy to create a harmful or destructive anchor as it is to create a constructive and positive one. You should always stay well clear of implementing potentially negative anchors and never venture beyond what you feel your abilities can handle, as you are in a very real sense, rewiring neurological channels within the brain.

Let's drop anchor And start off nice and slowly by creating an emotional anchor in yourself so that you can get first hand experience of what the fuss is all about. Once established, this anchor will trigger a strong positive, confident emotional state within you that you'll be able to release whenever you feel the need to use it, such as before a performance. Obviously, you can use the following method to elicit an emotional response in others too. Follow each step below slowly, don't be tempted to just give it a halfhearted try. If you can't give it your best shot right now then don't do it at all, that way you're going to get a much better experience when you do have more time to experiment.

This could be a point on stage where things were going really well, or an occasion where you won a prize or completed a task anything, as long as it's a situation where you felt yourself bursting with as much confidence, self-belief and success as possible. If you don't have a memory like that then the solution is simply to Pick a situation you can really relate to, anything that has meaning to you.

If you're into football, think what it must be like to be the captain of the team winning the World Cup for example. Think about how you would really feel, what you would look like if you were there, radiating confidence and self-belief as you hold the 'Cup aloft. See the crowd in your mind, hear them roar as you stand at the centre of the field. Feel the shirt you wear, wet with sweat, see the blue sky above you.

Feel your power and pride swell. The more completely you can create this scene in your head the more powerful the feelings we'll be able to use in the next stage. Got a pleasant remembered or imagined memory we can work with now? Good - let's continue. Relive it. Don't experience it by seeing yourself from the outside. Experience the memory by being inside yourself, looking out through your own eyes. If you find you're having trouble with broadening your memory of the event, start with whatever small details you can remember first. Simple things like what you might have been wearing.

Was it day or night? Who else was there? Vivid memories are those where you can recall a lot of lesser details that will in turn trigger more anchors and a deeper recollection of the overall event. Note that memories of some feelings of confidence can be very short if they're of the 'holding the World Cup aloft' variety. You get a general pleasure from the overall memory, but the strong buzz that you get as you actually remember raising the Cup is only a short burst.

If you 'over- 47 remember'this central part of the event you can reduce its strength, you just wont get the same kind of 'hit' out of it if you keep on playing with it. With that in mind, it will help if you can first try to clearly envisage the events leading up to the core event. When these memories are clear, then continue on to the culmination of the situation. This way you can ensure the biggest emotional hit from the core memory and therefore the biggest response from this anchor when it's used later on.

Maybe the sight of happy people, the sound of laughter and that happy, intoxicating, tingling sensation of success running down your spine. What do you see? What can you hear? How does your body feel? Close your eyes if you feel that helps you. You can even try to put yourself in the same body position you used that day, or simply adopt the body language you feel would emphasise the confidence and success you felt at that moment for more on building confidence see the chapter, 'In Daily Life.

Take your time. Relive the memory step by step. Take in all the things you remember from that day and let them grow into a kind of daydream state where you feel you could almost be there. Not before they peak, not after - exactly AS they peak. Make a fist and squeeze as you feel this emotion and direct it, focussing on the idea that you're bursting with confidence and success. Now go back into the memory again and immerse yourself in it completely. Again relive it, but this time imagine that what you feel is ten times stronger than before.

Ten times the confidence, ten times the success.

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Ten times everything. Let the emotion grow Let the emotion explode as you do this. Clear your head and rest for a minute or two. It feels kind of good, doesn't it? Okay, now we want you to relive the memory once more, only this time make the feelings you get from it even stronger. This is the biggest, happiest, most positive feeling you have ever had. The bigger you can make this, the better the result will be. Build up to the core experience, get ready for that single moment when your heart soars and your body feels electric - and when it peaks, squeeze!!!!

While you do this don't just mentally say the word 'squeeze', but scream it out in your head. Completely relax your mind and body. Congratulations, you have just established a very useful anchor within yourself.

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Now try the following: Wait a short time before trying this out, think about other things for a little while, letting your mind and body relax and settle for a few minutes. When you feel 'neutral' again get ready to trigger the anchor. If you think it'll help to close your eyes as you do this then feel free to do so. Keep your hand tightly closed and the word and nothing but the word! What was that?!? The sudden emotion you just felt was produced by a trick of human neurology that allows you to connect an emotion to a memory, quickly and easily.

Sleight of Mind: Suggestion and Mind Control – The Mentalist's Toolkit

Cool isn't it? You're actually capable of programming your mind to set off any emotions you want at your command! Just think about the potential of that for a little while If you took the easy route and just read the above exercise instead of actually doing it, I suggest you go back and really give it a go. What's to come will be much easier to understand that way. Were you really feeling the entire event as though you were there - or at least strongly enough to give you strong emotions from the memory of it?

It's important to be fully immersed in the memory, to live it. If you experience it from the outside, half-remembering it as short snatches of key events it will not work. This is an important lesson to bear in mind when you start trying to establish anchors in other people. They must be fully immersed in what they're feeling. Did you also really set the anchor when the feeling peaked? Not when it was about to peak or just after, but when it peakedP. As we don't know which system you yourself respond most quickly to, we chose to use here the one that most people react well to, namely the tactile system.

If you're still not up to speed about recognising your subject's favoured primary system and still want to try this out, we'd advise you to also go for the tactile system - we all use it to some extent and almost everyone will respond well to tactile anchors. For added effect we've also introduced a vocal anchor into the example and, with these two in play together, most of you will easily be able to feel a strong, positive shift in your emotions from this exercise.

In the example above we actually created two anchors: a tactile one the squeezing of the hand and a vocal one the word 'squeeze'. Not so strangely, you'll get the deepest feelings from this exercise when you trigger the anchors in the same order you created them in. In the example above the tactile anchor is triggered first and then the vocal one. The order you first create, then trigger the anchors in is integral to the whole structure of the anchor system, so take care to release them in the correct way.

If you know your own primary system then change the exercise to suit it and you'll see what a real difference it makes. In application on other people, you shouldn't be as obvious as we were in the exercise above and the anchor or anchors you place should be so subtle that your participant will never consciously know what you're doing.

Subconsciously though, they'll register it all completely! It's been proven that subtle subconscious anchors work far better than obvious ones, so don't think that you have to go overboard creating big demonstrative release signals every time. Preferred Anchors In the same way that we all have our preferred way of receiving information tactile, vocal, etc we have preferred anchors too. When you use anchors on volunteers, for maximum effect the 'releaser' first anchor you create should match their favoured primary system.

If for example you've found that your subject is very visual then 50 Strengthening the Imagery The power of anchors lies in the fact that we don't have to seek out the subject's memories to make use of their emotional content, we can just as easily create an imaginary setting, complete with emotional impact, and make use of that instead. It's far easier than you might think to talk people into creating a vivid imaginary setting for themselves.

They'll be able to do a good job of imagining most scenarios, but if you're clever you can help them add in other details they might not have considered to make their images even stronger. Analyse the setting you want them to imagine beforehand and make certain you know as much as you can about what it would be like in real life. Be your subject's imagination, take the stress off him and talk about what he might smell, how his feet feel in his shoes, the clothes he's wearing, the weather.

All the things he might not have considered for himself. Asking abstract things about how his feet feel or whether or not his hands are sweating are not just there to add fine detail, but help to give unique depth to the created scene. And why stop with just creating 'confidence' anchors? Mix the use of suggestion with anchors and you can take this anywhere.

Athletes could easily create 51 mental images of being stronger, faster and with more endurance, anchoring these feelings to a snap of their fingers. Who wouldn't benefit from the sudden surge of confidence this would give? Anchors - a programmable, instantly accessible source of confidence, available to anyone. Developing Anchors You can easily build upon an existing anchor to make it even stronger.

If you take the anchor we've just created as an example, you could amplify its effects by simply anchoring it to a second memory where the subject has again experienced extreme confidence. There is no limit to the amount of positive events you can link a single 'confidence response' to. Martin: "To give you an example of using anchors outside the boundaries of mentalism, I'm a certified Dive Master, regularly working with instructors and newly qualified students. If there's a diver who seems nervous about their first dive I usually set them a 'confidence anchor' before going into the water.

Just before they make the dive I trigger the anchor, making the person relax and generally have a much more enjoyable and less stressful time. So in a way you can go from a functional self-created anchor to a "super" anchor with this technique. There is no limit to how strong you can make an anchor by layering new positive experiences on top of it to re-anchor to. The Structure of an Anchor Let's now look at what triggers you might use in your performance to create an anchor. Anchors work best if the trigger for them is instantly memorable. If you do use flash cards, try to make the symbols or images upon them striking and unusual for greater impact.

Tactile anchors: Tactile anchors are great. They usually work really well and are easy to implement, so if you're a mentalist we'd suggest that they're what you'll be making most use of. Of course you can also use smells and tastes as anchors too. As we said earlier, smells in particular are incredibly evocative for most people, so if you can introduce an anchor linked to an odour it will tend to work very well.

The reason for this is that a lot of our primal instincts are still linked closely to our olfactory sense. The area in our brain which we use to recognise odours is really ridiculously large when you consider that our actual ability to smell compared to most other members of the animal kingdom is very limited. Small as our range is, what we can smell creates rapid subconscious effects in every one of us, changing our emotions long before our conscious minds noticed any odour was present. They're easy to create and great to use both on their own or combined with other systems more about that in a second.

Of course, anchors that have multiple triggers are much deeper and provoke speedier reactions than those using one. An example of a three-sense anchor might be to again gently squeeze the subject's shoulder while you bring your other hand up to your mouth and cough. This will of course create a tactile anchor squeeze of the shoulder , a visual anchor bringing your hand to your mouth and a vocal anchor the coughing. If you hit three systems at once - and if the fundamentals are in place - you'll have instigated a very powerful anchor. One anchor - multiple systems: It's also possible to use one single anchor that can be recognised and therefore triggered through two or more senses at once.

An example could be to use the drumming of your fingers as an anchor. It's both very visual and aural the rhythmic sound of your fingertips hitting the table and can therefore be triggered by just seeing or hearing you do it again. Multiple anchors like these will normally work even better than anchors that are triggered through just one system. The Anchored Card Projection Martin: "Here's an easy routine I've used on numerous occasions with great success using just an olfactory anchor.

Although I explain this as 54 a 'psychic' effect here, you can of course use whatever scripting suits your own style. Tell the audience that it's long been known that psychic ability increases exponentially as the other senses have been disabled. You would now like to demonstrate this! Place the five cards face down on a table, noting what position the 'olfactory' card is in.

It's an idea to use Zenner cards a five symbol deck that's normally used for testing ESP for this, justifying why there are only five cards to choose from. If you were to use normal playing cards the audience will begin to wonder unless you've shown that you've taken them at random from a deck exactly why you've chosen these particular cards and not other values. Call up two participants and blindfold one, ensuring that he or she can't see anything and making sure that the audience is convinced that this is so.

With their sense of sight now disabled, your subject's other senses now really will be much more acute than they were; primarily though they'll become much more reliant on their sense of hearing. You therefore need to direct them away from hearing into exploring all of their other senses, in particular their sense of smell, without actually saying that this is what you want them to do.

The easiest way to do this is to take the subject through a very quick relaxation process see the later chapter, 'Relaxation' that culminates with the subject's attention being focussed mainly on their breathing. Ideally you want their breathing to be slow and low in their abdomen rather than in their upper chest as most people do.

Put this card in the participant's hand and ask them to hold it in front of their forehead, making sure that they hold it with the face side outwards towards the audience so that they can see it clearly. Now tell the volunteer to that you're going to try to project the image of the card to him or her and that it's important that they keep it close to their forehead even at their 'third eye' if that fits in with your style to get a strong psychic impression of it. Explore everything you feel, still breathing slowly and gently You don't have to visually see it's value in your mind's eye, just try to get an overall sense of the presence that this particular card has Just be open to how the card feels to you in every way.

Now take the card from them and with the subject still blindfolded put it face down on the table with the other four cards. Now ask the other volunteer to mix up the five cards and turn them all face up. When this is done take the blindfold off participant 'A' and tell them to take up one card at a time, holding it in front of his or her forehead just as before to see if they can sense which card they had held previously; they can close their eyes if they feel this will help. Tell the subject not to say anything or make any decisions about which card is which until they've gone through all of them.

When the subject has done that, tell them to look at the cards and use their intuition to decide which card you tried to project to them. They must only use their intuition. But then again what is? It makes for a daring, perplexing effect that's a lot of fun to do. From the audience's point of view everything will seem perfectly fair and your volunteer will not consciously notice or comment on any smell if you haven't gone overboard with the after-shave that is. You can easily change this effect to make it suit your style as it works as a powerful one on one mental routine too.

You could let the subject find the card when it's face down for example; you'll get a nice 'wow' effect out of your audience when the correct card is chosen without even knowing what its value is! You could also do it with more than one spectator, making an extremely powerful moment when you reveal that three subjects have chosen the same 'mentally projected' card without knowing or seeing what the others have taken.

Just remove their blindfolds one at a time and go through the routine one by one on each of them. You could even use something other than cards, such as a range of small objects. This really has endless possibilities. Be creative - what's the worst thing that can happen? If you want to up the odds and make this effect as close to infallible as it can be, again have a look in Banacheck's, 'Psychological Subtleties' and implement his thoughts from the 'subtle cards' section.

Do this and you really are as close to perfect as anyone needs to be. If you take these few 'musts' to heart and practise what you've read so far you'll soon be wondering how you've been able to live without this skill. Which card feels right? Pick it up NOW! Because of the anchor, they subconsciously recognise 56 Rapport.

Remember that you must have established good rapport before attempting to establish an anchor. You could argue that you can place 57 an anchor despite not having good rapport and, as we said earlier, we're sure you can; but it will work miserably. Which system? As you begin to create rapport with the participant it should be fairly easy to recognise which systems they respond best to.

This will give a faster, deeper and more easily implemented anchor. Use anchors from across the range of all preferred systems and also use multiple anchors where possible. Make your anchor unique and striking. Making your anchor unique allows your subjects to recognise it more quickly and with less chance of confusion.

If you use a general or vague and unremarkable anchor that might occur at any point in any average conversation it may not be noticed. Fully associate with the emotion. By this we mean that the person should be coaxed into actually trying to be one with the scenario they're using to create the desired emotion.

You're not asking them just to remember something, but to actually relive it. For an anchor to work, the subject s have to be as involved as possible with the emotion they're experiencing. This really is a must if you want to create a successful anchor. The reason for this is of course because it makes what the person is experiencing a whole lot more intense.

If the subject just watches themselves in the memory 'from the outside' rather than reliving it, they have no emotional investment in this remembered reality and there'll be no anchor to create, hold or eventually release. A successful anchor is created when the subject's emotions peak. That more or less says it all. You must create your anchor when the emotion peaks. Not when it is about to peak or when it has just peaked, but AS it peaks. Obviously, you'll not be capturing 58 the full emotional potential to base your anchor on if it's at any other time.

How to decide when an emotion is peaking? Easy - you evaluate the person in front of you with the tools you've already learned in the first couple of chapters. Check breathing, eye movements, size of pupil, facial expression, skin tone, voice, etc. You can also, in the right circumstances, get away with just asking the subject outright when they're feeling the emotion most strongly. Get them to shout a loud 'Now! Release structure of anchors. When using more than one anchor, remember to release them in the order they were placed in.

They are not spiritualists or a clairvoyants. And they don't profess to be able to have precognition or any foreknowledge of an event. But good mentalists create performances and effects that give the appearance of many of the above abilities and powers. Mentalism done well gives the illusion that something out of this world is happening, when in fact the audiences are simply being tricked.

In short, one of the core skills of mentalism is the simple art of seemingly being able to read minds. Tricks performed by mentalists are either about fooling the mind or about mind control through the power of suggestion and hypnosis. A mentalist is a performing artist who performs mentalism. Mentalists play mind games with their audience where their techniques can appear as if they are reading minds. Performances can also give the illusion that they are clairvoyant through the power of cold reading.

The two most common ways mentalists perform include influencing people through suggestion and reading their body language.. Their clever mind games can have people believing they are professional mediums. Or that they are somehow telepathic or they have the power of divination or psychokinesis. Mentalism is generally recommended as a pathway leading from the more traditional and familiar magic. However, another good starting point is to learn a skill like hypnosis, which is where Derren Brown started out.

Having a better understanding of psychology and how the mind works, will always stand you in good stead when you begin to learn mentalism. If you're interested in learning about hypnosis or even about how to become a stage hypnotist, here are a couple of courses to help you on your way. Learning about hypnosis is particularly helpful where you've chosen to focus your mentalist career on the suggestion and cold reading side of mentalism.

Important note however, you don't necessarily have to become a stage hypnotist after learning about hypnotism or stage hypnosis, it's the learning and understanding that's important here. Particularly around the concept of suggestion or the power of suggestion and the subconscious mind. The other skill you will need to develop is your presentation and showmanship skills. You need to have confidence see below re self confidence software , to stand up on stage.

But also you need to be able to entertain the crowd. Stage performers who perform mentalism or magic for that matter , have two alternative approaches. The first of these is the use of comedy, and the second is using the power of drama. For example, Derren Brown often uses comedy in his performances, but he will equally adopt a dramatic approach too. An example of a truly dramatic approach is seen in the Britain's Got Talent video below.

The effect is quite unusual and rather extreme. Aaron Crow is described as a mentalist performer. Who has the audience and the BGT judges on the edge of their seats. The choice is yours, your personality type may lean you one way or another. The act you put on has to be engaging. People either need to be drawn to your drama or to your amusing and funny personality. If you find comedy a struggle, as many do, then perhaps the dramatic approach may work better for you. It will also help you with learning how to best present your material.

Learning how to become a mentalist starts like anything new, and that's to begin reading about it. Of course, all the movements are a result of ideomotion and are carried out subconsciously, but this very same principle could in fact be used to turn the pendulum into a lie detector! Simply ask your friend or family member to hold the pendulum and ask them a question, but tell them to only answer it in their mind.

If they hold that answer in their mind, the pendulum will usually begin to rotate either clockwise or anti-clockwise based on their answer. Visions of Jesus This one's a pretty cool optical illusion that you can try alone, then try with all your friends. How the Trick Is Done: To see this optical illusion, you need the image up above. Notice that there is a line of dots near the middle of the image. What you need to do is tell someone to focus on and stare at those three dots for between thirty to sixty seconds non-stop.

Once they're done staring at the dots, tell them to close their eyes and put their head back, making sure to keep their eyes firmly shut but tell them not to strain, or keep them too tight. Sinking Into the Floor How the Trick Is Done: Get your friend to lie face down on the floor with their arms stretched out in front of them. They should remain completely relaxed.

You then lift their forearms up to about your waist level and hold them there for between 30 to 60 seconds. After that, you slowly begin to lower their arms towards the floor, which makes them feel like they are literally free-falling straight through the floor. Mind-Reading 1 The "carrot" trick is quite a popular and effective one, but don't question why or how it works. How the Trick Is Done: Write down the word "carrot" on a piece of paper. Give it to your friend, but tell them not to look at it Let them hold on to it so they know there's no cheating going on.

After they answer, ask them to name a vegetable. Mind-Reading 2 Everyday we deal with numbers and letters. How the Trick Is Done: This is quite a popular one. Get someone to think of a number between one and ten. Once they've selected, tell them to multiply that number by nine. If they are then thinking of a number with two digits, tell them to add those two digits together. Then tell them to subtract five. Tell them to think of a country beginning with that letter.

Then ask them to think of an animal using the second letter of the country they are thinking of. Then tell them to think of the color of that animal. How the Trick Is Done: If a person wants to go a certain way, and if they are looking at you, try looking in the opposite direction. Exaggerate your gait and the speed of your walking to seem like you're in a hurry.

This will confuse them further. You will also need a headset connected to routine plastic pipes on either side. Ask the subject to sit on a chair equidistant between you and the second observer. Each one of you must hold the pipes from the headset on the corresponding sides and one by one they must speak into the pipes. The subject will rightly tell the direction of the sound.

Now, exchange the pipes and repeat voicing into the pipes. How the Trick Is Done: This requires two chairs and a blindfold. The person wearing the blindfold should sit in a chair in the rear, staring at the back of the person sitting in the front. The blindfolded person then reaches around and places his hand on the nose of the other person. At the same time, he should place his other hand on his own nose and begin gently stroking both noses. That's why this trick is called the "Pinocchio Effect.

Feel a Phantom Sensation Using the illusion of a strategically-placed rubber hand to trick the brain, scientists have made the first recordings of the human brain's awareness of its own body. How the Trick Is Done: Each volunteer must hide their right hand beneath a table while a rubber hand is placed in front of them at an angle suggesting that the fake hand is part of their body. Stroke both the rubber hand and the hidden hand simultaneously with a paintbrush.

On average, it takes volunteers about 11 seconds to start experiencing that the rubber hand is their own. After the experiment, ask volunteers to point towards their right hand. Most will reach in the wrong direction, pointing towards the rubber hand instead. The World's Greatest Magicians Name.

Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer. He became famous for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the U. Steven Frayne, better known as Dynamo, is an English magician. He starred in his own television show "Dynamo: Magician Impossible. He traveled the world as a professional magician under the name Dante the Magician.

Derren Brown is an English mentalist and illusionist. He created the television show "Derren Brown: Mind Control in ," he has produced several other shows and has written books for magicians as well as the general public. Harry Bouton Blackstone Jr. He is estimated to have pulled 80, rabbits from his sleeves and hats. Richard Jay Potash, known professionally as Ricky Jay, is an American stage magician, actor, and writer. In a profile for the New Yorker, Mark Singer called Jay "perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive".

I loved your article! The carrot tricked worked on my friends. They were quite amused. Anyway, great job! I really enjoyed reading. All worked but the nose one sadly, although everything was very fun to participate in.

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The Jesus one was cool. Although he kind of looks like weird Al. I legit screamed when I did the Jesus trick. I swear it works! I just realized that light as a feather and stiff as a bord is real just tried it out. Cabbage was the vegetable. My friends are smart. Sparkster, You mean, where am I? Dear Mr D. Rage, Abuse will not be tolerated on my articles. Your IP address has been logged. Thank you.

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