As children we have this notion that magic is this invisible, untouchable force all around us that is unexplainable. But as we grow, we come to realize that it can be explained, to our small heart's dismay. They are all illusions and as illusions they can be explained. Simple card tricks can be performed with the flick of a wrist and a twitch of fingers with the appearance of something supernatural occurring to them. But to actually claim it to be magic would cause of murmur of disagreement and caution towards the individual with thoughts of insanity. The same would go for a simple coin trick, in which the handler or magician has a quarter or other type of metal currency in one hand, slams both hands down quickly and have the spectator guess which hand the coin is in. Of course, if done right, the spectator would guess the original hand that the coin is in when in reality, it is in the opposite hand, the magician having switched them at a masterly and exclusionary level.
But to claim that magic is in fact, real in the sense of small tricks would be preposterous to the ears of the scientific community. One could easily argue that there is in fact no such thing as magic, but instead there is science and as a science, there is a way to create the appearance of magic. Lots of magic are just mentalism tricks that magicians use to confuse the senses.
But going back to the magic coin trick, there is indeed a science to what is done. The muscles contract and move because of the signals sent out from the brain that allows us to move the coin. Our eyes dissect and observe what is being done which causes the magician to act and react to whatever stimuli is being produced either around them or because of them. The coin is simply a tool to use to entertain, whether it be for yourself or others. But isn't that the point of magic tricks? To entertain those who want to believe in something mystic, something of the unknown?
Even though the illusions of the magic tricks are really just a science that tricks the eyes, it brings up the question of the more advanced tricks that are seen by modern infamous magicians today. People ask, how is that done? How did they do that? But because of these advanced tricks, it stumps people who are technologically minded into wondering what sorcery, what science did they use to make it happen. Of course, their are explanations but more often times then not, the magicians keep their mouths shut as to how they did their illusions. To them, it gives them a sense of pride, knowing that what they did cannot be explained by most and in a sense it brings out the child in us all.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how magicians do their tricks. All that matters is that they entertain those who still have that inner child inside them, the inner child that allows us to realize that sometimes the magic in something, is not knowing how it's done.
The word mentalist can be used to refer to a person who has developed "psychic abilities" that allow him to manipulate reality in order to create a bring about doubt in the laws of nature.The
term "mentalist" has been used to refer describe "psychic entertainers" who are able to perform the art of illusion and are able to read minds,foretell the future and see distant or hidden
How mentalists operate.
1.A mentalist is someone who has high observation skills that many people have ignored in their day to day activity.e.g Does someone have soft or calloused hands?Does that person look dressed to disappear in the crowd or stand out? 2.The mentalist is able to stir up memories through small lies by causing a "tell mindset" through which the person responds to by giving out small details.The "tell mindset" that enables the mentalist observe what the subject knows but memory cannot remember thus information is in the head of the audience but not readily accessible at the moment.A mentalist's "tell" mechanisms include:observing the heart rate,noticing the perspiration rate of the subjects body,dilation or constriction of the pupil(NB:Dilation is associated with positive emotions) 3. Persuasion is a huge part of being a mentalist. The mentalist leads the subject by asking the ready questions in order to get the information out of them.The mentalist starts by asking vague questions and latches on the response given by the subject.
Pure Mentalism Vs Hoax Mentalism
Some people have chosen to employ gimmicks and trickery into getting money from audiences by calling themselves mentalists.A pure mentalist uses his techniques he learns on daily basis to perform his mentalism whereas a hoax mentalist with very little knowledge of metalism will use gimmick tolls that can be bought at any magician shops to trick people that they have witnessed mentalism at its level best.
The Art of mentalism
Art can be stated as the human ability to bring about creativity thus the creativity of human beings is distinguished from nature. Mentalism is the art through which seemingly paranormal effects in an entertaining method.The essence is in the performers ability to suspend the disbelief of the audience.Mentalists are able to feed off the substantiating belief of the public in the existence of psychic and other mentalism forms in the world.Mentalists do not depend on these belief because the public's belief in existence of mentalism is not sufficient to carry out a good performance. What makes a Mentalists act good is the ability to entertain the crowd with your performance and not bore them.For a mentalist to succeed he must first be accepted by the audience he wants to entertain.This has made many mentalists look to re-invent themselves as threatening and scary as possible e.g talking to the dead.The audience watching end up believing they have seen supernatural acts occurring in front of their eyes.The threatening possibility to having a persons mind read frightens the audience as majority are afraid of what secrets the mentalist may uncover some of which are buried in deep thought. No one would really want their mind read on stage by a mentalist.The art of mentalism can therefore be rated to how strong as the Mentalist's act is today.
Mentalism is viewed more as an art involving the exhibition of greatly developed mental abilities of intuition and perception. It has been practiced for several decades in the human society and normally done by gifted individuals with abilities to read through the minds of others, and as such, mentalists can perform tricks, deduce interpretations of thoughts or dreams and matters spiritual. Mentalism can be traced back to the early stages of human civilizations where mediums and seers alike were highly regarded for their abilities to read and interpret people's minds; for example through dreams. Contemporary mentalism in all aspects borrows a lot of its background from 19th century clairvoyant culture. Performance approaches used in the art of mentalism include spiritual and physical interpretation and manipulation. In the case of spiritual manipulation, a skilled mentalist relies on psychological illusions to demonstrate and play simple tricks on the minds of the targeted audience.
The physical approach of a mentalist on the other hand, calls for extremely developed observation skills. Moreover, physical approach is well executed through common surrounding visible objects or props. Even so, no matter the approach, mentalism is more inclined towards presentation of psychological experiences as a way of determining future outcomes, invoke creative thinking and mental influence. Most mentalists consider their art as a supernatural gift but while performing, they make the tricks seem so real and end up playing around with the mind of the audience. This kind of approach is considered as the epitome of any mentalist's skill; and only experienced artists can execute it without the audience distinguishing the thin line separating real from virtual. The sequence in which mentalists play out their approaches, may vary depending on the illusion or the audience- the most common one however, is playing out the visual illusion before the psychological. This is effective since the audience get their visual perceptions stuck on the physical object and what may come of them: leaving little chance to detect any psychological move played thereafter.
Creativity is a very important element when it comes to mentalism. Since the art itself is mental, it is only logical to present experiences suited for various casts and character roles. The lengths a mentalist can go are influenced by their creativity however, some form of caution is exercised here as most of them have proven: the audience is informed beforehand to let their beliefs and imaginations control performances. This suggests, much as the performances seem quite supernatural, they are actually illusions played out by the imaginative perceptions of the audience enjoying them. Perhaps, this remark explains how various reputable historical figures- such as Hitler and Lenin- solicited the services of mentalists in their quest to trample over other nations.
In a nutshell Mentalists have no specific approach to their repertoire but are guided by their innate abilities to perceive the mind in mysterious ways. Their only true abilities lie in deciphering the mind, and from this they can manipulate the visual objects to their favor (either positively or negatively).