Inside The Fold

Effect The magician walks out on stage holding a folded index card. He asks a person to stand and name a number between 1 and 1000. The spectator responds with the number 345. The mentalist walks to the spectator, holding the folded card at his fingertips. He hands the person the card and his hands are both seen to be absolutely empty. The spectator opens the card and inside is written You will say number 345. The card may be kept by the spectator. Although this is a mentalism effect, it is my...

They Will Forget They Wrote It Down

Although this golden rule applies to mentalism, you can adapt the argument to other areas of magic. It is often advised in mentalism that, after a person has written something down, to not refer to the writing anymore. Supposedly, they will forget they wrote it and you will appear to be just working with their thoughts. Carried to the extreme, spectators are often approached before the mentalism performance and asked to record their thoughts on paper clamped to clipboards and then to retain the...

Mentalism

With the recent upsurge in the popularity of mentalism, a discussion of this branch of magic is most certainly in order. Mental-ism represents a remarkable type of magic that has an appeal all its own. We, as humans, instinctively assume what goes on in our heads, our innermost thoughts, is totally private and almost sacred. When that barrier is breached and someone seems to enter into that innermost region, the mystery created is of a different one entirely. Unlike a physical occurrence which...

Magic Vs Mentalism

There has always been a certain rivalry between magicians and mentalists. Magicians tend to frown upon mentalism because many proponents of the art portray themselves as real and their performances are often accepted as such. They consider this to be dishonest. Mentalists, on the other hand, tend to look down upon magicians as mere tricksters who are far removed from what they do. They see what they do as child's play and not serious entertainment. Both viewpoints are entirely erroneous. It has...