What is a Mentalist?

Mentalism is a performance art growing in popularity via entertainers such as Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine and films such as Now You See Me.


Mentalism is often referred to as mind reading and is a multifaceted art. Some mentalists or mind readers incorporate traditional magic tricks into their acts while others focus purely on muscle reading, suggestions and body language. Either way, nothing bonds an audience as much as a shared experience, particularly one that cannot be explained.

Contemporary mentalists use a plethora of skills such as misdirection, mental mathematics, sleight of hand, theatrics and showmanship to give the illusion of supernatural powers. But the concept of psychic powers, the ability to make predictions and being able to move objects with the mind has deep roots in human history, dating back to ancient Greece.


What is the difference between magic & mentalism?

The main difference between mentalism and magic is that mentalists tend not to use props during a performance. whereas magicians generally need props to perform their magic.

Often the fact that no props are involved, makes the whole experience feel real. Mentalists focus on the mind and psychology whilst magicians focus on sleight of hand and making objects appear and disappear


Using the power of both verbal and physical suggestion, a skilled mentalist can implant thoughts into a person’s mind, speaking to their subconscious without them or anyone around them realising. Mentalists have a unique understanding of human behaviour and take advantage of the flaws in the human brain. Mentalists can essentially take control of a person’s free will for a time, steering them towards particular words or images they want them to visualise or say.


It is human nature to try and rationalise the unexplainable. We want answers to everything and with advances in technology, there is not much today that we cannot explain. It is this desire to know and understand which has given rise to the fascination with the art of mentalism.

Mentalism as Entertainment

For a truly unique and unforgettable performance that will capture an audience’s imagination, why not hire a mentalist for your next corporate event or special occasion? It is an excellent way to get a crowd talking, whether that’s a crowd of ten or 10,000. Hiring a mentalist or magician in Sydney can be a unique way to bring in more visitors to your booth at a trade show, get a crowd relaxed with mix and mingle entertainment or an easy way to make your next event incredible.

So if you have a corporate event or special occasion on the horizon and you want something that little bit different, then please get in touch 0451515373


Andrew@andrewnunn.com.au


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