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How to Start Learning Mentalism

I am writing this article to give advice for anyone who is unsure of how to start learning mentalism. Mentalism dates back the 1900's, mediums used the techniques to perform unexplainable acts.

I receive many emails from people who are looking to learn how to read minds, mind magic tricks etc. Normally this is because they have seen the latest programme aired by Derren Brown!(UK mentalist) and want to learn how he achieves such feats. For a beginner looking to learn the skills needed to perform mentalism, I always give the same answer and that is..

You need to set your foundations first, Mentalism isn't like standard magic, it requires a lot of reading about understanding how the brain works and how people react to certain situations. It would be wise to study some books on NLP ( Neuro-Linguistic programming),body language, suggestion and showmanship. Once you have a strong understanding then you are in a much better state of mind to begin to learn the techniques used by the professionals. You have to understand that mentalism relies purely on the performance, unlike standard magic which is more about the slight of hand. Because performance is what sells the act, you need to be confident in in the way you peform and need to be able to convince the audience that you possess supernatural powers. When I first started learning mentalism I made the biggest mistake of learning the tricks before understanding the concept of the trick, this did not go down well for me and lets just say I didn't ever want to be in that situation again!

One technique that is used all the time by mentalist and other professions i.e Fortune tellers, mediums. Is cold reading. This is a very advanced but if learnt correctly can give the illusion that you are able to predict past, current and future events. This technique is actually used in daily horoscopes and shows how powerful the technique can be towards peoples lives.

Another awesome skill to learn would be hypnosis after all mentalism is built around and suggestion. There are many books on Hypnosis, have a look around amazon and read through the customer reviews, ideally you should be looking for something around stage or street hypnosis.

Learning mentalism is not something that can be learnt fast unfortunately, as mentioned above it requires you to study about many aspects of the brain and human behavior. It took me over 2 years of hard research before I had the knowledge to be able to put into practice what I had learnt. Beginners should not be put off by this though, the skills that you learn will be very valuable in other parts of your life, I no longer after take a shopping list with me as I can remember every item I need to buy in order! If you take on board what I have shared with you I'm sure you will be well on your way to performing amazing feats and having lots of fun in the process!


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