Practical magic comes in a huge and bewildering array of different forms. There are some which rely on sleight-of-hand, and others which rely more upon spectacle. There are escapologists, like Houdini, who demonstrate incredible skill in deadly situations, and there are performers like David Copperfield who put together huge and elaborate stage shows. One particular strain of magic has acquired recent popularity, thanks in part to the television work of Derren Brown. This sort of magic is known as mentalism.
Mentalism is an artform whose practitioners are able to intuit and implant the thoughts of others. A mentalist might be able to hypnotise an audience, read their thoughts, and appear to predict the future. The practice of mentalism dates back to the 19th century, when mentalists would disguise their work as a supernatural power. More modern practitioners tend to take a more honest approach, stating up front that it’s all thanks to their ability to read body language, and to suggest thoughts subliminally, that they can accomplish their amazing work.
So what does this mean for the person who’d like to get into mentalism? As ever, we here at Magic Nevin are able to lend such people a hand. On this section of the site we keep a host of different products which will help you to become an awe-inspiring mentalist. These include instructional DVDs, packed full of the secrets of this subtle and powerful artform, along with books and other props. Take a look through if you’d like to learn the secret tricks of the mind!