I have had a few emails from some very angry/frustrated mentalists. Upset by the level of exposure of Mentalism on Penn and Tellers Fool Us T.V Show. It seams that there are a lot of mentalists that think it’s unfair that Penn and Teller used ‘code words’ and hidden diagrams to keep the secrets of magic but actively revealed Mentalism secrets.
This is just one such example email I received: The ironic thing about the show is that Penn said that they wanted to regain the wonder of being fooled. Then they went on the show and explained that: “it was a trick with a gimmicked deck of cards and the rest of it was Bullshit!” Thus ruining the wonder for millions of viewers!
There will always be people who like to spoil other people’s enjoyment of magic! I know of someone who told a 6 year old that there is no such thing as magic! I wondered if they also told them there is no Easter bunny, tooth fairy or Father Christmas!
The best thing for us to do is focus all of our energy creating unexplainable memories for people. Lets blur the lines between fantasy and reality even more! People believe what they experience. When I perform a coin bending routine, I use my skills as a performer and knowledge of hypnosis to stick their hand together before I let them open their hand to find a bent coin.
This is easy to perform it’s something a stage hypnotist will do to hundreds or thousands of people at a time (to people they can’t even see!). It’s easy but it adds so much to the performance. Sticking someone hands together or to the table is irrefutable proof that it wasn’t ‘up his sleeve’ or ‘a magic pack or cards’, it’ real, it’s amazing and it helps to blur the lines of reality and fantasy.
In other routines I have people’s fingers move apparently without their conscious ability to stop them before they close their eyes and allow an image to drift/float/fly etc. into their awareness.
When I have people forget their own name, after speaking to them for 30 seconds, it’s shocking. It amazes people and that’s our job, right?
Derren Brown performed the hypnotic plank effect, and when I saw the show the audience went wild for this bit. Because it’s obviously real. When someone can’t remember their name, move their hands or they become stuck to the spot, it’s because ‘real magic’ is happening.
Rather than getting upset or frustrated I think it better to concentrate on becoming better! Check out my postSome Real Magic Words for some real magic words that help you create simple genuine hypnotic phenomena. It’s time once again to update our art and take it to new levels!