Good (—) and a warm welcome to one and all present here. My name is (—) and I am from (—). Today, I am here before you to speak a few words about something I want to learn. I want to learn mentalism. Mentalism is something that I have been fascinated by for a long period. I have always been amazed at some television shows and films that portray mentalism. The people who perform mentalism are called mentalists. Such people attain highly developed mental and intuitive skills. It focuses on the mind and imagination.
Isn’t it wonderful to possess the power of mind-reading and predicting the future? Some people mix mentalism and magic tricks to entertain audiences, whereas some people feel it will destroy the essence of mentalism if combined with something that is just an illusion. The brain is the most amazing organ of all that exists in the world but is also easy to trick. This is what mentalists take advantage of. I am sure we all must have seen various illusions in social media, like the ones where a stationary pattern may seem like it is moving, or where people see colors differently, etc. Various psychological theories define such illusions and why people perceive things in a certain manner like paranormal activities, but some illusions remain unknown as to why it is seen that way. Apart from the entertainment purpose of it, we should look at it on a much more serious level as to how factors can influence our brain and mind to make certain decisions to do certain activities.
Mentalism has also evolved like every other scientific concept. In the past, suggestive magic and supernatural feats were practiced as part of mental tricks. The first self-declared mentalist is considered to be Girolamo Scotto. Today mentalism includes many other forms like psychokinesis, cold reading, rapid maths, hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, etc. They also identify what is in a person’s mind through their body language. Contemporary mentalists perform mentalism on the streets and perform tricks to the audience. Various television shows telecast such practices. Some of the famous mentalist practitioners who influenced and inspired me are Darren Brown, Uri Geller, Theodore Anneman, Paul Brook, Anna Eva Fay, and Bob Cassidy. I have also read mentalism books like Tricks of the Mind by Darren Brown and What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro. I have also come across some amazing movies based on mentalism like ‘The Illusionist’, ‘Now You See Me’, ‘The Escape Artist’, ‘Red Lights’, etc.
Mentalism is a performing art that never goes out of fashion or ceases to amaze the human mind. It is not something we can attain within a few days. It requires a lot of patience, attention, research, and practice. I consider the power to control the human mind as one of the greatest powers in the world and would like to learn the art and become a mentalist someday. Thank you for your patient listening. Have a good day.