Tons of people wonder how to do mentalism but before doing any sort of it at all, you first need to learn it. After you’ve got a grasp on the basic theory and techniques that make up the art, you’ve got to practice them an enormous amount of time to become a successful Mentalist. And finally, after all of this, you’re ready to start doing it.
If you’ve got all of the knowledge and practice mentioned above and now want to know how to apply it, you’ve come to the right place as that’s exactly what we’ll be taking a look at today.
No matter where and how you’ll perform – personally or professionally – these are the main keys you’ve got to master.
In order for a Mentalism feat or trick to succeed, you’ve got to be in a calm and relaxed state of mind. You’ve got to focus on what’s important – for example, reading your audience’s body language – while still talking and acting smoothly. With or without theatrics, you also have to show the utmost confidence in what you say and do as this will make it all the more believable and interesting for the audience. If you’re at ease, your “target” will be too, making your Mentalism performance have a much more potent effect.
While this can be a hard switch to simply turn on at will, it’ll come naturally to you with enough practice as you’ll build your own self-confidence in not only yourself but on your tricks and abilities.
Is it a single person or a big audience? Are they familiar with the art of Mentalism or completely new to it? Do you want to stun them with a trick or do you want to know their true feelings and/or influence their thoughts? These are all great questions you should ask yourself before doing a Mentalism act.
Once you’ve got a general idea of what your audience is like, adapt to it and move ahead with full confidence.
An extremely important part of any Mentalist’s arsenal is their unique personality. If you’re generic and bland, people won’t remember you after the fact and even worse, they won’t give you any attention or respect to begin with. No matter what your personal traits are, be sure to fully display them and incorporate them in your act.
Be charming, mysterious and anything else that you truly are (funny or serious, for example, both work as long as you stay true to yourself). Make your audience wonder, make them interested and make them remember you.
As simple as it seems, after the steps above it’s time to perform. Be it a fun, jaw-dropping mentalism trick or routine for an audience or a body-language reading in a personal or professional setting, it’s crucial to be sure of yourself and always remember to enjoy what you do.
After you’ve finished your performance, no matter how big or small it was, always take a moment to reflect and learn from it. What went right? What went wrong? What can you improve? How did the audience react? Replay the performance in your head, ask yourself these questions and write down a personal development plan. After it’s done, put it into practice.
Maybe you need more training on that one trick or maybe your sleight of hand needs some work. Maybe you can’t quite remember which micro-expressions to look for or maybe your suggestion/misdirection isn’t working properly. No matter what it is, write it down and strive to improve it. Always try to be better. That’s the key to success.
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Follow these steps on how to do Mentalism and you’ll be on the right track to becoming a successful Mentalist yourself. As always, I have to stress that the most important part truly is to practice. Without it, you’ll never be able to apply the other steps and techniques so get out there, roll up your sleeves, and get to work!