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What is Mentalism?

He's not a psychic or a magician — he's a mentalist. Alexvozmagic told Brut some of the tricks of the trade and explained how he knows exactly what you're thinking.

An intriguing art

Practitioners, known as mentalists, appear to demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. Performances may appear to include hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, mind control, memory feats, deduction, and rapid mathematics. Mentalists are sometimes categorized as psychic entertainers, although that category also contains non-mentalist performers such as psychic readers and bizarrists.

Much of what modern mentalists perform in their acts can be traced back directly to "tests" of supernatural power that were carried out by mediums, spiritualists, and psychics in the 19th century. However, the history of mentalism goes back even further. Accounts of seers and oracles can be found in works by the ancient Greeks and in the Old Testament of the Bible. Among magicians, the mentalism performance generally cited as one of the earliest on record was by diplomat and pioneering sleight-of-hand magician Girolamo Scotto in 1572. The performance of mentalism may utilize these principles along with sleights, feints, misdirection, and other skills of street or stage magic.

Mentalists generally do not mix "standard" magic tricks with their mental feats. Doing so associates mentalism too closely with the theatrical trickery employed by stage magicians. Many mentalists claim not to be magicians at all, arguing that it is a different art form altogether. The argument is that mentalism invokes belief and when presented properly, is offered as being "real"—be it a claim of psychic ability, or proof that supports other claims such as a photographic memory, being a "human calculator", the power of suggestion, NLP, or other skills. Mentalism plays on the senses and a spectator's perception of tricks. Mentalism is an exacting art form…Alex Niyazov is a mentalist. His performances consist in predicting facts and defying the laws of chance. It also has a lot to do with suggestion and influence.

Brut.

08/04/2019 10:19 AM
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153 comments

  • Carl F.
    09/01/2019 14:18

    baka may kilala ka

  • Marif C.
    08/31/2019 16:28

    best teknik n pede mgmit pag inaply mo mga theories hahahaha

  • Fie N.
    08/31/2019 13:51

    cool ;00

  • Caio D.
    08/31/2019 12:51

    @James Randi, corre aqui

  • Than K.
    08/31/2019 02:08

    Scripted

  • Bisma A.
    08/31/2019 01:38

    dafaq? 😯

  • Shaqiel N.
    08/30/2019 15:40

    4D beings in telepathic assistance. 🤣😂

  • Rodnie M.
    08/30/2019 08:01

    I was once a mentalist that's why my parents put me in the rehab center.

  • Madan G.
    08/29/2019 22:48

    Watch The mentalist!

  • Med J.
    08/29/2019 19:29

    Baraka mne l9waleb

  • 落ち着く 心.
    08/29/2019 18:03

    You cannot Use your Ability Again because i'm going to Get you Ability

  • Sajjad S.
    08/29/2019 08:15

    Its nothing in my country a man can know about your past and names of your family members. But both are related to satan.

  • Miguel S.
    08/28/2019 21:31

    Would his tricks work on a congenital liar?

  • Adil R.
    08/28/2019 21:15

    kia khyal ha is k bare me?

  • Aryan R.
    08/28/2019 13:57

    hydrolics KO qsn heraunu parthyo 😢😢

  • Divyanshu
    08/28/2019 09:48

    It's funny that he had to clarify that the mentalist has no supernatural abilities. Duh!

  • Larns A.
    08/27/2019 23:46

    I actually thought 2 lol

  • Diego A.
    08/27/2019 22:52

    Maybe I need to improve my mental skills

  • Zahra B.
    08/27/2019 20:46

    He hardly blinks! God

  • Faiz M.
    08/27/2019 20:09

    This is called rakki