One trick used by magicians to predict answers ahead of time is to use a Swami pencil. Where a Swami pencil is a small pencil lead hidden underneath your thumb or fingernail. The trick is done by pretending to write down someones number using a normal pencil, whilst giving this person the impression you can read body language or their mind. But then you use the Swami pencil to write the number down when they reveal it to you at the point when they think you’ve already written it down beforehand.
The seal envelope trick is in a class of tricks know as billet reading. Where billet reading is also referred to as “One Ahead” reading. With the sealed envelope trick, the mentalist appears to know what’s inside an envelope. To demonstrate their clairvoyant powers, the mentalist selects the uppermost envelope from the stack or envelopes. The mentalist pretends to mind-read the contents of this first envelope. This is typically done by holding the envelope to their head which creates the clairvoyant effect. Of course they don’t know what’s in the first envelope. So they instead announce aloud a memorised statement. To fully understand how this trick is done, please continue to read.
On the basis that mentalists create the illusion of mind reading, are mentalists just magicians? However, most mentalists wouldn’t consider that they are magicians and a magician in the true sense of the word are certainly not mentalists. Some mentalists use trickery, but actually they use their five senses to create the experience or illusion of a sixth sense. Some even create the illusion they have psychic powers too, but this isn’t magic as such.
Mentalism vs magic what are the differences and what are the similarities? Mentalism and magic are different as mentalism is more about psychology, whereas magic is more about sleight of hand and deception. But they are similar as they both require learning of new skills, having confidence to perform in front of an audience and both involve trickery.