Can you learn mentalism and how does mentalism work?
How does mentalism work is a question asked by not only those that want to understand it more, but also by those that want to learn mentalism. By those who perhaps would like to become a professional mentalist themselves.
Mentalism is a skill that can be learnt. It works through understanding the mind and how to either to manipulate a person's thoughts, or thinking. Or it's a matter of reading their unspoken words by the way of body language and nonverbal language. Master these and you'll become the next top mentalist performer.
How does mentalism work?
Many people ask the question: "How does mentalism work?" Other questions related to this are "How do you read other people's mind?" and "How do you guess the number that someone is thinking of?"
I have answered the guessing numbers question in this article here: "How do mentalists guess numbers and people’s PIN numbers?" The mind reading question is answered here: "How does a mentalist read minds?"
Mentalists cannot actually read minds!
Just to be clear, mentalists cannot actually read minds. They also cannot know what number a person is thinking of, without some form of psychological trickery. This is explained in more detail further down.
Actual mind reading, or telepathy or telekinesis is not possible. Despite what psychics and clairvoyants say to the contrary.
This would require some form of extra-sensory perception or ESP to do so.
But as far as we are aware, this is not a sense possessed by humans...yet. Humans only have five senses. ESP would be a sixth sense.
Having said that, it's the job of a good mentalist to create the illusion they have a sixth sense. Or to create the illusion that they can read minds.
But to answer the the wider question of 'how does mentalism work,' is more about what I recently wrote about, which is understanding the psychology of the mind.
Mentalism works by creating an illusion of a sixth sense
As already mentioned, mentalism works by creating the illusion that mind reading occurs. But as already explained, in the true sense of the term mind reading, this is not possible.
However, mentalists are able to create the effect of mind reading. One way they achieve this is by them reading the unspoken word. Learning to read and understand nonverbal language or body language is one of the keys to knowing how mentalism works.
We give of cues with what we are thinking or feeling. As most know, we communicate by up to 80% by body language. Mentalists learn to tune into this language and are able to 'read' people. They are able to do this better than most.
However, we are all tuned into reading a person. Have you ever had that feeling about someone? Have you ever felt uneasy and not sure why? These feelings are more than likely you picking up on something about how another person is communicating with you non-verbally.
The way mentalism works is by tuning yourself into these messages. Some are more gifted than others at reading people. This sometimes has a lot to do with their upbringing. Many people that are brought up in a violent household learn to read cues better than others, for example.
A book you should buy on this subject 'What Every 'BODY' is saying' is a must read. To find out more take a look at this article on mentalism book suggestions.
Learning to manipulate peoples' minds
Another way in which mentalism works is for the mentalist to 'control' someones mind.
This is usually achieve through the power of NLP. NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is where another persons mid is influenced by mind techniques.
People can use NLP on themselves to change the way they think or feel about something that's happened to them. But also, mentalists are able to use the technique of NLP to plant ideas into their subjects minds.
This technique is so powerful, that the person concerned will be convinced that the idea the mentalist 'planted,' was their own idea.
To watch this skill in action by the famous mentalist Derren Brown, take a look at this article here: "How to plant ideas in someone’s mind."
You will see how powerful this technique is from this very simple video.
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