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What are the most important personality characteristics for performing mentalism? Stress-resistance, agreeableness etc.?
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Be it!
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Believe who you claim to be. If you don't believe it, don't expect anyone else to.
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^ICW nailed it here. You need to find some way to believe it, kind of like the 'method' actors allow their performances to flow from their internal experience of the material. When I perform metal bending, the method is nothing, I believe it. The me who is performing turns a blind eye to the awkward necessities of methodology and instead sees the *reality* of the bends. One of the reasons I love binary stuff is because internally it feels so close to what I want the real mind reading to feel like, it makes this so easy. When I built my dictionary booktest Thumbscrews, I constructed it to allow myself a moment that felt real, standing on stage with nothing and *knowing* their word with nothing else to help by my own mind. There is a kind of truth to it that way, it's hard to explain.

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Also congruency in addition to what ICW & Phill have said.
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Strange questions you ask!? Both your questions (on this thread and on the other) are about what one must BE, not about what one must DO.

Do you mean that, depending on the answers you get, you will change your personality??? Smile
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On Dec 22, 2016, ParaLabs - Thomas wrote:
Be it!


Succent and to the point.

Forget about who you were. Forget about your past. Become who you now want to be based on what you want to project.

Often we embark on new adventures, careers... with our past in mind. We over think what we are now based on our past. It doesn't help you to move forward in the new venture especially if the new venture is... New! Especially if it has nothing to do with what you've never done.

If you are professing to be a mentalist your are either going to be one who demonstrates what a mentalist may look like by performing experiments or you will be a mentalist by demonstrating your real perceived powers. These are two very different objectives.

Today I am the one demonstrating what it may look like if I was a mentalist. If I could read minds and predict the future. But the objective is in showing how this can be done by using influence, body language and some subliminal demonstrations. (Which are all real powers and phenomenons)

So, is it real or is it memorex?

That's all I have for now.
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Personally, I like to see a person who is at least apparently possessed of above-average intelligence, is eloquent, and believably experienced in life and with people.
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I'm going to add one more thing, rather arrogantly, considering the caliber of those who have already responded.

I think it is essential that you actually like people and show it.

Paul Draper has said in multiple places (including here on the Café) that a real mindreader would be able to understand the person before him and in that moment of complete understanding, to love that person as he loves himself. This is very poetic, but perhaps harder to act out than I am up for.

Bob Cassidy has the remarkable knack of being offensive without giving offense. His words, not mine. I believe it is because his participants can feel that he is playing with them, but not being at all unkind to them. When I watch him on stage, he is having fun with the "volunteers" and they are having fun, too. I have seen performers who do not like or respect people enough to treat them kindly and the result is they leave feeling "used."

A believable mentalist would actually care about the people he meets, in my opinion.

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Oh, and if you want a wonderful resource for this, read Dale Carnegie's book How To Win Friends and Influence People. The title sounds sort of needy and manipulative, but if I were to put a new title on it, I would call it How to Show Others they Matter and Get Your Message Understood.

Great little book. Worth studying.

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I completely agree with your last two posts, Mr. Woolery. Once you learn a bit about someone, you can start to genuinely find them to be interesting. And that allows them to start to find you to be genuinely interesting. But it has to start by caring and observing and asking interesting questions that yield interesting answers. For some people this comes naturally. For others, practice makes perfect.

It's a more direct route to a connection than trying to win people over by impressing them. Impressing them comes second. Caring about them comes first.
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I agree with Mr. W too - but I don't think that is unique to performing mentalism - that should be for performances across the board.... magicians, hypnotists etc.

I would hope at least Smile
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On Dec 23, 2016, Dr Spektor wrote:
I agree with Mr. W too - but I don't think that is unique to performing mentalism - that should be for performances across the board.... magicians, hypnotists etc.

I would hope at least Smile


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On Dec 21, 2016, Delimbeau wrote:
What are the most important personality characteristics for performing mentalism?

ability to appear sincere and honest whist BSing to the max. Not easy as it sounds.
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Today, engaging, interesting and humble.
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My day job is a teacher, and I've noticed that what you guys say above applies to teaching as well: there's a balancing act of claiming to possess some sort of unusual abilities through the mind--whether it's supernatural, psychic, or just being psychologically savvy, extremely observant, or possessing knowledge others don't--and then at the same time not coming off as too smug, condescending, or uncaring to audience members. As a teacher, my students want me to know more than they do because it's my job, but they don't want me to condescend to them or belittle them. That's where the caring part comes into the equation.
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Great responses, many thanks!

Through my daily job I got to know many 'captains of industry'. After all these years, I think that the number 1 success-factor for a board room position is stress-resistance (not knowledgeability or the like). Secondly, my brother in law is a successful actor. He often still has to throw-up before a show. Apparently that is quite normal. Does any of this has an analogy to successfully performing mentalism? Cheers, Luc.
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On Dec 24, 2016, Delimbeau wrote:
Great responses, many thanks!

Through my daily job I got to know many 'captains of industry'. After all these years, I think that the number 1 success-factor for a board room position is stress-resistance (not knowledgeability or the like). Secondly, my brother in law is a successful actor. He often still has to throw-up before a show. Apparently that is quite normal. Does any of this has an analogy to successfully performing mentalism? Cheers, Luc.


That taint normal.

I've been a live stage actor since I was 14 year old and I have never seen anyone who had to throw up before a performance.

Now, I've know some audience members who wanted to throw up after seeing some performances.

I'm going to upset some of the more serious folk here, but I do a comedy mentalism act and I think the most important quality is the audience know that I'm enjoying myself along with them.

That quality breaks down all sorts of barriers.
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To be authentic to yourself and what you believe in, authenticity in general...

to be interested and interseting in equal measure...

to be comfortable in your own skin...
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