What makes a good mentalism show?

As a beginner mentalist you get fascinated by viral mentalism acts like unlocking stranger’s phone or figuring out the name of first love, first crush of a stranger. Well these are definitely great acts to be a part of mentalism show but these acts or similar acts do not make a good mentalism show. A good mentalism show consists of much more than few selected popular acts.

The fact is, any established professional mentalist will not publish his best mentalism acts online. They keep their content protected and exclusive for live audience. These acts are much more mysterious and miraculous than what you see on YouTube or similar platforms. I performed and seen several mentalism shows and following things were common in all good mentalism shows that I found.

– Mentalism show should not just contain mind reading acts, it should contain variety of other acts like predictions, telekinesis, hypnosis, mind control acts, stunts etc

– A good mentalism show must contain acts which involves more than one volunteer per act. Its good to read one mind, but when you read multiple minds at once it is something special.

– Each mentalism act should be presented with an impactful story and unique presentation

– A good mentalist will create his own unique character, he will not copy and perform other mentalist’s act as it is.

– A good mentalist will create and invent new methods to perform mentalism acts. He ensures no one in the audience knows his secrets completely.

– In a good mentalism show audience gasp more in shock than they applaud. Mentalism acts should create that awe factor for the viewers.

– Mentalist certain comes out as a hero at the end of a show, but audience feels equally inspired and confident that they have seen true miracles.

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7 most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about mentalism


1) Is mentalism real, can mentalist really the mind?
No mentalism is not real, most of it is a bunch of great sleight of hand, misdirection, and psychological tricks just like magic tricks. It’s not possible to truly read the mind of others accurately at all times.

2) Difference between magic and mentalism?
Mentalism is an extended version of magic. Magic and mentalism are closely related. It is not possible to learn mentalism without knowing the techniques of magic. A good mentalist is also a good magician.

3) Is mentalism complex and difficult to learn?
No, it’s not. In fact, the art of mentalism is easy to learn as compared to the art of magic. To be a good magician you need to spend considerable time mastering the art of misdirection and sleight of hand. But to be a good mentalist you need to know basic magic techniques.

4) What does mentalism consist of?
Mentalism consists of various types of performances like mind reading, mind control, hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, predictions, psychokinesis, mediumship, memory feats, deduction, and rapid mathematics.

5) Do all the types of performances need to be learned to be a mentalist?
No, it’s not required to know and perform all the above performances. In a mentalism show, most of the performances are of mind reading, mind control, predictions.

6) What are the advantages of learning mentalism?
Entertain and impress people using mentalism routines. Develop your presentation and showmanship skills. Understand how other people think
It boosts self-confidence, dexterity, and develops lateral thinking. Enhance social skills, you become the center of attraction in social gatherings

7) Is there professional coaching available to learn mentalism in India?
Yes, you can join professional mentalism classes run by mentalist Amit Kalantri in Pune (India) to learn the art of mentalism. Both classroom coaching and online coaching available. Visit mentalism classes for details.

– Amit Kalantri (Magician & Mentalist)