As one of the hottest up-and-coming performers in the Denver area, Scotty Wiese is many things — performance magician, corporate entertainer, master of ceremonies, and talented mentalist. Wait a minute — what’s that last word?
For starters, it’s not a typo — mentalism is a unique form of performance magic that has a few key differences from “traditional” magician acts. Since a lot of people aren’t familiar with the term, let’s look at what mentalism is, and how it’s different from traditional performance magic.
Mentalism – It’s All In Your Head
Mentalism, in a nutshell, is a form of magic that focuses on the mind. Whereas many traditional magic tricks focus on spectacle and sleight of hand, many mentalist tricks can be performed entirely verbally.
If traditional magic asks the audience to believe that the performer can truly, magically, manipulate the physical world around them (as much as suspension of disbelief allows), mentalism asks the audience to believe that the performer has supernatural or psychic powers.
When it comes down to it, mentalism tricks are mostly mind games. While Scotty doesn’t actually have supernatural, mind-reading powers (or does he?), there are many little tricks in mentalism that allow for the performer to deduce what the audience member might be thinking.p
Mentalism – Some Simple Examples
- The Mentalist asks the subject to think of a number in their heads and leads them through some mental calculations, eventually asking them to link the numbers to letters in the alphabet which are then used to get them to name a country, animal, and color. The mentalist reveals their answer — it is almost always a grey elephant from Denmark.
- The mentalist asks the subject a series of random questions, and at the end, he asks them to name a color and tool. He gives them a piece of paper which guessed their answer beforehand, which is almost always a red hammer.
- The mentalists asks the subject to write down a number on a folded piece of paper. He then tears it up without looking at the number and then he tells the subject what number they guessed.
Keep in mind the examples above are exceedingly simple, and true mentalism performance acts will be much more awe-inspiring. For obvious reasons, Scotty’s best tricks can’t be spoiled here! But if you’re wondering how the examples above work, there are a few different examples.
- Predictable Outcomes: In the first one, the number and letter combination invariably leads to “D” and “E” no matter what the starting number is. A country and an animal is requested for the corresponding letters, which are almost always Denmark and Elephant.
- Guiding the Subconscious: In the second, the questions lead to subconscious synapses that make it extremely likely for the person to guess “red” and “hammer” together.
- Traditional Sleight of Hand: In the third, sleight of hand is used by the mentalist in a very particular way that allows them to get a glimpse of the number as they shred it up.
Scotty Wiese – An Incredible Mentalist Serving Denver and the United States
As you can see, mentalism is a clever blend of tricky methods that allow the performer to predict certain outcomes, which ends up resembling actual supernatural powers. Since we don’t want to spoil the fun and reveal Scotty’s mentalism tricks here, why not book him for your next party or corporate event to see him in action yourself? We know that you’ll be enchanted by Scotty’s performance. Ready to book? Click here to get started!