I am a mind reader. A mind reading magician. Or am I? Is anyone? Is it real? Can anyone actually read minds?
One of the most popular questions any magician gets asked is “how do magicians read minds?”. Often followed by “what are the lottery numbers?”. It’s a reasonable follow up. I mean, let’s be honest, if you really were a mind reading magician then surely you’d use your powers to get rich? But if you think about it logically, even if you could read someone’s mind, the lottery numbers thing doesn’t really make sense. No one is actually thinking of the numbers in advance. They are generated randomly by a machine. There is no actual person’s mind to read. That would class as predicting the future so there is a big difference.
Mind reading has become extremely popular as part of many magicians acts, especially in the last 20 years. This is largely down to Derren Brown making a huge impact on TV and in theatres worldwide, but also times have changed too. The old style cabaret magic of showing boxes empty and producing hankies can seem a little bit naff now. Glittery cabinets and producing girls in leotards have gone out of fashion. Asking someone to think of their credit card PIN and then telling them (and everyone else) what 4 digit number is just in their head is a lot cooler! And more useful too.
How do magicians read minds?
So, how do magicians read minds? Spoiler alert – they don’t. No one has ever proved that they can really read minds. No one. Not Uri Geller, not Kreskin, NO ONE! There is no such thing as a genuine mind reading magician. James Randi has offered anyone who can prove they genuinely can read minds a million dollars. Not surprisingly, no one has claimed it yet.
However, with the use of some old school (and new school) conjuring methods and a bit of word play, a magician can genuinely make it look like he is reading minds. Even with that caveat, some people are convinced that only way he can achieve the miracles is reading minds or using telepathy. Even if they’re told otherwise. They just seem convinced.
Where is a mind reading magician suitable for?
The mind reading act is perfect for slightly larger groups rather than in a walk around situation. The fun is in the performance and seeing your guests jaws drop to the floor when they realise that the word, number or picture they were just thinking of has just been revealed. Which leads to the next question… what else does the magician know about me??
A mind reading magician is suitable for a whole range of different events. Often corporate events, after dinner is the best time, will hire a magician for a larger audience. Everywhere from awards ceremonies, balls, dinners, client events – in fact anywhere you want people to be entertained.
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How can I hire a mind reading magician?
If you have an event that is suitable, a mind reading magician is a fantastic idea. Everyone loves magic, but one that can read minds is even better. Get in touch to see if your date is available.
What is a mind reading magician?
It’s usually a magician that includes some mind reading as part of the act rather that the mind reading being the whole thing. Derren Brown would class himself as a mind reader. Dynamo would class himself as a magician, but also includes some mind reading in his act.
How do magicians read minds?
Magicians give the illusion of reading minds using conjuring techniques. The real trick is to give the audience just enough doubt that they might actually be doing it for real.