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4 Tips for Becoming a Better Mentalist

Mar 2, 2008
With the recent rise in popularity of mentalism, many mentalists are looking to become more entertaining. Yet exactly how to do that is not always known. So here are 4 tips for becoming a better mentalist.

Forget About Yourself, Focus on Your Audience

This is perhaps the biggest mistake most mentalists (and performers in general) make. When they are performing they do the things they want to do. They do what they like and what they think is fun. But this isn't always what the audience wants.

To become a better mentalist, you need to focus on your audience and put your own feelings aside. Tap into your audience and figure out what it is they want. Then give that to them. This will ensure that people like what you're doing.

Don't Be Afraid to be Different

If you really want to make a lasting impression on people and you really want to standout in their memories then you better dare to be different. Don't look like all the other mentalists. Don't act like all the other mentalists. Develop your own style and your own show. That way you will be different and you will be a better mentalist because of it.

Keep it Simple

There is no need to try to get too crazy or too out-of-the-box when you are deciding what types of things to do during your show. This is especially true for people who are just beginning. The classic acts are still around for a very good reason. It's because they work. So don't be afraid to keep your act simple and to perform mostly - or all - classic material.

Involve Your Audience

There's one thing that every audience always likes. That one thing is to be involved. So make sure you always involve the audience in your act.

While this sounds easy to do, it's not for most mentalists. Many mentalists don't like to involve the audience because the audience obviously doesn't follow any type of script. This throws some mentalists off their game. So make sure you're able to roll with the punches. If you can interact well with the audience then they will love your show.

Recently mentalists have begun to be more popular with audiences. As a result, there are more people who want to become a mentalist. These people want to be the best mentalists that they can possibly be. To become a better mentalist these people should focus on their audience, not be afraid to be different, keep their show simple (include classic material), and they should involve their audience.
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Magic and mentalism guru Ryan Even reveals magic tricks, illusions and mentalism like what you see done on TV by pros like Criss Angel and David Blaine at Master Mentalism Visit him now at http://www.MasterMentalism.com
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