Secrets Of Covert Hypnosis - Mentalist
Mentalists have been performing an art called mentalism for many years. Mentalism is considered a form of a performing art that involves the performer to use their mental acuity and the principles that are basic to stage magic to give the illusion of psychic abilities including psychokinetic, precognition, and mind control. Most mentalists also use hypnosis in their mentalism routines. Modern mentalism can be traced back to test given to people who claimed to have supernatural powers in the 19th Century.
The use of hypnosis in mentalism effects are varied. Some mentalists use hypnosis as a cover for their effects while others use them as a part of the effect.
Mentalism effects include many different forms of magic. Mind reading and mind control are perhaps the most common. However, utilization of effects to give the appearance of psychokinetic is also very common. During a mentalists routine, they will use two very standard tests based on the tests used in the 19th century. The most common is called the book test. During the book test, a spectator will be asked to choose a page at random. They will then be asked to choose a word, or words, at random and concentrate on the page number and the word, or words, chosen. The book will then be closed and the mentalist will attempt to read the mind of the spectator and find the chosen page as well as the chosen text. This test has been modified to become a more compact effect that can be performed anywhere. It is now performed using a deck of playing cards.
Another popular version of mentalism is psychokinetic. There are many popular ways to handle this. One of them is to make objects, as well as the mentalist, and even other people, to levitate. During psychokinetic effects, the mentalist will "make" objects move with his or her mind. Mentalists also use chalk slates for predictions and give the appearance of mind control. During mind control effects, hypnosis is commonly used. The most common form of hypnosis used during such effects is called covert hypnosis, or conversational hypnosis.
To use conversational hypnosis, they have to be able to achieve several simple tasks. First, the mentalist needs to get the attention of the person being hypnotized, and maintain it. Once the mentalist has the spectators full attention, they will then need to develop a rapport with the subject. Once the rapport is built, the mentalist can then induce a trance like state by using specific language. Once the subject is hypnotized, the mentalist can then present the subject with the suggestions. This can be done in a conversational manner that leaves the subject completely unaware that they are being subjected to a form of hypnosis.
Many magicians now use mentalist techniques coupled with hypnosis techniques. In the past, mentalists used their abilities for their own profit, more then actual entertainment. They claimed that they actually had supernatural abilities. Modern and contemporary performers mostly state openly that their abilities come from being able to accurately read body language, among other techniques used by mentalists. The abilities are shown by these performers as nothing more then a performance. However, some contemporary mentalists still maintain that they have these powers, yet fail the tests that are presented before them. Mentalists such as Geller still maintain that they have psychic abilities and psychokinetic abilities, however, can not prove it unless under their controlled circumstances.