Are you thinking of surprising your friends and family by performing the latest magic tricks? Mentalism tricks are a great way to convince them that you have mental powers like mind reading and wild predictions. Below is a list of some great mentalism tricks that will leave your audience in awe.
Add a Number Trick
Also known as the Grey Elephants form Denmark, this is a simple trick that you can do with any type of audience, check out a review of the course here. To do this trick, ask the audience to think of any number between 1 and 10 and then multiply it by 9. They should then add the digits of the answer together and then subtract 5. Regardless of what the original number is, the final answer will always be 4.
Knowing this, ask the audience to assign each letter of the alphabet with a number and tell them to stop when they reach the number which is 4. For instance, A is 1, B-2, C-3 and D-4. Then, ask them to name a country that begins with the said letter of their answer – for instance, Denmark. This option is limited since not many countries begin with the letter D.
Now ask them to choose an animal name beginning with the next letter of the alphabet which is E. Most people will choose Elephant. Lastly, ask the audience to think of the animal’s color. Now guess that what they are thinking is grey elephants from Denmark.
Cold Reading Your Audience
This is one of the most common mind reading tricks where mentalists trick their subjects into believing they have psychic powers. Cold reading is simply observing the small details of your audience and coming up with an obvious conclusion about them. Make high probable guesses that will lead them into thinking you know something about them psychically.
This is another mentalism trick that will make you seem like a powerful mentalist. This technique involves making broad and accurate statements about your subject that are likely to be correct. Your statements should be broad and not specific. Otherwise, you are unlikely to guess right.
For instance, instead of saying, “You have an uncle who died recently”, you can say, “You or someone close to you has a relative who just recently died.” It is likely that your broad guesses will be correct and the audience will be amazed at your mental gift.
If you are looking to perform fun tricks on children, then you may want to try the Three Dates trick. This trick is popularly used by David Ginn, a full time magician in Atlanta City, U.S.A. All you will need for this trick is a calendar, a piece of paper, and a pencil. You will also need to know a little mathematics in your head.
Give children a calendar and ask them to choose 3 successive days from one month. Tell them to add the three numbers of the days and tell you the sum. Then, you should be able to tell them which the three days are.
The trick is very simple since all you have to do is divide the sum by 3. This will give you the middle number of the dates chosen. For instance, if the sum is 63, divide it by 3 to get 21. If the middle date is 21, add 1 to the next date and subtract 1 to get the previous date, so the dates will be 20, 21, and 22.
Drawing Your Thoughts Trick
This is a convincing trick where you make the spectators believe that you are able to read their mind and draw what they are thinking. The only trick is to ensure that you perform the play on one audience at a time so that you are not caught.
What better way to blow the minds of your family and friends than with these simple mentalism techniques? These tricks guarantee to be not only mind-blogging but also fun and can be done at home.