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Alex Reeve
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Hello everybody,
I'm wondering how you would define the word "mentalist" to a lay person.

In an every day chat, if somebody ask me what I do for a living and I aswer "mentalist", he will look at me with a look saying what is he talking about?

When you say to some one that you are a magician they can see what you are talking about (whatever your specialty in magic is)but when you say mentalist they don't have a clue of what you are talking.

So I'm looking forward to see what is your general definition of a mentalist.
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Hi Alex,

Without really answering your question and at the same time referring to my previous post regarding presentation of abilities (re Psychokinetic Silverware), I think lay people's almost universal ignorance of the term 'mentalism' can be used to advantage. That is, when people ask how you perform your miracles, your simple response is 'mentalism' - they can then form their own definitions, or go away and find out for themselves. There - no lies necessary about 'psychic' powers!

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A mentalist presents his effects using only the power of his mind. He uses no props at all.

So mentalism is a demonstration of mental powers.

That includes any mental skill such as mathematical, scientific, psychological, paranormal, etc.
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Although my definition sounds a bit "academic," I explain that "mentalism is that branch of magic that focuses on the mind. The illusion is not visual, it is mental."
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Alex,

While I am known as a Mentalist, I am known by the general public as a psychic entertainer. I have sometimes told people that "I am a mentalist, a psychic entertainer, a thought reader...take your pick". Seems to work for moi.
PSIncerely Yours,
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On 2002-05-06 05:11, Alex Reeve wrote:
Hello everybody,
I'm wondering how you would define the word "mentalist" to a lay person.

In an every day chat, if somebody ask me what I do for a living and I aswer "mentalist", he will look at me with a look saying what is he talking about?

When you say to some one that you are a magician they can see what you are talking about (whatever your specialty in magic is)but when you say mentalist they don't have a clue of what you are talking.

So I'm looking forward to see what is your general definition of a mentalist.
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On 2002-05-06 10:02, Millard123 wrote:
A mentalist presents his effects using only the power of his mind. He uses no props at all.


Not quite no props at all. We tend to use paper, pencils, envelopes etc. quite a lot!


Anyway, another definition of mentalism would be "the art of simulating psychic phenomena".
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Paul,

I like your use of multiple terms to describe what you are. That's great verbal misdirection. You're claiming everything and you are claiming nothing all in one breath. The bottom line is that you are setting them up to see some really cool stuff, which is what we're all about.
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From the "Who is Andrew Lewis?" page of my website, I explain it as, "In simple terms, a mentalist is an entertainer who displays unusual abilities of the mind, such as predicting the future, reading people's thoughts, and causing objects to move just by concentrating on them."
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Actually, the use of the word "mentalism" to describe what we do is really a secondary definition of the word. The primary definition offers interesting presentational possibilities.

Here is a list of definitions I compiled from several on line dictionaries:

mentalism: the belief that the world can be explained as aspect of the mind
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MENTALISM
The belief that mental processes are autonomous (see autonomy), can explain but not be explained by an organism's behavior. Mentalism is opposed to behaviorism. N. Chomsky is its most recent advocate. (Krippendorff)
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mentalism
<metaphysics, psychology, philosophy of mind> the view according to which only mind or spirit really exists, or that mind or spirit is the fundamental substance in the universe. Mentalism is sometimes called immaterialism, and is usually held to be similar to or equivalent to idealism.

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1. mentalism n A doctrine that mind the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind's awareness.

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mentalism -- a doctrine that mind is the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind's awareness.

I use the last definition when asked what mentalism is. It also answers the ancient question, "If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one around to hear it fall, does it make a noise?"

A mentalist would answer "No." If there is no mind aware of the phenomenon, it doesn't exist in the sense that it can be quantified or measured, a view that is supported by quantum physics and demonstrated by Heisenberg's uncertainty principal.

If you explain it this way to people they will be effectively deterred from asking further questions.

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Alex Reeve
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Thank you all for your input.
Mr Cassidy I like your last definition.
Very interesting!!
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Here is the definition I use on my web site when you roll over the word "Mentalism" with your mouse. Essentially the same thing Mr. Cassidy wrote.

"The process of mental action.The theory that the physical world exists,and is explicable only as an aspect of the mind, -idealism (philosophy)"

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