what is a mentalist and mentalism?

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 in mentalism | 0 comments

We are often asked to explain the difference between what a magician does verses a mentalist. The question also asks the question, what is mentalism? Gene Urban is both a mentalist and magician; So, what’s the difference.

Wikipedia defines a mentalism as a performance art in which its practitioners, known as mentalists, appear to demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. As a practitioner of the art, Gene agrees with this except for the word “appears”.  Here is what Gene Urban has to add to the definition of menatlaism and mentalist:

Mentalism is a unique art form within the general practice of magic. Whereas magic, in general, deals with the manipulation of objects, mentalism is a mental art. I’ve found that one can increase his or her perceptive and intuitive skills to a level that impossible things happen. Like anything, it simply takes focused practice. Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book Outliers when he describes Outlier as a scientific term used  to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience.

Gene Urban is more outlier than mentalist. For 20 years he has been studying, testing, and improving his intuitive abilities. The result is quite astonishing. He can’t even begin to count the number of times a guest has said… you have to be the real thing, nothing else makes any sense.

Gene Urban mixes mentalism with other forms of the magical arts in his close up and parlor shows. The result is a highly interactive, incredibly polished show that captures the imagination of the most demanding audience member. From board of director dinners to casual private parties, the magic and mentalism of Gene Urban will be remembered and recounted for years.

Gene Urban’s mentalist skills are available in Scottsdale Arizona and at events thoughout the US, Canada and English speaking Europe. For more information please use the form below.

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