One of the most sought-after talents is undoubtedly the ability to read thoughts. But while telepathy, as portrayed in sci-fi and fantasy movies, looks completely like a superpower that is imaginary, in the world of mentalism and at the breath-stopping performances of Lior Suchard, reading thoughts actually seems normal and completely real. Essentially, the skill that is sometimes referred to as mind reading can be learned and implemented, with a lot of attention, study, and practice. Today, we will explain how one learns to read minds, if you would like to try it yourself in the familiar, popular Suchard style.
You can’t really “read” people’s thoughts
First of all, it is important to clarify that this is not actual thought reading in the telepathic sense that you might think, although in many cases, at Lior’s shows, it completely looks like that. People do not have the scientific or neurological ability (yet…) to definitively identify what a specific person is thinking in terms of tangible details and so forth.
So what happens at Lior Suchard’s mentalism shows and how does he always manage to know what the participants will say, do, or choose? This is where a range of skills enter the picture that can transform a sensory artist into a world-class mentalist – an entertainment and stage artist who completely seems to be reading people’s thoughts in the most literal sense of the term.
Reading thoughts via mentalism and sensory art is actually the application of knowledge and mental exercises that help Lior read the body language and reactions of the person in front of him. By cleverly and very skillfully interpreting these elements, it is possible to understand what a person is thinking or the direction in which their thoughts are leaning. Later, using this deep insight and with additional mentalism skills, it is possible to unconsciously direct a person in a specific direction, which creates the amazing results during Lior Suchard’s shows.
What is involved in the process of learning to read thoughts?
There are beginner mentalists and sensory artists who will have more success teaching themselves about “mind reading” using books, videos, and with endless hours of practice. There are also those who will have an easier and more effective experience by learning from another artist who is experienced – it depends on the circumstances and the person. But there are general elements that are included in the process when anyone learns to read minds for various types of mentalism acts.
- Reading body language – it’s surprising how much information we transmit through our body language alone and non-verbal communication.
- Understanding context and various hints by the way a person speaks, the style, and the essence.
- Application of strong, precise intuition.
- Using and understanding various parameters related to the intonation of a person’s voice and speech.
- Using techniques such as suggestion, guided imagery, and relevant key words in order to direct the person participating in the show toward unconsciously and indirectly divulging the details that the sensory artist seeks to know.
- Searching, identifying, and using “hot buttons” that every person has – also referred to as pain points or verbal triggers, which provide a lot of relevant information to the “mind reader.”
- Learning techniques for quality, deep listening and how to create a quick, honest personal connection with participants at a show.
In terms of practical ways of learning how to read thoughts in the field of mentalism, there are many professional books that go into great detail – the vast majority of them are in English. They explain techniques and methods of reading thoughts via mentalism. Today, there are many videos and even digital courses (in English as well) for learning mentalism techniques. It doesn’t hurt to also closely follow a leading, successful mentalist – like Lior Suchard, of course!