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Mentalism or Magic?

As a professional speaker I love the psychology behind magic and mentalism. What is the difference between the two?

The world of magic and mentalism is a fascinating one, full of illusions and mind-bending tricks that can leave audiences in awe. But what is the difference between these two forms of entertainment? Is one more "real" than the other? Let's explore the distinctions between magic and mentalism and what sets them apart.

First, let's define what we mean by "magic." Magic is often described as the art of creating illusions through the use of sleight of hand, misdirection, and other special effects. It's about making something seemingly impossible happen before your eyes. As the famous magician David Copperfield once said, "Magic is the art of proving impossible things in parallel dimensions that can't be reached."

On the other hand, mentalism is the art of reading and influencing people's thoughts. It is a psychological art form that uses the principles of hypnosis, NLP, and suggestion to create the illusion of mind reading, telepathy and other psychic abilities. As the famous mentalist Derren Brown says "Mentalism is not about supernatural powers but it's about understanding how the human mind works and how to use it to create the illusion of the impossible."

While both magic and mentalism rely on the element of surprise and deception, the methods used to achieve that deception are quite different. Magicians use physical props and techniques to create the illusion of something happening, while mentalists use psychological techniques to create the illusion of mind reading or other psychic abilities.

It's also important to note that magic is often seen as more of a performance art, while mentalism is often seen as more of a demonstration of skills. Magicians often put on elaborate shows, complete with costumes, music, and special effects, while mentalists tend to focus more on the demonstration of their abilities, often performing in a more intimate setting.

As a keynote speaker, I have also found that my unique blend of magic and mentalism is an effective way to captivate my audience and convey a message in an engaging and memorable way. Whether you're looking to add a touch of magic to your next company party, banquet, or corporate event, or are in need of a dynamic and engaging presenter for your next conference, I would be honored to bring my skills and experience to your stage.

In the end, I believe that live entertainment is one of the most powerful ways to bring people together and create a shared experience.


About Arthur Fratelli The Amazing Arthur Fratelli is a dynamic and clever entertainer and keynote speaker with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Based out of Omaha, Nebraska, Arthur is a master of comedy hypnosis, mentalism, and motivational speaking. He has a wealth of knowledge in eastern and western philosophy, stoicism, psychology, sports psychology, magic, and mentalism. A former teacher, hypnotherapist, black belt in TaeKwonDo and a sparring partner to two MMA UFC champions, Arthur has honed his craft and brings his experiences studying improv, comedy writing, and comedy theory at Second City Chicago to every audience he serves. Arthur's keynote presentations are not just informative, but also highly engaging and interactive. He uses his skills in mentalism to demonstrate how to keep our inner critic quiet by practicing skills, and how by actively focusing on a skill, we can keep our mind in the present moment that leads to momentum. He uses examples and props to illustrate how the critic can grab you and take your mind into the past where there is potential depression and it can take you to the future where there is potential anxiety. He has presented to some of the biggest companies in the world, including Pepsi, Chevrolet, Verizon, LinkedIn and Paypal, and also to educational organizations, where his shows are not only entertaining, but also educational and leave a lasting impact on the audience. His show is classy, clean, and interactive and creates a safe and fun environment where the

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