The common form of mind reading in today's world is mentalism, which is a performing art, a kind of stage magic that makes use of sleight and other performing skills. The practice is helpful not just in performing tricks, but also to communicate properly with others. These skills enable us to compete, negotiate, and cooperate in day-to-day life.
A set of observations derived from these skills helps us in judging a particular situation in less time. Misusing these skills would have a bad impact on the user's social life. Thus, one should be careful in his approach towards the use of such skills.
These tricks could be of different types such as psychic, those involving numbers, letters, etc. The following examples are the simplest to learn, and one can easily fox the spectators with them. If you practice well and develop interest, it is easy to master these skills in a few days.
The Book Trick
It is one of the common tricks in which a card and any book, preferably, the thickest one, should be used. In this, one has to ask a spectator to insert the card anywhere in the book. The magic in this is that one should be able to tell the content on the page where the card has been inserted.
When a spectator is called upon to insert the card in the book, the opposite side of the book where the first card is inserted needs to be shown to him. As the spectator walks away after inserting the card, the book should be turned around and the opposite side be revealed to the spectators.
The trick should be performed in quick time without anyone getting to know what is happening. Now, the page where one has inserted the card would be revealed as one of the spectators removes that card. One has to memorize the first line of the page in advance before the trick is actually being performed.
Thus, one can surprise the spectators by predicting the exact content of the page. One should practice a lot to master this trick. It would definitely help you impress your friends.
The Mysterious Numbers
In this, one has to predict the number in the mind of a spectator. One should ask the spectator to select a particular number. The spectator should be asked to add a number, say 4, to the original number. After the addition, the total should be divided by 2.
The original number should now be subtracted from the number obtained after division by 2. In this case, the final answer would be 2. In fact, the final answer would always remain the same, i.e., 2. This is because the spectators are being asked to add the number '4' to the original number during the first step.
If one changes the number that is being added to the original one, the resulting answer too would change. For example, if the number '10' is added to the original number, the final answer would be 5 which is half of the number '10'.
This is performed in front of children and one can easily master it. To perform this, one would require a carrot, the size of a thumb. It should be cut and shaped properly so that it resembles a thumb. One should hide the carrot in the hand under a piece of cloth. The carrots should be removed from the hand but kept under the piece of cloth.
It should appear to the audience that the thumb is being separated from the hand. One should draw the attention of the children while loosening and tightening the carrot. The act should be performed only in front of children as any attempt to deceive the older ones won't work.
For any psychic trick to work, your confidence must show and you should be able to convince your audience to believe in whatever you say or do!
The art needs a person to have the right kind of skills and a lot of practice in order to master them. One can find many such tricks which not only entertain people, but also hone one's communication and mind reading skills.