Mentalism leaves an impact when done properly. I always tell my grandkids I can read their minds and they used to believe me. I could always predict when they were going to have a fight. I could see it coming before they did. When I’d tell them I see a fight in the near future they would go out of their way to be nice to each other. Somehow I think they caught on to it.
This may not seem connected, however, being so close to Christmas and Chanukah we get a lot of calls for people buying presents for other people as gifts. They know nothing about magic but have magician friends or family and they know that this is what they would like best. I got a call from someone who wanted to get a gift for an adult relative, and we discussed various items. The other morning someone came in who I didn’t recognize but when he started to talk I thought it was that particular fellow. I said, “Oh, I know who you are.” and he said, “You do?” and I said “Yes” and he said “I can’t believe it. You have a wonderful memory.” which I don’t. At that moment he said he came to buy something for his son. Not the person I thought it was. For some reason I said, “Your son is 12.” He said, “How could you possibly know that?” I had no idea. He said, “You have no idea how impressed I am that you remembered all that.” It was the first time he was in the shop so I had him fill out the form with his name, etc. I still had no idea who he was. But Phil recognized the name. It was someone we once met some time ago, not connected to magic. I just happened to say his son was 12. How did I know that? Why did I say it? Maybe I am a mindreader after all.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!