Mind Reading Tricks

Performing mind-reading tricks successfully takes great skill. There are many books covering apparently easy mind-reading tricks, but in many cases the skill is in the actual performance you give. Some of the best tricks I've seen on this can be found in Magic Trick Secrets Revealed. Convincing your audience that you possess a rare gift is not an easy task and how you talk, what you say and your general demeanour all play a part in creating the effect that you can actually read minds.

Obviously these sort of tricks are more difficult to perform successfully to family and friends as they will not suddenly believe you have acquired mystical powers.

If you want to perform mind-reading tricks you need to be convincing and it's good to start with an audience that don't know you too well. Learn a patter and an act that builds an atmosphere. The act isn't that difficult to come up with if you give it some thought. You need to take the audience along the route of the great untapped power and mysteries of the human brain. If you get it right and perfect the routine, it won't be that hard for you to convince an audience that real magic is being performed....the magic of the mind.

Below are a couple of apparently really easy mind-reading tricks.The first is called "Name of the Dead". For this you will need a sheet of paper and three volunteers. You tear the paper into three pieces and tell two of the participants to write on each sheet the name of a person who is still alive. The third person will be instructed to write the name of someone who has already passed on.

Take note that when you cut the paper into three pieces, the top and bottom will have only one rough edge while the one in the center will have rough edges on both sides. To make people believe you can read their minds, all you have to do is give the center piece to the one who will write the name of the person who is already dead.

To make people believe that you can do this, you tell them to drop the three pieces of paper into a hat which is resting on the table or raised above your head. You then put your hand in the hat and simply feel the paper which has the rough edge and then take it out.

To build the suspense, put that piece of paper on your forehead to make them think you are sure about the sheet of paper you picked. You then give this paper to the one who wrote on the paper that has the rough edges.

Another easy mind reading trick is called "Famous Names". For this, you will need to get 10 famous names from the audience and then write these down on a separate card. They are mixed and then you make a prediction of the name written on the card which will be checked by someone from the audience.

For this trick to work, you will need ten small cards or ten small sheets of paper. The 10 famous names should come from the audience so once they give out a name, write it down and then do the same for the rest.

What the audience does not know is that the first famous name written will also be written on the rest. You then put these into the hat and shake it. You now ask a volunteer from the audience to reach into the hat and give you the paper.

You put this on your head to create a dramatic effect and then say the name of the famous person aloud which will be confirmed by the volunteer. So no one will discover what you did, make sure to get rid of the other slips.

Mind-reading tricks belong to the genre commonly called "Mentalism". Most Mentalists have earned their spurs as it were performing ordinary magic tricks first. Only when they are confident and competent at the usual magic performance do they progress onto mentalism. There is some great stuff on mentalism to be found on the web, one of the best is Master Mentalism. You'll need to pick out the bits you can use from it, but there is a lot of great information and tips that you can make use of.