Jermay is an awsome creator, but not really an awsome mentalist.
An awesome mentalist would be Max Maven or Derren Brown.
I am meeting Max Maven in August! Just saying... Sorry.
Just read again this essay,
I hate pre-consumed ideas about teenagers and mentalism, because they left out A VERY VERY important point.
MAKE YOUR MENTALISM YOU! *start to wave my hands around your head* MAKE IT YOU... YOU!
People says that you can't hypnotise people under the age of 18, because it use suggestions which works on a belief system, I have been doing suggestion and hypnotism and the age of 16, and it worked and still works for me.
*start to wave his hands again* I MAKE IT ME.
If you feel totally unconfident about selling yourself as a psychic then IT WONT WORK. Everytime you slip a tongue or you feel not so confident about what you say or how you act, people pick up on the little signals you are giving away and it will make them seem that what you say makes no sense at all.
You have to find what suits you, I love bizarre, stylish art performances, mentalism hypnotism etc. I never tell them outright that I'm a psychic and no one ever asked me that question, I bring them in the theater, I give them a seat, and I make them enjoy the bizzarerie.
Now you might say that bizzare mentalism might be seen as mental magic, yes on some points it is, instead of hypnotising someone, I take a rose and make it wit and die in front of them and the spectator just wits and goes to sleep once the rose is dead, then I produce another rose and pass it under their nose bringing them back (my touch on Jermay's divided by hate).
Why do you think Pen and Teller are so popular, they have their own caracther, they have something that is THEM, they might show something that is not convincing at all, but to the audience it will still be entertaining and magic because they get them attached to THEM and not their magic.
It's not about making them remember about your tricks it's about them remembering about YOU.
I have seen so much awkward teenager mentalism, they would just stand there and say they read people mind, just giving me the impression that people would stand in a row waiting to be ''readed''.
People alway see mentalism in the same way, a dark person reads mind and is not funny at all.
Put a show that is entertaining, then try to have a bit of believability, but everything into context and you have what you need.
Instead of talking about brainwaves and stuff when you make a drawing duplication, talk about a way you use to cheat in exams.
BE CREATIVE, BE YOU! Don't let people influence you when they say you can't perform mentalism under 18, if you want it, do it but work hard.
Another thing that I have seen in psychology books, it's called Mental Tendencies, let me give an example:
If you drink a few beers and you are with your freinds, even thought you are not biologically drunk, you act like someone who is drunk. Because you believe that with a certain amount of beer you become drunk and this suggest you to act differently.
So let say your leg would start to itch, or do something weird, even thought you are not biologically drunk, you will associate that itching sensation with being drunk, even if you aren't. And if you are sober and that same sensation would come back, you would just scratch.
So let's say you are a proffesional mentalist who watch a teenager show, you sit there and he completly bombs and doesn't give a good show. Since this person is different than you (he is a teenager) and he mess up, the proffesional who is 30 years old will imediately associate that mess up with one issue that looks the most credible, him being a teenager.
Just like with the itching sensation you imediately associate the itch with something that looks totally credible, being drunk.
So, naturally speaking, teenagers can't have 30 years of performing experience behind their belt, which means they are REALLY prone to fall in the ''you can't do mentalism''.
Don't go with the lazy thougths of putting everything on paper and then going peforming, if you want to be a sucessfull teenager mentalism work hard.
An adult mentalist that suceed works hard to have a good act, so if you want to have a good act work hard on it.
Now do you understand the mental tendency there? If a teenager would mess up on a mentalism show you would immediately associate it with this :
«... A teenager can't do mentalism, that's why he bomb ...»
And if you would see an adult mess up:
«... He was a very bad showman, he haven't put enough work on it...»
And then mix this all up with Social Beliefs and you have a big misconscription.
Everything that works well and have sucess is worked hard to have, the hard way is ALWAY the easy way.
That was the best post I have seen on here all year. You should start writing counter essays! I fully agree with your side of the story.