How to be a mentalist (with pictures)

How to be a mentalist (with pictures)
How to be a mentalist (with pictures)

A mentalist is a person who appears to possess paranormal powers to predict an individual's character as well as details about their personal life. A mentalist must be a genius at decoding, possess the faculties of observation as well as the highly developed capacity to note the smallest details. Many people, from criminal investigators to magicians, use these mentalistic devices and professional psychological knowledge to interpret human behavior. Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Simon Baker? Here is how to do it.


Part 1 of 3: Uncovering the Lies

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Step 1. Make quick and informed estimates

One of the qualities of a mentalist is to trust your judgment. Unfortunately, most people do not use their sense of observation. A general estimate of an individual provides a good basis of information, which is often overlooked. Are a person's hands, for example, soft or callused? Does he have firm muscles or not? Are the person's clothing conspicuous or inconspicuous? Take yourself as an example, what could we learn from you just by looking at you?

There are many assessment methods available to help you build an individual's profile. Think of Sherlock Holmes, he didn't have any extrasensory perceptions, but just noticed things. That's all. A slight, lighter circular mark on the left hand yearbook. A pen mark on the left hand. Holmes would therefore have deduced that this person is either divorced or separated and right-handed. Rely on your first estimates

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Step 2. Look for physical clues in others

The job of a mentalist is to awaken memories and cause a "clue" to appear, even if the person cannot remember the information. This "clue" will help you find out what the mind knows, but the memory cannot remember. Remember that while someone might say they can't remember something, the brain records everything. Therefore, the information is there, but it is not available to the person at the time. These "clues" can be revealed through the following physical characteristics:

  • dilation or contraction of the pupils: dilation being associated with a positive emotion and contraction with a negative feeling,
  • the direction of the person's gaze,
  • the rhythm of breathing,
  • heartbeat,
  • possible sweating.
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Step 3. Be your first guinea pig

Searching for clues is of no use if you don't know what they mean. While everyone is a little different, the clues, as the name suggests, are usually the same for everyone. Stand in front of a mirror and start studying your face. Here are some things to look out for.

  • If you have a positive memory, your pupils should dilate. If you think of a negative event, they should contract. Imagine these two scenarios and see what happens.
  • Consider an answer to this question: why do you like going to the beach? Once you've found your answer, notice the direction of your gaze. If you've talked about fire, you've probably visualized it and looked up. If you have mentioned the sounds and smells, your gaze has undoubtedly remained fixed. If you've mentioned the sand in your hands, you've probably looked down. Visual responses generally cause one to gaze upward, sensory responses cause one to gaze fixedly, and tactile memories direct the gaze downward.
  • Make you nervous. How does it show up on your body? How does your heart react? Your breathing? What are you doing with your hands? Also review other emotions, such as sadness, joy, anxiety, and so on.
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Step 4. Detect the Lies

The detection of the lie comes mainly from the processing of the clue. In reality, a lie detector doesn't do anything else: it measures blood pressure, pulse, and sweat. The higher the number obtained, the greater the likelihood that the person is lying. But you can do even better than a machine, like realizing that the person is not looking you in the eye, twiddling their thumbs, or that their verbal and non-verbal behavior is inconsistent.

  • It is good to master the tiniest details. These are little clues lasting a few seconds that tell about what the person is really feeling before they deliberately cover it up. These are often feelings of distress or negative thoughts that she doesn't want to show for one reason or another.
  • Pay attention to the whole body, if the person swallows a lot, if they are touching their nose or mouth, what they are doing with their hands, fingers and feet, and what position they are in relation to you. Does the person imperceptibly lean towards the door? This probably means that she wants to go!
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Step 5. Ask revealing questions

A big part of a mentalist's job is to convince people. You should at least convince them that you are indeed a mentalist! If a person is provided with proof that another person is able to "read their mind," the person will easily confuse telepathy with a sense of observation. Just ask revealing questions.

John Edward and other television personalities are very good at this. The facilitator begins by saying, “I see the number 19. Does this mean anything to anyone? He starts off with something vague until someone takes a bite of the hook. When it does, he'll ask questions like, “You were very close to this person, weren't you? And the person responds with the impression that the facilitator has read his mind. All you have to do is ask very vague questions and the person answering will fill in the blanks giving all the information that was missing

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Step 6. Practice the method of sweeping a room with a sharp gaze

Pay attention to all the details of this environment. Observe all human interactions, from individuals to group formation. It is often enough to observe a room for ten seconds to know what each person is feeling in it.

  • If you see one or two people near the door, it could indicate social anxiety. See a person whose body language is clearly directed at another person? There is probably a sexual attraction there. And if everyone in the room is lined up around one person, you will have found your dominant character. And these are just three examples among many others.
  • If possible, make a recording. Start with small sequences, observe, then review those sequences several times to see what information you missed the first time around.

Part 2 of 3: Knowing how to convince others

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Step 1. Learn basic behavior in the person you are interested in

It means knowing what is the normal behavior of that person in a given situation. Since people are different from each other, you will make more effective inferences if you have references first. And you will know how the person will perceive you!

An easy example is to think of people who naturally like to seduce. When they are comfortable, they can laugh, touch and titillate whoever they like. Other people, although comfortable, may view these actions as a violation of their privacy. Both categories of people are equally comfortable, but they express it differently

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Step 2. Have confidence in yourself

99% of the art of being credible and influencing others comes from your self-confidence (these statistics have yet to be verified). How do politicians get elected? What makes a good salesperson? Who are women seduced by? We might think of it as a matter of intelligence or looks (which obviously doesn't hurt), but it really boils down to insurance. No one would ever question your words if you are confident enough.

If a mentalist attitude makes you uncomfortable, you will have to get rid of this unfortunate feeling! You are really only selling yourself. People come to you to be convinced, they are not looking for the most reliable or the most logical information. Tensions will subside on their own when you realize that it's how you say it that matters, not what you say

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Step 3. Listen

It turns out that people tell us a lot more than we think. A whole unsuspected universe would open up to us if we knew how to listen better. We could improve our memory and make connections that we had not seen before. This is what mentalists do!

The effectiveness and listening skills of a mentalist come primarily from an ability to read between the lines. To see what people are really saying when they speak. If a friend comes up to you and says, "Mash, I worked really hard today!" He actually wanted to say to you, "Encourage me." I need someone to tell me that everything is fine”. It's that watermarked text that will give you clues when people don't realize you've polled them

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Step 4. Act naturally

For you, it boils down to putting on a show. So be yourself, instead of taking yourself for someone you're not and making a big deal out of it. Your real you is more convincing than anything else.

At least be slightly amused. Think of those actors responding to an interview who always wear a small smile and often fall prey to chuckles. They are perfectly at ease and just look relaxed. Be a fabulous person

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Step 5. Sprout Ideas

Mental sleight of hand is not just cinema. If you can't plant dreams yet, you can germinate ideas. Let's say you want someone to think of a word and you've decided that the word is “watch”. So you put that word into the conversation beforehand, take a quick look at yours, and ask the person to think of an accessory. Paf! You read his mind.

Start training at a modest level, like the example above. Gather a friend or two and see if you can come up with some personal scenarios without them realizing the ideas you have implanted in them. Once you've tested it out with half a dozen easy-to-insert words, you can wow anyone anytime

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Step 6. Don't reveal your secrets

A magician worth his salt will never spit it out if you ask him the secret of one of his tricks. He wouldn't even have to explain another wizard's trick, as the Brotherhood would kick him out the door. You should do the same! If you are asked how you do certain things, just shrug your shoulders and attribute it to your own genius.

Don't accidentally disclose it either. If you say, “Ah, I see you've looked to the left,” it shows that you are watching their eyes, even if you don't tell them what it means. You have to make them believe that you have extrasensory power that others do not have. Be mysterious. You will only increase their curiosity

Part 3 of 3: Go Further

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Step 1. Read extensively, especially books on how mentalists work

There are lots of books out there that describe interviews with people and the interpretation of them following the most imperceptible facial expressions, body cues, and mental manipulation. Nothing beats pros to learn well!

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Step 2. Study different, albeit related, areas

To give yourself more credit and maybe because you are interested in it too, venture into other areas. Consider reading a book on dream interpretation, tarot reading, astrology, telepathy or telekinesis, to name a few. It could also flesh out your culture!

Also consider learning new skills. Think of hypnosis, reading hand lines, or any other way of deciphering people. When you have become a mentalist yourself, you can always say in the most serious way, “I could hypnotize you, but I don't have to get to that. "

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Step 3. Train your brain

It is also a muscle. If you don't use it, it will waste away. So play chess, do Sudoku puzzles and solve puzzles. Do puzzles. Spend your free time reading and putting together your own projects. Paint (this is excellent for having an eye for detail). Take drama classes (also excellent for details and working on emotions). Your mental power can be increased through all of these activities.

Use the Internet. There is no shortage of mental training sites and you will have plenty of things to regularly stimulate your brain. Deductive reasoning and critical thinking are not necessarily used by a mentalist, but they are great skills for going faster! Sherlock may notice the lack of a one-finger wedding ring, but if it takes him two days to figure it out, Watson has plenty of time to give up the ghost. So keep a certain mental agility and be at the top of your game

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Step 4. Find a job that allows you to use your skills

Why not take advantage of your incredible observational skills and your ability to survey people to make a career out of it, whether you are looking to become a magician, a criminal investigator or a TV host? You will sharpen your methods and, with experience, you will even learn other tricks.

Start by reading the following wikiHow articles, if you haven't already: read how to be a magician, how to read someone's body language, how to be a detective, or even how to be on TV. There's no reason you can't


  • It takes some dedication to become a credible mentalist. It is not a quick or easy procedure, as there are thousands of variations of human behavior. It is also a multidisciplinary vocation given that it involves solid knowledge in psychology as well as countless hours of observation and interpretation.
  • Be aware that it takes several years to reach a good level of skills. It's not something you can learn in a week or two.
  • Practice your skills at a modest level. It is better to succeed gradually than to fail by wanting to achieve something that is beyond what you are capable of doing.
  • You will reinforce what you have already learned by constantly using your growing skills.


  • Be careful how you use any mentalistic skills you learn. Mentalism, like many other things, is neither good nor bad. However, it is its use that determines its value to the public.
  • If you get help from your friends to develop your skills, ask them in advance if they are okay with it. A few mistakes in the first two years can cost you dearly in human relationships if you do it without the permission of others and if the outcome is not good for the person involved in your experiments.

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