One of the most common questions I ever get asked about what I do is this one: “What is Mind-Hacking?”
Mind-hacking is a term I coined to describe a collection of methods and techniques that I use to create the illusion of mind reading in my performances.
Mind hacking techniques can be broadly divided into two categories: leading and reading, though there are miscellaneous techniques that go beyond these categories.
Reading is about inferring conclusions based on observable subconscious behaviours like voice tone & body language.
Common examples of stunts achieved using these skills include deducing whether somebody is lying or telling the truth; and simple mind reading tricks where there are a finite number of outcomes. ie. a thought of playing card or a number rolled on a dice.
In some cases it’s possible to intelligently guess seemingly large amounts of information about people. Others are closed books.
Leading is about psychologically nudging a participant into doing exactly what I want them to do, hopefully without them knowing that they were… well… lead into doing it. When this is done successfully it feels to them like they made their own decisions. Until they realise that I have seemingly predicted what they were going to do.
Does Mind Hacking Work On Everybody?
The simple answer is no. But that’s not to say that if it doesn’t work today it will never work. It depends on your psychological state at the time. Does asking for a favour always work? No. Sometimes people are more open than other times. And how open they are depends on a whole host of factors.
When people see me do these types of things, the common next question is whether I can use these skills and techniques to give myself an unfair advantage in the real world. And the answer is… sometimes.
My skills are primarily used for entertainment purposes only. A performance situation is a lot more controlled than a real world situation and for that reason alone, mind-hacking in real world situations is much more difficult and you can never be sure of the outcome. Do I try it sometimes? Of course I do. But my success rates vary wildly depending on environment, subject, time of day and a lot of other factors outside of my control.
It could be anything from reading a woman’s body language to tell whether she likes me (not all that useful to me since I got into a relationship) all the way up to borderline unethical tricks like trying to get a waitress to give me things from the menu for free.
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