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Going Through The Change (And Why I’m Leaving The Art Of Mentalism)

March 26th, 2012 by Kennedy

Do I have your attention? It’s important that I do because this is a pretty large step. The industry name for what I do is not ‘mind reading’ or ‘psychological games master’, but Mentalism. Hence the CBS TV-show The Mentalist.

Before I go in to what’s changed and what this means for me, and more importantly for you, let me tell you the honest truth of my underlying reasons and purpose for doing all of this mind-reading stuff.

“I may well remove this post…”

I’ve never talked about this before, and may very well remove this post before to long, as it might get a little to much and even contradict my ‘brand’. We’ll see.

Something I’ve never shared before is my underlying aim, purpose and the thing that has driven me to keep doing what I do. That ‘thing’ was to push, to really push very hard the art of mentalism. It is an art after all.

I wasn’t content with how safe it had all become, how ‘nice’ it all was and how almost every performer spent so much time and effort to be ‘liked’. I’ve never been that guy. I’ve always held strongly to the idiom that it’s not my job to make you like me. Anyway, we’re getting side-tracked.

I came in to this Mentalism wanting to be ‘the controversial one’, the ‘one who pushed people out of their comfort zones’ and that was done by a combination of what I’d perform (Russian Roulette with Colt Magnums from that age of 19) and what I’d say (the jokes).

All in the name of art.

Entirely New Material

But I’m leaving the ‘art’ part of this behind. And yes, I’m thinking about going mainstream. Right now I am writing a new act of almost entirely new material (I’ll continue memorising a deck of cards in under 2 minutes) but i’ll no longer be bound by my ‘art’. Instead I’m going to be committed to our guests, audiences and your thorough enjoyment.

When I told a colleague about my plans for this paradigm shift he enquired why on earth I’d do such a thing. The only words that I can use to express this is that I’ve matured. I’ve matured yes as a person, but also as an act. Suddenly I am far more committed in spreading enjoyment and wonder than I am to ‘pushing the art’. And that’s what I’ll be doing.

Will it happen over night? No, not at all. But it’s happening. The rewrite is underway. The rehearsals will come next.

Amy Evans
Amy Evans
14:54 15 Mar 17
Kennedy was very professional, really entertaining and completely different to what we have booked in the past in terms of an after dinner speaker and entertainment. The performance amazed the whole audience and really lifted the spirits in the entire room in time for our formal proceedings.I would definitely recommend Kennedy to anyone looking for corporate entertainment.
james Sheeran
james Sheeran
08:35 16 Mar 17
What a fantastic night’s entertainment Mind of Kennedy provided. Some of the stuff he did is still being talked about at our company days after! Make sure you book him for your corporate event; you won’t be disappointed!
Kerry Celeste
Kerry Celeste
11:10 09 Feb 17
Absolutely spectacular show! Never seen anything like it. We were all mesmerised from beginning to end. I can highly recommend Kennedy’s show to anyone looking for entertainment for a party, wedding or corporate event. He really was outstanding and kept us all laughing & on the edge of our seats all night!
IAmy Amy
IAmy Amy
11:41 24 Aug 16
Jane Bradshaw
Jane Bradshaw
12:44 10 Jul 17
(Feedback about our ruby wedding party last night) – Kennedy was absolutely fantastic. Not only did he work the room really well, and include people from different parts of the room, which is so important, but also he was an absolute delight to work with before, during and after the event... no trouble at all and completely accommodating. The act was tremendous and I love the idea that all our guests are sitting at home today over the Sunday papers, saying "how did he do that?!" I would have no hesitation in recommending Kennedy to anyone I know. Best wishes and thanks again to Kennedy for entertaining all our guests so well at our party. Jane & Pete Bradshaw
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