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MIND GAMES (article first published : 2004-03-19)

This is a show like none other. When have you ever thought of a number and within minutes the man on the stage is telling you what number it was?

This is true mind-reading and not chicanery. There is nothing of the charlatan about Marc Salem.

Considered one of the world’s leading authorities on non-verbal communication, the entertainer is able to detect (blindfolded) articles collected for him by members of the audience. He is also able to stop his own pulse and then stop watches and speed them up.

Salem astonished members of the audience by identifying them by name and indicating where they had been on holiday. These included some exotic destinations such as Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.

He also asked four random members of the audience to come up with a four-figure number, using pieces of paper thrown about the auditorium. Then a tape recorder, which had been on the stage during the performance, was played and announced the exact juxtaposition of the numbers.

The performer makes an important point about audience participation at the beginning of the show. He emphasises that it is not his style to humiliate or belittle anyone.

Get to see Marc Salem and his Mind Games in the Playhouse Drama before the season ends on March 21. It will be well worth your while and a unique opportunity to see a world master in action. – Patrick Leeman.




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