How to Be a Mentalist: Master the Secrets Behind the Hit TV Show
by Simon Winthrop
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Berkley Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425236512
Date: 04 January 2011 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Author's Website / Show Official Info /
How to be a Mentalist talks about the techniques a mentalist uses in entertainment. The book defines a mentalist as "someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior." The book also cites the most famous mentalist right now as Patrick Jane, the fictional character on the TV show The Mentalist. Jane uses his ability to read people in order to help the California Bureau of Investigation solve crimes. I chose to read How to be a Mentalist not to become a mentalist but to learn to be more observant in my daily life, and because I think Patrick Jane is cute.
You don't need to be a fan of the TV show in order to benefit from this book. The book uses examples from the show, but there is sufficient background to understand the point even if you are not familiar with the series.
Since the book is non-fiction, I will cover some the concepts in the book:
Hypnosis - Interesting to learn, but I would never try to hypnotize a person. Let a professional do that.
How to detect lies by reading body language - For instance, the direction a person moves his eyes while speaking can indicate whether the person is telling the truth.
Meditation - The author begins the book with a chapter on meditation. It primarily talks about focusing and relaxing to increase your receptivity for awareness and intuition.
Now on to the TV show----WASN'T THAT THE BEST SEASON FINALE THAT YOU HAVE EVER SEEN! The season premier for the new season airs on September 24, 2011. I canít wait to watch. If you are unfamiliar with the series, I recommend that you watch a few random episodes of the show and get familiar with the basic characters before you watch the finale. The finale for the 2010-2011 season was excellent and I can't wait to see where the show goes from there.
Highly recommend How to be a Mentalist. It's fun to read, and very informative.