I am often asked how it is I am able to call myself a dog mentalist? My short answer is, anyone can do it. Just print up a business card and there you are. The real question is, what exactly is a dog mentalist? The answer is more complicated than just putting these two words together. The dog part is easy. Defining the word mentalist part is more daunting.
Mentalism according to Wikipedia is “a performing art in which its practitioners, known as mentalists, appear to demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. Performances may appear to include hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, mind control, memory feats, deduction, and rapid mathematics. Mentalists are sometimes categorized as psychic entertainers, although that category also contains non-mentalist performers such as psychic readers and bizzarists.”
The above description is based on the demonstration of apparent highly developed mental and/or intuitive powers. During performances, it “appears” that the mentalist is using any one of the following: hypnosis, telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship or mind control. It is this appearance of these paranormal acts that is the hallmark of the mentalist. Appearance is not reality. As a practitioner of mentalism and a realist, I explain that these paranormal features are not the true nature of mentalism. The factors of mentalism I do possess are highly developed intuitive and mental abilities.