Give the impression of being able to read minds.
What does a Mentalist do?
Mentalists are people who have an impressive talent for mind reading. It’s so impressive, in fact, that they use it on stage, making their living as “Mental Magicians” who entertain audiences with performances that include breathtaking psychic demonstrations.
When people get in trouble with their spouses, many of them fall back on the same excuse: “I’m sorry, honey; I’m not a mind reader.” When you’re a Mentalist, however, you unfortunately can’t use that excuse, because a mind reader is exactly what you are.
Well, sort of. Although as a Mentalist, you can’t literally read minds — after all, it’s impossible for one mind to communicate directly and privately with another — you can read people, which often gives the impression and illusion of mind reading.
During your mind-reading demonstrations, you appear to practice such mental magic tricks as precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, mediumship, and mind control. Of course, you’re not really telepathic, psychic, or clairvoyant. Instead, you’re a well-practiced performer who’s been trained in mentalism. Mentalism teaches you how to read body language and facial expressions, do hypnosis, do “cold/hot” readings, use mnemonics, and do tricks like the so-called “swami gimmick,” where you use a small piece of lead embedded in your fingernail to write a word on a piece of paper while it’s behind your back, giving the illusion that you had actually written that word down before the demonstration as an act of precognition.
Although you don’t have real psychic powers, you do have a keen ability to read between the lines, which gives you all the benefits of mind reading — without the burden of knowing why your significant other is in a bad mood today!