Sam Eaton asked:
As a professional mentalist, magician and deceiver, I perform many demonstrations of what appears to be mind reading in my show and I blend an array of different techniques and subtleties to create that illusion. While I will never reveal how I do what I do, I am willing to discuss one of the techniques, especially if doing so justifies sharing a picture of my dog, Dylan.
One important skill I use is simple non-verbal communication. How much of what you say is said in words? Those who claim to see into otherâ€™s minds might not be looking that deeply. Studies suggest that only 5-10% of communication is, in fact, verbal; the rest is comprised of a combination of conscious and unconscious signals broadcast through facial expressions, body language, gestures, tone, rhythm and volume of voice. This powerful tool is one we all use everyday, but few of us have made a conscious study of it. Consciously learn the vocabulary of this â€œotherâ€ language and a world of information about those around you becomes available. One of the best guides I have had in my studies of this particular art is Dylan (see above), a very talkative Golden Retriever mix. His ability to â€œReadâ€ me is extraordinary and I hope, one day, to come close to his mastery of listening to what others arenâ€™t saying.
Visit Sam Eaton’s Quantum Thoughts blog for more odd insights into our perception of the world or to find out more about his Off-Broadway show visit The Quantum Eye.