Interview with Dr Kruti Parekh, Asia’s first and leading female mentalist
Dr . Kruti Parekh is a dynamic and multi-faceted personality who has made her mark as the World’s Premier Female Mentalist, Youngest Artistic Illusionist, Visionary social Entrepreneur, and A highly sought Global Motivational Speaker & Mind Trainer. She also Happens to be one of India’s First Test-tube babies .
Her expertise has taken her to perform in over 35 countries, captivating & wowing audience that include royalty and influential world leaders such as the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Ex-Prime Minister of Australia John Howard and Wen Jiabao of China to name a few.
With her exceptional talent and innovative approach, she has been honoured by an impressive list of awards and accolades for her exceptional talent and contributions to society.
At the young age of 11, she was honoured with the FIE Foundation National Award for Social Work, presented by former home minister Shivraj Patil, and other esteemed figures such as Ratan Tata.
At 14, she was awarded for her Environmental Awareness Shows by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the Global 500 Roll of Honour, presented in Tokyo, Japan, the Young Achievers Award from the American Consulate, the National Youth Award from the Government of India, the “best speaker performer in the world”-Bronze at EventEx, Bulgaria and “Iconic Leader” at the World Forum, Hague.
Dr. Kruti was also appointed as the Youngest Special Executive Officer for the Govt. of Maharashtra, selected as a jury member for the Children’s Nobel Prize by Queen Silvia of Sweden, and represented India at the World Youth Summit at the United Nations in Bangkok, showcasing her impact on a global scale.
Dr Kruti is a trailblazer in spreading her message of love and unity, receiving recognition from world leaders, including former American President Bill Clinton.
With a passion for making a difference, she has tirelessly contributed to a range of humanitarian endeavors, including charitable activities, environmental initiatives, and efforts to eliminate blind faith. She is a true champion for the underdog, having taken on a remarkable project of her own:
She had adopted Sharda Mandir, a school for 1000 underprivileged children in Mumbai. She devoted the proceeds from her performances to providing these children with quality education and career opportunities, thereby elevating their lives and futures.
Dr Kruti has made a mark in the professional magic scene since a young age, with numerous television appearances on networks such as Doordarshan, BBC, NHK, Star Plus, Zee Entertainment, Sony etc.
She has also lent her expertise , performing for top management C-Suite Events at several Fortune 500 companies & global organizations , like the United Nations, Disney, Unilever, Reliance, Sony Entertainment, NDTV, Times Group , etc.
In a recent remarkable feat, she has recently premiered on prime time US TV’s CW Channel on the prestigious show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” making her the first Indian mentalist to showcase an original act on the program.
She also has an impressive academic background, having degree in IT Engineering, Sanskrit, and a PhD in magical entertainment and humanities from US. She is a foremost expert in the psychology of magic and has extensively studied various subjects such as Indian Shastras, Upanishads, yoga, and the Quran.
With over a decade of research, she brings together her understanding of ancient traditions and contemporary mindset to train professionals from diverse fields, including doctors, engineers, and managers, to improve both their professional and personal lives through her corporate workshops & Motivational Sessions Titled “ Change the Way You Think “.
Her knowledge and experience are further showcased in her book titled “Beyond the Threshold of Mind,” which delves into the secrets of the mind .
She excels in customizing events with her mind-reading skills and captivating illusion presentations, leaving audiences enthralled at corporate events, marketing conferences, sales events, weddings, and more. If you have a unique idea you want to curate , She has a unique engaging wow solution!
Dr Kruti Parekh ,is steadfast in her mission to mentor and cultivate the future of magic. With her Kruti Parekh Magic Academy, she imparts unparalleled training and guidance to both aspiring young magicians and seasoned professionals.
As the sole magician with a dedicated academy at Kidzania India, with locations in Mumbai and Delhi, she affords children the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of magic and envision it as a viable career path.
Tell us a little about yourself
Dr Kruti Parekh: I am Dr. Kruti Parekh, a highly accomplished and versatile personality. I am renowned as the World’s Premier Female Mentalist, Youngest Artistic Illusionist, Visionary Social Entrepreneur, and a highly sought-after Global Motivational Speaker & Mind Trainer. I am also one of India’s first test-tube babies, which adds to my unique identity.
I am the only mentalist form inDia to have featured on US TV ‘s Prime time show Penn and Teller fool Us in Las vegas USA .
My exceptional skills and expertise have taken me to over 35 countries, where I have enthralled audiences that include royalty and influential world leaders such as the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Ex-Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, and Wen Jiabao of China, among others.
I have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades for my exceptional talent and contributions to society.
At the age of 11, I received the FIE Foundation National Award for Social Work, presented by former home minister Shivraj Patil and other esteemed figures such as Ratan Tata.
At 14, I was awarded the Global 500 Roll of Honour by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for my Environmental Awareness Shows, presented in Tokyo, Japan.
I have also received the Young Achievers Award from the American Consulate, the National Youth Award from the Government of India, the Bronze award for “best speaker performer in the world” at EventEx, Bulgaria, and the “Iconic Leader” award at the World Forum, Hague.
I have also served as the Youngest Special Executive Officer for the Govt. of Maharashtra, been selected as a jury member for the Children’s Nobel Prize by Queen Silvia of Sweden, and represented India at the World Youth Summit at the United Nations in Bangkok, showcasing my impact on a global scale.
I graduated in IT Engineering, Sanskrit, and earned a PhD in magical entertainment and humanities from the US. I am a foremost expert in the psychology of magic and have extensively studied various subjects such as Indian Shastras, Upanishads, yoga, and the Quran.
With over a decade of research, I bring together my understanding of ancient traditions and contemporary mindset to train professionals from diverse fields, including doctors, engineers, and managers, to improve both their professional and personal lives through my corporate workshops & Motivational Sessions Titled “ Change the Way You Think “.
My knowledge and experience are further showcased in my book titled “Beyond the Threshold of Mind,” which delves into the secrets of the mind.
In Addition to this I am an expert in creating customised Mentalist Show experiences for corporates which can help them in Corporate communication, Audience Engagement Experiences, adding Wow factor to their Brands as well as adding a little touch of difference to their corporate marketing , advertising and communication strategies in a unique way.
I am proud to have received recognition from world leaders, including former American President Bill Clinton.
With a passion for making a difference, I have tirelessly contributed to a range of humanitarian endeavors, including charitable activities, environmental initiatives, and efforts to eliminate blind faith.
I am a true champion for the underdog, and I have taken on a remarkable project of my own: I had adopted Sharda Mandir, a school for 1000 underprivileged children in Mumbai.
I have devoted the proceeds from my performances to providing these children with quality education and career opportunities, thereby elevating their lives and futures.
It brings me immense joy to see the positive impact that I have made on the lives of these children, and I will continue to work towards making a difference in the world and I do keep myself involved with a lot of charitable projects to help serve the society from Environmental projects , mental health awareness and other unique projects.
Can you share with us how you discovered your passion for mentalism and what inspired you to pursue it as a career?
Dr Kruti Parekh: Certainly! My journey into the world of mentalism began at a young age when I discovered my fascination with human psychology and the mysteries of the mind.
I was always intrigued by how our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions shape our reality. As I delved deeper into the subject, I realized that mentalism offered a unique avenue to explore these mysteries and captivate audiences with the power of the mind.
The turning point came when started researching on the mind through the bhagwad geeta , Upanishads and vedas as well as the psychology of magic.
I was spellbound by the seamless blend of psychology, intuition, and showmanship which was being created.
The ability to seemingly read minds, predict outcomes, and create a sense of wonder in the audience left a profound impact on me. It was an unforgettable experience that ignited a spark within me and inspired me to pursue mentalism as a career.
What truly resonated with me was the potential of mentalism to create meaningful connections with people.
It went beyond mere entertainment; it had the ability to touch hearts, spark conversations, and challenge perceptions. I wanted to harness this power and use it as a medium to inspire, uplift, and provoke thought.
The more I explored mentalism, the more I realized its vast potential as an art form. It provided a unique platform to blend my passion for psychology, storytelling, and performance.
I was drawn to the artistry of crafting routines, developing presentations, and creating immersive experiences that would leave a lasting impact on the audience.
The decision to pursue mentalism as a career was not without its challenges. There were doubts, uncertainties, and the fear of stepping into the unknown.
However, my unwavering passion and belief in the transformative power of mentalism propelled me forward. I embarked on a dedicated journey of learning, training, and honing my skills.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to witness the profound impact that mentalism can have on individuals.
The ability to evoke wonder, challenge perceptions, and inspire moments of self-reflection and introspection is a deeply fulfilling experience.
Seeing the joy, astonishment, and sense of connection in the eyes of the audience reaffirms my belief in the power of mentalism as an art form.
Ultimately, it was my passion for understanding the human mind, the desire to create memorable experiences, and the belief in the transformative potential of mentalism that led me to pursue it as a career.
It is an incredible journey filled with discovery, growth, and the privilege of sharing moments of wonder and connection with audiences.
Kindly brief us about Kruti’s Magic Academy, its specialization, and the services that it offers
Dr Kruti Parekh: People who are a little more serious and who want to learn magic and mentalism to be able to pick it up as a side job for some extra money, especially with the college going students as well as the young teenagers who are still studying and who want to make it do something before their final work or people who are in the military, may learn it as an art form and want to experiment with different formats as they learn as a kid, to a teenager wanting to learn to impress people around them, to people who are
Certainly, there are corporate training programmes that are designed for a particular goal, whether it be sales, networking, marketing, training, or any other objective they wish to study for.
It also involves learning other communication skills, interpersonal skills, how to speak to people, how to communicate effectively, how to build your personality, how to improve your overall development, how to improve your digital dexterity, and so on.
In this way, learning all the training kind of aids in your overall development rather than just being one art form or one of the things that you’re learning.
Since we provide one-on-one instruction at the Academy, we also make sure that you will learn from the greatest instructors while you are learning. As a result, you won’t be in a learning capacity or skill competition with other students.
As Asia’s first and leading female mentalist, what challenges did you face in a male-dominated industry, and how did you overcome them?
Dr Kruti Parekh: As Asia’s first and foremost female mentalist, I have encountered numerous challenges within a male-dominated industry.
Breaking through the barriers and establishing my presence required determination, resilience, and a strong belief in my abilities.
One of the major challenges I faced was the preconceived notion that mentalism was primarily a male domain.
Many believed that women lacked the necessary charisma and presence to captivate audiences in this art form. Breaking this stereotype was not easy, but I refused to let it define me or limit my potential.
Another obstacle was the lack of opportunities and representation for female mentalists. As one of the few women in the field, it was challenging to find mentors or role models who could guide me on my journey.
I had to carve my own path, drawing inspiration from other accomplished female performers in different artistic disciplines.
Overcoming these challenges required both internal and external strategies. Internally, I focused on building my confidence and self-belief.
I immersed myself in continuous learning, honoring my skills, and perfecting my craft. I embraced my unique perspective as a woman, leveraging it to create performances that were distinctive and memorable.
Externally, I actively sought opportunities to showcase my talent and prove that gender should not determine one’s abilities. I persistently pursued performance slots, collaborated with fellow artists, and reached out to event organizers to demonstrate the value I could bring to their events.
By consistently delivering high-quality performances, I gradually gained recognition and began to challenge the existing narrative.
Building a supportive network was also crucial. I sought out like-minded individuals, both male and female, who believed in my vision and provided invaluable guidance and encouragement. Surrounding myself with individuals who appreciated my talent helped me stay motivated and navigate the industry’s challenges.
Furthermore, I utilized social media and online platforms to amplify my presence and connect with a wider audience.
Through these channels, I shared my performances, insights, and experiences, breaking down geographical boundaries and reaching individuals who may not have otherwise encountered a female mentalist.
In my journey as a premier female mentalist from India, I have come to realize that persistence, passion, and a relentless pursuit of excellence are essential.
By challenging stereotypes, celebrating diversity, and continuously pushing boundaries, I have not only overcome the challenges but also paved the way for future generations of female mentalists.
I firmly believe that the art of mentalism transcends gender, and talent should always be recognized and appreciated on its merit.
My journey has been about breaking barriers, inspiring others, and leaving a lasting impact on the industry.
And as I continue to thrive and flourish, I hope to inspire more women to embrace their unique talents and fearlessly pursue their dreams, no matter how unconventional they may seem.
Mentalism is a unique art form that requires a deep understanding of psychology and human behavior. Could you tell us about your journey of mastering these skills?
Dr Kruti Parekh: Mastering the intricate skills of mentalism has been an exhilarating and lifelong journey for me. It has involved a relentless pursuit of knowledge, a deep dive into the realms of psychology and human behavior, and a continuous honing of my abilities as a performer.
From an early age, I was captivated by the power of the human mind and its potential to influence and shape our experiences.
This fascination led me to explore various disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, and even philosophy.
I devoured books, attended lectures, and engaged in countless hours of self-study to gain a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of the mind.
Understanding psychology became the cornerstone of my journey. I delved into the intricacies of cognitive processes, perception, memory, and subconscious influences.
I studied the principles of persuasion, suggestion, and nonverbal communication, recognizing their significance in creating powerful mentalism effects.
To truly master these skills, I realized the importance of practical application and experiential learning. I immersed myself in the art of performance, constantly seeking opportunities to engage with diverse audiences.
These real-world interactions allowed me to observe firsthand the reactions, responses, and vulnerabilities of individuals, enabling me to refine and adapt my techniques accordingly.
Furthermore, I embraced the power of continuous self-improvement. Feedback, both from audiences and fellow performers, became a cherished tool for growth.
I analyzed performances, dissected moments of success and failure, and constantly pushed the boundaries of my abilities.
Each show became a learning opportunity, allowing me to refine my techniques and enhance my understanding of the human psyche.
Throughout my journey, I have come to realize that mastering the skills of mentalism goes beyond technique and knowledge.
It requires an unwavering passion for the art form, a deep empathy for the human experience, and an ability to connect with people on an emotional level.
It is a combination of psychology, showmanship, intuition, and creativity that elevates mentalism to a profound and memorable form of entertainment.
As I continue on this lifelong journey of mastery, I am humbled by the endless possibilities that the art of mentalism offers.
The pursuit of knowledge, the exploration of the human mind, and the constant evolution of my skills fuel my passion and drive me to create transformative experiences for audiences.
It is an ever-evolving endeavor, one that both challenges and rewards me, and I am grateful for every opportunity to share the wonders of mentalism with the world.
How do you captivate and engage your audience during your performances? What techniques or strategies do you use to create a memorable and immersive experience?
Dr Kruti Parekh: Captivating and engaging the audience during my performances is a fundamental aspect of my approach as a mentalist.
To create a memorable and immersive experience, I employ a variety of techniques and strategies that focus on building rapport, creating intrigue, and fostering emotional connections with the audience.
First and foremost, establishing a strong connection with the audience is paramount. I strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the moment I step on stage, engaging in light-hearted banter and ensuring that everyone feels included and valued.
By building rapport and establishing a sense of trust, I create a comfortable space for the audience to open up and actively participate in the performance.
Storytelling is a powerful tool that I utilize to captivate the audience. I weave narratives that are relatable and emotionally resonant, drawing the audience into a world of mystery and wonder.
By crafting compelling stories and using vivid imagery, I transport them to a different realm, allowing their imaginations to run wild and immersing them in the experience.
Another technique I employ is audience involvement. I actively encourage participation and create opportunities for individuals to become an integral part of the performance.
This not only adds an element of excitement and unpredictability but also enhances the sense of connection between the audience and myself.
Through carefully selected participants, I aim to highlight the universal nature of the human mind and its potential, ensuring that everyone in the audience feels personally connected to the performance.
Emotional engagement is a crucial aspect of creating a memorable experience. I design routines and effects that evoke a range of emotions, from awe and wonder to surprise and amusement.
By eliciting emotional responses, I am able to forge a deeper connection with the audience and leave a lasting impression.
This might involve demonstrating an uncanny understanding of personal experiences or tapping into universal emotions that resonate with everyone.
Timing and pacing are also essential elements in creating a captivating performance. I carefully structure my routines to build anticipation, create suspense, and deliver impactful moments of revelation.
Utilizing moments of silence, well-timed pauses, and precise gestures, I control the ebb and flow of energy throughout the performance, ensuring that the audience remains engaged and on the edge of their seats.
Lastly, I prioritize authenticity and genuine connection with the audience. By being open, vulnerable, and relatable, I create an environment where the audience feels comfortable and connected on a personal level.
This authenticity helps to establish a bond of trust and allows the audience to fully immerse themselves in the experience, suspending disbelief and embracing the wonder of the performance.
In summary, captivating and engaging the audience in my performances involves building rapport, storytelling, audience involvement, emotional engagement, timing and pacing, and an unwavering commitment to authenticity.
By combining these techniques and strategies, I strive to create a memorable and immersive experience that leaves a lasting impact on each member of the audience.
Mentalism often involves reading minds, predicting outcomes, and performing incredible feats of intuition.
How do you balance maintaining an air of mystery while ensuring that your audience feels engaged and connected to your performance?
Dr Kruti Parekh: Balancing the air of mystery in mentalism while keeping the audience engaged and connected is indeed a delicate art.
It requires a thoughtful approach that allows me to maintain the enigmatic nature of my performances while still fostering a sense of connection and involvement among the audience.
One of the key strategies I employ is creating a sense of wonder and curiosity. From the very beginning of the performance, I establish an atmosphere that sparks intrigue and captures the audience’s imagination.
This can be achieved through storytelling, setting the stage for the inexplicable and showcasing the limitless potential of the human mind.
By igniting curiosity, I encourage the audience to actively participate in the mystery, making them eager to discover the secrets behind the illusions.
Another important aspect is acknowledging and appreciating the audience’s role in the performance. I emphasize that mentalism is a collaborative experience, relying on the audience’s thoughts, reactions, and choices.
I make it clear that they are an integral part of the magic, and their engagement and involvement are essential for the performance to unfold.
This fosters a sense of connection and investment, as the audience realizes that their thoughts and actions have a direct impact on the outcome.
Transparency and communication are also crucial in maintaining a balance. While I strive to preserve the mystery and wonder of mentalism, I make it a point to explain certain aspects of the performance and the techniques involved.
This can include sharing insights into psychological principles, cognitive biases, or the art of misdirection.
By providing some understanding of the mechanics behind the effects, I help the audience appreciate the complexity of the craft and deepen their connection to the performance.
Additionally, I incorporate moments of relatability and personal connection throughout my acts. By sharing anecdotes, personal experiences, or universal emotions, I create touchpoints that resonate with the audience on an emotional level.
This humanizes the performance, making it more relatable and ensuring that the audience feels connected to the narratives and the journey unfolding before them.
Timing and pacing play a vital role in maintaining the balance between mystery and engagement. I carefully construct my routines to build anticipation, gradually revealing layers of mystery while ensuring that the audience remains engaged at every step.
By controlling the timing and tempo of the performance, I create moments of astonishment and suspense, enhancing the overall impact of the illusions.
This allows me to address any lingering questions or misconceptions, further strengthening the connection and ensuring that the audience feels respected and valued.
What kind of impact do you hope to make through your performances as a mentalist? Are there specific messages or themes that you aim to convey to your audience?
Dr Kruti Parekh: As a mentalist, my ultimate goal is to create a transformative and impactful experience for my audience.
I aspire to leave them with a sense of wonder, inspiration, and a deeper appreciation for the untapped potential of the human mind.
While the specific messages and themes may vary depending on the performance, there are overarching ideas that I aim to convey through my art.
One of the key messages I hope to convey is the power of perception and perspective. Mentalism often challenges our assumptions about reality and highlights the malleability of our perceptions.
By demonstrating how easily our minds can be influenced and deceived, I encourage the audience to question their own beliefs, biases, and preconceived notions.
This message fosters critical thinking and a willingness to explore different perspectives, ultimately leading to personal growth and expanded horizons.
Another theme I aim to convey is the universality of human experiences. Mentalism provides a platform to explore emotions, memories, and desires that resonate with people from diverse backgrounds.
By tapping into these shared experiences, I aim to foster empathy and connection among the audience. The realization that we all share common hopes, fears, and aspirations can bridge gaps, break down barriers, and create a sense of unity among individuals.
Additionally, I often incorporate themes of intuition, inner strength, and personal empowerment. Mentalism showcases the incredible power of intuition and the often untapped potential of our subconscious mind.
By highlighting these aspects, I aim to inspire the audience to trust their own instincts, embrace their inner strengths, and believe in their ability to achieve extraordinary outcomes.
Moreover, I strive to promote curiosity, wonder, and a sense of childlike awe in my performances. In our fast-paced world, we often lose touch with the sense of wonder that once fueled our imagination.
Through mentalism, I hope to reignite that spark of curiosity and encourage a sense of exploration and discovery.
By reawakening a childlike sense of wonder, I aim to remind the audience of the limitless possibilities that exist within and around them.
Lastly, I hope to create an experience that allows the audience to escape from their everyday realities, even if only for a short while.
Mentalism offers a temporary respite from the stresses of life and provides an opportunity for pure enjoyment and entertainment.
By creating moments of astonishment, laughter, and joy, I aim to leave the audience feeling uplifted, refreshed, and inspired.
I strive to create an experience that entertains, challenges, and leaves a lasting impression on the audience, inspiring them to embrace their own potential and view the world with a renewed sense of wonder and possibility.
Mentalism performances often involve audience participation. How do you ensure that your participants feel comfortable and enjoy their role in your acts?
Dr Kruti Parekh: Ensuring that participants in my mentalism acts feel comfortable and enjoy their role is a top priority for me.
I recognize that their participation is crucial to the success of the performance, and their experience should be positive and memorable. Here are some key strategies I employ to achieve this:
- Clear Communication: This helps to alleviate any uncertainty and allows them to feel more at ease.
- Establishing Rapport: This helps to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, allowing participants to feel more at ease.
- Respecting Boundaries: I never pressure anyone into participating if they are not interested or comfortable doing so.
- Providing Clear Instructions: By providing clear guidance, participants can feel more confident and fully engage in the experience.
- Offering Support and Reassurance: I create a safe space where they can feel comfortable expressing themselves without fear of judgment.
- Celebrating Participant’s Contribution: This fosters a positive and inclusive atmosphere.
- Creating a Positive Experience: By incorporating elements of surprise, humor, and amazement, I aim to leave participants with a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Mentalism often involves maintaining a sense of secrecy and illusion. How do you continue to challenge yourself and develop new techniques while keeping the core principles of mentalism intact?
Dr Kruti Parekh: Continuously challenging myself and developing new techniques while preserving the core principles of mentalism is an ongoing endeavor.
It requires a delicate balance between innovation and honoring the traditions that make mentalism a captivating art form. Here are some strategies I employ to achieve this:
- Research and Exploration: I actively engage in research and exploration to stay abreast of the latest developments in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By staying informed about new findings and techniques, I can integrate fresh perspectives into my performances while maintaining the underlying principles of mentalism.
- Collaborative Learning: I seek opportunities to collaborate and learn from other mentalists and performers. By sharing ideas and insights, we challenge each other to push the boundaries of our craft while ensuring that the essence of mentalism is preserved. Collaborations provide valuable opportunities for mutual growth and exploration.
- Experimentation and Innovation: I continually experiment with new ideas, techniques, and routines. This experimentation allows me to explore different approaches, test new concepts, and innovate within the framework of mentalism. By embracing a spirit of curiosity and creativity, I can discover novel ways to captivate and engage audiences while staying true to the core principles.
- Evolution of Presentation: While the principles of mentalism remain constant, the presentation styles can evolve. I explore different themes, narratives, and artistic elements to infuse fresh energy into my performances. By adapting my presentation to resonate with contemporary audiences, I can create a more immersive and relatable experience while maintaining the essence of mentalism.
- Self-Reflection and Evaluation: I engage in regular self-reflection and evaluation of my performances. I analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each routine, seeking ways to refine and enhance them. This process allows me to identify areas for improvement and encourages me to constantly challenge myself to develop new techniques that align with the core principles of mentalism.
- Continuing Education: I prioritize ongoing education and skill development. Attending workshops, seminars, and courses related to psychology, performance techniques, and other relevant fields helps me broaden my knowledge base and refine my skills. This commitment to learning ensures that I remain at the forefront of my craft while preserving the integrity of mentalism.
- Preserving Mystery and Wonder: While exploring new techniques and approaches, I always strive to maintain the sense of mystery and wonder that is synonymous with mentalism. The core principles of deception, psychology, and audience engagement remain at the heart of my performances. Balancing innovation with the preservation of this essence ensures that the integrity and allure of mentalism are upheld.
What advice would you give to aspiring mentalists, especially to those who might face challenges or obstacles in pursuing their passion?
Dr Kruti Parekh: To aspiring mentalists, I would offer the following advice to navigate the challenges and obstacles they may encounter in pursuing their passion:
- Embrace Perseverance: Pursuing any passion, including mentalism, can be a challenging journey. Embrace perseverance and understand that setbacks and obstacles are natural. Stay committed to your craft, continue to learn and grow, and have faith in your abilities. Remember that success often comes to those who persist in the face of adversity.
- Embrace Continuous Learning: Stay curious and committed to lifelong learning. The field of mentalism is constantly evolving, and new discoveries and techniques emerge over time. Engage in regular study, attend workshops, read books, and stay updated on the latest developments. Continuous learning will help you refine your skills, expand your repertoire, and stay ahead in the field.
- Cultivate Your Unique Style: While it’s important to learn from others, strive to develop your unique style and voice as a mentalist. Explore your strengths, interests, and personal experiences to create performances that reflect your individuality. Embrace authenticity and let your personality shine through in your acts. This will set you apart and help you connect with your audience on a deeper level.
- Embrace Failure as Growth: Understand that failure and setbacks are an inherent part of the learning process. Embrace them as opportunities for growth and improvement. Analyze your performances objectively, identify areas for improvement, and use failures as stepping stones toward success. Remember that every successful mentalist has experienced failures along the way.
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