How to Read Minds and Influence People

Doug Segal opens the show with a unique and refreshing approach to mentalism - it’s easy, you can do it too, and here’s how.

Segal presents a slick show that is filled with laughs and surprises which will keep you engaged and leave you with new tricks to try at home.

This seems at first to be an over-simplification as trick after trick throughout the show left me baffled as to how on earth Segal had managed to pull off the things he did. True to his word, Segal explains to us the background information and processes that go into creating his act. Of particular note is the section where Segal explains the techniques that are involved in implanting suggestions in peoples minds, a slightly lengthy though fascinating section which had the audience on their feet at its conclusion. Each part of the act is expertly crafted and I was never in any doubt, as with some acts of a similar nature, that Segal was headed somewhere with it.

As for any show of this nature there is a large amount of audience interaction which is often a risky approach, however Segal’s jovial and quick witted stage presence quickly put the audience at ease, making volunteer selection easy. By the time the first segment had concluded audience members were practically chomping at the bit to be invited up on stage. Segal’s directions to his volunteers are always clear and he strikes a good balance between instructing them and gently mocking them.

The minimal set and accompanying slideshow were very slick and well thought through, almost giving the feel of one of those american style self help seminars. Overall Segal presents a slick show that is filled with laughs and surprises which will keep you engaged and leave you with new tricks to try at home.  

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‘Imagine if Derren Brown was funny’ (Evening Standard). Winner of ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award and Best Cabaret Brighton. The sell-out hit returns! A mind reading show unlike any other! Learn to read minds, detect lies and more. With laughs and rakish charm. Seen on BBC One and BBC Three. ‘…a show that leaves people open mouthed with astonishment and on their feet’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘Simply brilliant’ ***** (Sunday Express). ‘Breathtaking’ **** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). **** (Skinny). ***** (ThePublicReviews.com). **** (FringeGuru.com). **** (EdinburghSpotlight.com).