You’ll be forgiven if you’ve not heard of Luke Jermay before, but within the Magic and Mind Reading communities he is a well respected and accomplished performer, a prolific writer of books on magic theory and has even consulted for Derren Brown.
Jermay is a true master of his craft, with glorious eloquence and stage presence.
There’s no doubt that Jermay is a true master of his craft – with glorious eloquence and stage presence befitting of a Las Vegas performer (where he says he has lived for some years). For avid enthusiasts of ‘Mentalism’, the field of magic in which Jermay specialises in, however, this show will sadly not introduce you to anything you haven’t seen before. It’s a full 15 minutes into the show before the performer reads his first mind, and from there he spends the next half hour repeating the same impressive effect of addressing individual audience members’ futures. Most recipients of his forecastings are awestruck by his accuracy and personal touch, but some miss the mark by a small margin (such as suggesting Countdown rounds last 60 seconds rather than 30, but we'll let that slide!)
He offers his analyses with gusto, using well refined techniques, advanced cold reading skills and world-class improvisation, but one is still likely to leave feeling a little let down at the lack of variety within the show. The finale is an interesting creative decision, with entertaining predictions of future events unrelated to his audience, the quality of which are indiscernible and could prove to be anything from sheer miracles to pointless filler.
If you’ve never seen a Mind Reading show before and like the sound of it, this is as good a place to start as any – it is a Mind Reading show in its purest form, and as a performer, Jermay has all the ingredients it takes to put a five-star show together in the future. This year though, the format is a bit on the minimalist side, bordering on lazy, and is carried by Jermay’s experience and charisma on stage.