2013 MINDvention Presenters
Bruce Bernstein will not be able to present at this years convention.
If you’re into Mentalism, then you’ve heard of Bruce Bernstein. His products have gained great acclaim from around the world, and his routines are used by many of today's top working pros. His critically acclaimed creations such as PSI-TECH, PSI-KICKS, CLASSICS, PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING, PSYCH-OUT, THE BERNSTEIN CENTER TEAR, COUPLES, THREE, and more have recently been updated and published in his newest book UNREAL, which has been receiving raves such as Barrie Richardson’s comment – “UNREAL is the most stimulating book on Mentalism or Magic I’ve read in years.”
Jon Stetson: Bruce Bernstein is a genius. He didn’t pay me to say this. In fact, I paid him. After having had the opportunity to see Bruce lecture and reading his wonderful books, I hired Bruce as a consultant. We have worked on several projects, and will continue to work together as long as I have a say in the matter!
Max Maven: "Bruce starts with offbeat ideas, and then takes them further than you'd expect, with great results."
Stephen Minch: "Bruce Bernstein has devised some of the most diabolical conceits in modern Mentalism. When he talks I listen -- really carefully."
Luke Jermay: “Bruce is without a doubt one of mentalism’s greatest thinkers. His subtle attention to detail takes what in others hands could have been mere tricks and turns them into fully formed miracles. I can only hope that I one day create something as brilliant as Bruce's material."
The Amazing Allison has performed for and represented 70% of the Fortune 500 companies at corporate events. She has amazed, astonished, and mystified hundreds of thousands of people face to face and has traveled around the world representing these top clients during their most venerable moments. Not only has she always achieved success at each show, but she is always Re-booked for more! How does she do it? What is her secret? You are about to find out!
Allison will share her techniques and strategies by taking key topics out of her 1hr. sales and marketing seminar which costs hundreds of dollars. In this special 30 minute version she will explain the following:
· Developing a character/persona
· Creating yourself through social media
· Recognizing your USP
· Where to begin the search for clients
· How to approach potential clients
· How to maximize your income
· Homework- preparing for your show
· The Anti-Failure Guidebook
· What not to do on the showroom floor
· Networking an event
· “The Derringer Method”
· Keeping your new clients
By the end of her amazing crash course on self-marketing you will be confident that the possibility to achieve your goal of becoming a corporate entertainer is now a reality. A must see for all those who are wanting to take the next step or who want to excel further. See you all there!
At age six, John decided he wanted to be a Wizard when he grew up. He's been studying magic since -- 50 years later! Today he is a professional entertainer, author and strange person. During the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair, he successfully solved the Rubik's Cube while blindfolded. Professor Erno Rubik thought this was the most amazing thing he had ever witnessed.
John was one of the featured entertainers at the 2008 Inaugural Ball, and he is a popular guest on television and radio programs. He has even read palms over the radio! He also enjoys speaking for Civic clubs on a variety of topics including Intuition, Memory, and Weight Reduction. His books, written under the name Jon Saint Germain -- Runic Palmistry, Karmic Palmistry, and A Lover's Guide to Palmistry-- are available in bookstores and from his website. Because of his eclectic knowledge of all things magical and psychic, he has been retained as a consultant for a series of programs for the Learning Channel.
John practices what he preaches. Struggling with a lifelong eating disorder, he applied his techniques to solving the riddle of why a person would consume food when he isn't really hungry. He found answers, and his weight dropped from almost 300 pounds to 200 pounds in a year and a half.
Jon is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he majored in Studio Art, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, and Indiana University, where he earned a degree in Literary Illustration. Now he reads minds for a living. Funny how things turn out.
Docc Hilford is a giant in the mentalism community. No, really! He’s like 6’5”. But also because he lives the three-fold dream. He performs, creates and consults. And gets paid for it!
He’s currently engaged 6 nights a week at luxury resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. He’s performed in 13 countries as a full time pro for over 30 years.
He’s the author of lots of NEW eBook titles and 30 classic books on original mentalistic effects. He’s recorded dozens of original DVDs for Flora and Co., L&L Publishing, Alakazam and several NEW feature length MP4 Doccinars.
His contemporary approach is applied by 4 out of 5 professional mentalists on TV, in theaters and at corporate events. From D.B. to D.B. and D.B. (David Blain to Derren Brown and dozens between), chances are you’ve either seen or performed a Docc Hilford effect. How was that for alliteration?
But Docc has a shady past.
• He was the opening act for Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Weird Al Yonkovich, Gallahger and Tammy Wynett. He spent years on tour as stage manager for Alice Cooper.
• He was the editor of The New Invocation magazine, publishing countless effects of Bizarre Magick. He’s a recipient of The Andruzzi Award, The ICBM Lionheart Award, Showman of the Year, Order of Houdini First Class and several Magician of the Year awards from both IBM and SAM.
• He ran a fake mediumistic spiritualist church for fun and profit.
• He created and produced the international convention, the Weerd! Weekend for 9 years!
• He spent time in a South American jail.
• And he’s friends with Bob Cassidy!
This year, in honor of Bob Cassidy, Docc will present his SECRET STASH Lecture exclusively for attendees of MINDvention 2013. These are Docc’s hidden gems of mentalism and inside secrets of performing; outside of the kitchen. And you’ll learn them first hand.
Thomas Heine, as Director of Studies, lectures at both an Academic High School and at the University (Berlin, Germany). His principle subjects are neuro-biology, psychology and philosophy. He is a mentalist, creator, writer, consultant, hypnotist and hypnotherapist.
Rainer Mees is an engineer, technical consultant, creator, writer, mentalist, hypnotist and hypnotherapist. For several corporate major projects he created not only solutions for seemingly intractable problems but also designed and made the tools to enable the solution to be realized.
In addition to performing, creating and writing about mentalism and hypnosis, they work together as consultants for mentalists with regard to effect development, communication, presentation and stage setting. Together they also train corporations in advanced communication strategies. In 2006 they created the ParaLabs Institute as a presentational background for parts of their work in mentalism.
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Paul Vigil is one of the most mesmerizing performers in the world. He has been practicing and performing the art of magic since the age of five.
After university, where he studied ethno-pharmacology and magic used throughout history, Paul could no longer deny his inner calling and became a professional performer. He never looked back.
More recently, his formal show at King Ink inside the Mirage (which ran from 2010-2013) held it’s own against the multi-million dollar production shows for which the city is famous, gathering standing room only crowds week after week.
Cashetta has delighted audiences for over 18 years with her outrageous wit, charm and crossover appeal and remains one of America’s most beloved, unique and sought after female impersonators.
As a Magician, Psychic, Mentalist, Singer, Comic and Fabulous Emcee, Cashetta is a one of a kind entertainer that is not to be missed! Her unique take on mind reading, mentalism and magic make her a true original and one of the busiest working professionals today.
Her production and cabaret shows have toured internationally and continue to play to packed houses. Venues include the Harmon Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and the former Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway, The Duplex in NYC and The Art House and Crown and Anchor in Provincetown, MA. She can also frequently be seen on cruise ships, in Vegas showrooms and at resorts worldwide for every type of audience imaginable!
Her numerous television credits include The Today Show, Late with Conan O’Brien and the Outlaugh Festival - Wisecrack on Logo with Margaret Cho.
Cashetta has had the honor of opening for Cyndi Lauper and has shared the stage with such legends as Chita Rivera, Charo, Betty Buckley, Jennifer Holiday, Eartha Kitt and Patti LuPone. Don’t miss the chance to see this one-of-a-kind entertainment powerhouse!
Paolo Cavalli has long been a hidden secret in Mentalism. During his decades long journey, he has studied and practiced literally everything he could put his hands on in the field of Mentalism and the mystery arts.
Between 1992 and 2005 he worked in private clubs as well as at conventions. He performed on cruise ships – using mentalism and working one-on-one as a reader.
His knowledge, studies and experiences lead him to train hypnotherapists, conduct NLP classes and share his insights into deeper psychic effects.
During a period of almost two decades Paolo released several brilliant manuscripts, all of them highly recommended on regular basis by many ‘big guns’ in the community – and each new publication was eagerly awaited by the cognoscenti.
In the 2000’s Paolo shared his wisdom as ‘Lord of the Horses’ in various online forums. So while he became increasingly well known in the community, he was still an enigma as no mentalist ever met him personally, knowingly … until now.
Colin McLeod has said about him:
“If ever anyone has proven they are able to create the right level of intrigue and mystique, it’s Paolo Cavalli. Over the years he has, in my eyes, become a master of inventing ways to achieve miracles. A man who has quite literally stunned me.”
Paolo Cavalli has been a hidden secret in Mentalism – until now.
A great understanding of people combined with a rich performance background has led Paul Draper to a multi-faceted career as an anthropologist, mentalist, and organizational improvement expert. His warmth and interest in his audiences forms a strong component of his facilitated workshops, training seminars and shows.
As a former faculty member of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and lecturer at Westminster College and Weber State University, Paul has honed his research and training to improve business and organizational processes. He draws heavily on Anthropology and Communication studies in his workshops to empower attendees to develop healthy communities.
Paul Draper's training in anthropology makes him a keen observer of human behavior allowing for his amazing ability to identify key issues and resolve conflicts. His skills are built on an uncanny talent for reading and understanding the thoughts and the emotions of others. He uses these talents to teach and entertain audiences how to improve their lives. Paul Draper teaches how to build upon our natural abilities to create rapport and hone sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others.
As a speaker and trainer, Paul Draper uses his wide array of leadership and team motivational abilities to educate, train, and motivate others. He has worked with an extensive range of people of all abilities, cultures, religions, ethnicities, and occupations to help create communities that support success, respect, and understanding.
In addition to his corporate shows and academic lectures, Paul Draper is frequently called upon as an expert in fields ranging from magical history to human consciousness. He has appeared as an expert on the History Channel, WB, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, Oxygen and HGTV. He has been featured in articles for Psychology Today, Glamour Magazine, Becker’s Hospitals Review, AskMen.com, Disney’s Family Fun Magazine and many guest contributions for the AP and AOL News.