Real-life mentalist Keith Barry says he loves watching the TV show The Mentalist because they made it as “real-life as possible”.
The TV show stars Australian Simon Baker as The Mentalist. “The Mentalist is actually based on reality rather than the other way around,” Keith Barry tells Noise11.com.
He says that there is a science to the readings and anyone could learn to do it. “A lot of the techniques that he uses are based on what we do whereas every thought that you have translates into a physical reaction,” he says. “If you can learn to read that physical reaction, even if it is minute then you can actually figure out what someone is thinking by reading a person’s muscle tone”.
“The Mentalist uses that technique quite often. They hired a couple of consultants for that and kept as much as real-life as possible which is fantastic for us because it is great to watch it and know I can do what he is doing,” he said.
When it comes to hypnosis Keith says everyone reacts differently. “I compare our brains to safes. Some safes have a three or four digit combination and they are easy to get into and some safes have up to 15 combinations and are almost impossible to hack into. Our brains are very similar. Some brains are easy to crack into and some are more difficult and malfunction and you can’t hack into them at all”.
Keith Barry will tour Australia in August and made a flash visit to Melbourne last week for a quick promo trip where he visited Noise11.com and hypnotized Noise11 photographer Ros O’Gorman.
Under hypnosis, Keith had Ros convinced that the number three did not exist. He also correctly named a random word she was looking at in the dictionary.
Watch the interview and then the hypnotism of Ros O’Gorman here.