Not Another Hypnotist

The word mentalist has quite a few different meanings. If you’re from the UK, it’s someone who’s locked in a mental institution. We Americans, on the other hand, conjure images of third-rate hypnotists twirling faux gold pocket watches until their subjects cluck like chickens. But Marc Salem isn’t some hack occultist, and he definitely doesn’t need to wear a straitjacket – in fact he’s cemented himself on the opposite end of the performance art spectrum. In his show, Mind Games, Salem uses his vast training in psychology and non-verbal communication to read people’s minds, and that’s something that never ceases to amaze even the most hardcore of skeptics. Witness Marc’s miracles of the mind at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) from Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are $35, and the show begins at 7:30 nightly. Call 561-832-7469, or visit
Wed., Jan. 2, 2008
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Brett Gillin