at its Best
Lewis is a magician and hypnotist. In
addition to these talents he is also a
psychic entertainer. Now of course the
question arises “What is a psychic
entertainer?” Well, the best definition
would be; a performer who presents apparent
feats of the paranormal such as ESP, Psychometry
, clairvoyance etc, in an entertaining
manner. Another name used frequently by
this type of entertainer is mentalist.
Actually, the simplest terminology is
the old fashioned one—A Mind reading
Lewis does not make outlandish claims
of so-called supernatural abilities. He
prefers his audience to judge for themselves.
One third of audience are merely curious,
one third are complete believers, and
the remaining third are downright skeptics!
It is the controversy about his “Psychic”
abilities which provides the fuel to light
the fire, which makes the performance
you may ask, “Is he real or isn’t
he?” His answer is “ Some
of what I do is illusion, some of it is
reality, in other words, some of it is
real, some of it is not so real. I let
the audience figure out which is which.”
Despite this semi disclaimer, people cling
to the belief that Mark Lewis is really
is probably because in addition to being
an entertainer he is a very famous palmist,
astrologer and tarot reader. He has done
psychic readings all over the world. In
Ireland especially he became a household
name because of extensive media coverage,
concerning his psychic and hypnosis activities.
mind reading acts affect a very serious
style of presentation, not Mark!
is fast and funny, he believes he is there
to entertain, not educate.
is fascinating but it must be entertaining.
While other mentalists are slow, ponderous,
and present complicated and convoluted
routines, Mark is direct and to the point.
He doesn’t take himself too seriously,
will joke around when performing since
he believes there is no rule that a psychic
can’t have a sense of humor! He
breaks other rules too; it is standard
wisdom that a psychic entertainer should
never do standard magic tricks in his
acts, lest the audience suspect the psychic
part of the show is also a trick. Mark
doesn’t care, he does card tricks
galore. To the horror of his more serious
colleagues he will do fancy card shuffles
and manipulations a-plenty. This is completely
against standard wisdom earning much disapproval
from his peers but acclaim from his audiences!
reasoning “I’m trying to entertain
my audience, not start a new religion,
it makes no real difference whether I
do magic tricks, joke around or do fancy
shuffles, the believers will still believe,
the skeptics will still be skeptical,
the curious will still be curious. And
everybody will still be entertained which
is the real reason I am there in the first