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My job is to create a question, not answer it: Gerard Senehi

American mentalist Gerard Senehi plans to boggle minds with his performance; to move and bend objects without physical contact.

art and culture Updated: Sep 18, 2012 18:16 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

Remember Criss Angels, the mentalist? If you’ve seen him work his magic on the telly and wondered what the real experience would be like, then there’s some good news for you. Mentalist Gerard Senehi is in the city tonight and he will giving people goose bumps with his unique act.

He may accomplish seemingly impossible feats, such as reading what’s on a person’s mind and moving and bending objects from a distance, but he maintains that he doesn’t possess any special powers. “What I do is art and entertainment,” says the American mentalist, who will be performing in the city tonight. Gerard even denies any psychic connection to what he does for a living. “I won’t say that it’s psychic. My job is to create a question for the audiences, not answer it.” Ask him what are the usual questions his performances elicit from the people who watch him at work and he says, “People always ask me one big question —whether what I do is real or just a trick.” Gerard has also won the 2008 Psychic Entertainers’ Association’s highest honour, the Dunninger Memorial Award. While his tricks and antics tonight are bound to arouse people’s curiosity, he says that his spiritual guru Andrew Cohen, who will address the audience after his performance, may just help you find clues to a few answers for commonly asked questions. “I tend to create a lot of curiosity in people’s minds, but I also leave things open ended. But my teacher will be able to share his insights on us being part of a cosmic and cultural process of evolution,” says Gerard.

First Published: Sep 18, 2012 14:46 IST