The Arka Tech

Mentalist makes students think twice

Sydney Henjum/The Arka Tech As a mentalist, Carter strives to give people a “sense of reality turned on itself.” Carter’s advice to college students is to follow your dreams and pursue what you are passionate about.

One student was hypnotized, several students fell for illusions and many were amazed by the performance from mentalist Christopher Carter who put on an interactive show last week thanks to the Student Activities Board.

It has been reported that “mentalist” refers to someone who not only is a skilled magician, but demonstrates extraordinary mental powers like mind reading. Carter said the best part of his job is the reactions he gets from the audience.

As a mentalist, Carter strives to give people a “sense of reality turned on itself.”

Carter performed a series of card tricks, illusions, mind reading and hypnosis that focused on the manipulation of free will.

“We think we know how the world works, but maybe we don’t,” Carter said.

Carter’s advice to college students is to follow your dreams and pursue what you are passionate about. He said that success comes to those who pay attention to their relationships and the way people react.
A group of about 80 students showed up to the event in Doc Bryan, and everyone participated in some way. Hannah Lee, undeclared who is from Dover, volunteered to be hypnotized.

Lee described the experience as extremely relaxing.

“My mind was blown,” Lee said.

Christopher Carter has been performing professionally for college campuses for 27 years. He was always interested in magic and later learned about hypnosis, body language, and other mind reading skills.

He does about 130 shows a year on college campuses across the nation, and can be found on the National Association of Campus Activities.

SAB president Glen Poole said that they wanted to do something new and different for students, and this is the first time Carter has performed at Tech. Poole said that SAB wants students to feel included and accepted. Any ideas for fun events can be emailed to gpoole2@atu.edu.