Real-life mentalist to perform in San Miguel de Allende

Baxter Thomas

By YaYa Silva

Residents and visitors in San Miguel de Allende may find that their thoughts are not entirely their own these days.

Show by mentalist Thomas Baxter
Fri, Feb 7, 7pm
Sun, Feb 9, 5pm
Theater Shelter
Vicente Guerrero 4
Space is limited
Tickets at The Shelter (154-7524) and La Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25)

“Every day, when people leave their homes, they give away more about themselves than they can possibly imagine”, says Mentalist Thomas Baxter, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of psychological illusion, with skills that are unique in North America.

“While I am not a psychic, and don’t even pretend to be, it’s amazing how much one can “pick up” just by careful observation of the people one encounters. See that fellow who is walking quickly and keeps touching his pocket with his right hand? He has just been paid and is rushing to the bank to deposit his money before he loses it. And that lady who is standing on the corner looking up and down the road, over and over? Her husband is late meeting up with her at a pre-arranged spot. She’s worried that he’s gotten lost.”

Baxter spent years as a highly regarded stage illusionist but was always much more interested in the psychology behind the illusions than in the painted boxes and sleight of hand. His extensive research into the history and psychology of deception led him to the unique field of psychological illusion. He now draws on a set of esoteric and arcane skills to find out what people are thinking.

His techniques enable him to predict, influence, and control human behavior with a precision that seems almost supernatural. He displays those skills in his 90-minute stage show, ThoughtControl.

ThoughtControl is a funny, fascinating– and at times a little disconcerting—series of experiments in human nature, all presented in a light—hearted and entertaining way. It isn’t hypnosis (Baxter won’t make you quack like a duck or think you’re Michael Jackson), nor is it a lecture on science. It’s an entertaining reminder of how connected we all are as human beings in the ways we think, react and in the choices we make.

Baxter’s skills have been used by Hollywood  and television, and by such organizations as The National Ballet of Canada and The Stratford Festival (where, among other shows, he worked with Robertson Davies to create a stage adaptation of Davies’ World of Wonders).

This is his first time in San Miguel de Allende.

“San Miguel is lovely”, Baxter shares. “People are incredibly friendly and open. I was coaxed into doing a short demonstration of my techniques at The Shelter Theatre and the response was very enthusiastic.”

So enthusiastic, in fact, that they have booked Mr. Baxter for two performances of his 90- minute ThoughtControl show. These will take place on Friday, February 7 at 7pm and a matinee show on Sunday, February 9th at 5pm. Space is limited for these exclusive engagements, so book early. Tickets are available from The Shelter Theatre (154-7524) or at the Biblioteca.


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