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Interview with a real-life “Mentalist”

Shelter

By David Johanssen

“Every day when we walk out the door, we give away more about ourselves than we could possibly imagine!” Thus began our conversation with real-life “mentalist,” Thomas Baxter, who recently returned to San Miguel de Allende from his home on Vancouver Island, Canada. He has returned to town for an exclusive engagement at Shelter Theater on Dec 29 and 30, and Jan 5 and 6, all dates starting at 7pm.

Shelter: We were blown away by your show the last time you were in town, how do you do it? How do you know what people are thinking?

Tom Baxter: Some call what I do “psychological illusion.” I explain right at the beginning of my show that I will be manipulating the audience’s perceptions and their choices in the “experiments” that follow. Part of the fun is watching how people react, despite their best attempts to avoid being influenced or giving away what they are thinking.

Shelter: Observation can explain some of it, but we’ve seen you reveal intimate thoughts during your show, things that you would have no way of knowing.

Tom Baxter: Well, I’ve had to learn an entirely new set of very esoteric and arcane skills to do the things that I do in my “Thought Control” show. Psychology, verbal and non-verbal manipulation, even things as diverse as Japanese video game theory now plays a part in how I manage to find out what people are thinking.

Shelter: What’s the point?

Tom Baxter: It’s all about demonstrating the amazing connections that we all have as human beings…the things we all inherently sense without realizing it. In the end, I want people to leave the theater having been happily mystified but inspired to be more aware of the people around them and perhaps to question their preconceived notions of what is possible.

Baxter’s shows were completely sold out last year, so buy your tickets now at La Biblioteca and online at sheltervg4.com. They’re going fast!

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby—an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardín! Google us, or find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. See our calendar at sheltervg4.com for dates and online tickets.

 

Live Performance

Thought Control with The Mentalist

Fri and Sat, Dec 29 and 30, 7pm

200 pesos

 

Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jan 2, 7:30pm

70 pesos (inc drink)

 

Video and Discussion

Perspectives in Non-Duality with Ravi Nathwani

Thu, Jan 4, 5pm

100 pesos

 

Live Performance

Thought Control with The Mentalist

Fri and Sat, Jan 5 and 6, 7pm

200 pesos

 

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

 

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