Mentalism is the key to persuasion, getting your voice heard, standing out from the crowd, keeping people enthusiastic about your message and making sure you are remembered.
You may never have thought about learning magic or mentalism before, or that you need to be thinking well, but that’s where the strength of our approach lies: The novel nature of mentalism is in its new experiences.
Whether you are young or old, had experiences in the with learning magic or are completely new to the art form, if your background is in psychology or not, or if you’ve ever struggled to learn a new skill, mentalism can work wonders. It’s no overstatement to say that if you can change your experiences today, you can change who you are tomorrow. This way, your experiences are built, not built in.
Most people struggle to step outside of their comfort zones. We struggle to face our fears and try something new, because if we fail, we’ll look and feel like an idiot. But here’s an important principle that mentalism teaches you up-front: You can never be wrong. You can’t fail. And if you take the time to learn mentalism, magic and the performance skills we teach you, you’ll see that there’s always a way to succeed.
If you’ve ever watched a magic performance and thought ‘I could do that’, or if you’ve ever wanted to know how mentalists like Derren Brown and Uri Gellar do what they do, then learning mentalism is just the right thing for you. If you’ve struggled with confidence issues, if stage fright has left you shaking, or if you’ve ever wanted to add something extra to a presentation or pitch, then learning mentalism is the right thing for you.
Important stories deserve to be told well. Your ideas, your aims and your messages are unfortunately useless if they are not understood or remembered. Mentalism and Psychological Artistry are the strongest ways we’ve discovered to bridging the gap between the rational and the emotional, for making your ideas accessible, practical and applicable to everyone in our everyday lives.
Every event is unique and we aim to meet the objectives everyone brings, but you can see a good mix of examples below of what you can expect from engaging with us.
The thinking sciences have been turned on their head.
Since the middle of the 20th Century, classical approaches to thinking and psychology have focused on the symptoms and brushed away the causes. We stopped paying attention to what created our problems and started paying attention only to the outcomes: obesity, mental health issues, depression, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Our 20th Century thinking focused solely on trying to eradicate these issues, and we lost sight of the root causes.
And we all know what’s happened since then, don’t we?
The NHS is spending £5.5 million every week on anti-depressants. Hate crime has risen by 29% in the UK last year alone. 68% of men in the UK are overweight or obese, with 58% of women trailing just behind. 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health issue this year; that’s 16 million people across the country.
The classical approach just doesn't work anymore.
At Mindsways, we're going to break this cycle. We train you in how the mind works by using mentalism, neuroscience, psychology, storytelling and a profound, evidence-based understanding of the mind. This is a fun, fresh and powerful way of learning.
We use new and important ideas coming from cutting-edge research to build a solid foundation for you and your staff. Rapidly advancing science is producing new perspectives that can profoundly change the entire concepts of ourselves. Consequences of these ideas are incredibly far reaching. I find them worthy of the title ‘awe inspiring’.
The stakes are high for everyone and in every business. We all know the theories and ideas, we all know what’s good for us, but many people struggle to really apply these lessons to their professional and personal lives.
I believe we can increase the effectiveness of training through 21st Century ways of thinking: Most people need the tools that connect the rational with the emotional.
We use the rationality of science, and make it meaningful through the emotions of art. We deliver in a way that connects the language of science with the engagement of emotional art, making it far more likely for our aims (such as improving cognitive function, confidence, team-building, leadership, creativity and growth mind-sets etc.) to be realised and put to good use.
My fascination with mentalism and these new ideas is growing daily, especially when I see the important significances all around me in weight loss, energy levels, engagement and attention, memory, sleep, self-esteem, mind-sets and much, much more.
These ideas have massive implications on your thinking and your wellbeing, which in turn impacts on your performance and productivity. Our umbrella term for this is thinking well.
We achieve all of this through our training: a collection of unique and novel approaches to workshops and teaching people at all levels brand new techniques around mentalism, Psychological Artistry and thinking well. We deliver half-day workshops, full day workshops, short courses, digital kits and in-house delivery.
Our aim for Mindsways is to highlight for you all aspects of the science behind these new ideas, making them understandable and illustrated through Mentalism, and translating them in to the everyday applied principles we call ‘Thinking Well’.
Thinking Well is part of having optimal health, including aspects of being physically, mentally and emotionally fit. Thinking well also includes social wellbeing, having high energy levels, peak vitality, personal performance and high productivity. This may be based on biology, but biology does not have to be our destiny. Our aim is to stimulate discovery of new concepts and approaches, not one of defending outdated but accepted ones.
Your neural network can only work with concepts you have. So, why not add some new ones? That is what we do with mentalism. You can make deliberate choices to change your concepts. Your concepts are not predetermined by evolution, your genes or your biology. They are due to your social circumstances and your situation. We have a responsibility to change these for the better, for ourselves and others.
You can take steps to influence your future. By Thinking Well, you can change your:
You can take steps to sculpt who you will be tomorrow using the new ideas from scientific research right now. These ideas not only allow you access to new concepts, but they can change yours and others life paths.
I have been asked several times over the last few months about how I got into this. Well, it's a story that started about 30 years ago.
I was running a community project where I had to engage individuals that were given many labels, such as vulnerable, harder to place, excluded excluded and many more variations similar to these. Many of these, I am sure, would have been used to describe me in my youth.
I must admit that I struggled; when I used what I had been trained in, it didn't work. When I used what I read from books, it didn't work. When I used what others advised, it didn't work. In fact, I was stuck in the “it didn't work” cycle for about two years. I was dissatisfied and frustrated, I really felt stuck. Then, I hit upon the idea of using illusions and I got some attention. The seeds of something were there. I started building my epiphany bridge.
So I thought and thought and then I started introducing a bit of magic (of the conjuring variety) and I got more attention. This was my aha moment; it was by breaking their expectations that I could at last start to get their attention. I then started to use the magic effects as metaphors and this led to me teaching the individuals some of the magic themselves. Suddenly, it started working! I was making progress. I was getting a sense of satisfaction from what I was doing.
These techniques captured people's attention, they involved them in learning, communicating with others, building their confidence and giving them back a sense of control. I started delivering at conferences, training others and performing more and more.
Excited by this, I went further and further. I learned more and more and haven't stopped since.
This journey has taken me from delivering in the community to boardrooms, to training NHS consultants and people with no numeracy and literacy. It has taken me from learning magic in Blackpool to meeting magicians in Las Vegas. It has taken me from the ideas of classical psychology to the cutting-edge findings of neuroscience and behavioural insights.
Mindsways' services are based on a culmination and a consolidation of all of this.
Our mission at Mindsways is to give you something new, fun and fresh that will break the frustration of “It doesn’t work”. It's our belief that if you can change how you see what was, you can change what is, so you can change what will be.
We are dedicated to giving you tools that will enlighten, engage and empower you.
Take this opportunity now to start expanding your mind, learning new ways to see invisible worlds and take part in a brand new experiment that will turn, twist and shatter your expectations! Mindsways will inspire you with awe, wonder and amazement!
One thing is for certain, you'll never see the world the same way again!
Don’t take our word for it! Here are just a few of the things people have said about us, our workshops and our materials:
I had a huge amount of fun and learned a few things along the way too! I highly recommend that you join one of their sessions. 5****
Life is very serious and sometimes unnecessarily so. This is where Mindsways' approach can reach the parts that others can't reach through magic and humour. Thank you very much.
You give real insight into the art and science of gaining and holding attention and impart invaluable skills, known to only a few, in respect of influence and persuasion. I will come again confident it will be a day well spent.
"Thank you for a great workshop. Life is very serious and sometimes unnecessarily so. This is where Mindsway's approach can reach the parts that others can't reach through magic and humour. Thank you very much. Looking forward to putting the fun into my practice."
A brilliant day creating many memorable moments. Thank you George and Alex. I now have a selection of new techniques that I can't wait to use.
These two are worth every star given! I can honestly say each and every one is unique and a pleasure to attend! WELL RECOMMENDED!
Great workshop and I felt in safe hands with people who have plenty of experience and credibility in their field. Can't wait to put my new found skills into action and learn more! Thanks George and Alex, great fun!
George is truly an expert in Psychological Artistry and is the most knowledgable and inspirational individual that I have been fortunate enough to work with.
What a wonderful day of fun, learning, insight - and perceptual mystery. Well done George and Alex - I can't imagine anyone attending this course and not having a most enjoyable day. A day from which they will bring home lots of new skills too - I know I have. Awesome.
Such an inspiring day! Changes your whole way of thinking... a must have experience!
A most entertaining, informative and fun day. George and Alex are so generous at sharing their skills and knowledge of a subject that is otherwise quite difficult to access. Their enthusiasm to help others add a bit of magic into their repertoire is infectious!
Informative, practical and fun... lots of fun. Excellent and engaging!
Nothing but praise. It was a light-hearted and informative day and I was able to go home and immediately try things. The following day I made use of my new information... to great effect.
What a breath of fresh air this training duo are! These sessions are well thought out and provided me with everything I was looking for my future workshops and more. Great job guys.
George and Alex are Psychological Artists ~ they work with the artistry of the Magician, bringing magic into practical purpose and deploying it liberally within a work environment. Perceptions, preconceptions, presumptions, assumptions, tired old habits and entrenched ways have to fall apart in the face of what these guys do, and share.
Really fun and informative. Thank you George and Alex for a great day. A must do day for anyone!
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day - and got to meet some lovely people, too, including father and son team, George and Alex. Their passion for their craft, their unpretentious delivery of their content and their humour make for a truly entertaining and enlightening day. Highly recommended!!
Mentalism is a phrase we use when we talk about a particular set of magic tricks that gives the appearance of being able to read minds, predict the future, move objects without touching them and influence people's choices.
We use it to inform, illustrate and entertain in a number of situations. It can, and has been used in, board meetings, workshops, personal development programmes, one-to-one counselling, business presentations, networking events and TV shows. It uses a blend of magic tricks, visual illusions, cognitive puzzles, thought experiments, presentations and performance skills.
Below you can see a wide range of examples of what Mentalism can be.
Mentalism is a powerful tool, and though we know a lot of people can use it and similar ideas for negative, manipulative or nefarious purposes, we are absolutely dedicated towards using it to help people, to empower those who have felt our of control and to bring a sense of fun, imagination and wonder to people's lives.
By using mentalism in business, coaching, social occasions or working directly with clients, you can add a spark of interest to what you do, communicate in a faster, more effective and more productive way and increase the interest and demand for what you do and what you have to say.
Many people see magic and mentalism as very entertaining. It's these underlying principles that allow magic to work that make it so unique and powerful. The aim of the day is to work with you in a straight forward and practical way on exploring and uncovering these principles.
When you apply them, they will impact your:
It is our aim that Mindsways helps you to see the world in a completely new way, with new ideas and a new sense of what's possible.
You may have never thought about learning magic and mentalism before, but that’s where its strength lies. The novelty, the newness and the nature of mentalism is in its completely new experiences. It is no overstatement to say that if you change your experiences today, you can change who you are tomorrow. This way, you can learn that your experiences are built, not built-in.
Challenge yourself with these ideas: don’t just blindly defend your old concepts, explore and discover new concepts. By developing a rich set of concepts, you have a toolbox to become the architect of your life. The greater your range of experiences, the greater your ability to think well and put your knowledge to good use.
By learning Mentalism, you get the tools, tricks and techniques that you need to stand out amongst the competition, open your mind up to new ideas and create lasting connections with your audience across your personal and professional life. By learning Mindfoolness, you get an understanding how your mind works, how you can be fooled and how you can use this to live up to your potential.
Challenge yourself with these ideas: don’t just blindly defend your old concepts, explore and discover new concepts. Find ways of solving the 21st Century problems your business faces with 21st Century ideas. By developing a rich set of concepts, you and your staff will have a toolbox to become the architect of your lives. The greater your range of experiences, the greater your ability to think well and put your knowledge to good use.
By learning mentalism and exploring Psychological Artistry, you get the tools, tricks and techniques that you and your staff need to stand out amongst the competition, open your mind up to new ideas and create lasting connections with your customers life. Give yourself the opportunity to seek out and explore new experiences.
Success for us happens when you have the courage to be yourself and put your courageous ideas into action. Bringing ideas to life and grabbing attention, by their very nature, are courageous ideas that take the heart of an explorer, the mind of a champion and the core of a warrior. It might be scary, but we believe your message and your inner story deserves to be heard.
Be bold, be brave, dare to do something that's different, take your first step and learn how to use these ideas to help yourself and unleash yours and other people’s ultimate capabilities.