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Mentalist Chris Carter casts a spell over Kirkwood students

By Denny West
On March 15, 2019

On Tuesday March 12, master mentalist Christopher Carter performed at Kirkwood Community College.  

The 2005 Entertainer of the Year, as picked by the National Association of Campus Activities, brought his popular act to Iowa Hall to mesmerize students and staff.  

A show that, in his words, “Has one purpose and that is to freak people out.”

Not a psychic, he uses magic as well as a keen observation of human behavior to perform his routine.  Carter explained his role.  “As it pertains to me, I would define mentalist as a cross between a magician and a psychologist,” he said.  

His website states he pursued both psychology and theatre as a college undergrad.  “I incorporate a whole bunch of people reading skills with more traditional magic skills” he continued, “to make it look like I can read people’s minds.”

 While mainly working corporate events these days, this is his third time at Kirkwood.  Though he doesn’t actively look for colleges, he still gets booked by schools that he has performed for in the past.  

“I probably appear on about 80 college campuses a year,” he said.

And not all of that is as a mentalist.  As well as a magician and motivational speaker, Carter uses his skill set in another interesting way.  

“In my other job I speak to college campuses and corporate events on how to use body language to influence people, make powerful impressions and things like that,” he said.  “I can train people on how to use their own body language, their own non-verbal communication to get more of what they want out of life.”  

Judging by the gasps and laughter in the crowd, students were impressed with what they saw.  People often looked at each and shook their heads at what they were witnessing.  

“It was crazy, I was a little skeptical at first,” said Bridget Hoffman, third year dental hygiene student, “but he had blindfolds on and he was guessing people’s thoughts, it was really cool.”  

Second year Criminal Justice student Christian Beard added his view of the overall show.  “It was weird, but amazing.” he said.

Painfully ripping off the duct tape that held two coins over his eyes, there was little doubt of the showman’s skills when reading people and successfully determining their inner thoughts. 

Christopher Carter, mentalist, performs acts of mind reading on March 12 in Iowa Hall.  Blindfolded through much of the show, Carter not only guessed what students wrote on index cards but even what they initially wanted to write but chose not to.  He even incorporated some hypnotism to stun the crowd.  The reaction of students was strong and undeniable.  Many talked to him after the show to try and find out just how he did it.
Photo by Jeff Sigmund.


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