In his show, ‘The Sixth Sense’, the Dubai-based Malayali CA Praveen reads minds and changes the shape of spoons through his will power
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“I want you to think of a city anywhere in the world,” says the mentalist CA Praveen. The participant, Ramesh Menon, closes his eyes and nods. “Now write it on a piece of paper,” says Praveen. Ramesh does so. “Now fold it and keep it in your pocket,” says the mentalist. With his back to Ramesh, Praveen writes something in black letters on a white board. Then he turns and shows the words, ' New York ', to Ramesh, whose eyes widen in surprise.
In his show, 'The Sixth Sense', held at Kochi, Praveen amazes the audience by being able to predict, with unerring accuracy, whatever people have drawn or thought. In one segment, Praveen asks a volunteer to come on stage. He then gives him five editions of ‘The New Indian Express’. “Select any edition,” he says. The man does so. Then one page is pulled out by the man and torn into four, and finally eight parts. Then the volunteer mentally selects a word from one of the torn pieces, and writes it on a piece of paper.
But the cherry on the cake was when Praveen bends spoons, in the manner of the famed Israeli psychic Uri Geller, by using his will power. To Praveen’s credit, before the show begins, he categorically states that he has no supernatural powers nor is he a psychic who can read a person’s mind.
“My method is to observe body language, use scientific techniques, and put subliminal suggestions into the sub-conscious mind,” he says. However, that does not explain how he bends spoons or predicts accurately the words that a person is thinking.
Praveen, a Malayali, graduated in engineering from the Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering, Kollam, and joined the Indian Navy. A passion for magic ensured that he performed regularly during Naval functions. Over a period of time, he realised that his inner calling was to be an entertainer. So, on August 16, 2000, much against the wishes of the seniors and colleagues in the Navy, as well as his parents and relatives, he quit the Navy after 13 years. His advantage was that his London-based wife had a regular job as a psychiatrist. “So there was a back-up,” he says.
(Sunday Magazine, The New Indian Express, South India and Delhi)