Marc Salem - Mind Games

Opened 30 April 2002, Closed 23 June 2002 at the Ambassadors Theatre in London - late evening performances

The mentalist Marc Salem in London with his stage show Mind Games for a strictly limited season

Marc Salem's Mind Games returns to London following a sell-out season in October 2001 at the Hampstead Theatre in North London.

"When Marc Salem is blindfolded, he doesn't just identify an object as a wallet by waving his fingers over it; he can tell you the expiry date on the ticket inside. Salem's show Mind Games provides arguably the most dazzling evening in town, and certainly the most uncanny. Salem is an academic psychologist as well as a performer, and some of his mind-reading feats are no doubt achieved by pushing psychological skills to their limit. But many others defy rational explanation (short of everyone in the audience being a plant). The atmosphere is casual, too, and so is Salem's patter - which makes the tricks themselves seem all the more stunning." The Sunday Telegraph

"Marc Salem is unequivocal about his calling. 'This is not magic. It is not the occult,' he says before, during and after his show. You may have seen Salem on CNN, where he analysed Clinton's lies. A psychologist for 30 years, Salem is big on lying. He gets six audience members to draw a picture, then deny that the picture is theirs. By watching their denial, Salem identifies the real artist. Later, by waving his hand over objects from the crowd, Salem identifies them and tells the owners how they feel about their possessions. Sadly, after letting us in on the lying, Salem can't resist keeping the secret of his hand waving trickery, proving that he's a 21st-century vaudevillian at heart." The Sunday Times

"Marc Salem, a bald, bearded, fortyish American, around 5ft tall and with a matching circumference, is not a magician. He is a professor of psychology and an expert in non-verbal communication. He claims 80 per cent of the information we present to the world is in our body language. He made a GP's watch stop and start again and his own pulse stop and restart. Blindfolded and without touching or smelling, he identified nine objects randomly selected from the audience - one of which was a Bob Dylan ticket. His powers of observation are awesome, and if the rest is guesswork, the man is nothing less than a phenomenon. My guess, however, is that he also has extraordinary powers of suggestion. Whatever the secret, Salem held the audience spellbound in his chubby hand. Now, that's real magic." The Mail on Sunday

Mind Games: Marc Salem in London at the Ambassadors Theatre opened on 30 April 2002 and closed on 23 June 2002