[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Mentalist Sean Bott performed at Clarion University last Friday, and was hosted by the University Activities Board.
The performer took to the Gemmell food court to a crowd just shy of 100 to get inside people’s minds for their entertainment and sometimes to their surprise.
Bott has appeared on Disney, Sci-Fi and CW, and the LA Times compared him to a mixture of Jack Black and Chris Angel. He began at state and county fairs straight out of high school.
He began by saying, “Tonight is about you. If things go well, it’s because of you. If things go wrong, it’s because of you.”
His hour long set contained a variety of tricks, including read
ing people’s minds by saying a number they were thinking of, and being able to determine a word on a page participants had picked out
at random from a book.
Earlier in the evening, Bott visited Eagle Commons and introduced himself to students, performing small tricks and encouraging them to come to his performance. One student who participated and experienced his tricks first hand was freshman Dawn Kromer.
She said, “First he had me think of a card in my head and then had me change it three times without telling him what it was.
“I chose the four of clubs, and then he showed me a deck of cards with my card flipped over. He didn’t get it exactly right but it was really close, he had the four of spades flipped over. I was a little impressed by that. Then he gave me his wallet and told me to pull out a business card and write a place I have always wanted to go,” said Kromer. “He turned to face the other way and wrote down Hawaii and put it back in the wallet. He put the wallet on the floor and had me stand on it. He is still on the other side of the table. When he told me Hawaii I was shocked. I still don’t know how he guessed it. He was really im
pressive and he was really funny.”
When asked originally why he got into this particular career, Bott said, “a series of bad life choices” but soon laughed it off by saying, “No, this is something I have been interested in since I was twelve, everything from hypnotism. Psychology has been interesting and taking advantage of how people’s minds work is a real fun thing. And the fact that I get to make a living out of this is great.”
Bott does a mixture of corporate work and college work, and his current tour consists of shows of both types, “I do corporate work as a well as public colleges. I find that school people are more hopeful,” said Bott.
He said, “For me I’m not looking for compliments; I just want to give people moments that they are going to talk about. I love giving people stories.”
Ruma Chatterji was also in the audience and said before the event, “I heard that he was mind reading and that he takes the audience by surprise a lot so [I am] just waiting to see the tricks he has up his sleeve.”
“I googled him. It said he wows the audience and he is one of the most demanded corporate performers.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]