Charlatan! - Mentalist Magic

Charlatan: a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud.

From the start, Travis Bernhardt claims this may or may not work: an admitted charlatan. But it does work, and well.

He invites us into his cult, asks us to lift our veil and be open to possibilities which is the very premise on which magic is based. If you are willing to play along, you will laugh and gasp and…take deep breaths? Travis Bernhardt, known for his sleight of hand, brings sleight of mind to this year’s Fringe show, where he reaches into the minds of audience members and pulls out life questions, birth dates and the names of loved ones.

He brings with him a bag of possibilities and, as he invites willing victims on stage, he pulls out mentalist tricks that leave them wondering, “What in the hell did he do to me?” As a local act, he plays with family, friends and strangers alike, even his father got in on the act.

But how does he do it? If the chatter at the end of the show was any indication, everyone has a theory.

If you love magic and mind reading, you’ll love this show. If you love to laugh and be amazed, this show is for you. If you want to be entertained, go see this show. With something for everyone except the most hardcore skeptic, bring your whole family. This fringe show is for everyone.

By Melody Owen