The Mastermind Show with Curtis The Mentalist
He Predicted The Death of Elvis Presley?  Mentalist Marc Salem Interview

He Predicted The Death of Elvis Presley? Mentalist Marc Salem Interview

April 5, 2021
My guest today holds two doctorate degrees, each from the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University.  He has also been on the faculty of several major universities, was a director of research at Sesame Street "Children's Television Workshop" where he studied the development and nature of mental processes for almost a decade.  He is also a world-class entertainer, and is mostly known to the general public as one of the world's leading mentalists.
 
His show, Mind Games, has completed two successful runs on Broadway, as well as internationally in such venues as the Sydney Opera House, Singapore's Esplanade, London's West End, and the Edinburgh Festival.  In the U.S. he has also been featured at Feinstein's at The Regency, and the Apollo Theater.  He has been profiled on 60 Minutes, and been featured on Court TV (weekly doing some form of analysis), CNN, The O'Reilly Factor, Montel, and Maury. The New York Police Department, as well as businesses across the United States, have turned to him for advice.   During his graduate work at Univ of Pennsylvania, his mentor was Ray Birdwhistell, the founder of Kinesics and author of (book "Kin EE sics in Context"), Ray's work has been seminal to his practice.  Edward Hull called it "The Silent Language"--body language--a language that most of us speak.
 
He is the author of --Mind Games: A Practical Step-By-Step Guide to Developing Your Mental Powers, and The Six Keys to Unlock and Empower Your Mind, Spot Liars and Cheats, Negotiate Any Deal to Your Advantage, Win at the Office, Influence Friends, and Much More.
 
I'm thrilled to have as my guest...in the magic world the man Dai Vernon is known as "The Professor" but for me, personally, this man is "The Professor"...and has been very generous and kind to me over the years...the professor Marc Salem!
 
In the interview we discuss:
 
  • What happened to Liza Minelli when she sat in the front row at one of his shows.
  • How he treats hecklers at his shows
  • His friendship with famous playwright Arthur Miller
  • How he shared the stage with comedians Jimmy Walker, Jerry Seinfeld, and Andy Kaufman in his early years.
  • His famous interview with Mike Wallace on 60 minutes
  • His interview on the Howard Stern show
  • The stunt that gained him international fame early in his career; the prediction of Elvis Presley's death
Marc Salem's Interview on 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace: https://youtu.be/TYYSM615JzU
 
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Britain’s Got Talent Star Matt Johnson

Britain’s Got Talent Star Matt Johnson

March 29, 2021

Curtis' guest today has been seen over 500 MILLION TIMES ON YOUTUBE.  He is originally from the UK and now resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He's been performing and perfecting his craft in the art of Magic and Escapology for more than 20 years.  Over the past 20 years he has performed all around the world in Japan, UK, Canada, Dubai, Italy, Argentina and Australia and for companies such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, Mercedes, Ford, AT&T, Toyota and Microsoft to name just a few.  He has crafted a unique style known as Urban Deception--a cool mix of urban style street magic combined with the comedic timing and slick stage presence of a seasoned corporate performer.  His performances incorporate magic, escapes, sleight of hand, mind reading, the power of suggestion, razor sharp comedy timing and audience participation into a performance that has been hailed as by Simon Cowell as “…Simply Brilliant!”  In the UK he's been seen on various TV shows such as the Lorraine show, Breakfast Television, Global TV, CTV,  & City News.  In America, he's also been on Penn & Teller Fool Us and SyFy's Wizard Wars, a show that sees the world's top magicians battling head to head.  In 2019 he was chosen as one of the TOP 50 ACTS IN THE WORLD to appear on The World's Best on CBS which aired to 22 million viewers right after Super Bowl. That same week he appeared as a guest on the Late Late Show with James Corden.  However, most of you probably know him from his appearances on Britain's Got Talent which to date has earned him over 500 Million views on YouTube--the amazing and incredible Matt Johnson (and his dog Yogi)!

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Road Kill Stories with Stand-Up Comedian Drew Thomas

Road Kill Stories with Stand-Up Comedian Drew Thomas

March 22, 2021

Curtis shared the stage recently in Tulsa, OK, with the hilarious stand-up comedian Drew Thomas, and sat down with him afterwards to capture some of his "Road Kill" stories from his 17 consecutive years of life on the road.

  • Getting snowed in at a gig in the Poconos with no place to sleep
  • How 5 1/2 years as a car salesman prepared him for a successful career in stand-up comedy
  • Working with bad agents and why he no longer performs for colleges and universities
  • Drew's time performing at Brad Garret's Comedy Club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
  • Opening for the legendary James Brown.
  • ...and more!

Drew's public appearances and tour dates: https://www.comeseedrew.com/

See Drew's Performance on PureFlix's Comedy All-Stars

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Stop Explaining Yourself, Better Business Bureau–A Scam?, and An Audition In A Bathrobe

Stop Explaining Yourself, Better Business Bureau–A Scam?, and An Audition In A Bathrobe

March 15, 2021

Why you should resist the urge to explain yourself, Curtis relates a funny experience in dealing with the Better Business Bureau, and tells about the time a director in Hollywood asked him to return to an audition wearing only a bathrobe.

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The house Curtis lived in years ago that was the site of an episode of Justified with Timothy Oliphant:
 
 
Info On The Study Concerning Zoom Fatigue

Jeremy Bailenson's Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab Test Survey can be found here.

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The Crazy America’s Got Talent Story

The Crazy America’s Got Talent Story

March 8, 2021

In a special "RoadKill" segment, Curtis tells a crazy story of his experience on America's Got Talent driving the four judges through the streets of Hollywood at night while completely blindfolded.  Be forewarned; you may never think of the show the same way again!

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"I smell an Emmy Award."--Howard Stern

 

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Tulsa, OK--March 13th @ 5pm at the Loony Bin Comedy Club

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Episode 01: Scammers & Fortune Cookies

Episode 01: Scammers & Fortune Cookies

February 25, 2021

Curtis saves his mom from a scammer, a fortune cookie actually brings a fortune, and why you should always look before sitting down in an outhouse.

In This Episode:

  • Curtis introduces himself with highlights of his career and life over the past 30 years.
  • Talks briefly about the new, online virtual entertainment world that has been created due to the pandemic, and how he is a part of it.
  • "BLEED MY MIND"--a segment of the podcast that is dedicated to current scams, and how to recognize and avoid being a victim of them.
  • "Weird and Strange News"--hilarious and strange news from around the world, sprinkled with Curtis' skewed and hilarious commentary.  Meant to be a fun and refreshing deviation from the mainstream media's constant and mind-numbing political coverage.
  • How Curtis saved his recently hospitalized mother from a scammer.
  • Updates on Curtis' upcoming comedy club shows.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Man Wins $500,000 playing numbers listed in his fortune cookie.

Alaska Woman Bitten on Butt By Bear Hidden in Outhouse

Feature films Curtis has appeared in:

The Bygone (Amazon Prime)

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (Amazon Prime)

The Girl Who Believes in Miracles (still in post-production)

 

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