Now you see it, now you don’t

Michelle Ferrand

“I like to play Russian Roulette with a staple gun.”

That is how mentalist, Christopher Carter introduced one of his first tricks to a rather small audience of FAU students in the auditorium on Thursday Sept. 1. Whether Carter was being dramatic or not was up for the audience to decide, as he revealed the tricks he had up his sleeve.

Carter began the show with what he called his “warm-up”, where he had four audience members memorize a card pulled from a deck and he guessed who chose what. But, he had the crowd on the edge of his seat when he wanted to play his own version of Russian Roulette.

“I couldn’t tell if there were staples inside the gun,” said freshman business and marketing major, Bailey Watkins, who was a participant in the act. “When he asked me to staple his hand, I got a little nervous.”

Carter didn’t stop there; he had the entire audience write their name, a fact about themselves, a number and a question on an index card. After all the index cards were collected, he attempted to guess the person’s name and something about them, blindfolded. There were some skeptics in the crowd, but FAU student Sierra Jones had  no doubt that Carter was serious.

“When he called on my friend, I knew he was being serious,” says Jones, a junior psychology major. “She came [to the show] late; there was no way she talked to him beforehand. I don’t know how he does it.”

But to Carter, who’s been doing this for 20 years, this is just a game based on body language and psychology.

“It’s not magic, it’s psychology,” says Carter. “I remember watching my uncle play poker, and I could tell he was bluffing even when no one knew. So, I studied psychology and became an entertainer.”

To find out more about what Cart does, visit www.mindcramp.com