Edmonton mentalist using mind over matter
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 09:03 am
An Edmonton man with a sense for the paranormal is showing foothills residents the true meaning of mind over matter this weekend.
Mentalist Louis Pezzani will have his audience on the edge of their seats as he demonstrates his ability to read minds, time travel and move, twist and bend objects using nothing more than his mind. Pezzani will demonstrate these skills at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre in Okotoks on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.
“If people want to say I’m a psychic, knock yourselves out,” he said. “If they want to say I’m a magician, that’s fine, too. I call myself a mentalist.”
Pezzani specializes in psychological entertainment with an emphasis on the paranormal.
In his performances, he can tell what people are thinking using telepathy, predict the future through clairvoyance and move and bend metal objects using psychokenesis. In many cases, the entertainer will bring members of his audience on stage to participate.
“I can guarantee they have never seen anything like it,” he said of his show. “It’s something a little different.”
Pezzani said his show is appropriate for all ages and anyone willing to participate won’t be made to feel embarrassed or look foolish.
“They can participate as much or little as they want,” he said. “They can come on stage and participate in demonstrations or participate sitting in the audience.”
Pezzani discovered his paranormal talents at a young age.
“I’ve been bending metal since I was 12 years old,” he said. “Some people have an aptitude towards certain things. Mine has always been performance and paranormal.”
When Pezzani watched Israeli psychic Uri Geller in the 1970s on various television talk shows he was inspired.
However, unlike his mentor Pezzani took the more modest approach and performs primarily at private functions such as conferences and conventions. Now he’s beginning to branch out and bring his unique skills to communities around the world.
The response has been out of the ordinary.
“I get a lot of interesting questions,” he said. “A lot of people want to know about dream analysis. Others ask, ‘How can I learn this?’ I tell them to start with psychology and observe people. You can learn a great deal through simple body language.”
Town of Okotoks Cultural and Historical Team Leader Allan Boss is bringing Pezzani into the entertainment circuit to mix things up this year.
After adding comedy shows through Yuk Yuk’s to the line-up of last season’s events, Boss said its success prompted him to bring something even more unique to the Rotary Performing Arts Centre.
“Primarily in the past we’ve done pretty much straight up concerts,” he said. “We are trying to expand the season and show some other events that might appeal to the community. I’m hoping to get families to this show.”
When Boss came across Pezzani’s information and read the description of his show, he knew it would be a hit among foothills residents.
“It’s fun and thought-provoking and 100 per cent clean entertainment for the entire family,” he said. “I’ve seen some videos and it looks pretty amazing. He talks about his shows inspiring creativity and getting people in touch with their intuitions and stating that impossible is just a word.”
Although Boss hasn’t had the pleasure of viewing Pezzani’s performance as an audience member, he said the reviews had him sold.
“The reviews of his show from places he’s been before all are amazing,” he said. “It just seemed like it’s a little bit different and could be a lot of fun.”
To purchase tickets to see Louis Pezzani perform call 403-938-3204 or go to www.okotoksculture.ca. Tickets cost $15.75 in advance and $21 at the door (if available).
To learn more about Louis Pezzani go to www.canadamentalist.com