Bowing back-to-back Thursday primetime on terrestrial web La Sexta, the first two episodes of "Mentalist" took an 11.1% share and 2.2 million viewers for the first, and 13.1% and 2.3 million for the second.
Ratings broadly doubled La Sexta's average 6.1% January channel share and are its best ratings ever for a non-sports event. The "Mentalist" bow was particularly sturdy, given the competition. The soph season of sex, drugs and mafia meller "Sin tetas no hay paraiso" (Without Tits There's No Paradise) opened to 30.1% ratings and a 5.3 million and on rival web Telecinco...
Other shows incorporate supernatural elements, whether framed as real or fraudulent _ think "The Ghost Whisperer," "Medium" or "Psychic." But "The Mentalist" is cut from different cloth, say Baker and Heller.
"This show probably draws more parallels to `Columbo'" than to series with an otherworldly tinge, Baker said. "My character just has a different way of looking at things. He looks at things outside of the box."
To clarify Patrick's skill, Baker notes that "a mentalist doesn't have powers...
It offers tousle-haired charmer Simon Baker ("The Guardian," "The Devil Wears Prada") as Patrick Jane, a faux psychic jolted by personal tragedy into newfound ethics and a job helping California state crime fighters.
There's the appeal of a mystery wrapped up within each episode, joined with Patrick's quest to catch the serial killer who took the lives of his wife and child.
And there's creator and executive producer Bruno Heller, fresh off the triumph of HBO's miniseries "Rome" and looking for a new challenge, who's deftly mixed a traditional whodunit with the journey of an emotionally wounded hero.
Jane, meanwhile, is given a longer leash than ever before. "Her job is to let Jane be Jane, but to make sure the CBI is not damaged as a result," Heller says, noting that Lisbon will be held responsible if Jane goes too far. "Hightower has immediately assessed that there's a continuing amount of affection and friendship between those two, and she uses Jane's own conscience against him...
In 1961, a book was published by Tony Corina called “13 Steps to Mentalism” It was originally published as separate chapters as a course in mentalism. Each chapter taught a separate skill to practice. Many readers of that book practiced their skills in county fairs, street-side vending, and even opened their own shops. Some are still in existence, with their children seeing and practicing the skills their parents teach. Are the skills real? Or are they like the “smoke behind the screen” used in so many magic shows? Only someone seeking these skills for entertainment or personal reasons can answer that, since science has been unable to. But all of us know that there are things on our Earth that are unexplained by all the science available to us at this time.
Mentalism is the art of displaying such phenomena as extra-sensory perception, telekinesis, mental telepathy, precognition, and as a medium between our world and those that have departed from it. There are several other skills that enter into this subject also, including mind reading. Although there is a difference of opinion between believers and non-believers of these phenomena, the subject remains popular. At entertainment shows across the nation and the world, mentalists continue to entertain and amaze people with their skills. Even in the private sector, there are individuals that practice these skills. Whether there are accurate or not in their skill is a matter best discussed with the people that seek out their skills.
the secret tools of every mentalist, whether he works as an entertainer or hired by the police (such as Simon Baker – our favorite TV mentalist): Body language, Neuro Linguistic Programming and elements of hypnosis, great memory, cold and hot reading and other methods of that sort. The greater their knowledge – the better they become in ‘Reading’ the people and guessing their thoughts and feelings. The more knowledgable they are – the more ‘intuitive’ they become.
"Mentalist, noun. Someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior." The Mentalist tells the tale of Patrick Jane, who is employed as an independent consultant working with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to solve crimes.
The quote above was the opening line for the show during it's first season before it transitioned to a new opening theme in the second season. This change may have occured due to the audeince understanding what a mentalist truly was or what the show was interpreting it as. Once people developed an understanding, the show didn't need to keep reiterating the definition.
To be a good mentalist like Patrick Jane, you need to be able to read people's body language.
By having a good understanding of body language, you will be able to tell when someone is feeling anxious, nervous, happy, sad or you will be able to tell when they are lying to you.
THE MENTALIST stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough, high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents; however, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.
(mentalism) (philosophy) a doctrine that mind is the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind's awareness.