A mind-boggling show

by Amanda YanchuryStaff Writer

This Friday, Sept. 18, CAB will host mentalist Christopher Carter at 9 p.m. in the Storm Street Grill in BSC. Students should be prepared for a totally unique show.

“The mentalist we are bringing is entertainment that is different,” CAB President Sarah Harl said. “We brought him to Simpson College because our entire delegation was impressed by his performance at the NACA national conference last year.”

The NACA national conference is an event that CAB members attend, and it’s where they are able book all of the campus entertainment for the upcoming school year.

Sophomore Tyson Wirtz was part of the delegation that decided to bring Carter to campus.

It should be something fun and different,” Wirtz said. “I’m excited for the event because the 15 minutes I saw him perform was awesome. With a whole show, I’m not sure what to expect. I think students will like that.”

Describing himself as a “psychological performer” on his Web site, Carter puts on a show full of mind-bending tricks that will leave the audience in disbelief. His interests in theater and psychology led him to the “supernatural.”

“The show will be a good use of your time on a Friday night,” Harl said. “His performance will really blow you away.”

Carter will perform mind tricks on students who volunteer. Carter will also do some activities that incorporate the whole crowd.

“The show will mess with your head,” Harl said.

According to CAB supervisor Rich Ramos, Simpson College has had a mentalist come to campus before, but it has been a few years. The last mentalist came to campus in the spring of 2006.

“Anytime someone comes to campus and does weird things to peoples’ minds, there is a good turnout,” Ramos said. “People get really wigged out and entertained-it should be a good show.”

Ramos said there might be some confusion as to what a mentalist does compared to what a hypnotist does.

Simpson has had several hypnotists come over the past few years, but this will be the first time in four years that a mentalist will perform.

Carter’s show may include mind reading, making seemingly impossible predictions and moving inanimate objects.

Ramos says that the show will be more interactive for the entire audience, rather than watching a few students be hypnotized.

According to his biography, Carter has earned feature appearances on “the Martin Short Show” and “The Donny & Marie Show.”

Carter was also named Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year in 2005.

He has toured at many college campuses during his time as a performer.

“Students should come to this event because it is something different. CAB is bringing an event that brings more of a variety of entertainment to campus,” Harl said. “I was really intrigued by what he can do, and I think other students will be as well.”