I have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years now, and during my career, I have appeared on countless television shows and have given a many interviews.
During the interviews, I am always asked the same question… how did you realize you could read minds?
For years, I was embarrassed to talk about why I became the mentalist, and I would avoid the question or make up some “feel good” story. I never wanted to discuss it, because the real answer had to do with me being sexually abused as a 15 year boy.
But eventually, I realized what happen to me was NOT my fault. I started telling people the true story, about being sexually abused by 3 different trusted men in my life.
As a child, I wanted to figure out how, I could foresee this coming before it happened AGAIN, I wanted to know what a person was thinking, before they acted on their inappropriate sexual desires. So I started to study how to read minds.
I noticed that telling my real story had a strange effect on people. It gave THEM the courage to open up to me, and tell me their own horror stories of sexual abuse. Secrets they kept locked away for years, finally saw the light of day. And immediately after telling me their story, I noticed a sense of relief would come over them. It was like a weight was finally lifted off their shoulders.
I realized my story had the ability to help inspire others. It helped them by giving them the strength and courage to seek help. And after seeing those reactions, I knew my story had to be shared. So on October 31, 2014 I released my first book titled “Making The Mentalist.”
And soon after the release, the emails started to pour in. I gave people who read the book, the inspiration to open up to me, or more importantly, to their partners. I was blessed with ability to motivate others to start the healing process.
When my performing schedule permits, I give key note speeches on the topic and I talk openly about my experience. If I can help just one person improve the quality of their life, or if I can prevent just one child from having to go through what I went through, all journey will have been worth it!