So last Friday David Meade came to The Braid Centre in Ballymena. As many of you, I had never heard of him before and thought he was some kind of magician a bit like Paul Daniels. Doing some research on the man, it transpired that he was some kind of Northern Irish Derren Brown – more of an illusionist / mentalist which sounded interesting though I was aware of the fact that me picked randoms from the audience which I definitely not keen on.
The first half of the show was mainly card tricks and lie detecting which was pretty impressive but he said the second half would be much different dealing with psychics and how they operate. He explained that tricks like this had been performed since the 1920s and there were 2 types of psychics – the ones that can read people incredibly well and get information that way, conning people out of a lot of money, the second type did it for free as they thought they were actually helping people.
To prove that he wasn’t doing through observation, he put 2 x 50ps on his eyes and got a wee girl from the audience to tape them on with gaffa tape (ouch!) so there is no way he could of seen out.
During the interval, some paper, envelopes and pens were put on the stage for people that wanted to participate in the next part of the show. You had to write down you initials and a question no one else to know. Firstly he picked out a lady – her name I forget – but guessed her name from her initials and started telling her lots of facts about her dead parents. He asked her if it was ok to go on as she was getting a bit upset thinking about them … all this time maintaining he was not a psychic and couldn’t really talk to the dead. The next guy who’s card he picked out didn’t really work as none of the facts he was guessing were not right. He said he felt like there was someone there with similar initials but didn’t want to stand up as their secret question was quite embarrassing.
Then he decided to pick some one that didn’t fill in a card. ‘Name beginning with L…maybe Laura…second name beginning with D …no, O’D…Louise O’ Donnell??’ NOOooooo total mortification! How did he know that? Then he went on to say he saw some one drawing and scribbling and then I said I was an illustrator. He was able to tell me someone who’s name began with P was taking me on 2 trips … ‘One to Lincoln, the other ….Co. Mayo?. I said no but the friend maybe is Phillipa Mayo who is having 2 weddings in September, one abroad one in Lincoln?
He was also able to tell me that I had been traveling to New Zealand, had a chronic muscle disorder and I was very musical and played a lot of other peoples records. He asked if I had a lot of piercings as he kept getting needles, then he said ‘have you ever had acupuncture?’ which of course I had done and it was a pile of rubbish which tied in with something he had asked earlier about me being sceptical. One think that didn’t make sense was he was getting a friend with a short name beginning with M who was looking forward to getting really messed up on my birthday but my birthday was in March. Bizzare.
So that was my mind reading experience. I am completely stumped. I will hunt him down until he tells me how it works! If anyone knows, please put me out of my misery
Here he is in action: