“Every time Ian Rowland performs something I stand in awe at the cleverness of his routining, thought processes and execution of the things he creates. I have seen Ian slay in a variety of different performing arenas and if you want to learn solid hard-hitting mentalism pay attention to everything this cat has to say!” -Pete Turner
“Ian Rowland is always on our radar. His significant contributions to mentalism and cold reading are essential for serious students of these arts. His routines are clever and creative, for sure, but Ian also shows you how to get the most out of them, how to connect with your audience and – as he often says – ‘make magic meaningful’. ” -Jeff & Tessa Evason
“Ian is one of my favourite performers and thinkers. He’s extremely creative, understands how audiences think and creates his routines with concepts that really connect. If you want mentalism that is clever, engaging and more importantly works in the real world then I’m sure you’ll love what he has to offer.” -Marc Paul
“Ian has an incredible mind. He dreams up some great ideas and I’m proud to count him among my friends in the magic world.” -Shin Lim
“Ian is a polymath. He’s really smart, particularly in matters magic and mental. His input has helped many a performance as does his off beat and very intelligent point of view. I value his vision so should you” -Marc Salem
“I have always liked Ian’s work as an inventor and performer. But it’s his thoughts on making magic meaningful that I think many people will enjoy and learn from.” – Lior Manor
What will he teach?
Mind Sniffing- A straightforward mindreading effect that has everything you want in an opener: visual focus, direct plot, audience involvement and a good amount of humor leading to a very satisfying mystery and a strong applause cue.
A Lesson In Memory- The entire audience experience a tranformative moment when what seems like an ‘impossible’ mental challenge suddenly becomes easy! A new and original demonstration that Ian has never published before. Not a trick… this one’s for real.
The Psychic Crowd- A fascinating two-phase routine in which you demonstrate strong, pure telepathy. In Phase 1, the audience attempts to read the mind of a spectator who has written down one, single piece of information. In Phase 2, taking the demonstration to the next level, you prove you can read the spectator’s mind even when there’s nothing written down and you have nothing to work with except her thoughts.
Truth Or Lies- One of Ian’s signature pieces that he has presented all over the world, everywhere from parties to academic conferences and corporate lectures. It’s a human lie-detector routine that’s simple to perform but makes a big impression!
Math Genius- Another demonstration in which the audience experience that moment when an ‘impossible’ mental challenge — this time involving numbers — suddenly becomes easy. One spectator discovers he or she can perform lightning mathematical calculations they would never have thought possible! Like ‘A Lesson In Memory’, there’s no trick, no fakery… this one’s for real.
Pulp Prediction- A relatively straightforward effect that fits either a ‘persuasion and influence’ or ‘prediction’ theme. The method isn’t new but you’ll enjoy the presentational twists, built on two promises you make at the start, that turn it into a big, feature item with a great visual climax. Plus there’s a highly satisfying ‘slow burn’ gag built into the routine.
Twin Think- One of Ian’s favourite card tricks. Perform it anywhere — you don’t even need a table. The theme is ‘minds in harmony’ and the effect involves two spectators from the audience. It may be ‘just a card trick’… but wait until you see the reaction it gets!
One In A Million- It’s a book test but a very special one. Not only is it quite possibly the purest, most deceptive book test you can present, with apparently zero chance of trickery, but there’s a twist ending that you will NOT see coming and that your audiences will love! The script and presentation are well worth studying and the operational principle has countless applications.
Who is he?
Ian Rowland is a professional writer, speaker, trainer and mentalist based in London, England. In his corporate work, he uses magic and mentalism to add interest to his lectures on subjects such as persuasion and communication skills. His clients to date include the FBI, Coca-Cola, Google, Hewlett-Packard, the British Olympics Team and the Ministry of Defence. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle.
Ian is the author of ‘The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading’ as well as dozens of booklets and lecture notes. To date, he has published over 200 mentalism tricks and articles. He had his own ‘Loving Mentalism’ column in The Magic Circular for 12 years, and a similar one (different content) in MAGIC magazine for 5 years. He has lectured and performed at many major conventions, including MAGIC Live (5 times), Blackpool (3 times) and Masters of Magic. Ian has performed in about 30 countries around the world and has served as a consultant on TV shows for Uri Geller, Derren Brown, Ben Earl and others.