mentalism refers to the demonstration of psychic, paranormal, or highly-developed intuitive mental abilities.
mentalist Professor X of the X-Men, pinoy version
mentalists who appear on tv or on stage are master illusionists and mind tricksters. when i describe them as such, i do not mean to demean them because i believe that it takes much dedication and discipline to be good at the art of “faux” mentalism.
another mentalist, the Martian Manhunter, pinoy version
on the other hand, i have met people who have authentic psychic powers, most of whom are sincerely spiritual people. some of them have had their mentalist abilities since they were young children. others developed their abilities through spiritual practices. they never use their psychic powers for egoistic, self-serving, or entertainment purposes. quietly, they use their psychic or mentalist abilities only to help people in need.