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Who is the Academy Tutor?

Phill Smith is a UK based creator of mentalism and magic effects, author of mentalism handbooks Mitox, Yokai and Mokele, developer of the Quinta technique and designer of the world-renowned DMC ELITES playing cards. He has lectured across the world and for this course has carefully crafted and curated a range of world class material that fits the Organic Mentalism mindset.

What is Organic Mentalism

Organic Mentalism is a way of performing that is as close to real as can be - largely impromptu, with minimal props, zero gimmicks, and all underwritten with an appreciation for the *mindset* of mentalism. The performance is emergent, from the personality of the performer and their audience, and from the objects that naturally surround them. The organic toolkit presented in these two sessions will allow participants to create hugely powerful moments of compelling, realistic mentalism at the drop of a hat.

The Organic Mentalism approach covered in this unique Academy course eschews challenging methodologies, knuckle busting sleights or complex technology to create streamlined effects that are easy to perform and allow you to focus entirely on engaging and entertaining the audience. Everything in the Academy is accessible, doable and effective even in commercial settings - there’s no risky gambles or chancy guesses, simply reliable miracles for real-world performance.

The course assumes minimal prior knowledge and over the two sessions will serve as a crash course in many of the concepts important to performing mentalism.

Day One


The first half of the first class is on information gathering - fast, organic ways to know EXACTLY what someone’s thinking. These simple accessible methods will give you a great framework to perform a range of high impact deeply deceptive mind-reading effects:

You’ll learn how to learn what word, name or image a participant is thinking of using Phill’s own peek method, The Biz - and ungaffed ungimmicked live information gathering method using just regular business cards.

You’ll learn Interl8ced Thief, a weird self-working reinvention of the classic ‘Dead or Alive’ effect that finishes with you knowing their chosen name, without any explanation how.

The first session will also cover the previously unreleased Fastext, a radical new way to perform a completely impromptu booktest with any borrowed book that has been part of Phill’s underground toolkit for years - this Academy will be the first time an explanation has been published.

This first session will also cover key concepts for performing organic mentalism - creating a unique premise, the value of spectator-as-mindreader moments and the secret behind making the perfect reveal.


The second session of the first class covers mind control - the art of controlling a spectator’s choices and manipulating their outcomes to match your predictions.

Phill will cover classic structural forcing methods like Equivoque, PATEO and his own Quinta method with a range of unique and original presentations for each.

In addition to this he will also cover psychological forces and how to construct routines that will support and exploit them in a way that guarantees a big hit every time, no matter what.

Phill will also reveal Namerology, his go-to card piece for reading fortunes with a standard deck of cards, which uses a smart reinterpretation of a classic mind-control principle.

Along with these effects, the second session will also cover important theory ideas focused on scaling up effects and creating unforgettable moments by breaking the expected patterns of performance.

Day 2


The first session of the second class will focus on foolproof propless - direct mind-reading and prediction effects that require no physical props whatsoever, and that are able to hit hard and work every time, a vital part of a professional level performance.

Phill will teach The Universal, his number one framework for creating propless effects that audiences will never forget. The universal also includes Phill’s work on environmental reveals, an amazing technique for creating TV magic style mind reading miracles on the fly.

He will also cover his own approach to using progressive anagrams, including theory vital to performing strong effects with this classic method; how to create the illusion of loose, free mind-reading.

This session will also cover using logical and mathematical principles to create powerful effects, including key theory on imbuing otherwise abstract ideas with deep personal meaning for spectators. Phill will teach his own Target Number effect, a great, effortless way to do BIG mentalism at the drop of a hat.

Along the way this session will also cover fake improv and genuine jazz, and the peculiar art and dubious value of crafting believable moments.


The second session of the second class will cover a range of techniques, principles and approaches to creating the illusion of REALISTIC mind-reading and mentalism using a standard deck of cards. Phill will teach his favourite effects to perform when he picks up a deck: Corpus Lingua, a framework for engineering 100% believable mind-reading with any audience, Time Sight, a smart presentation for an overlooked classic, Visionary Journey, a modern fortune telling masterpiece and Power Memory, in which you memorise a deck in a heartbeat (apparently). This session will also touch on *real* card handling, freestyling with an audience and using a grounded hook to reel in an audience.



The final session of the Academy will cover real skills: demonstrations of genuine abilities that a mentalist can perform to create the impression of highly developed mental faculty. The secret is in maintaining a delicate balance between real real and fake real. The session will teach presentations and methods for deep memorisation, in which you are able to instantly capture information that seems beyond the grasp of normal thought. Approaches and ideas for rapid calculation that will blow your audience away. Phill will also teach his methods for superfast Rainman style estimation and handwriting analysis. The session should also hit: informal demonstrations done right, real real vs. fake real and teaching the real.

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Customer Reviews

Jamie Daws

This is a fantastic course which explore a huge array of mentalism gambits that uses incredibly clever methods in a very minimal way. Phills teaching style in incredibly funny and engaging, so much so, the 7 hours vanishes before you know t! Highly recommended!

Alexander Ross

Even better than the firs night :-)

Matt Retallack

We've just got to the halfway point of day 2 and I have to say this is one of the best mentalism courses I have experienced! Phill is an awesome tutor, the presentation is magnificent, and there are so many great ideas crammed in here that I will have to re-watch this several times to get everything from it. I especially like the book test and the work on the various forces, but to be honest all of it is just so good. Thanks Phill for two very informative and entertaining evenings!

Dr Rob

In the words of the four seasons "Oh What a Night" I have many of Phill's products so attending this Academy course was a no-brainer for me. His thinking is head and shoulders above many mentalists in the world today Having a background in design you can always be sure of a unique and quality product as can be seen with items like The DMC Elite Marked Deck and the recently released Resurrection Deck a collaboration between Phill and Peter Turner. Top effect for me on night one was Interlaced Thief which is so devious I still do not understand how it works but it just does. I am really looking forward to Day/Evening 2 which when I saw the setlist was going to be the highlight evening of the two. Thank you Phill and do keep creating and come back and do Organic Mentalism 2.0

Ravi Madan

What an amazing course in mentalism this has been so far! I can't wait for part 2 this evening. Phill is an incredible teacher and as always combining this with the Academy style learning provides an experience like no other!

Joel Clyne

Another great academy from Alakazam. Phill Smith is a fantastic thinker, creator and lecturer. The lecture is full of tips and thoughts as well as tricks that are organic, that can be performed with minimal props and that always hit. Phill is as ever entertaining and informative and it is a great lecture. A highly recommended viewing.

Richard Groom

What a great course and what a great guy. Phill is charming, comfortable and understatedly it!

Alexander Ross

I have attended quite a few Alakazam Academy courses and I have found all of them excellent in their respective ways. However I have a strong interest in Mentalism and must say that Phill’s presentations and tuition is brilliant in that he very clearly explains this method and thinking behind each part in a way that makes complete sense. I am very much looking forward to the rest of tonight’s and tomorrow nights course. Well worth the investment already. Thank you!

Kevin Peel

Just Wonderful, really enjoying this course. Already learned some excellent techniques I will be using.

Brian Stewart

I love the idea of organic mentalism - really simple ideas that just work without any real expensive props. Phill's peek is the real Biz - really good, really simple and really fooling. A great course for anyone wanting to get into or progress in mentalism and Phill is a great creator and teacher. Well done Alakazam for another great academy course.

Thom Chesser

Phill is a master of organic, clean and killer mentalism. His thinking is ingenious and his methods simple allowing great routines and brilliant reactions. Phill's teaching is a clear as his designs and I'm going to be watching this academy over and over to get everything I can from Phill's mind. Thanks Phill and Alakazam!

Thom Chesser

Phill is a master of organic, clean and killer mentalism. His thinking is ingenious and his methods simple allowing great routines and brilliant reactions. Phill's teaching is a clear as his designs and I'm going to be watching this academy over and over to get everything I can from Phill's mind. Thanks Phill and Alakazam!

Steve Smith

Phill is a clear and concise teacher. Only half way through the first session and already I feel I have had value for money. Some very nice peeks and the thoughts behind them makes it all seem so natural. Another winner for the Academy.

Tony Jenkins

Excellent course. Phill gives really clear explanations of the concepts and also good insights on real life performance tips

Russell Allen

Phill's methods are simple yet extremely deceptive, which allows you to focus entirely on presentation. His teaching is very clear and his thinking is brilliant. Perfect for that "organic" propless and natural feel.

Thomas Barnes

loving this so far, Phil is great, and this is only part 1!

Thomas Bennett

phills course has this incredible way of mixing effects that are amazing but also very easy to perform everything he has put into this course can be performed without the need for fancy props and is very natural mentalism, something i feel gets overlooked a little to much this was my first Alakazam live and defiantly wont be my last, great job phill!!

Cameron Bax

What a Great Course! First Time Attending a Alakazam Academy! I Wish I had attended Past Courses, The tuition is Great and so is the Banter! Been looking to learn some mentalism for a little while now and this seems to be a great place to start! Plus Now Im Messing about with face swap which is also fun =)

Mark Call

Man I wish I had this info well before now... true BRILLIANCE from Phill Smith - one of modern days best creators and performers. If you want to learn some AWESOME 'organic' (and yes some so simple you feel guilty) mentalist routines.. this IS for you! A++ as always for Phill and the entire Alakazam team (Peter, Dave & H!)

Anthony Wighton

Wow Wow Wow! As always these courses are fantastic! This is worth the money if only for Phill's brilliant peek method and amazing book test!! Top marks.

Simon Cafferty

Phill Smith is someone who I will always learn something from and this academy hasn't disappointed so far. His mentalism is simple, direct and gives you so much scope for the presentation. If you want to learn direct and simple mentalism, that packs a huge punch, get this academy. Easily could be sold for much more!

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