Nat Lawson will present a demonstration of hypnotism Monday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Camden Public Library in the Picker Room. All are welcome.

Lawson, who recently graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School, has been giving professional-quality presentations of mentalism for several years, and but has expanded his expertise into hypnotism. He will make a short presentation about what hypnosis is and then give a demonstration.

“I have performed a series of mentalism shows in the area over the past few months,” he said recently, “but I am also working on becoming a certified stage hypnotist. The problem with becoming better at hypnosis (and mentalism for that matter) is that you actually have to practice, and in order to practice you need real people to practice with. I plan to give a short presentation about hypnosis, what it is and how it can be used to better our lives, and then a short demonstration with the audience.”

He continued, “My interest in performing started at age 8 when I began what was more or less the normal magic phase that many kids seem to go through. By 10, I was still interested in magic and starting the first steps into mentalism. Over the next two years I gradually switched my focus from sleight of hand to psychology, and from misdirection to hypnotic influence. By 14, I was focused solely on mentalism. Though I am still interested in card tricks and magic!

“Everyone uses mentalism on a very basic level every day. When you get a feeling that someone is not trustworthy, or that there is something bothering him or her, you are using the same principles that are used in mentalism. With a little bit of guidance and a clear mind you are capable of reading much more complex thoughts (things like shapes, colors, and numbers). I demonstrate this with the entire audience in my stage show. The power to read the thoughts of others lies in all of us. All we have to do is unlock it.”