‘Master Mentalist’ Jon Stetson to ‘wow’ audiences at Stamford Palace
Published 12:05 pm, Monday, November 27, 2017
Seer or savant, psychic or soothsayer, fortune-teller or crystal-gazer?
Or perhaps an “intuitive” reader of character and a performer with an uncanny eye for detail? Or all of the above?
Only the audience can decide, Jon Stetson said during a recent telephone chat. Often billed as one of America’s master mentalists, the entertainer also is known for his on-stage humor. He brings his seemingly magical and unworldly abilities to the Palace Theatre on Friday, Dec. 1.
Whatever the answer, there’s little debate that Stetson is one of the most successful and prominent entertainers of his type. Not only was he a consultant on the CBS’ series “The Mentalist,” he is “one of two people on whom the main character is based.”
And consider this: He has performed for three U.S. presidents, the King of Sweden and the Royal Family of Monaco and has appeared on several major television networks. A native of the Boston area, Stetson, 57, said he has been fascinated with “mind reading” since childhood and lifting the spirits of those around him.
“I’ve always loved mystery and magic” encouraged by “my dad and granddad. To have audiences take a step back from everyday thoughts” brings him great satisfaction, he said. “It’s good old-fashioned entertainment for the family.”
Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $19, plus service fees. 203-325-4466, palacestamford.org
In a news release, the Palace describes his show: “Jon steps inside people’s heads. He knows what you’re thinking, he really does. The results are amazing, motivational, inspirational and hilarious. Jon Stetson’s engaging programs are packed with audience participation. Imaginations are wowed, stretched and captured, as thoughts are revealed and minds are being read, with Jon’s intriguing games of mind-to-mind contact.
“ ‘The Stetson Experience’ is intelligent, interactive, sophisticated fun,” the theater said.
Stetson said his “super powers” spring from his philosophy that people should “stop talking and start communicating. It all boils down to being present” on stage, “to living in the moment, listening to the answers” from clients and being a “trained observer.”
Teaching people how to improve memory skills is also a goal. This he does through his many appearances at corporate events. His client list has hundreds of entries, including scores of Fortune 500 companies, ranging from A to Z (ACDelco to Zyrtec) and hundreds of others, such as Ocean Spray, American Express, General Motors, Holiday Inn, Proctor & Gamble, Master Card and Target.
“I believe that we were put on Earth to learn. And I want to share that” philosophy. “As long as you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot. I’m thrilled when I can encourage audiences to constantly learn,” Stetson said.
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