Touro students enjoy break from finals with mind games

By Amy Maginnis-Honey, The Daily Republic
12/14/12

VALLEJO — Finals. Studying into the wee hours. Worry, stress – and mind games.

The last is what students enjoyed Thursday at Touro University as Guy Bavli, “Master of the Mind,” stopped by Lander Hall for a show that included some mind reading and spoon bending.

Bavli has been featured on several TV shows, including “Stan Lee’s Super Human.” He also performed Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Opera House in Frankfurt, Germany.

“I’ve come from Florida to be with you,” Bavli said, greeting the audience of about 100 students. “I ran for about two weeks to be here.”

One volunteer was told to think of a number, write it down and seal it in a plastic bag. Bavli took a white board and divided it into 16 squares, filling each in with a number.

“Do you see your number here?” Bavli asked. The answer was “no.”

Bavli then added up the numbers, vertically, horizontally and from bottom left corner to top right corner. No matter which direction he went, the answer was 37, the number the volunteer had selected.

Another volunteer was called on stage to remember, then rate her first kiss. The scale was from 1 to 10, with the lower end being the worst and the higher end unforgettable.

Bavli chose the number eight, the same as his volunteer. He was also able to guess the man’s name as well as draw where the first kiss took place.

The secret, Bavli said, is to go with instinct.

“Try to think more like animals,” he said. “Go with your gut.”

After bending a spoon, Bavli encouraged the audience to try it at home.

“Shake it for about 45 minutes. (Shaking creates the optical illusion.) After that either you or the spoon will bend,” he said.

Student Roshan Razavi was a muse for Bavli.

“Naturally, I’m very skeptical,” he said. “It makes me want to look for an explanation. It’s fascinating. It really gets me to thinking how stuff works.”

The event was designed as a distraction for the harried students, said Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum of Touro. And, it fit in nicely with the celebration of Hanukkah.

“The idea of bringing a mentalist is in sync with Hanukkah,” he said. “Hannukah is about bringing light into the darkness.”

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