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Totally Mental

by Venditto (writer), Sty Town, May 12, 2007


Sam Eaton is a mentalist. A mentalist is a consummate bullshitter; they hone their skills of deception into a razor sharp art form. Armed only with a mental agility developed over years of practice, Sam Eaton has created an off Broadway show to showcase his extreme talents.

That show is The Quantum Eye: Deception. I recently went to review this superbly staged show for UNCOOLKIDS.COM. Below is a slice of the review:

With his hair helmet shining, noted mentalist and super cool guy, Sam Eaton took the stage and announced: “TONIGHT THERE WILL BE NO SECRETS!” I winced as I couldn’t help but wonder if he was going to tell the audience that I wasn’t toilet trained till first grade (he didn’t).

In truth I had no clear idea as to what a mentalist was or what they did and I was a little apprehensive. I needn’t have worried. Sam Eaton was more than a mentalist; this man was a master performer.

EVERY feat of mystery he performed he used a volunteer from the Petri dish that was the audience. The night I attended the soup included: smarmy suburban 10-year-old boys, the Scottish, Egyptian au pairs, guys in ties, blue hairs and me!

And all of us fell in love with the man as over the course of 90 painfully short minutes he won our hearts. He commanded all of our attention, weaving a rich tapestry of bad jokes and mysterious feats of mental agility.

He had the kind of charisma that people said David Koresh or Hitler used to possess, only you know in a non-genocidal Christ complex having kind of way.

Now, I’m not saying I have a “mancrush” on the dude, but, well, my girlfriend said it best when she told me she found him, “kinda dreamy in a Gabe Kaplan/ Egon Spangler kind of way.”(I love my girlfriend.)

In retrospect, I understand that the stage persona he created was just one of the innumerable tools he uses in his deception, which only makes me respect and envy him more!

I won’t tell you exactly what his act consisted of, first off because it would rob you of the wonderment of the experience. But also because I don’t think I’m a good enough writer to capture the uniqueness of the evening.

I will however tell you that he completely blew my fragile lil’ mind by just knowing things that he couldn’t possibly know. In closing: this was one of the few experiences in my life that I was glad I was sober for. See it, trust me.


• The Jewel Box Theater is on the 10th floor of a building whose ONLY elevator fits 7 people at a time: arrive early

• For future show times and general informational type stuff go to the THEQUANTUMEYE.COM
• Sam produces a show called, “Paul Carpenter’s: The Psychic”- You can get info for this show on
• Paul is a super cool guy who holds a world record for the fastest escape from a straight jacket.

• The Jewel Box Theater is also the home of the Guilty Pleasures Burlesque and Vaudeville Show.

About the Writer

Venditto is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By V on May 12, 2007 at 12:39 pm
That's really what those people are called, Mentalists? How interesting ... if he hits LA I'd probably go.
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By Michael R. Gauthier on May 12, 2007 at 12:45 pm
Intriguing... First review I've finished where I still have no idea what the show is about... but I'm still going! Nice.
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By merijoe on May 12, 2007 at 11:08 pm
2 snaps up for the picture alone-enlarged. interesting MJ
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By Charles Harmison on May 13, 2007 at 03:39 pm
i used to have that picture as a poster in my dorm room, it said underneath "why hide in the sand when you can hide in your ass"
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By SRos on May 20, 2007 at 07:46 am
I actually saw his show a year ago and had no idea it was still running. I'm a major skeptic and he claimed to be using deception, but he totally blew my mind. I have to go back and see what he's up to now. If you go, you must volunteer! I was convinced everyone in the audience but me was working for him until I went up. Go see this show!
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