Who is Curtis The Mentalist?Mentalist/Grandpa/Cool Dad & Above-Average Husband!
Curtis often refers to himself as just "an ordinary guy, who has a helluva lot-of fun doing some EXTRAORDINARY things!"
And, boy, does he have a lot of fun doing it.
When he struts out onto the stage in dark shades to the tune of ZZ-Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," audiences know right away that they are in for a crazy good time, and that this guy is not your typical egg-headed, overly-cerebral mentalist.
He doesn't take himself too seriously, and neither should you. He's not psychic, and he doesn't talk to dead people. He just loves to blow people's minds and have fun in the process.
Curtis' sharp-dressed nature, Midwestern American charm, razor-sharp wit, and rock-star energy combined with mind-blowing demonstrations have made him a favorite choice for entertainment for corporate events, private parties, and more since the late 1980s. From 10 people in a living room, to hundreds of guests in banquet halls, casinos, showrooms, theatres and convention centers, Curtis provides fun & unique entertainment that even the most cynical of spectators can enjoy.
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“Curtis The Mentalist is AWESOME!”
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A Little More About Curtis
Curtis has loved the entertainment arts for as long as he can remember. As a young man, he was generally shy and introverted, yet he found he could win approval from people with his talents--which ranged from singing and playing musical instruments, to acting in theatre and videos, stand-up comedy and performing stage magic.
During his grade school years, his parents held frequent parties. Curtis could frequently be found blowing the minds of grown adults by performing magic and mind reading tricks he learned from books at a local library; often to the great frustration of the adults! Curtis discovered hidden gems in those books, so his "cute little magic tricks" were actually quite astonishing, and Curtis reveled in effect they would have on people, especially the adults around him. To this day he claims that the best secrets are kept in books--mainly because most people are too lazy to read them.
His love for comedy began in 7th grade when he read comedy stories to his class each week during English class. While not necessarily a class clown, this quiet kid would come alive in front of the class, and his comical way of reading the stories would cause explosions of laughter that surprised even his teachers.
His biggest influences in comedy have been comedians Bill Cosby (for comedy only, mind you!), George Carlin, Victor Borge, Robin Williams, Harry Anderson, Jonathan Winters, and in recent years hilarious comics Jerry Seinfeld and Brian Regan. To this day some of his favorite gigs are his comedy club or cabaret appearances.
Originally from Illinois, Curtis studied Theatre, Acting, and Speech Communications during his college years where he starred in a number of productions. He is an 8-year, U.S. Army Persian Gulf-Era veteran, and his oldest daughter served 4 years in the U.S. Marines. He eventually dropped out of college and the military to pursue a career in the entertainment field and never looked back.
Today, he lives with his wife of 27 years, Ann; has raised two wonderful daughters, and is currently enjoying being an empty-nester and grandpa. He makes his living traveling and combining his theatrical, comedy, and magic talents performing a one-man show as a mentalist and mind reader.
As he puts it--"I get paid to travel around the world and tell people things that THEY ALREADY KNOW-and have a helluva lot of fun doing it."