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Mentalist leaves students stunned

To close “welcome back week:” festivities, mentalist Sean Bott performed in the Campus Center ballroom Feb. 7. His numerous acts left the audience mystified. Sophomores Caiti Helsper and Kayla Hockman were asked to come to the stage and pick a page in the book Bott was holding. As they decided on the page and memorized the number, he closed the book then opened it again and had them look for that page, they then learned that the page was now missing and in an envelope that Bott had handed to another student in the audience at the beginning of the performance. The event was sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. / photo by Ryan Gann

To close “welcome back week:” festivities, mentalist Sean Bott performed in the Campus Center ballroom Feb. 7. His numerous acts left the audience mystified. Sophomores Caiti Helsper and Kayla Hockman were asked to come to the stage and pick a page in the book Bott was holding. As they decided on the page and memorized the number, he closed the book then opened it again and had them look for that page, they then learned that the page was now missing and in an envelope that Bott had handed to another student in the audience at the beginning of the performance. The event was sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. / photo by Ryan Gann

Veronica Orozco
LV Life Editor

Students left the Campus Center Ballroom in a daze after the mentalist performance Feb. 7, marking the conclusion of CAB’s Welcome Back Week.

Some were speechless and others could not stop talking about it, but what is true is that Sean Bott’s performance took the packed audience and blew their minds.

The night started out with CAB member Kayla Hockman introducing Bott.

Right off the bat he handed a girl in the audience an envelope not saying what it contained and had her sit back down and continued with other tricks.

By the middle of the performance he was in the middle of a trick of making a page in a book that another audience member selected disappear, only to have the girl with the envelope come on stage and open it in front of the everyone with the book page in it.

By this time he had the audience hooked so everything else he did was just gravy.

“I expected him to fail at everything,” said Walter Harper, a junior business administration major.

Throughout his performance gasps in amazement and small squeals escaped from the otherwise quiet audience.

“I thought he was just going to show up and do the basic card tricks and mind readings that are typical for mentalists” Adam Alvarez, senior psychology and photography major, said.

Bott kept the audience engaged and included throughout the whole performance leaving them at the edge of their seat.

Students were in awe as he put on the most elaborate tricks by somehow connecting them all together for a grand finale that left everyone flabbergasted.

“It tripped me out when he got all of the things right,” Harper said.

Bott travels the nation making a living off of messing with people’s minds.

His career as a mind reader/ comedian exceeds what is expected for a man in his profession.

“When I was 12 I used to break into my sister’s room and steal all of her magic tricks,” Bott said.

After that he continued to study mentalism, psychology and magic with some of the best in their field and is currently on a college tour around the United States.

After the formal part of the performance concluded half of the audience stayed behind to watch Bott do some extra tricks that included stopping and reversing time, making things move with his mind and having an audience member bend a quarter.

“I came in very skeptical but I leave speechless,” Alvarez said.

“This was a great ending to an amazing welcome week,” Sarah Mayo, sophomore sociology major, said.

“I loved the students here, they were never scared to volunteer and gave a great overall atmosphere,” Bott said.

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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