The New York Times reports that the "world's foremost mentalist" will play every other Monday night at the Lyceum Theatre beginning May 17. Salem's new show is simply titled Marc Salem's Mind Games on Broadway. (The Lyceum is the current home to the Pulitzer Prize-winning — and Tony-nominated — play I Am My Own Wife. That heralded play does not play Monday evenings.)
Mind Games is neither a traditional magic show nor a hypnotism act, yet seems to have elements of both. A spokesperson for the original show termed it "a cross between Penn & Teller and Ricky Jay." Another former spokesperson put it this way: "Salem is the world's foremost mentalist. He plays lots of psychological games with the audience and plays with the world of the sixth sense. It's very magical and psychological."
Salem, a former New York University professor, has degrees from NYU and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a director of research at "Sesame Street" for ten years. His "mind games" involve audience participation and the revelation of hidden answers that come to Salem — but who knows how?
Salem's performance features the mentalist trying to divine personal information and the nature of randomly selected items from the audience.
The Lyceum Theatre is located in Manhattan at 149 West 45th Street.