After a six month run, Marc Salem's one man show, MindGames, will close May 31 at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre. The show will likely start a national tour this summer, though a spokesperson from Dodger Touring told Playbill On-Line (May 11) dates and venues were not yet confirmed.
Salem's MindGames opened Nov. 17, 1997 for a five-week trial run, and then kept extending. A "mentalist," Salem reads the minds of the audience and guesses where they spent their vacations, what playing card they'll pick, what color envelope they'll choose, and what number they're thinking of.
Performances began Oct. 24, 1997 for the show, which has some resemblance to Ricky Jay And His 52 Assistants, which had its own brief revival this year. The latter show is more about sleight-of-hand than mind-reading.
Produced by David Richenthal, Anita Waxman and Jeffrey Ash, MindGames is neither a traditional magic show nor a hypnotism act, yet seems to have elements of both. Former production spokesperson Mark Cannistraro, at Jeffrey Richards Associates, termed it, "a cross between Penn & Teller and Ricky Jay." Another former spokesperson, Philip Bond (also at Richards) said (Oct. 20, 1997), "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."
Tickets to MindGames are now onsale at the Westside box office or via TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200. But you already knew that...right? -- By David Lefkowitz