Barack Obama, a man whose presidency has been built on deception, fabrications, trickery and old fashioned hooey, has found the perfect person to perform at his inauguration: A mentalist who describes his act as having some twists on mentalism classics, mixed with dangerous “mind stunts.”
Mentalist Alain Nu in recent days announced on his Facebook page that he “was just invited to perform . . . [at] President Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 21st!” Specifically, Nu will appear at an inaugural ball sponsored by the American Legion, according to The Daily Caller.
|Construction workers prepare the platforms on the west side of the Capitol where dignitaries and news cameras will view inaugural festivities.
Nu, like all “mentalists,” doesn’t actually have any psychic and psychokinetic powers — after all, no one does. He is simply a well-practiced entertainer who mixes a few magicians’ tricks with the knowledge of body language and facial expression.
According to his promotional materials, Nu’s uncanny effects are a “clever conglomerate of ideas, incorporating elements of probability, psychology, suggestion, professional techniques, and good timing.”
The materials note: “First, and most importantly, however, he considers himself an entertainer.”
Nu is perhaps best known from his 2005 TLC series “The Mysterious World of Alain Nu.” He has at times put his psychic abilities to the test by predicting football games, mixed martial arts fights, and even election results on his personal blog.
The day before the most recent Super Bowl, Nu predicted a New England Patriots victory over the New York Giants by a score of 31 to 28. The Giants actually won the game, 21 to 17.
In April, Nu followed up his incorrect Super Bowl prediction by foretelling the outcomes of the six bouts during UFC 145. He got three right and three wrong — the exact 50-50 percentage that you’d expect if you flipped a coin to guess the winners of the fights.
Nu even failed to accurately forecast Obama’s landslide victory over Mitt Romney. Instead, Nu went with the safe bet of predicting “a ballot-recount, combined with much scrutiny of the other party.”
It’s impressive that Nu snagged an invitation to perform for the president at the inauguration.
That’s probably because Obama sees himself as something of a mentalist.
After all, the president would have Americans believe that the stimulus “saved or created over 150,000 jobs,” that “we got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system,” that there will be “no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” that Guantánamo ”shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from [Jan. 22, 2009],” and most recently that a “crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.”
Now that’s a tough act to follow even for a mentalist like Nu.
When Obama predicts something will happen, the opposite usually occurs. The president’s erroneous prognostication that unemployment rates would fall to 5.6 percent after the stimulus handouts makes Nu’s missed Super Bowl pick easy to overlook.
Drew Johnson is a senior fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to a smaller, more responsible government. Read more reports from Drew Johnson — Click Here Now.
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