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After hustling America and Britain, Alexis Conran plays a different kind of trick

Tapping into your subcon-scious, four talents – mind controller Alexis Conran, Liv Boeree, a world-class poker player with a degree in Physics and charm, Lewis Le Val, an expert in hypnosis and mentalism, and Pete Wardell, a sleight of hand expert, will stun you with their trickery in The Mind Control Freaks. The 10-part series on Discovery Channel will expose the working of the human mind as the experts will be in total control.

Psyche factor
“I won’t lie to you. It does make me feel very powerful to have that kind of control. But having said that, I don’t actually control their minds and force them to do things they never would. I just influence people to make decisions they wouldn’t normally make,” Conran tells us, adding that on the show, he will get a man to completely forget his fian-cée, persuade complete strangers to give him their car keys, and con-vince a 230-pound boxer that he is unable to crush a plastic cup.

Talking about his art of scam-ming, Conran tells us that it began when he took to acting. “That gave me a great foundation for lying and trickery! Then I studied magic to become a professional deceiver,” he shares, explaining that this new show is very different from his work with HUSTLE for BBC. “This one is not really hustling but more about persuasion and psychology — a fas-cinating experiment where we get people on the streets to do things they wouldn’t ususally do and how they react to doing them,” the trick-ster shares describing the show which is scripted but totally unex-pected and uncontrolled because of the real and raw reactions.

On-screen experiments
“What you see on TV is not only a revelation to the people being influ-enced but to us as well because we had no clue what people would do when their choices were so radically changed and how they’d react to them,” Conran admits, sharing that it was hard to follow the script in an uncontrolled setting.
Before signing off, we asked the showman to describe  himself using positive terms. And after being tongue tied for a bit, Conran came up with “presenter, manipulator and deceiver”. “But wait! Oh no. Even that sounds sinister. I guess I should just stick to actor,” he concludes.

Starting July 27 at 8 pm on Discovery Channel

—Aakanksha Devi


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