DUBBED as the ‘most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of’, mind reader Luke Jermay has left America and is coming back to his hometown in Essex to amaze audiences in Southend with his latest show Sixth Sense.
A former psychology student at The Billericay School Sixth Form, Luke has not only taken his extraordinary show to Las Vegas but was also an advisor on the hit US show The Mentalist, involved on the UK series Dynamo and has penned over 30 books on mentalism and mind illusions.
Now, the 29-year-old is proving just how well he can read your mind with a tour that sees him arrive at the Palace Theatre next weekend.
“This is something I’ve always been interested in,” says Luke, who grew up in Basildon. “I began at home with tarot cards and my interests in unusual things just kept growing.”
Having taught himself the ‘tricks of the trade’ from home, Luke performed in front of a crowd for the first time when he was just 13-years-old. And although he doesn’t have fond memories of his first performance, he hasn’t looked back since.
“I remember my very first show because it was horrendous!” he laughs. “I was 13-years-old and was at a venue in South London. There was only about 10 seats filled and I had to perform around six cement pillars, it was really awful.”
But once Luke got a taste for performing nothing could stop his interest in the mind. Publishing his first book when he was just 15, he went on to study psychology before moving to America and working on the strip in Las Vegas.
“Travelling to America and Las Vegas all happened so fast, there was no game plan, just one thing lead to another.
“I’ve worked with all different kinds of magic and I have great respect for it,” he continues. “But I don’t like the idea of TV, it’s something that I’ve shied away from – after all, the camera adds 10 pounds.”
Indeed, despite gaining five star reviews from Edinburgh to London’s West End, Luke has spent most of his life in the shadows of the likes of TV favourites Dynamo and Derren Brown.
“Derren Brown is a good friend and he’s also a genius,” says Luke, who has previously worked as a consultant on the mentalist’s TV shows. “He found me when I was performing in London. Although we’re both mentalists, we’re also very different. I believe in looking at body language but I also feel that intuition is an amazing tool. If you walk into a room and there’s been a big argument, you can feel the tension in the air. That’s you using your intuition. I really believe that intuition is an invisible communication.
“I don’t think tarot cards are magical like Harry Potter, but they do force us to look at life in a different way,” he adds. “And intuitively, by looking at events in the past and by seeing a pattern of events you can draw connections into the future.”
Bringing his new show Sixth Sense to the Palace Theatre on 21 March, Luke is looking forward to reading minds in Southend.
“It’s a hugely interactive show and it is likely that I will use you in the show,” he says. “I’ll ask you to think about funny stories and I’ll be predicting the future and answering questions.”
Luke Jermay Sixth Sense comes to the Palace Theatre on Saturday, 21 March. For tickets call the Box Office on 01702 351135 or visit southendtheatres.org.uk.