Few people have what one would consider super powers – the ability to perform acts which the average human being would consider fantastical. Lior Suchard is one such person and is arguably as much as a phenomenon all over the world as his mentor, Uri Geller. He can read minds, tell you the name of your first love and bend a coin which you hold in your palm, simply by the enormous power of mind control.
In Mumbai this week to stage two shows and hold a special workshop, Lior takes time out from his packed schedule to talk about his extraordinary abilities in an exclusive with Team MissMalini.
Team MissMalini: At what age did you begin to discover your abilities and what were your initial responses/reactions to your talent? Were you scared/confused/intrigued?
Lior Suchard: I realised at the age of six that I was very sensitive to things and also intuitive. I was not doing complicated stuff at that time. I practiced on my two older brothers. I would guess which number they were thinking of or perhaps, just guessing which hand held a stone. I realised in my teens that my intuition could help me bend spoons. Of course, it freaked people around me but I began enjoying the process. Besides, studying the human mind intrigued me and I was fortunate enough to realise at quite a young age where I wanted to head in life.
Team MM: How did your family react to your special powers?
LS: My family was very loving and supported me. It started with a shock which is natural and then transformed into a lot of support. As I mentioned earlier, I often used my brothers as guinea pigs and experimented a lot on them.
Team MM: How did you go about honing and perfecting your skill?
LS: The answer for this would be the will to improve and take it to the next level each time. I explored and created things that I could do to better myself. I strengthened my will and connected deeply to my intuition. I read a lot about underground psychology and connected it to the stuff that I do. This, along with my love for stage, brought all the things together.
Team MM: How can the average person hope to become a mind reader? Is there a technique involved?
LS: Yes, everyone can be a mind reader, but as I keep saying, everyone can learn piano, but not everyone can be a Beethoven. It’s something you are born with and then take to a higher degree.
Team MM: How do you use your special qualities to help people apart from the entertainment factor?
LS: I personally believe it’s unfair to use my qualities apart from entertainment. It’s only positive thoughts that I try to read, otherwise, I switch off. I’ve been called by companies for recruitment of key professionals, I also conduct customised corporate workshops, where I share my Swiss knife technique, as I call it, because just like a quality Swiss knife which has various elements the workshop will be the same. I share some very cool techniques like how to think positive, how to influence people and aim to inspire the attendants with real life success stories of my own personal life and what techniques I used to gain this success.
Team MM: What can Indian audiences expect from your workshops?
LS: Knowing what’s on other person’s mind is a biggest mystery. It is a two edged sword, when tackled well it’s the best armour, if not, it’s a weapon for self destruction. And that’s precisely what I’ll be doing, sharpening our minds and using it in a way to maximise our success. Be it trying to crack the tough looking client who’s pleased but seeking the best bargain or be it hiring the best candidate from a stream of resumes. Trying to understand the opposite person through fine body language and face reading can not only hone our negotiation skills, but help us in all our HR and Marketing endeavours. Other things that I shall focus on are to understand the strategies of personal connection, how to build spontaneity and to be a creative thinker.
Lior will be conducting an exclusive leadership work, customised for India, in collaboration with Raell Padamsee’s Numero Uno Productions, on Sunday, 9th November at 9:30am at St. Andrews Auditorium in Bandra, Mumbai.