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Episode 63: Mastering Moments of Astonishment with Mentalist Oz Pearlman

Today Ted speaks with Oz Pearlman, one of the most sought-after mentalists in the world. Oz is an Emmy Award winner for his TV special Oz Knows, and a third place winner of America’s Got Talent. His client list reads like a who’s who of politicians, professional athletes, A-list celebrities, and Fortune 500 companies.

Hear how what started as a hobby catapulted Oz into being a full-time entrepreneur and entertainer, and how he acquired the skills necessary to become one of the top in his field.

He shares his favorite performances, clients, and challenges that he’s overcome. And he’s not stopping there – you can expect to hear Oz Pearlman’s name for years to come.

Topics Discussed

  • [3:20] Do you get nervous?
  • [6:45] I want to hear what people say about me
  • [9:45] The one question I won’t answer
  • [11:00] How old were you when you moved from Israel?
  • [ 12:30]  It’s not a magic show. I’m not trying to trick you.
  • [14:30] The skill of listening effectively
  • [17:35] You’re not always the best person for the job
  • [18:45] Who do I learn from?
  • [22:15] Do you gamble?
  • [24:15] Creating advantageous environments
  • [29:00] People hire me to create memories
  • [33:45] Everything in life is sales
  • [36:20] A defining moment in your life
  • [40:00] Who are your mentors?
  • [46:40] Finale of America’s Got Talent
  • [50:40] Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • [52:54] Oz performs an act with Ted
  • [58:00] How to get in touch with Oz

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Key Quotes from Episode

  • It’s not a trick. I’m not trying to trick you and show you that I can do something that you don’t understand. I’m showing you that the way the mind works can be reverse-engineered. 
  • That’s really where you grow. Not when you knock it out of the park, but when you have something go wrong and learn ‘what can I do better next?’
  •  And to this day I’ve always seen that as a high watermark. How could I have a relationship where I would want to be the first person my son or daughter tells about anything? It could be a moment, but I want to be that person to them. That to me is like a real bar of success.

Oz Pearlman is one of the most sought-after mentalists in the world. He developed an interest in magic at a young age and what started as a hobby ended up becoming a lifelong passion. After a couple of years spent working on Wall Street, Oz decided to pursue his dream and become a full time entertainer. He has now been dazzling audiences with his mind reading ability for over two decades!



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