Thanks everyone for your incisive questions. We had to stop the interview after two and a half hours as it was past Kennedy's bedtime. Even with that, I didn't get around to addressing your questions, so I will do my best to do that now.
Bear in mind that these are nothing more than my opinions, albeit ones borne of forty years experience, earning an income from performing magic and mentalism.
Edward: I have tried many different ways of describing what I do with regard to mentalism. At the moment I think "Mind Reader" is the easiest for laymen to grasp. If it is too vague, the booker will not be able to explain what you do to the committee or their boss.
mrgoat: I make no claims other than they will have a great time. However if I do not play what I do for real, I am letting down both myself and my audience. It is very difficult for magicians and mentalists to play it for real as we know how it is done. I like Banachek's line "I use my five senses to create the illusion of a sixth". Nonetheless if you are in showbiz, you need to leave them with a story to tell.
There are incredibly stupid people in the world who will believe anything. Take politics. Regardless of how idiotic their preferred party is acting, some will defend it to the death, and their opposing party, regardless of whatever good they might be doing (it can happen occasionally, even in politics) are always completely in the wrong.
Simone: As I said above I make no claims as to powers. While onstage, the audience are my guests in my world. My goal is to give them an experience of me, that is fun, astonishing and entertaining.
Rarely do we give enough thought to the context of our performances. The more context, the stronger and more powerful the effect. I can only be responsible to my audience. I cannot be responsible for them.