What types of events do you specialize in?
I help corporate events and conferences inspire their attendees to think outside of the box and have a fun time doing it.
Where do you speak?
Anywhere, although generally in the United States.
What do the magic kits look like?
The learning and fun don’t need to end at the end of the event. Depending upon the event, your participants can bring home a magic kit for their kids. The Deluxe Kit includes classics of magic that keep children entertained and build their confidence for public speaking.
What is the fee?
The fee for an event outside of the Greater St. Louis area is typically more than $5,000. The cost depends heavily upon a number of factors, such as the travel involved, whether you’d like your attendees to take home magic kits, and what customizations may be needed. A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking, and the remainder is generally due on the event date. The exact terms and details can be negotiated and are in the contract that you will have an opportunity to review.
What is your cancellation policy?
The cancellation fee is generally the deposit amount. The exact terms and details are in the contract that you will have an opportunity to review.
What happens if you cancel?
I’ve never cancelled on a client before. But if I ever need to cancel, I’ll refund anything you may have already paid.
What is a mentalist?
A mentalist practices mentalism. A magician practices magic. Think of a mentalist like a magician who specializes in psychological games rather than dexterity. Whereas a magician might use sleight of hand to find your card, a mentalist will use mind games to determine which card you thought of.
Similar to a magic show, my show is highly interactive and engaging with the audience. Audience members will be joining me on stage throughout the event.
Why are you called a “security mentalist” and not just “mentalist”?
Many of my demonstrations are based on security concepts. I use game theory, math, and other techniques to predict and influence the future. For example, I use interrogation techniques to perform a truth or lie detection.
I have decades of experience in security and am trained in behavioral profiling, conflict management, negotiation, interrogation, and mediation. I architected anti-fraud systems for state agencies, led the information security teams for a large-cap technology company, currently own a security consulting company (Alfizo.com), currently lead the security teams for a large multi-state healthcare system, and was an evaluator and mentor for cybersecurity start-ups as part of a venture capital fund. I served as President of the FBI St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Technology Officer for the Greater St. Louis Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. I hold four security certifications and a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT.