Chamber to host mentalist
Matheny at Dec. 1 holiday banquet
(November 2006) For the average person, solving
a math problem before it is written or quickly memorizing the names
of 100 strangers standing in a line would seem virtually impossible.
But not so for one West Virginia man who has learned to harness the
power of his mind and complete mind-boggling mental exercises.
Mentalist Keith Matheny of Huntington, W.Va., will amaze the crowd with
his inspirational speech and stunning mental gymnastics at the Gallatin
County Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Banquet. The event is set
for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Bluegrass Hall at the Kentucky Speedway,
Hwy. 35 near Sparta, Ky. Matheny is returning to this event for the
second consecutive year by popular demand.
Last year he was just great and amazed the crowd, so we decided
to have him come back to perform this year, said Wayne Rassman,
Warsaws Renaissance-Main Street Program manager and a chamber
Tickets for the silent auction, dinner and speech are
$25 and are available at Glencoe Tire, Towing and U-Haul; the Warsaw,
Ky., branch of Integra Bank; Gallatin County Judge Executives
Office; and Gallatin County Extension Office.
Matheny, 46, started working as a professional mentalist in 1989. He
had been working prior to that in a steel factory and then as a locksmith.
He had seen other mentalists perform and became fascinated with the
whole concept. He started practicing and studying people and then realized
he could be a mentalist, too.
He insists his ability is not supernatural or religious; he is not a
Many people ask if I can predict their future; I tell them, no,
but you can, he said during an October telephone interview.
Instead, he said his talent deals with the power and ability of the
mind. He said it is nothing more than enhanced perception of memory
and intuition. I am in tune with principles and behaviors that
other people are not aware of. I simply pay attention to things others
He gave an analogy of how he believes his talent works. Many times,
there will be people sitting in a restaurant eating spaghetti. Everyone
will comment on how good the spaghetti is. One person may say something
about how zesty or spicy the sauce is. But then there will be that one
person who can name the exact ingredients and portions of each of those
that go into the spaghetti, and everyone else will be amazed. I am that
Matheny said he believes he has always had his talent. He said that
even back in high school, he could recall things better than other students.
In one ninth grade class, a teacher was playing a memory game in which
she would hold up cards with various symbols on them. Most of the students
got about 35 percent of the cards right, but he amazed everyone by getting
about 67 percent of the cards correct.
He spends a lot of time traveling around the country using his talent
to inspire people. He does 75 to 100 shows a year.
I found what I wanted to do, and I love it, he said. His
show is very high energy, and it combines audience participation, humor
and motivational speaking. He does not use what he called stooges
or confederates, which are people planted in the audience prior
to the performance.
He concentrates on two basic programs: Overcoming the Impossible
and The Power of Attitude to inspire and entertain his audiences.
He works much of the time at hospitals, schools and corporations. People
are hungry for hope and encouragement, and I give them that, he
His message is simple; You can do it if you try.
Matheny has written two books, How to Develop Dynamite Self Esteem,
and How to Develop a Dynamite Memory, which will be on sale
at the banquet. He plans on writing two more Dynamite books,
Dynamite Humor, and Dynamite Success, in the
For tickets or more information about the
Gallatin County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Banquet, call (859) 567-5691
or (859) 567-5481.
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