Saint James, a mentalist who specializes in thought perception - reading people's minds - was performing Saturday night at the Comedy Cabaret. He will be there every Saturday night this month.
Does the Amazing Kreskin have anything to worry about? Hmmm . . .
A former high school English teacher and self-described skeptic, Saint James turned an interest in psychic abilities into a full-time career. He leaves audience members to ponder, "How did he do that?" and incorporates about half of them into his act.
Saint James said that all of his shows were different, but that he always revealed what people were thinking or personal things about them.
At Saturday night's show, he told audience members to write down on a card their names, a personal fact, a fantasy, and a question that they would like answered.
He then covered his eyes with coins, surgical tape and a blindfold. He put the cards in a clear bowl and then selected one at a time. He crumpled the cards, guessed people's names and started to comment about them.
Saint James told a woman that her dog was a German shepherd whose name was Thor.
He told a man named Ralph that he wanted to go to Spain on a vacation.
John Arnold, 26, of West Chester, was surprised when the blindfolded Saint James read his driver's license number aloud to him.
"I picked out that number because I was trying to stump him," Arnold said after the show. "I couldn't believe it when he got it right."
Most of the 200 people in the audience shook their heads in disbelief.
Saint James asked a skeptical man to think of a place where he spent some time. The mentalist wrinkled his face in concentration, then told him, "Oh, you're trying to stump me. Speedway isn't that common."
The skeptic broke out laughing. "You seem surprised," Saint James said. ''Remember, I do this for a living."
A native of Howell, N.J., Saint James is 35 and his real name is Ted Karmilovich ("Ted Saint James is easier to remember").
Saint James said the most embarrassing moment in his career happened when he gathered a crowd of about 50 at Great Adventure many years ago. Leading the group, he told them to concentrate on stopping the Ferris wheel at the theme park. They concentrated and concentrated - but the ride did not stop.
Saint James' interest in psychic abilities began when he was in high school. He began to read stories about memory, thought perception and intuition, and then practiced the theories on his friends. The more he rehearsed, the better he got, and then he started to entertain people for fun.
Saint James became a high school English teacher and performed his ''psychic stuff" in his spare time. Eventually, it became his livelihood. Besides his performances in clubs along the East Coast, Saint James will do private readings.
"When I do (psychic) readings, I always try to stress the positive," Saint James said. "At my shows, people are there to have a good time, so I entertain them.
"I hear a lot of different stories about why people come to see a psychic. People want assurances. I won't give legal or medical advice."
As he closed the show, Saint James said, "I leave it up to you to figure out how the mind works. And remember, always think good thoughts. You never know who could be listening."
IF YOU GO
Where: Ted Saint James at the King of Prussia Comedy Cabaret, at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel, North Gulph and First Avenue, King of Prussia.
When: At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and 25.
Phone: 610-265-2030 or 610-322-6642.