...the Mentalizer explained that he had been interested in mysticism and the supernatural from a very young age. At the age of 12, for a Bar Mitzvah gift, his grandfather sent him to magic school in Tel Aviv. After that, he started doing "birthday parties for kids in my village showing the power of the mind."
A few years later, he was asked by a newspaper to predict the outcome of mayoral elections 11 days prior to them, based on photographs of candidates. "I read their personas and I was 100% right," Mr. Segev recalled. That's when the media, he said, started calling him the "mental analyzer," which was shortened to "Mentalizer."
He was asked if being a mentalist hindered his romantic relationships.
"I used to come home and say, 'No sex tonight. You have a headache,'" Mr. Segev joked. Whether it's true or not, he said, "I cannot read my girlfriends' minds. I can maybe read the girl once or twice, but once I get emotionally attached, I'm blocked. I think it's a shield to protect me from getting hurt."