the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.38

Francesco Tesei

Mind Juggler

According to Milton Erickson, each one of us is much more than he thinks he is, and knows much more than he thinks he knows. Based upon this statement, Francesco Tesei transforms the most modern and effective techniques of mentalism, subliminal communication and psychological illusionism, and through them invites everyone to draw on the ‘magical’ resources of the unconscious. Like a true and proper ‘mind juggler,’ Tesei presents a performance of acrobatic evolutions involving some of the most intimate and personal things—our dreams, our mind. the true protagonist of the performance, however, is the audience, invited to play with the five senses, thoughts, and perceptions, under the guidance of the ‘mentalist.’


Francesco Tesei

was born in Forlì. He holds a certificate in Erickson hypnosis and a Masters degree in neuro-linguistic programming from the Milton Erickson Institute of Turin. But his official papers describe him an ‘artist,’ which is a very narrow description since he is Italy’s leading mentalist, and one of the most widely renowned internationally. As creative consultant and as stage director, he has conducted a number of projects in cooperation with other artist. He has also been working as an illusionist for 15 years, and his performances in more than 30 countries of three continents have won him a number of awards and trophies. He has authored a book on mentalism, Mentalica (La Porta Magica 1998).

All theevents2011


Evento n.1

Chiara Saraceno

Too much inequality hinders everyone’s well-being

Evento n.2

Giuseppe Penone, Sergio Risaliti

Flowing in time like a river pebble

Evento n.3

Kinds of lies

Evento n.4

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Can artificial life exist?

Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

Evento n.7

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The friar

Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

How to write a screenplay

Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

Mythological forms of memory in ancient Greece and Rome

Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

History from the viewpoint of women

Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

As you have seen it on tv

Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

Paths of humanization

Evento n.20

Patrizia Cavalli

Poetry knows everything first

Evento n.21

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life is communication

Evento n.23

Silvio Orlando

Diderot, Rameau and other paradoxes

Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The merchant

Evento n.26

Franco Borgogno

In other people’s hearts and minds. A psychoanalyst between tradition and creativity

Evento n.27

Giuseppe Bertolucci, Emanuele Trevi

In words and pictures: cinema and literature

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

Evento n.32

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Regretting the families of yesteryear?

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

Saving human energy. Breathing: a source of universal sharing

Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life yesterday, today and tomorrow

Evento n.37

Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni

A quiet sunny day. Attilio Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, a friendship in verse

Evento n.39

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The knight

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