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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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How to read minds and influence people: a mentalist’s guide

By: Dene Mullen - Posted on: July 21, 2016 | Business

Tom DeVoe is a Singapore-based ‘mentalist’, an entertainer who uses psychology, suggestion and observation to do amazing things with people’s minds. He has performed around the world, been hired by brands such as Bulgari and Jaeger-LeCoultre and appeared on Channel News Asia, CNN and the BBC

Credit: Tom White

When did you first realise you had a talent for mentalism?

As a young child I was very, very observant – scarily so – and very persuasive when I wanted to be. I was told after my first day at school that before I spoke to anyone new I spent about ten minutes just watching them from a corner. Which is obviously the creepiest thing imaginable.

That caused some problems growing up. I’d get into trouble sometimes for getting our group of friends into places we had no business being, such as bars and parties at the age of about 13. I was 14 when I read about mentalism and realised that I could use these skills to entertain and do positive things. So I did my first shows at 14 in Wales, where I was living, and it hasn’t really stopped.

Can you give us some insight into the techniques you use and the things you do? 

I use psychology, suggestion, observation and sometimes a bit of trickery. It’s about reading people’s body language, the way someone stands, the way someone talks, their tone of voice, what they’re wearing, and also reading what we call micro expressions, so the tiniest little twitches and looks in certain directions. You can use all of that information to form a step-by-step route to what they might be thinking… So it’s kind of like a real-world Sherlock Holmes, but I don’t solve crimes.

Did you just describe yourself as a real-life Sherlock Holmes?

No, no, no. I would never call myself that – because I’m not a twat. What I mean is that the techniques I use are also used by characters like Sherlock Holmes.  

Are there certain types of people that are more or less susceptible?

Yes, it’s about the type of person. For example, if I said think of a letter, if someone is a bit of a douchebag, or if they’ve been drinking, or if they obviously want to get one up on ‘magic boy’ in front of their friends, they’re going to go for X, Q or Z. So, in fact, the people who try not to be easily read are actually the easiest to read.

What was your most memorable performance in Southeast Asia?

In Singapore in 2009 I brought a girl onstage to think of a random word from her book. She chose the word ‘paper’, and I worked it out correctly, letter by letter. We stayed in touch after the show – and we just celebrated our third wedding anniversary today.

You’re a member of The Magic Circle, a very secretive, exclusive organisation. Tell us as much about it as you’re allowed to…

Well, it’s not as secretive as people think. The building is tucked down an alleyway near Euston Station in central London, but it’s just an organisation for illusionists, magicians, mentalists and other similar performers. There’s an incredible spiral staircase when you walk in, and at the top they have a theatre where people come from all over the world to perform and… explain how they do what they do, the psychology, the mechanics. So that’s fascinating. They have a library in the basement that has thousands of magic books – some a few years old and others that are centuries old… They also have a museum that has everything from spoons bent by Uri Geller to Houdini’s water torture cell and handcuffs – amazing artefacts. And they have a bar. Which is excellent.`

If you were so inclined, what kinds of dastardly tricks could you pull off?

Well, I wouldn’t want to give people any ideas… When I’m not doing shows, I really try not to use these skills in day-to-day life. Sometimes people think I’m using certain techniques, and they’re watching what I’m doing. That makes interaction very awkward and stunted sometimes. Also, you would go mad if you were watching out for everything that everyone’s doing all the time. When the show is over, that’s it, done.