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The return of the Chatroulette mind-reader

If you're going to use Chatroulette, mind-reading is a far better game than window-shopping genitalia.


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 24, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 3:31 am CDT

I have no idea why people are still using Chatroulette. But if you’re going to use the site, I suppose mind-reading (even over melodramatic music) is a far better practice than window-shopping your genitalia. 

The former is what Boston YouTuber and self-proclaimed mentalist Nick Kolenda got famous for last November: He went onto the bizarre, creepy speed-dating-style site and showed strangers—some of whom lived thousands of miles away—that he could read their minds. Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in. 

He’s back now with a second episode of “Chatroulette Mind Reading.” This time, he’s subconsciously convincing all his subjects to think about lions. 

The gag’s a one-trick pony, and Kolenda explains its simplicity midway through the clip. Still, it’s fun to see relatively normal people—with their junk still in their pants, who knew?—freaking out over some excitable mind reader’s presupposed genius. 

Illustration by Fernando Alfonso III

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*First Published: Oct 24, 2013, 10:38 am CDT