Brandon performed professionally as a mentalist and hypnotist from 2006 to 2015. He has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Forensic Psychology. Since 2011, he has worked as a forensic therapist providing individual and group counseling to sex offenders, violent offenders, sexually aggressive youth, non-offending parents, and victims of violence. He also completes forensic evaluations for the court for these types of clients. His training and practical experience in reading people and influencing their thoughts, along with his education from criminal clients about the methods of deception, theft, and instilling false confidence, combine to create a uniquely informed perspective on social engineering. His first book, “Real Mentalism,” was sold through Trick Shop from 2015 to 2017 and he is currently finishing his next book, “Mental Exploits,” containing new methods of augmented cold reading and altering someone’s experience of reality.
He has trained law enforcement, counselors, social workers, and attorneys in criminogenic factors and interventions at forensic conferences in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has also trained nurses and other health professionals in identifying behavioral indicators of child abuse. He is now preparing a class on the psychology of social engineering for penetration testers.