A mentalist is a master manipulator of thought and behavior. The mentalist is Patrick Jane (Australia's Simon Baker), a celebrity psychic whose wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John. Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis - talents that made him appear psychically gifted - to bring killers to justice. Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases. But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal: Find Red John. And bring him down. Evidence of a Hit Series - Interviews with the creators, directors and cast expose the origins and inspirations for this alluring characterâ part Sherlock Holmes, part charlatan Cracking the Crystal Ball: Mentalist Vs. Psychic - In addition to the producers, directors and cast, we interview detectives, mentalists and police psychics to determine if their powers are just a function of keen observation, a charadeâ or something more. Surveillance Video: Gag Reel.