The son of a psychologist and a computer programmer, as a child, Atlas voraciously read anything that he could get his hands on. In what he now recognizes was a desire to better relate to his parents, he would read the books in their personal libraries, including countless books on varying topics in the field of psychology as well as technical manuals on different programming languages. By the age of eight, he had written numerous computer programs and read and understood books with complicated-sounding titles like "The Peter Pan Syndrome".
Atlas quickly realized that the input-output system used to relay information to computers was very similar to the five senses that the human brain uses to obtain, weigh, and process data. He began to see the human mind as a computer that could be programmed. Over time, he began to experiment with this idea, and soon married the disciplines of the psychologist and computer programmer. One of his books, "The Real Thing", is a direct result of those combined interests. With this background, it is no surprise that he was drawn to Mentalism and has been booked to perform for varied audiences over the years.