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Topic: Self-working mental magic - please write a review!
Message: Posted by: markiquark (Dec 1, 2005 07:07PM)
Hi folks, I am thinking about buying this book by Karl Fulves on top of Annemann and Corinda. Has anyone read it, what do you think about it? Thanks, Mark
Message: Posted by: Bananafish (Dec 4, 2005 03:23PM)
Well it's so cheap I suggest you buy it and review it for everyone else! :)

Seriously though, imo the book is worth having and fits in well as a good background to mentalism along with the Annemann and Corinda.

All the Anneman I have read and Corinda's 13 steps are on a different level though, but even if you don't want to do any of the actual effects from Fulves I know just reading it will give you ideas, and it's that inspiration to creativity that makes it worth having.

hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: richpoyle (Dec 4, 2005 07:24PM)
Mmm ... Initially I was disappointed with this book but a few years on I recognise its value.

After all, its only a few pounds/dollars and contains a lot of routines. However, very few of them are presentable (as written) to a modern audience without a degree of tinkering.

As a springboard for your own personality-fuelled routines, its great for the price. So, with reservations, it comes recommended - but only because its so cheap.
Message: Posted by: Foucault (Dec 5, 2005 11:36PM)
Self-working Mental Magic is an excellent way for magicians to dip a toe in the waters of mentalism. There are many great tricks, but more importantly, you'll be learning a lot of different principles, which you'll be able to apply elsewhere.

It's true that some of the tricks seem to need a little "tweaking", but often it's because Fulves has removed the necessity for any fancy moves. Sometimes, I think he's gone a little too far. Still, I'm confident that you'll be able to use a lot of the material with little to no adjustment.
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Dec 6, 2005 08:45AM)
I have found any book by Karl Fulves has value. As someone else said the price is so reasonable just buy and see if you can use it. Karl Fulves actually makes the majority of the effects very easy to perform, but has impact. I would rate his work up there with Nick Trost and Peter Duffie for ease of execution and entertainment..
Message: Posted by: sehrgut (Jun 15, 2006 01:08AM)
I picked this up at a used book shop for three bucks, and it appears to be worth quite a bit more than even list price. What a deal! I'm going through, seeing effect after effect that I can use with little change but to the scripting. I'm definitely going to put a few of these in my impromptu repertoire.

This is the first book by Fulves I've purchased, but if his others are written this well, I heartily recommend all of them!
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jun 15, 2006 03:58AM)
Review: Mental Magic. Self Working. Lots of effects. Couple of bucks. Get it. The first trick in the book is a self working version of a trick they're getting hundreds for, gimmicked up. And it gets better from there.
Message: Posted by: Phil C (Jun 15, 2006 05:09AM)
This is a really good book to get an idea of mental magic and mentalism.
The effects are simple.
Some are great and some are not.
But it is without a doubt worth much more than the price!

If you find the stuff interested. Then next step would be Annemann's Practical Mental Magic and Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism.

These 3 book will keep you busy for a while :)
Message: Posted by: chris_johnson_au (Jun 15, 2006 05:48AM)
Some of the routines also need updating. For example, Time Pool is one of the effects in it that will not work with today's current digital watches (although it will work with the digital watches of the late 1970's).

There are some things I'm working on at the moment, methods-wise, which I think can be adapted and this thinking is based on a discussion I participated in 10 years ago in a magic-related online digest.
Message: Posted by: Gordon (Jun 19, 2006 04:42PM)
This book is a good place to start, but if you've already digested Corinda and Annemann then you'll most likely want it only for the entertainment value. As others have said, the price makes it an easy decision.
Message: Posted by: Cain (Sep 13, 2006 11:10PM)
I just picked this up from my local library for ten cents!
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Sep 14, 2006 05:18PM)
It's an excellent book, especially at the cheap Dover price, and many of the effects are absolute stunners. For instance, I do "Sleight of Mind" quite often, and it never fails to fry people. Much of the book contains professional quality material, even the simple pieces. Fulves is a well-respected author in magic, and this is an often overlooked gem, IMHO.

Message: Posted by: boinko (Sep 14, 2006 06:28PM)
Use the "look in the book" feature on Amazon.com to decide for yourself. You can preview several pages, see the table of contents, and view the back cover. That should be enough info to make a decision.
Message: Posted by: John Nesbit (Sep 14, 2006 07:32PM)
This book is a valuable resource. It is in the libraries of many prominent mentalists and magicians. Because of it's price, it is too often over looked by new commers and novices. To the unexperienced, at first glance it appears overly simplistic and devoid of sophisticated routining. Therein lies it's true worth. It sometimes does require seasoned experience to get the most out the ideas put forth in this "little" book.
Message: Posted by: Jim-Callahan (Sep 14, 2006 08:34PM)
Look Cats, the stuff in all of his books are from some of the best and brightest.

But as John points out sometimes expeirence is needed. Just to recognise it is great.

Seth is correct also it is a gem in the mud of common book stores I say.

Most of the guys posting here get it.

Man the book is cheap buy it!

J ack
Message: Posted by: Cain (Sep 14, 2006 09:01PM)
Heh, I didn't realize the comedy of this until now. So, as I said above when I bumped this thread, I bought this book from the library for ten cents. When I went to pay for it this old lady behind the counter read the title and instantly began gabbing. "Oh, my grandson auditioned at the Magic Castle for the junior program blah blah blah." I had the book in my hand and she stopped talking while I stood around. Finally she realized that she owed me fifteen cents. I'm such a ***.