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Topic: 13 steps
Message: Posted by: Barry Donovan (Jun 10, 2008 01:09AM)
Is this the only book to start from as thinking of getting it
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 10, 2008 01:13AM)
No, but it's probably the best, because it is well-organized, and it will give you a very solid foundation. You should also get [i]Annemann's Practical Mental Effects[/i] AKA [i]Annemann's Practical Mental Magic[/i] edited by John J. Crimmins. Both are the same book, the latter being the Dover edition. There is a lot of basic material in there, as well.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jun 10, 2008 01:47AM)
All classics and great to start with.
Message: Posted by: will4gzus (Jun 10, 2008 06:29AM)
Bill stated it perfectly, those 2 books will give you a foundation that will last a lifetime. I look through 13 steps many times to keep the foundation strong.
Message: Posted by: Reuben Dunn (Jun 10, 2008 10:16AM)
A few years ago I bought Annemanns' magazine compolation "The Jinx" after I had read the above two books.

This is a treasure trove of material that, for the most part, survies into the 21st century.

I would also consider this a "must have" in any colletion.
Message: Posted by: Eric Simmatis (Jun 10, 2008 01:34PM)
13 steps is great as it has everything and you can pick which form of mentalism you want to explore further..........
Message: Posted by: R Gould (Jun 10, 2008 07:44PM)
There is no better single-volume introduction to mentalism than Thirteen Steps.

I've recently been studying it again, going over the material in Step Two. The stuff in this chapter alone could convince 99% of people you are a legitimate mind-reader! Imagine writing something on a card, sending someone across the room, having them write down the name of a childhood friend.... then, without glimpsing the card or having them announce the name, you show your cards. THE NAMES MATCH!

This is among the material in Corinda that is neglected by most mentalists only too happy to pay $40 for the latest minor manuscript on the market.
Message: Posted by: Predicador (Jun 10, 2008 08:03PM)
Well, I've the intention of buy one of the classic to continue with my learning. Everyone talks very good about the "13 steps", but also about "Mind, Myth & Magic". What do you recommend me to adquire first?
Message: Posted by: ronzo (Jun 10, 2008 08:27PM)
13 Steps lays out a foundation for the mentalist--basic techniques, together with many effects. Mind, Myth & Magic is a terrific book, loaded with effects, but assumes you have a background in the basic techniques.

13 Steps should come first.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jun 10, 2008 08:27PM)
I would start with [i]13 Steps[/i]. I think T.A. Waters would have felt the same way.
Message: Posted by: Predicador (Jun 10, 2008 10:02PM)
Thanks for the advices!!! I've ordered the 13 Steps via Hocus-Pocus a couple of minutes ago.

Thanks Again!!!
Message: Posted by: R Gould (Jun 11, 2008 01:04AM)
MM&M is an elaboration on the basic principles and techniques of mentalism, best laid out in Corinda.

You made the right choice by purchasing that book first!
Message: Posted by: mmreed (Jun 11, 2008 09:07AM)
I would also add that once you get the 13 steps down, and want to explore modern day mentalists, check out the work of Paul Hallas. Banachek and Larry Becker as well.
Message: Posted by: Kit (Jun 11, 2008 09:11AM)
On 2008-06-10 23:02, Predicador wrote:
I've ordered the 13 Steps via Hocus-Pocus a couple of minutes ago.

You won't be dissapointed. This was the first book a lot of top professionals bought when they first started out. It covers everything that you will need to know foundation and intermeadiate wise. Although a few routines are a bit out dated you will keep comming back to the book time and time again discovering things you missed on other occasions.

Enjoy it.
Message: Posted by: Oscar999 (Jun 11, 2008 10:27AM)
I would start with 13 Steps. I think T.A. Waters would have felt the same way.


Yes, and he wouldn't have been shy about saying so either!

Message: Posted by: christiancagigal (Jun 11, 2008 04:21PM)
The Tarbell series has some really nice stuff in there to start from as well.
People tend to forget what a contribution Tarbell gave to us, when discussing the great books of the 20th Century.

Message: Posted by: Chris K (Jun 11, 2008 04:55PM)
The Amateur's Magician Handbook is what started it all for me but in terms of a mentalism book, gotta agree with everybody here, 13 steps is quite good. There are pitfalls to it (indexing, errata, etc.) but allows you to see what appeals to you as a performer and shows how the same idea can be used in a variety of ways.

Just for the record, I know there is an errata section however I did not know that the first several times I read the book. As such, I had to figure out how to actually do the magic square myself, which ended up being good practice but totally unnecessary.

Might I also throw out there that lybrary.com offers Annemann's work at a STEEP discount. It's not my cup of tea, but if you are into things you can only read online, this is a really cost effective way to get some of his work (since printing out would be pricey I assume the purchaser would only want online access otherwise just buy the book version).

Message: Posted by: Tony Chris (Jul 27, 2008 01:42AM)
13 Steps was the first book on mentalism I bought almost 20 years ago and is still one of the very best. You simply can't go wrong with.

I also bought the compilation, very comprehensive and extremely thick book (about 3 inches thick) Annemann. This book is a must for anyone seriously interested in learning outstanding mentalism.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Nicholls (Jul 27, 2008 07:33PM)
I keep re-reading my copy of Corinda. I'm spending the day in Starbucks tomorrow and I'm going to read it then. I love the section on Mnemonics.
Message: Posted by: phillsmiff (Jul 29, 2008 05:49AM)
13 Steps is like a textbook of mentalism. It doesn't contain everything, but it gives you a quick and accessible overview of many different aspects of the art as well as lots of practical ideas. Simple principles, clever sleights, ambitious gimmicks and everything in between, 13 Steps is mentalism's Royal Road.

Sales pitch over. It is old fashioned and a little dated, but the style of the material forces you to find your own presentation, which is doubtlessly a good thing.

(Just from a graphics nerd's point of view, some of the illustrations in the book are very nice; the stippled drawing of the third hand board, for example, is a very nice piece of commercial art. Not a reason to buy it of course, but certainly something else to enjoy if you do.)

Message: Posted by: DT3 (Jul 29, 2008 06:01AM)
13 Steps was the 3rd mentalism book I got growing up as a little tyke. The first was the Annemann book. But I would reccommend going to lybrary.com and picking up the complete Jinx on CD.

By the way, anybody else out there doing the bending swizzle stick routine?