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Topic: What is the best resource to start learning Mentalism effects?
Message: Posted by: vootrage (Sep 7, 2003 08:53PM)
I have Max Maven's Videomind tapes but I would like to know if the are any others that are better. Please let me know.
Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Sep 7, 2003 09:06PM)
Ok, last time... 13 Steps to Mentalism and Practical Mental Effects (Magic). :devilish:
Message: Posted by: rgranville (Sep 7, 2003 10:52PM)
But we know it won't be the last time.
Message: Posted by: Bambaladam (Sep 8, 2003 05:46AM)
Best resource to START is in my opinion Fulves' Self-working Mental Effects.

After that, get Corrinda if you have been having fun and have gotten some wows.

Message: Posted by: ddyment (Sep 8, 2003 12:47PM)
Actually, the best way to start learning about mentalism would be simply to read all the [b]many[/b] topics already posted here on "the best way to start learning about mentalism".

... Doug
Message: Posted by: Martin Carli (Sep 8, 2003 01:08PM)
I agree totally with Doug's comments. And I would add, the best way to start learning is by starting learning mentalism, not by asking how to start learning mentalism.

Martin :)
Message: Posted by: wiggys (Sep 8, 2003 05:30PM)
Maybe we should start a FAQ thread and make it sticky. Might save a lot of going over the same stuff over and over.
Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Sep 8, 2003 07:15PM)
Or start to mentor with a mentalist. :fruity:
Message: Posted by: Anabelle (Sep 8, 2003 10:07PM)
An ex boyfriend worked extremely well for me. Naturally I had to prove I was interested in more than just secrets. And I've learned a LOT just reading around the Café as well!

Anabelle :giving:
Message: Posted by: Harris0n (Sep 9, 2003 02:56AM)
Take a look in the First Year Archive of the Café. There's loads of useful information in there. Many of the threads include contributions by some of the greats of contemporary mentalism.
Message: Posted by: WhiteFeather (Sep 9, 2003 03:52AM)
Okay, I am looking for something similar.

I'd like to find a book of lists of "things common to most people". You know the grey elephant in Denmark effect?

It has often been suggested that you analyze your "audience demographic", but I'm hoping for a slightly different type of "census"... most people choose the number "7", have two cats, usually draw a triangle inside of a cricle, favorite color red, something like that.

Of course, I'd MUCH rather do what Dr_Zodiac said, and take a mentor... now, if I could only find one that would take ME and isn't too far away!

Message: Posted by: jiggyjer (Sep 11, 2003 05:28PM)
The 13 steps is THE place to start, and later the jinx. not only will you learn from masters, but you will have access to many forgotten effects.

Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 11, 2003 05:57PM)
There you go guy,

All that stuff with pencil dots, human hair and spittle can wait till after you've taken the steps to heart.

Also, you might want to let go of the 'magician' 'effect' mindset. that's not how mentalism works.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Sep 28, 2003 05:17AM)
Fulves Self-working Mental is a great start.

JMO :stircoffee:
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (Sep 28, 2003 11:31AM)
Read what you find here, and try Ted Lesley's forum too.
It has been mentioned of others; 13 Steps..is a must, and Anneman's books.
This will give you a lot to work with for a long time.
Good Luck.
Sven :yippee:
Message: Posted by: medaca (Oct 27, 2003 09:37PM)
13 Steps to Mentalism, no doubt. :nose:
Message: Posted by: petrakos (Oct 27, 2003 09:45PM)
Thirteen Steps is Great, as is Annemann. But I learned (and still learn) a lot from Barrie Richardson's "Theater of the Mind" although it's hardly a beginning text.
Message: Posted by: Greg Owen (Oct 28, 2003 07:53AM)
I have all of the above-mentioned books.

I've just finished Larry Becker's Stunners Plus and - I swear - I wish THIS had been my first mentalism book.

Of course, then all of the others would have paled by comparison, but so it goes.

- Greg Owen
Message: Posted by: Scott Wells (Oct 29, 2003 12:11PM)
Of course I would recommend "Pre Thoughts" by Banachek. This is a full routine from start to finish and not just a book of ideas. This was the very routine that Banachek performed as Steve Shaw in the 1980's and is still strong today. You can take anything from it and incorporate it into your own routine or use the whole routine. It's a good start for beginner or the more advanced mentalist with good theory, too.

And perhaps the best thing about it is that it's only $10.00 (plus postage).

Scott Wells
Message: Posted by: Mistro (Oct 29, 2003 05:51PM)
Self-Working Mental Magic by Karl Fulves. A Great Book!
Message: Posted by: Maritess (Oct 29, 2003 06:17PM)
Corinda and Anneman can be a little daunting for the complete novice, why not try buying some really fun pre-packaged tricks in the magic shop to start a passion for mentalism flowing? I LOVE Paul Harris' new mentalism trick "Deep Astonishment" it is really fun and amazing.

Another good one is "The Thought Transmitter" by John Cornelius.

Just work on your presentation with super easy mentalism and once you're hooked, corinda and Anneman will be so much more fun! There are some really fun things to try out in Magic for Dummies as well.

Yours in magic,

Oh, btw Clayton with your question,
Banachek's book, Psychological Subtleties is what you're looking for in terms of really great psych-outs.

Message: Posted by: cubreporter (Oct 29, 2003 07:21PM)
Good advice all, but I would narrow down exactly what I would like to perform, and then research that. For example, Precognition, clairvoiance, etc. You can probably pinpoint a direct source faster this way.