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Topic: The Professional Mentalist's Officers Manual by Osterlind
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (May 23, 2016 05:33PM)
I have carried little notebooks with me since I was a teenager. These notebooks used to be the cheap silver coil kind you can buy for a dime (okay...you COULD buy them for a dime back in the olden days when a whole family shared one phone and it was nailed to the wall) and I have graduated these past years to Moleskines. The idea is that every time I hear something wise that I want to remember...song lyrics...a quote that resonates with me...when I want to capture a routine or an idea for an article or even a book...I snap the elastic back, flip the notebook open and write.

Since I have a love/hate relationship with longhand -- but am completely convinced that there's this wonderful alchemy that is sparked when pen touches paper -- whatever I choose to take the time to put into that notebook is IMPORTANT to me. It takes both time and effort to scrawl what I really mean to remember.

Why start a review off with this? Because my notebook was opened time and again as I read through this little 114 page book. Usually the scratching sound of my pen on the paper was accompanied by mad muttering along the lines of "geez...this is good...and/or the ever popular "holy crap!") There are eight entries in my Moleskine from this little book -- and will probably be many more as I read through it again.

What is it? Seventeen little chapters on how professional mentalists get the job done. A lot of it is common sense: dress well, shine your shoes, comport yourself like a mentalist ALL the time and try to avoid blowing your nose on the client's shirt. (That last one is mine.)

There's common sense and there's the kind of "performer sense" that you only acquire by going out and reading minds for a living. The operative words in that last line are "for a living." This isn't a book about wowing the guys at the next magic club meeting. This is pure 24 carat instruction for those who do this for a living -- or plan to. There are notes on everything from how to handle social media to how to connect with a corporate client. This wee book offers reams of real world information on how to do corporate shows and how to move effectively in those circles.

If you are considering making the leap to full time performing, you need this book.

If you are thinking about doing corporate shows, you need this book.

If you want the unvarnished bare knuckle advice of someone who has been doing mentalism for 40 years...you need this book.

No. The book isn't for everyone. It's not supposed to be. If those three statements above don't describe where you find yourself right now, you have no reason to buy it. But if even ONE applies to you -- or is part of your career plan -- just try not to sprain your finger as you hit the BUY button.

Time and time again I found myself nodding along with the advice Osterlind shares. Many of these are the thoughts I've had myself as I perform...but do not have the eloquence to deliver with such precision.

This is not a "trick" book. No methods are shared. It's a book for pros and anyone who aspires to be a pro. If that describes you, have a look: www.osterlindmysteries.com

And please don't think that this post is part of the "hype machine." Please don't. It's not. It is true that Richard is a very good friend. But I happily paid for my copy and, if you know me, you also know that there's no way I would post anything about this book that I didn't completely believe. I am sharing my honest thoughts with you because I see this as one of the top resources on the planet for professional mentalists. Period. (Exclamation point.)

This little $35 treasure gets five out of five billets from me. Simply outstanding.

Message: Posted by: shakuni (May 25, 2016 05:51AM)
How is it different then his field manual?
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (May 25, 2016 06:35AM)
[quote]On May 25, 2016, shakuni wrote:
How is it different then his field manual? [/quote]
the words are different.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (May 25, 2016 08:00AM)
Actually...pretty much all the words are different. :)

It's been a while since I read the Field Manual, which I think took a broader aim at performing mentalism. The Officer's Manual is aimed directly at someone who is performing corporate mentalism. There is still good advice on general performing...but corporate mentalism is the main focus.

Also: the Field Manual is green. The Officers Manual is grey. And that's a pretty big difference right there, fella.

Message: Posted by: Looch (May 25, 2016 09:11AM)
The field manual was fantastic, Thanks for letting us know about this David, I have just ordered...
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (Jun 5, 2016 03:18PM)
Richard Osterlind's new book is very good
Message: Posted by: shakuni (Jun 6, 2016 06:09AM)
Will it be available soon on penguin?
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Jun 6, 2016 08:15AM)