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Topic: Good books
Message: Posted by: Zebaztian (Aug 19, 2018 04:03PM)
It's been a while that I bought a mentalism. I've got a few books, the most important are:

Annemann, Theodore, Practical mental magic
Cassidy, Bob, The artful mentalism
Corinda, Tony, 13 steps to mentalism
Lemezma, Marc, Mind tricks
Lesley, Ted, Paramiracles
Macknik, Stephen L, & Susana Martinez-Conde & Sandra Blakeslee, Sleights of mind
Maven, Max, Prism
Rowland, Ian, The full facts book of cold reading

I think it's about time that I'll buy a new one. Which book do you recommend? And why? It has to be a book that fits in this row.

PS I'm not looking for DVD's or e-books. Just old fashioned paper books.
Message: Posted by: John C (Aug 19, 2018 05:20PM)
Chuck Hickok corporate mentalism perhaps.
Message: Posted by: Last Laugh (Aug 19, 2018 05:21PM)
Minimalistic, Metaphysical, Mentalism by Scott Creasey. It's a modern classic.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Aug 19, 2018 07:15PM)
Bruce Bernstein's Unreal belongs on your list.
Message: Posted by: magikcid (Aug 19, 2018 09:06PM)
I second Bill's recommendation on Unreal. Quite possibly my favorite book on mentalism.Anything by Barrie Richardson and Banachek's Subtleties collection should keep you busy.
Message: Posted by: Matt Pulsar (Aug 19, 2018 11:51PM)
I third “Unreal”. And also Psychological Subtleties. If the Cassidy Book you have isn’t Artful Mentalism 2- Fundamentals, then you need that one also.
I also recommend Scryer’s Little Black Book and White books (and lots of his books but start with those), Richard Webster’s “Psychometry from A to Z”. Doug Dyment’s “Mindsights”.
Message: Posted by: saxonia (Aug 20, 2018 02:28AM)
T. A. Waters: Mind Myth and Magic, Hermetic Press, 1993 (out of print, unfortunately) - 840 pages full of great ideas
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Aug 20, 2018 02:49AM)
Unreal, and his other 20 effects for psychic entertainers.
Fred. Kolb's exciting experiments in ESP.

And all of Riggs.
Message: Posted by: tomd (Aug 20, 2018 10:55AM)
Switchcraft: 867 pages on techniques regarding pieces of paper. Switches, ditches, steals, loads, peeks, tears, fake tears, fully fledged routines, a dozen or so Q&A acts, contributions from other mentalists, and the lists goes on. This will set you back 19.95 USD, the best deal you can find in mentalism, anywhere.

Oh and the book gets bigger as time goes on 😉

Artful mentalism 2 (already mentioned), great book as well.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Aug 20, 2018 12:31PM)
Al Koran professional presentations
Two of my favourites are psychological subtleties 1 by Banachek and building blocks by Luke jermay.
Message: Posted by: Zebaztian (Aug 20, 2018 01:53PM)
I go for Unreal.

Thanks for the input.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Aug 20, 2018 02:02PM)
It’s a great book, you won’t be disappointed. Eat at joe’s is worth the price alone.
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Trimani (Aug 21, 2018 06:53PM)
Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy VOL 2. .... a must!!!

I really recommend that book.
Message: Posted by: Chris K (Aug 22, 2018 02:05PM)
[quote]On Aug 20, 2018, saxonia wrote:
T. A. Waters: Mind Myth and Magic, Hermetic Press, 1993 (out of print, unfortunately) - 840 pages full of great ideas [/quote]

I may be mistaken but I think this is on the list of stuff to be republished (along with Prism, Mnemonica (out already), Barrie Richardson's stuff, etc.).

I already have a copy of all of those so I just somewhat noticed the news about it. I'd keep my eyes open if I were you.
Message: Posted by: Paul R (Aug 25, 2018 03:46PM)
So many to choose from, really depends upon your style and requirements.
When contemplating buying a book, I consider what I want to achieve; Am I looking for effects, principals, utilities, furtherment of a specific idea...even entertainment and insight.
I have just finished 'The Intrepid Rogue's Manual of Deception' by Atlas Brookings, which was a joy to read, full of incredible ideas, and my new favourite in terms of look and feel. The amount of love and thought that has gone into the production of this book is apparent as soon as you hold it.
In terms of fitting in the row, Theatre of the Mind, and Act Two would sit nicely, both by Barrie Richardson. Wonderful in terms of both principals and performances. Certainly comparable to the others you have in terms of style and quality.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Aug 29, 2018 02:02PM)
The three books that make up the ‘basics’ span an introduction to mentalism into a university course are Cassidy’s Artful Mentalism—v 2, The Principals of Mentalism by Osterlind and Mentalism Incorporated by Hickok.

Want to go to mentalism university? Unreal by Bernstein.

THEN read the 13 Steps and the other classics. They’ll make much more sense.

David
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Aug 31, 2018 09:00PM)
Chuck Hickox's stuff is excellent. And Ran Pink's Switchcraft is just insane. So much material. I've lost count on which iteration he's up to. It's not so much a book as a lifetime subscription to his brain.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Woolery (Aug 31, 2018 09:29PM)
Actually, Switchcraft is by Elliott Bressler. Ran Pink has also done some significant things with paper, but Switchcraft isn't one of them. (I wish my friendly and helpful tone could come across as easily in text as in speech - don't read that as jumping on you, but as crediting my buddy Elliott.)

-Patrick
Message: Posted by: TheSecretFire (Sep 1, 2018 01:01AM)
Castle Dracula Mentalism - Charles Cameron
and
The Practitioner - Eugene Poinc
Message: Posted by: Atlas (Sep 11, 2018 01:00PM)
[quote]On Aug 25, 2018, Paul R wrote:
I have just finished 'The Intrepid Rogue's Manual of Deception' by Atlas Brookings, which was a joy to read, full of incredible ideas, and my new favourite in terms of look and feel. The amount of love and thought that has gone into the production of this book is apparent as soon as you hold it. [/quote]

Thanks very much Paul! I appreciate such a hearty recommendation!

All the best,

Atlas
Message: Posted by: Chris K (Sep 12, 2018 02:43PM)
[quote]On Aug 22, 2018, Lemniscate wrote:
[quote]On Aug 20, 2018, saxonia wrote:
T. A. Waters: Mind Myth and Magic, Hermetic Press, 1993 (out of print, unfortunately) - 840 pages full of great ideas [/quote]

I may be mistaken but I think this is on the list of stuff to be republished (along with Prism, Mnemonica (out already), Barrie Richardson's stuff, etc.).

I already have a copy of all of those so I just somewhat noticed the news about it. I'd keep my eyes open if I were you. [/quote]

Just a follow-up in case anyone here missed it, Prism has been reprinted and is available from multiple dealers.

Penguin Magic has the rights to the Hermetic Press releases and is supposed to be releasing them over the next couple of years. This is in addition to other rights I've heard (but do not know) they've obtained. As with Mnemonica, I saw a bunch of people selling their Prism books for outrageous prices right before the new printings. Keep your eyes open, it's obvious that SOME (not all) other performers can, will, and do price gouge whenever they can.