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Which "Classic" Mentalist Books?

I understand that in order to learn mentalist magic, the magician must first read the 13 Steps to Mentalism by Tony Corinda and Practical Mental Magic by Ted Annemann. These two basic, but dated, mentalist books are important to a mentalist because they teach the basics that you will need as a mentalist. Once these two books have been read and understood then the next important mentalist book to read is Mind, Myth & Magick by TA Waters. This book is read last because it is more advanced than the 13 Steps to Mentalism or Practical Mental Magic.
I want to learn more about mentalism but I have too many other types of magic books now and I can't afford to buy 10 or 20 more mentalist books. There are just too many mentalist books out there. Which "mentalist classic" books will I really use and which ones do I really need to buy?

I have these three:
13 Steps to Mentalism - Tony Corinda - Mentalist Classic
Practical Mental Magic - Ted Annemann - Mentalist Classic
Mind, Myth & Magick - T.A. Waters - Mentalist Classic
What Next???

There are so many mentalist authors and books that I am not sure where to turn to next. Here is where I am confused, now after these three mentalist classics, what are the next "Mentalist Classics" that a mentalist magician must read?

Anything and everything written by Max Maven, Steve Banachek, Derren Brown and Richard Osterlind?
Prism: The Color Series of Mentalism by Max Maven?
7 Deceptions by Luke Jermay?
Absolute Magic by Derren Brown or Pure Effect by Derren Brown?
Psychological Subtleties by Steve Banachek?
Gems of Mental Magic by Authur Buckley?
The Handbook of Mental Magic by Marvyn Kaye?
The Mental Mysteries and Other Writings by William W. Larsen, Sr.?

Thank you.

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I think those 3 you have are more than enough.... Almost everything today can be referenced back to those.
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Funstuff, has said exactly what I said at your other thread, but in much less words... Listen to funstuff and then go read the three books... and then read them again... and then take a break and read them again.

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Besides reading those wonderful 3 books you have already, you might wanna add

Psychological Subtleties by Steve Banachek

into your collection

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I agree with with funstuff, and Greg to 101%. Other books apart from these 3 are only spinoffs in one way or another. Any serious new mentalist should have those 3 in their mental magic library, they won't need any others.

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I don't have as much experience as the above people but I will say that if you feel you need to add one more book you can't go worng by adding Psychological Subtleties by Banachek. It gave me a different perspective to what I felt Mentalism could be.
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Take the 3 wonderful books you listed above and read them after you have finished re-read them. Study them and really think about what is in them . I think most people buy books like this and maybe actually read them. Because others suggest them. But they do not really get anything out of them. I don't ean they don't get material to perform , I mean they don't get the knowledge they should.
I am not saying this about you. I am just warning you not to fall into this sort of thing. It is not about how many books you have. You could have the Copperfield library and still not be any smarter or a better performer. My point is just use what you got. You said you can't afford to buy 10 or 20 new books. Good. If you can't buy them it leaves you no choice but to read what you have.
Good luck .

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Call me a heretic but I think "Mind, Myth & Magick by TA Waters" is well over-rated. 1000 pages of mostly unworkable or not very exciting stuff.

I reckon you get more workable things from Peek Performance.
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Pick up all of Richard Busch's stuff. Definetely.

Barrie Richardson's Book (aswell as the one hes coming out with).

Larry Becker's Book.

And Bob Cassidy's stuff.

And probably Ken Weber's book.

Thanks! Scott B.

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You may want to contact Denny & Lee's ( Denny stocks all of the hard to find Robert Nelson mentalism books. There is probably about a dozen of them, all high quality updateable/workable stuff, and they are only in the $10 range. You should also look into buying Anneman's Jinx magazines either bound or on CD-ROM. He also has the Enyc of StageHypnotism which is a complete hypno act from start to finish. It runs around $15 I think and is full of very cool stuff.
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Why? It is entertaining mentalism. You don't get that from most other books. Yes, it crosses over into magic. So what. The material in it is the kind of stuff that made Ted Lesley famous.
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