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fazio
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Dear Friends,
I would like to know from you what books should be included in an ideal library for a mentalist.
I've got my ideas, but I would also like to listen yours.
bye
Fazio Smile

by the way....
not only "trick" books!!!
Mahlstrom
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I agree.
At least some background in (para)psychology will give you inspirations for your presentations.

-Mahlstrom
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I would like to know if people have enjoyed investing the time in the Falkenstein and Willard style mentalism act or are other similar methods better in terms of the time it takes to do the memory work? Smile
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Banachek's Psychological Subtleties and Richard Busch's Peek Performances are great sources of inspiration and thought on mentalism. They don't necessarily contain routines but provide insight into making your acts better. Peek Performances takes a while to get through though.
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I think Finnegan's Wake belongs there.

As does 13 Steps, PME(M) and Psycho Subtleties..

After that, it's all about what you want to do.

I think PP is a ***** hot book.

I can see how it would be essentially useless to a PK expert spoonshredder.

Cheers,
Bamba
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I would also suggest Annemanns Practical Mental Effects. Most magically yours,
WR Smile Smile Smile
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Anything by Richard Osterlind, particularly Dynamic Mysteries, which has the ultimate version of the Clipline plot among other treasures.
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13 Steps is a must. No self-respecting mentalist should be without it and you should read and practice it's contents until the pages turn to dust (btw I've heard a rumour Corinda will be making an appearance at the IM conference in London this November)

Anneman's Practical Mental magic is a good follow up.

Richard Busch's Peek Performances gets rave reviews...there is a reason why!

Theater of the mind - Barrie Richardson, although not purely mentalism (mainly though). Contains some nice material and I would recommend it.

Haven't had a chance to read Banachek's Psychological Subtleties. To be honest with all the above and a little creativity you could have enough techniques and material to last a life time. Having said this my copy is sitting on a plane to the UK waiting to take off as I write.

Mentalists need to be strong performers. So books that deal with performance only are recommended (unless you happen to be a naturally gifted performer - there are few of these about!). Everyone has their own favourites in this category.

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Kris Sheglova
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*Andruzzi - The Complete Invocation (complete set, all 3 volumes if bound)
*Annemann - The Jinx
*Becker - Stunners
*Burger - Magic and Meaning
*Busch - Peek Performance, Number...Please?
*Cassidy - Art of Mentalism (both 1 and 2), Principia Mentalia
*Corrinda - Thirteen Steps to mentalism
*Dewey - Red Hot Cold Reading
*Earle - Syzygy (The full set)
*Hull - The encyclopedic dcitionary of mentalism (all three volumes)
*Jones - Magick (a complete set, all 5 volumes if bound)
*Lesley - Paramiracles
*Mann - The Purloined Thought
*Osterlind - Dynamic Mysteries
*Punx - All four of his books
*Waters - Mind,myth and magic (more for the essays than effects although there are three exceptional effects in the book too.)

That is all you really need to learn, study and digest,then re-learn to become a succesful mentalist. All the rest you read is icing on the cake.

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I would recommend Burger's books for advice on performance, but that is just my personal preference. Corinda and Annemann of course (even though I don't have them both yet as they have been hard for me to find yet). I do plan to add them to my library soon however. Anything beyond those two I think should depend on your own style. I for one am planning to get Stunners Plus ASAP. Smile
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I forgot to mention Cassidy. I think everything he's written is worthwhile.

Also, Annemann can easily be purchased from here: http://www.amazon.com.

:P

/bamba
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Tony "Doc" Shiels "The Shiels Effect"
and for your knowledge AND viewing pleasure, The Cantrip Codex.

And since I didn't see him listed... anything Docc Hilford.
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I think that we have to list "What books
are not be on your library"

Shimi
AllThumbs
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Shimi, any of the above listed books - for selfish reasons Smile

Kris Sheglova
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-Practical Mental Magic
-13 Steps
-the Phil Goldstein books
-Paramiracles
-anything written by Harry Lorayne
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Books on psi power and psychics are great for getting ideas for routines from and also for getting the patter so you sound knowledgable.
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Quote:
On 2002-10-12 21:17, Rodney Massey wrote:
-anything written by Harry Lorayne


I agree. BTW, for those who weren't aware, all of Harry's books can be used as force books (every other word is "I"). Smile

Dave
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Every book I would have talked about has already been mentioned. I'll add one of my favorite lines from MASH: Hawkeye was asked what book he would bring if he were stranded on an island and he said, "The dictionary. Because I figure it has all the other books in it." Smile
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Since I haven't seen them mentioned yet, I'll add the bound editions of Magick.

--Christopher Carter
fazio
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Someone has mentioned "Mind Myth and Magik" that is a great (big) book. I love it!!!
What effects do you prefer from this book?
And what essay, of course!!!
Greatings
Fazio
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