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Hey Paul,

That fifth volume of Magick ought to put everyone into a spin trying to obtain.

Great selesction

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The four volumes of Basil Horwitz should be also be considered as well as selected works of Al Mann, J.G. Thompson, and Ned Rutledge.

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In response to all the Lorayne books being "force books", it is true. The force word is "Me" and "I" throughout them!
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Are you guys knocking Harry Lorayne? I have read all of his books on cards and most on memory- I don't get it.Coul either of you explain?
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On 2002-10-14 23:55, Rodney Massey wrote:
Are you guys knocking Harry Lorayne? I have read all of his books on cards and most on memory- I don't get it.Coul either of you explain?

Rodney, it's not a big slam on the guy, but he has a tendency to talk about himself a lot. He is a great card magician and a great technician and he'll tell you that, too. I love his stuff, but I've also noticed the same thing about his writing. Don't feel bad for Harry because he would laugh at these comments if he saw them.
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Add to the list above: "Absolute Magic" by Derren Brown. Out of all the books on magic or mentalism I've read, this one affected me the most.

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For today's mentalists, do not forget Riggs, Mark Strivings, Pecor and some of Kenton Knepper's works, particularly, Wonder Words.
"Mentalism is a state of mind." Marelli
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For those into cold reading... anything by Webster and Ian Rowlands Full Facts
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hmm...I have a question: Aren't the books of harry lorayne about magic? (particularly about card magic) why would this be on an essential library about mentalism?
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You will find the occasional little tidbit in his books (especially Apocalypse) where there is something that can be applied to mentalism.
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Read some books about marketing
Read some general books
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Read about the brain
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I think that any performer - whether actor, comedian, singer, magician, mentalist, stage hypnotist or whatever, would benefit from reading Constantin Stanislavski's three famous books on acting: "The Actor Prepares", "Building a Character" and "Creating a Role". (Stanislavski's ideas are known in the western world as "Method" acting.)

These are especially useful for mentalists, because if the mentalist can create the *belief* - at some level - in his own mind that what he performing is genuine, then the show will be much more covincing to the audience. Also, really applying the tecnhiques of drama tends to give the audience a range of emotional experiences and can prevent the show from being simply an "ego-trip" by the performer who is showing off his skills to the audience, without engaging them at an emotional level.
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I agree with Dr. Omni that the lion's share of successful mentalism is being convincing in your role as a mentalist and thinking like a mentalist. Houdin's "actor playing the part of a magician" dictum was never more true.

If I were to add a single book to all of the excellent suggestions above, I would include The Mental Mysteries and Other Writings of William Larsen. That was a man who knew how to think like a mentalist.

Also, some of the most valuable books I have come across are books written for the mass market about psychology, perception, and "real" psychics like Geller and Croiset.
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For mentalism with a touch of humor, the works of Terry Nosek (Dr. Sigmund Fraud).

For strong and gutsy presentation, the works of David Hoy.

For ingenuity and subtlety, the works of Bruce Berstein.

All the world's a stage ... and everybody on it is overacting.
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Hey Paul: Just saw your post about "force" books. Jay Marshall said it years before you did. He said all my books forced "I." Thanks for your cleverness. Best - HARRY LORAYNE (i),
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I second the vote for Absolute Magic. Reading it first will help a Mentalist to process all the other books they read.

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13 steps and a good personality will take you a long way as a mentalist.
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"Absolute Magic" is a wonderful book. After 13 Steps and PME, it should be required reading Smile I also second "Psychological Subtleties" and would add Luke Jermay's "Building Blocks" to the list, for sure.

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I sometimes, believe it or not, even refer to some of the forgotten goodies in Bill Severn's "Magic In Mind"-- some of these can be "dressed-up" quite well Smile

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For performances, read : maximum entertainment,absolute magic, eugene burger book's
For mental effects, read : 13 steps,prism,mind myths & magicks,paramiracles,stunners,szygy complete volume,simple and direct mentalism.

That are enought material for you to become a good mentalist, also don't forget to get all information from general sources.
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