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Antelope
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I'm new to mentalism but not to magic as I've been practicing and performing for some years. My question is this: do many performers use a combination of mentalism and hypnosis in their acts, the most notable person I've seen is DB and it comes off very well. How important is this skill to pull off the best / cleanest effects or is it irrelevant and actually misdirection? Also what is the best way of learning this skill in the UK with a view to using it in a magical performance?

Many thanks,

Ant
TonyBrand
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Hello Ant,

I'm fairly new to mentalism myself; I've also been involved with magic for several years now. Back to your question: I believe it really depends on how you wish to affect your audience. Do you wish to bill yourself as a mentalist or a hypnotist? Or do you wish to do both? Do you want to focus on mentalism primarily and throw in a few techniques from the field of hypnosis in order to achieve mental effects? I consider myself the latter. Anyhow, a good introduction to hypnosis can be found in Marvin Kaye's "The Handbook of Mental Magic." Also, if you wish to delve deeper into hypnotism, I have heard very good things about Ormond McGill's "Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism." I believe you should be able to find both of these books on amazon. I hope that helps.

-Anthony
Antelope
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Yes it does, I've seen other posts with McGill mentioned and will certainly take a look, has anyone else any recommendations on the subject? In answer to your question I'm like you I want to use some hypnotic techniques to achieve mental effects. Do you own Kaye's book or are you just passing on info that you've heard elsewhere?

Thanks for the reply and I'll certainly investigate your suggestions.

Ant
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I do own "Handbook of Mental Magic." The section on hypnosis is a good primer on the subject. I do not care for the book much as it pertains to the effects. However, the section on presentation is well thought-out. Hope that helps.

-Anthony
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Since you are English you should contact Eddie Burke -
http://www.mreenterprises.co.uk

He's been involved in mentalism and hypnosis since the good old days and worked with most of the british greats.
His booklets are cheap and most routines have been polished over the years.
But - he does not really do the spooky, tv, stuff of D.B.
Antelope
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Thanks, I'll take a look but I must admit I am more into the darker side of magic.

Ant
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