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I am not a mentalist. I am a close up magician who preforms a few mentalist effects. I recently purchased this ebook from lybrary.com. Heard great things about it. What are some people's favorite effects from the book?
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It's almost impossible to choose one or two effects from this book. There are not only so many good effects and routines, but there are different periods of your career when different items will be choice.

Richard Osterlind said something clever about that book...something how he could have thrown a dart at the book, and used whatever it hit as a superb act.

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I think of it as more of a reference book.
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I really like Volition and Entity Alone from this one.
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Well, I started reading the book... Wow. Amazing, potent stuff in there. And I'm not even half way through it. Not only are there several wonderful routines which could be adapted to fit any style, there is also indespensible advice about performing and presentation. Also, unlike a lot of older magic books I've read, this one feels very contemporary. Like it could have been written 20 years ago instead of 60.
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It's a classic. As mr Osterlind says, it is very often overlooked - I refer to Corinda and this he whole time, and find new things every time.

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Tervil often gets mentioned - it is very bold.

On the down side I don't think any of the book tests are particularly usuable.
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I LOVE Tervil! Exactly what mentalism should be - ingenious, clever, and you get a 'buzz' doing it. This can be applied to many things - I do a phone number divination, where you pretend to write down the number you receive, but you simply show their card as yours at the end. So much fun, it's almost rude.
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Sjdavison.

Let me think.......yes ..its coming...I'm thinking you haven't looked at your PM's lately.

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Does "Life and Times of a Legend, Annemann" really contain more material than Practical Mental Effects? Or does it just have historical info as well?
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I have just made an OM Billet Box and will use it at a solstice party tomorrow/today.

And the paperback book must be the best "value for money" mentalism purchase you could make.

Corona.
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A Question and The Answer and Tervel are some of my favorites.
Both play extremely well, and can be done close up for a small group or from a stage with a big audience.
If "Packs small, Plays Big" has any meaning, it must be about these.
With a few slips of paper and a pen, you will make mircales with these.

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On 2005-06-20 21:19, Corona Smith wrote:
I have just made an OM Billet Box and will use it at a solstice party tomorrow/today.

And the paperback book must be the best "value for money" mentalism purchase you could make.

Corona.


Gotta love the O.M. Box. So simple. So cheap. So innocent-looking. It's a brilliant device. I discovered this a few weeks back while paging through my well-worn copy of Annemann, and for the life of me I don't know how I missed seeing the potential for this thing sooner. I made mine out of a Whitman's Sampler chocolate box.

--Mike
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A Question and an Answer is becoming one of my favorite effects in the book. So simple and deceptive.
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The ESP routine is quite potent IMHO. I am currently preparing a version with marked business cards.

The playing card mind reading (forgot the exact name) with a stacked deck (and letting the spectator shuffle it prior to the selection of the card) is also brilliant. This is the first place where I have learned that you can allow a spectator to briefly shuffle a stacked deck without getting screwed up.

There are a few effects which look outdated, but the majority of ideas should give you enough material for a lifetime.
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