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Which is your favorite mentalism author ? I'm speaking about writing style here not quality of material, effects etc.. Quite a few writers of mentalism books are very inventive but very few of them are also good authors. Most of them tend to be very pompous I think -I don't want to give specific examples. Others are so dry.
My favorite is Cassidy. It's a joy to read his books, he is very entertaining and humorous sometimes. He seems not to take himself too seriously nevertheless he knows how to "transmit" his ideas in a very efficient way.
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I will second Cassidy as my favorite author. With Maven/Goldstein coming a close second.

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Cassidy has some good moments in his books, but must go with Derren on this one.
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I know exactly what you mean telling that are pompous...Even in the best mentalism books that I love writing style is not so special maybe because writing is not their skill and most of the times are trying to write more about secrets than presentation and they do not think how to write it in better style.
My favourite is Eugene Burger but he studied it!You can find better writing style in bizarre-story telling magic books.Also I will give a vote to Cassidy.
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Ian Rowland has written some good books along with Luke Jermay. However there are so many old authors who are no longer on the market who have written some great work - Micky Hades for example.
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The late Al Mann was my favorite... Reading is "exclusif" manuscript, was like reading some Super-Hero adventure...

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I also agree on Cassidy, always enjoy reading his stuff...
But must say I also enjoy Larry Becker...especially in
his Stunners Plus where there are, apart from all the
marvellous routines, many fun and hilarious stories...
among them I like the one about the big hidden away
dice the best...belive he mentions that on one of his
recent DVD:s also.

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I think Barrie Richardson has a very enjoyable writing style. It's almost literary. Small wonder he's able to frame his routines with such wonderfully imaginative patter. Something about the quality of his writing reminds me a bit of David Lodge. I'm not quite sure why.

Richardson's writing style is just the icing on the cake though. The effects in Theater of the Mind are all terrific. I can hardly wait to get my copy of Act Two.

--Mike
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On 2005-06-24 21:49, czero wrote:

I think Barrie Richardson has a very enjoyable writing style. It's almost literary. Small wonder he's able to frame his routines with such wonderfully imaginative patter. Something about the quality of his writing reminds me a bit of David Lodge. I'm not quite sure why.

Richardson's writing style is just the icing on the cake though. The effects in Theater of the Mind are all terrific. I can hardly wait to get my copy of Act Two.

--Mike


Richardson is definetely up there with enjoyable writers. Act Two is going to be (when it comes) phenomenal.

Do you have yours pre-ordered Mike?
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I enjoyed the works of Tony "Doc" Shiels. He was a bit of a rascal, and most if not all of his works are out of print, but his books were exciting reads and full of wonderful ideas and very useful concepts.

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Scott,

I didn't preorder, figuring to just get it as soon as it's officially out. That's what I did with Prism, which is still available despite being wildly popular. I figure I'll be able to get my mitts on it before the first printing sells out. Smile


entity,

Have you ever heard the recording "A Session with Tony Shiels," released by Martin Breese? It's been re-released on CD. Quite a kick hearing Shiels himself narrate his adventures. Fortunately, many of his books are still pretty easy to find for reasonable prices.


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Becker. Earle, Hilford and Busch.

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Derren Brown and Cassidy--both of them cheeky, cynical, and fun;
Richardson--gentle humanism;
Maven--erudite, clever;
Busch--rambling, New-Age-y, gushy;
Becker--slick, mainstream, clear.

All really different as writers, but all enjoyable reads (and useful!) to me.

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Richard Osterlind -- Improved my act in the first few pages, though his trilogy might be considered too "crossover" with magic. On the other hand, his *Very Modern Mindreader* is snappy and clear.

Banachek -- His *Pre-Thoughts* is very honest and direct. *Psychological Subtleties* is stripped to the very basics, as if only action words were left. "What's there is cherce," as Spencer Tracy said. Scores of effects possible in that li'l book.

Barrie Richardson -- Now here's a guy whose words can be funny, honest, and tasteful. Even when the "secret" isn't his invention, he shows (by example) how to make a routine into one's own.

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Osterlind for the mood, Cassidy for the fluency, Brown for the wits, Rowland for the no - nonsense approach...
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My favorite to read is AL MANN
my favorite to watch is RICHARD OSTERLIND
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Hello emesp82 it seems you have the same interest as me. Can you direct me to some shop or what ever to get al mann manuscripts?
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On 2005-06-26 12:49, mjvermaak wrote:
Hello emesp82 it seems you have the same interest as me. Can you direct me to some shop or what ever to get al mann manuscripts?


Definetely would also like to know this, I've searched all over and have yet to find Al Mann manuscripts or booklets.
Thanks! Scott B.

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There was some talk a while back on this board about someone collecting and re-releasing the "Al Mannuscripts." I remember them being somewhat expensive but irresistable the way his catalogue described the effects. And wonderful mysterious names too. I wish I could have afforded more of those manuscripts at the time.
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Bob Cassidy, Richard Osterlind, Steve Shaw, Borodin and Max Maven.
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