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Can someone please tell me what's the first step of getting into mentalism?

Any books, video or DVD someone dying to learn mentalism should get?
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For many it is:

"Step One in Corinda's Series: - Thirteen steps to mentalism"

Others may also add that it is a good idea to get a strong performance background in something other than mentalism before you start, as mentalism requires this of you.


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The above is all rubbish, except that which you chose to believe
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Learn a few mental effects with cards. That will get you started, and by the way there are some good ones.
Not clever enough to come up with something orginal, or did I.
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For a magician turning over to mentalism, I would say the most difficult thing - and something that you should probably start with - is to get to understand the differences between magic and mentalism. Not technical or methodological differences. Rather, attitudes of the mentalist and the different mind set of the participants compared to when they experience magic.

Actually, the best source for reflections and theory on this is probably... right here. Dig through the archives, searching for debates regarding e.g. "Mentalism vs Mental Magic", "Spectators believing" etc etc. (Currently the thread "Performance Impact..." deals with this)

For methods and effects, see all the earlier threads on recommended books etc for beginners. (We've gone through that soo many times, even just a few days ago, so let's not do it again. Just search the archives for "beginners books" etc etc.)
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Matias said it right, attitude is a big difference...
One of the good sources on that "attitude difference" (and a good source of tricks too) is the Lee Earle's video series "Best of Syzygy's", or the "Desert Brainstorm" video series.
Lots of good material and some good advice regarding how to present mentalism vs traditional magic.
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You also might want to get Lee Earle's "Money Making Mentalism" set of audio tapes. He discusses the different mindset between magicians and mentlaists.
They are avalible on Lee earle's website.
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I'll chime in with my usual recommendation: First Corinda, then _Magic_and_showmanship_ by Henning Nelms. It's the clearest explanation I've read about how to present "Realistic Illusions" -his term- effects that can convince an audience that what they are seeing is real.
I'll go so far as to say that when I was reading "Pure Effect" I kept thinking that Nelms said a lot of this first, clearest, and with a lot less iconoclasm. (I still wouldn't part with my copy of "Pure Effect", though.)
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Magic & Showmanship is an amazing asset for anyone who performs mentalism or magic.

And like Victor, almost says, I'm sure Mr Brown has also read and this book and taken note of it's wonderful advice.


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