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Wish I could get my hands on Pychological Sublties. Want to read it.
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Bobs modern coin magic --uhh uhh no?
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On 2007-11-01 14:32, mindsynced wrote:
Wish I could get my hands on Pychological Sublties. Want to read it.

It'll be out again this year (or next). I'd relax for now. Meanwhile, time for all of us 5000 or so with it to make the most of it...
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Absolute Magic - Derren Brown
Psychological Subtities - banachek
The gift - the 14th step to mentalism - Paul brook (i really liked it)
Corinda's 13 steps to mentalism
Ormond McGill's Encylopedia of stage hypnosis (every mentalist should be a hypnotist.. it makes logical sense.. your rationale is that you can control the mind.. well do it!!, doesn't matter what you believe science proved hypnosis decades ago, and modern research identifies core areas of the brain using advanced MRI technology).

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On 2007-11-01 16:34, linceed87 wrote:
Bobs modern coin magic --uhh uhh no?

Uh, that's "Bobo's Modern Coin Magic" ( good stuff) Smile
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Someone wrote to me a while back asking about the availability of the Hector Chadwick book. I don't remember who it was. If you're reading this, contact me...

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Tough question! Spontaneously, I would say:
Bascom Jones: The compleat Magic, Vol.1-4 (does this count as one or 4?)
Bernstein: Psi Kicks and or: Perception is everything
Richardson: Theatre of the mind 1
Berglas: Mind & Magic of David Berglas
Cassidy: Principia Mentalia
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For Mizarrism:

13 Steps / PME / MMM (I consider that one large set of books sorta like the Bible)

The Mind and Magic of David Berglas (demonstrating the power of knowing two techniques well can make you an International Man of Mystery - its all in the presentation afterwards)

Maximum Entertainment (I am surprised only one person mentioned this yet - very important)

5 Points in Magic (Juan T) and Ascanio Volume 1 (I put these together as they are buddies and they sort of go together - theory and practical nuances

Finally, the complete set of MAGICK (for a plethora of ideas and inspirations)


OK, I sorta cheated since the above is more than 5....

I am happy to say I own most of the sources listed by others - it really is hard to nail down the most important but really, I'd say thematically:

1 book on the Basic concepts and techiques

1 book on presentation

1 book on applications

1 book of fine tuning methods and subtleties of theatrical angles

1 book of a plethora of effects for trying out

Fill the above, you are doing well.
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Mind Myth and Magick T.A. Waters -- Always discover something new or now applicable where it wasn't before...

Absolute Magic Derren Brown -- this blew my mind and my thinking wide open...

Syzygy -- Some of the most innovative pieces on the planet -- amazed no one has mentioned this one...

Mind and Magic of David Berglas -- incredible read, again -- forever discovering something "new"...

Cloud Busting Secrets -- Jerome Finely... This book taught me what I think is the single biggest secret of the art. Applicable to all areas of performance -- not limited to cloud busting...
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NLP for dummies...
Mind reading by Kenton
Invisible e-books by Enrique Enriquez...

off the top of my head mind you..
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The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy
Paramiracles by Ted Lesley
MMM by T.A. Waters
Pure Effect by Darren Brown
13 Steps by Corinda
The Alchemy Moon Collective
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Pure effect - Derren Brown
Chan Canasta book by David Britland
Psychological Subtleties - Banachek
Prism - Max maven
Building Blocks - Luke Jermay
Peek Encores - Richard Busch

I know that's 6, but I could not narrow it down any more.
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Siddartha by Herman Hess
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Illusions by Richard Bach
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by Neil Gabler
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Don Theo III - great taste in books mate.
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Thanks Mescalito. I forgot to include The Inner Game of Tennis by Gallwey. It's a great book for mentalists.
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No mention of The Black School ... I'm deeply hurt.

Here's my list:

The Black School - ALEXANDRE
Leap of Faith - J ack Galloway
Erotic Seance - Anabelle
The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick - Hector Chadwick
The Act of Imagination - Enrique Enriquez
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I find it interesting that, 3 or 4 years ago, most every such list contained "The Color Series." They were legend when they were difficult or expensive to get, and rarely seen on these lists now that Prism is widely available. Likewise, a lot of books on these lists are expensive or difficult to get.

My own Favorites are

Artful Mentalism
Perception Is Everything
Psychological Subtleties
And finally, in the "I know something you don't know" spirit that drives our art and which I alluded to in my opening comments: Anything that I have that you might not be able to get your hands on.

Ryan, The Abnormalist
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