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I agree with Entity's and Jon's comments and recommendations. These marketing books of Roy H Williams are jewels as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_H._Williams

http://www.amazon.com/Wizard-Ads-Turning......2&sr=8-1

great books!


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On 2008-02-18 09:12, entity wrote:
I think that Stuart Palm means THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY of books from Robertson Davies.
Just clarifying, as Davies wrote many other books.

The books were: WORLD OF WONDERS; THE MANTICORE; and FIFTH BUSINESS. They all
tell the story of a young Canadian boy who grows up to become the world's
greatest Magician and Mentalist.

I was fortunate to know Robertson Davies. I was chosen as consultant to create
the illusions and train the actors for the sole live stage production of WORLD OF
WONDERS, performed at Canada's Stratford Festival for several months, a number of years ago.

By the way, Mindbender: Your post at the top strayed from the confines of the
format used here. That throws the page way off, and all of our subsequent posts
run off the page. Makes for difficult viewing. Mods: Can this be fixed up?

- entity


Entity. That's really cool (your affiliation with Davies). I hope you don't think I'm stalking you, but we seem to have a similar taste in books (or at least a similar reading list).

I have to say that I don't believe that all the books in the Depford Trilogy were created equal. I enjoyed World of Wonders considerably more than the other two. Although I applaud Davies for creating a trilogy in which each part greatly differs in style and format.
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Again, I have to say, what a terrific list of resources -- thanks to all for sharing, and keep it coming!
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Also : tricks of the mind, by a certain D. Brown. Hey, it's not a mentalism book !
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The Cialdini book is great. Those that wish to succeed in life, nevermind mentalism should read that.
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I third the Cialdini book. And if you're interested in adding so-called "covert hypnosis" to your act – or looking as if you have – Power Persuasion by Barron and Kaus is a great primer (under $10 on Amazon.) Carol Sommer's Conversational Hypnosis is good as well (about $35.)

Both contain twice as much information as the entire Wonder Words series for a small fraction of the cost.
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Natural Mystic, many thanks for the recommendation--been looking for just that. Act Natural set me back about $6 inc. shipping--sounds like quite a deal. Although Penny can get quite testy, y'all are always generous with your sharings, and again my thanks. Bill Z.
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Natural Mystic, many thanks for the recommendation--been looking for just that. Act Natural set me back about $6 inc. shipping--sounds like quite a deal. Although Penny can get quite testy, y'all are always generous with your sharings, and again my thanks. Bill Z.
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Passages - just to realise that we really are all different but the same
50 Psychological classics - a good overview of various writings and what their thinking was about
Mind Reach - russel targ, ex magician, tested Uri, and Inigo amongst others...
Zen budddhist koans - to relax the mind, and to learn how to disguise something so simple, with something complex...
card magic books (well, they're non mentalist aren't they?!) - well, the cold hard truth is we all need a good peek at times, and lewis jones is mainly a cards man, and I love lewis jones...
Ivor Cutler albums - for surreal fun and alternative approaches...
NLP for dummies - a good overview without much horse manure, and it was nine quid..
I've asked to be banned
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And I am apparently more effusive with my thanks than I ment to be...
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Robert Green's 48 Laws of Power is an interesting book. Somewhat of a modern day Art of War.

The real lessons from the book are somewhat dubious. But some of the material and scenarios are great for presenting effects around - especially if you go down the influence/manipulation/social engineering presentational route.
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Teaching tales of Milton Erickson - Sidney Rosen
The Fountain Head - Ayn Rand
Sidartha - Hermann Hess

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The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
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Absolute magic can help, it is not exactly mentalism
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Again I highly recommend psychology books. Smile
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You all need to stop! I was just starting to make some headway in my embarrassingly large stack of books yet to be read, and now this thread is going to send me right back!

My contributions:

Wordplay by John Langdon
Faces by Francois Robert and Jean Robert

Both are essentially picture books, but they're great sources of inspiration for seeing things in different ways.
Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Unfortunately every problem also contains the seeds of an infinite number of non-solutions, so that first part really isn't super helpful.
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Maximum Entertainment....Ken Weber
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On 2008-02-18 18:42, MichielTummers wrote:
Again I highly recommend psychology books. Smile

Yes, but which ones?
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On 2008-02-18 02:48, Ringo wrote:
Impro, by Keith Johnstone


Agreed, plus any other great book on Theatre Games...
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Yes, The Deptford Trilogy, fantastic. I also recommend Davies' "The Cunning Man." Those are the only four of his books I have as yet read, but if you could recommend more Entity I would love that. I do disagree with the idea that World of Wonders is better. I loved all three books, and I think the first is my favorite. But, Wonders does have that epic end of a trilogy feel to it. So I understand, and also its got allot of magic. Keep end mind, it is part of a Trilogy, and the last book. All in all I love those books.

"I think that Stuart Palm means THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY of books from Robertson Davies.
Just clarifying, as Davies wrote many other books.

The books were: WORLD OF WONDERS; THE MANTICORE; and FIFTH BUSINESS. They all
tell the story of a young Canadian boy who grows up to become the world's
greatest Magician and Mentalist.

I was fortunate to know Robertson Davies. I was chosen as consultant to create
the illusions and train the actors for the sole live stage production of WORLD OF
WONDERS, performed at Canada's Stratford Festival for several months, a number of years ago.

By the way, Mindbender: Your post at the top strayed from the confines of the
format used here. That throws the page way off, and all of our subsequent posts
run off the page. Makes for difficult viewing. Mods: Can this be fixed up?

- entity"
Belief Manifests Reality.
Nebula CT: https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8517
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What about the Brentford Trilogy by Robert Rankin for general demonology and thaumaturgical craziness? (The Antipope, The Brentford Triangle, East of Ealing, and The Sprouts of wrath) I suspect we could all learn a lot from Professor Slocombe and Hugo "It Is I, Rune, but you can call me Guru" Rune.
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