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Ugly Phil
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I am new to mentalism and would appreciate it if someone could point me in the direction of starter material.

Thanks
Jay Are
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Corinda, Waters, and Anneman...
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Rory Raven
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One of the first books I ever picked up was Henry Hay's "Amateur Magician's Handbook", to read the chapter on mentalism.

Then someone recommended Karl Fulves "Self Working Mental Magic".

From there, "Annemann's Practical Mental Effects" (published as "Practical Mental Magic" by Dover), and Corinda's "13 Steps to Mentalism". Yes, it's "old school" mentalism in some cases, but look at the underlying ideas and methods and you'll get a lot out of it.

A lot of later, newer material draws on Annemann and Corinda.

You can move on from there.

Have fun!

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Jay Are was posting while I was writing.

I'd stay away from Waters until you've digested Annemann and Corinda.

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13 steps is the best starting point and osterlinds material is top quality to
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How old are you, and what is your previous experience in Magic? What interests you about Mentalism?

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Ugly Phil
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Thanks for all of your recommendations.

I am 26, have been doing some magic (well a few tricks) for about 6 months but I am really interested in mentalism rather than card magic as mentalism just seems so much more impossible to me.
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On 2008-04-22 12:19, Ugly Phil wrote:
Thanks for all of your recommendations.

I am 26, have been doing some magic (well a few tricks) for about 6 months but I am really interested in mentalism rather than card magic as mentalism just seems so much more impossible to me.

I think you're probably best off beginning with Karl Fulves' "Self-working Mental Magic" to dip your toes in the water, then buying Corinda's "Thirteen Steps to Mentalism" and Annemann's "Practical Mental Magic". Corinda especially is a complete sourcebook of techniques, but take a look at Fulves first to get used to the gap between cause and effect because it's a lot wider than in card magic.
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On 2008-04-22 12:28, Jon_Thompson wrote:
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On 2008-04-22 12:19, Ugly Phil wrote:
Thanks for all of your recommendations.

I am 26, have been doing some magic (well a few tricks) for about 6 months but I am really interested in mentalism rather than card magic as mentalism just seems so much more impossible to me.

I think you're probably best off beginning with Karl Fulves' "Self-working Mental Magic" to dip your toes in the water, then buying Corinda's "Thirteen Steps to Mentalism" and Annemann's "Practical Mental Magic". Corinda especially is a complete sourcebook of techniques, but take a look at Fulves first to get used to the gap between cause and effect because it's a lot wider than in card magic.


Really great advice. Karl Fulves book is one of my favorites. I feel it is VERY overlooked by many.
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Very true Nate, his Number Magic book is also greatly overlooked and contains the cornerstones of some great mentalism ideas...
Smile When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth...Smile
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