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knorbulyon
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Hi everyone,
What is your recommendation for mentalism readings except 13 steps, I'm looking for younger mentalists like looch or marcspelmann or derren brown. I hope I can explain it.

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You just named some fantastic material right there my friend...
if you have read the works of those guys, id say barrie richardson, richard busch, luke jermay....you should find a lifetimes worth of material and ideas with the guys you named and some of the above...hope that helps..
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I suggest you read the works of Phill Smith and Jack Kent Tillar... you can find much more by a simple search here on the Café.

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The Series Of Psycologial Subdelties By Banachek
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reading it.
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My current favorite is MindStorms by Sean Taylor. I use 2 effects regularly in my show from this book.
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For "modern" mentalism, I enjoy the works of Bob Cassidy.
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Paramiracles by Ted Lesley is absolutely amazing! Mind, Myth and Magick is also very good. Prism has some interesting effects.
Paramiracles will really impress you, as it did me. The thinking behind the effects are just better than I've read before. Barrie Richardson's books are also worth having.

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No guys, you give only old fashion mentalism, lesley,cassidy,Richardson,Banachek.
He looks after fresh and new mentalism...
I'm not sure at all Brown is modern, he uses clasic trick soemtimes revisited that's all.
His personna makes the difference
I advice to you to buy Ken Weber maximum entertainement.
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On 2010-04-15 14:22, parmenion wrote:
No guys, you give only old fashion mentalism, lesley,cassidy,Richardson,Banachek.
He looks after fresh and new mentalism...
I'm not sure at all Brown is modern, he uses clasic trick soemtimes revisited that's all.
His personna makes the difference


In that case, there's no such thing as "fresh and new" in regards to mentalism.
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Thank you for answers, I am also cheking other thread, thanks for help. Yes you are rgiht in terms of origin, may be there is no modern mentalism, but its application may be modern, like derren brown, luke jermay, andy nyman, paul brook etc..
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"I Control You", by Derren Brown. Possibly the best book in regards to modern mentalism, but also one of the rarest. Last time I saw this tome hit eBay it sold for a few thousand dollars.

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On 2010-04-15 14:22, parmenion wrote:
No guys, you give only old fashion mentalism, lesley,cassidy,Richardson,Banachek.
He looks after fresh and new mentalism...
I'm not sure at all Brown is modern, he uses clasic trick soemtimes revisited that's all.
His personna makes the difference
I advice to you to buy Ken Weber maximum entertainement.


Wow!
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On 2010-04-16 05:07, knorbulyon wrote:
Thank you for answers, I am also cheking other thread, thanks for help. Yes you are rgiht in terms of origin, may be there is no modern mentalism, but its application may be modern, like derren brown, luke jermay, andy nyman, paul brook etc..


Any modern application comes from you taking an old idea and applying it to a contemporary situation.

That's what Derren, Luke, Andy and Paul do.
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I know some who see this are saying, there he goes again, but for the umpty-umpth time the advice I always offer to anyone who is contemplating undertaking the transition from magic to mentalism (or adding mentalism to their repertoire) and that I wish someone had given to me when I was at the same point in my development. The great thing is that both my advice and the source material that I recommend are free.

First, IMO there are no greatest mindboggling effects in mentalism (or magic). In the right hands EVERY EFFECT can qualify as such and in the WRONG hands the best effect is reduced to total dreck. It is always the PRESENTATION, never the method, that determines whether an effect is a miracle or an embarrassment.

Before you invest in any other books, DVDs, CDs or effects, read Bob Cassidy's "The Thirty-Nine Steps: A Mentalist's Library of Essential Works." It is an extract from his larger Fundamentals of Professional Mentalism." Both are available as instantly downloadable e-manuscripts from http://www.Lybrary.com -- "The Thirty-Nine Steps" is free. After you read it, you would be wise to get and study "Fundamentals" as well. While it is not free, at only $29 it is one of best bargains in mentalism and IMO there is no better preparation for further study of the genre.

For someone who is really a "beginner" in the truest sense of the word, I would recommend 2 books. Like Bob, "The Amateur Magician's Handbook" by Henry Hay is at the top of my list. The second, although not on Bob's list, is "The Handbook of Mental Magic" by Marvin Kaye.

Hay's book is step 1. It provides the broad based practical foundation in the psychology and techniques of magic that is essential for anyone before they even consider tackling mentalism.

Kaye's is step 2 and covers many of the essential basics of mental magic -- the precursor to mentalism -- from the layman's perspective, presupposes zero prior knowledge or experience, and introduces the beginner to the important fundamentals in a more contemporary context.

IMO those who will be quick to bypass those and direct you first to the works of Annemann, Larsen, Nelson, Newman, Corinda, etc. -- all of which BTW are more than worthy of study and, in fact, are among the sources recommended by Cassidy -- are putting the cart before the horse because most beginners lack the foundation needed to really "get into" those pioneers of mentalism whose writing and presentations will seem dated to anyone lacking the knowledge base to recognize and fully appreciate the timelessness of the principles underlying their work.

Once you have laid a proper foundation, you are ready to graduate to the works of the contemporary luminaries of mentalism like Maven, Waters, Cassidy, Becker, Banachek, Osterlind, Bernstein, Brook, Nyman, Looch and others.

I am a firm believer in the idea that one should first learn to crawl, then to walk and that only after lots of experience running is one ready to tackle a marathon. I know that seems like a long, slow and arduous process. It is, but if you really want to learn, you should read the books.

Just my $0.02

P.S. Using the "search" button would probably have turned up numerous threads on this subject, many of which contain the comments above.
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Just my $0.02 And isn't that an excellent 2c

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On 2010-04-16 15:25, andre combrinck wrote:
Just my $0.02 And isn't that an excellent 2c

AJ

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