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There are some excellent suggestions in this thread already. A few other works presented in this manner that have not already been mentioned are: 'Mind Reading', 'Mystery by Association', snd 'Secrets of Indirection' by Kenton Knepper, and 'Invisible Readings' by Enrique Enriquez. Although this latter work is geared more specifically to people who give readings, a lot of the ideas have had a major influence on how I approach my mentalism in general now.
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On 2010-07-25 18:10, Lord Of The Horses wrote:
Paul Brook, Bob Cassidy, Jerome Finley, Rob Domenech, Sean Waters...

Those five people were the first off the top of my head.


Thanks for the mention!

-rob


ditto that!

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The Busch Factor by Richard Busch.

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On 2010-07-25 06:34, Dick Christian wrote:
In addition to Cassidy's Artful Mentalism I would also strongly recommend his "Fundamentals of Professional Mentalism" which is reasonably priced ($29 as I recall) and is downloadable from http://www.Lybrary.com. Although it is an e-book (.pdf format) it can easily be printed if, like me, you prefer reading hard copy instead of a computer screen.


This ebook hasn't been published as a real book? And with a real book I don't mean a pile of paper sheets which I printed myself.


Sorry Zebaztian, but as far as I am aware it is available only as a downloadable (but printable .pdf format) e-book. I'm sorry if that bothers you and can only say that by passing it up you are missing out on one of the best compilations of just the sort of thing you profess to be looking for. It's clearly your call.
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I like reading books in bed, and A4-format isn't handy. Besides books look better on the shelf than a pile of paper. That I like books is not a matter of content, if it comes to content, an ebook is just as good as a real book. A real book is more convenient to read and it gives a bit of luxuary in life.
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That I don't mind ebooks is proven by the fact that I published a few myself (but them!). A real book is another medium. That's the way I see it. If one asks for a good movie, you don't answer 'Go to a concert by Pavement.'

On the other hand, Cassidy's Fundamentals can be handy - so thanks for the tip, Dick. I'll put it on my general reading list (where ebooks and real books go side by side).
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Since you aren't totally adverse to the ebook format, Zebaztian, may I be so bold as to recommend my own Suggestabilities? The format is an essay followed by an effect illustrating points from the essay, with one tale on its own at the end. It has consistently been one of my most popular ebooks, though it looks like Trybil may give it a run for the money. It is certainly my most personal work.
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Thanks for the nice comments about my writings. After reading Bill's review I am seriously considering picking up a copy and reading it myself.

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Mentalism Incorporated gives you essays and routines, as well as the back story development for a coherent and well organised performance.

In addition to those mentioned, you may like my A5 sized little number, which can be found here:

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=833075

and until 15 August, Lulu is offering 15% off with this discount code:

BEACHREAD305

Best wishes

Todd
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I'm reading Cassidy's Artul mentalism and I really enjoy it. Esp. the principia - they are great. This is what a good book on mentalism is about: routines with explanation and a more philosophical approach in between. Off course there are routines in a mentalism book, and lot of books with only routines are great to read and use. But when the routines are placed in the light of how things work and what the audience will think, then you have a really good book in your hands.

I'm writing a book myself, but I'm afraid it's going to be an 'only routine' book.
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On 2010-07-29 16:59, DrTodd wrote:
Mentalism Incorporated gives you essays and routines, as well as the back story development for a coherent and well organised performance.

In addition to those mentioned, you may like my A5 sized little number, which can be found here:

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=833075

I've got your book in my Lulu-chart. It comes with my next Lulu-sending (shipping costs with Lulu are high), which will be in about two weeks or so.
and until 15 August, Lulu is offering 15% off with this discount code:

BEACHREAD305

Best wishes

Todd
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Although not specifically focused on mentalism, I would strongly recommend Fitzkee's The Trick Brain, as it gets you to think magically to design your own works. I would also suggest Eugene Burger's books.
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Another vote for Mentalism Incorporated (Both volumes) and Maximum Entertainment Smile
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You guys who don't like ebooks might want to consider Amazon's latest and cheapest Kindle. It doesn't have 3G built in (but it does have WiFi) and you're going to be loading your own books into it anyway. Here in The States they're going for $140. I'm letting a few months go by to see if any bad bugs show up and if it passes the bug test I'm buying one.

You can have your entire ebook library on it and there's a kindle PC reader too so you can keep everything backed up. Anything you buy from Amazon is automatically backed up on their servers. And of course there are thousands of public domain classics from Project Gutenberg and the like you read too.

Just a thought.

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Greetings,

It is nice to see a thread like this. When I read (or for that matter, write) a book on mentalism, the effects are usually the least important part to me. With that said, I agree that Bob Cassidy's offerings are certainly in the must-have category.


Keep the change,
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On 2010-07-29 16:59, DrTodd wrote:
Mentalism Incorporated gives you essays and routines, as well as the back story development for a coherent and well organised performance.

In addition to those mentioned, you may like my A5 sized little number, which can be found here:

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=833075

I've got your book in my Lulu-chart. It comes with my next Lulu-sending (shipping costs with Lulu are high), which will be in about two weeks or so.
and until 15 August, Lulu is offering 15% off with this discount code:

BEACHREAD305

Best wishes

Todd



Strange, this text:

I've got your book in my Lulu-chart. It comes with my next Lulu-sending (shipping costs with Lulu are high), which will be in about two weeks or so.

Shouldn't have been in the quotation.
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I started reading 'Taking Center Stage' today. Only 5 chapyers into it, but looks awesome!
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Started reading Paul Brook's Alchemical Tools a few days ago and I love it. I have read almost 200 pages and there haven't been any effects so far. Instead I have learned many secrets about succesful performing Smile Thanks Paul!
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