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castormagi
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Not even Max Maven is able to give you recommendations about what to read about mentalism. Obviously, there are some good bokks and some really bad. But you have to consider your own personal style before you know which books are for you.

I had the privilege to attend a five day seminar in Sweden last week, and of course the issue came up. He said: "Start with Corinda and Anneman. Then read everything on the subject."

Not much help, maybe, but since Anneman has not been mentioned, I thought that name might be useful to seekers.
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The Handbook of Mental Magic is a keeper!
It was my first book on mentalism. I learned alot out of that book and it is explained in an easy to understand format. It offers so much, I will only say..Find it, buy it, use it!
It has some stunners in it.


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TA Water's Mind myth and Magick is also a book that you cannot afford to miss.
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Not often mentioned, but incredible book is George Anderson's "It Must Be Mindreading." Really cornerstone stuff in this little $7 booklet.

Another gem-in-hiding is Rudy Hunter's "Buddha & The Teddy Bear."

You could build an entire act from these two neglected sources.
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Are they still available in shops ?
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I just purchased "It Must Be Mind Reading" from Denny&Lee. Incredible.
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Castormagi,

Free advice from me ( and worth every penny!):

The advice you got at the seminar will be a great help if you follow it.

Read everything about mentalism that you can get your hands on. We can learn something from every book/article etc., even if its how NOT to do something. Total immersion.

Among other reasons, reading the good and the bad helps us to become more selective and discriminating in what to choose for our audiences, how to handle situations, etc.

Just as important, probably more so, are books on stagecraft, acting, breathing & voice control and so on.

If you really want a progression from Corinda and Anneman, I suggest all of Cassidy's works, especially the Principia series. effects and important philosophy about mentalism.

But read all you can get your hands on.


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Rudy Hunter's book is available at martinismagic.com
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Annemans Practical Mental Magic is an oldie but a goodie, there is a lot that seems
less than "practical" but there are some real gems including classics like Vernons "Brainwave".

A slightly newer source, Derren Browns Pure Effect has some great thoughts on reading minds.
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Larry Beckers Stunners Plus is a very good book.
Lot of great effects.
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I agree 100% with Tony Razzano (Trinity). Read everything about mentalism and agree that the books AND eBooks by Bob Cassidy are a must. Also, for Mentalism and Psychic Entertainment, I'd recommend the collected books of John Riggs, available for $200 US on CD. Here's a link to John's web site:

http://www.jonsaintgermain.com/books.htm

Magickally,
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Lee Earle also has some good publications which I now beleive you can get in one book called M.I.N.D.
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Quote:
Lee Earle also has some good publications which I now beleive you can get in one book called M.I.N.D.


You can and I have. You can see a description of M.I.N.D. here.
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On 2003-08-08 21:06, chappy wrote:
Annemans Practical Mental Magic is an oldy but a goody, there is alot that seems less than "practical" but there are some real gems including classics like Vernons "Brainwave".

This may surprise the youngins, but the above is really just selected highlights from a larger and truly invaluable body of work, the Annemann-edited periodical, The Jinx.

The complete issues are available bound in a three volume set for a just $25 per volume; I got mine from magicbookshop.com.

Or, if you prefer the convenience, size and price of CD-ROMs (and don't mind reading from a screen), you can get all three on a single disk for the criminally low price of $20.

You'd be surprised how many currently marketed effects were "borrowed" from these often overlooked pages.
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Thank you openatlast, I will try to get one.
Bye.
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Neil, worth every penny too.
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Guess I'm a little biased since he is an idol of mine but Ted Lesely's "Paramiracles" Gets a big vote from me.
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I'm late in joining this string, but nearly all of George Anderson's magic/mentalism publications (with the notable exception of Magic Digest) are published by Magic, Inc. in Chicago. It might be worth emailing them about it as they're not online yet:

http://www.magicinc.net/

Just FYI.
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Greetimgs!
Here is a partial list of some of the books in my library. I think these are fabulous. Hope you find this to be of some use.
1-The Jinx. I have the complete hardbound set.
2-Swami Mantra. Not strictly mentalism, but some interesting stuff to be found.
3-Larry Becker's "World of Super Mentalism" 1 and 2
4-Larry Becker's "Stunner's Plus"
5- Of course, "Corinda's 13 steps to Mentalism"
6-Peek performances-Richard Busch
7-Mind, Myth, and Magic-T.A. Waters
8-"Annemann-The Life and Times of a Legend"
9-"M.I.N.D."-Lee Earle
10-"Syzygy-The First 5 Years"-hands-down, one of my faves
11-"Theater of the Mind"-Barrie Richardson
12-My way to Mentalism"-Tony Binarelli
13-"Psychophysiological Mind Reading"-Banachek
14-"Psychological Subtleties"-Banachek
15-"Paramiracles" Ted Leslie
16-"Mentalism Incorporated"-Chuck Hickock
17-"Mobile Mentalism"-Mark Strivings
18-"Wonder Readings"-Kenton Knepper and Rex Sikes
19-"Wonder Words"-Kenton Knepper. Get the whole set if you can
20-"Completely Cold"-Kenton Knepper

This is only a partial list, ones you may find easily, but it's pretty good. I'd also reccommend the Golstein "Color Series", but they're virtually impossible to get. You may also want to check with "Hades Publishing", as they have numerous small books that are not commonly found.
Cheers,
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Castormagi,
I have sent you a PM.

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