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Mind, Myth and Magick, I think this is the best one.

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A vote for Bob Cassidy's Art of Mentalism 1 and 2.

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Harry Lorayne's book on how to develop a super power memory is extremely useful.

Use this along with 'Influence' by Cialdini and 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' by Carnegie and you'll go a long way.


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There ARE numerous excellent other books aside from the well known ones that will benefit any student of mentalism. The Horowitz books are brilliant as is Ganson's Magic of the Mind, All of John Riggs Books, Jules Lenier's Mentalistic Folio's, Mind Warp, and the Purloined Thought. There are lots of little manuscripts and booklets too and some lecture notes BUT far too many to begin listing here.

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"It Must Be Mindreading" by G. Anderson....Found a source finally.

Is this book really as good as they say it is? Different then Fulves and Anneman's Mental Magic books?

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Can anyone enlighten me on what is "Suggestive Mentalism" from Ford Kross
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Braveneil: the search engine does wonders Smile

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Thanks Bruno, I tried. Probably I am too retarded using the search.
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Another classic that may be dismissed as old but really is a gold mine is Burling Hull's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mentalism. The subtite reads "A Gigantic Collection of Complete Mntalism Methods, Secrets, 'Instructions', Routines, Acts, Programs, Shows". It is, indeed. Still available through Micky Hades International I believe.
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A good choice is
Syzygy The First Five Years by Earle, Lee , Books HBJ, pub. 2003, 450 pp. First five years of Syzygy: The Journal of Contemporary Mentalism. Includes bonus CD.

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On 2003-08-02 09:57, castormagi wrote:
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.

I second MM. Corinda and Annemann served me well for my first 5 years with mentalism.(...well, and Tarbell)
In those books I didn't only find material for years, but also the basic philosophy.

This is a rather long time ago, though.
Throughout the years, I have got a rather fine collection covering various branches within mentalism.
However, I'm very glad that I started off with the above mentioned.I still read them.

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I'm glad you mentioned Lee Earle, GoranS. I picked up M.I.N.D. a little while back and am having a great time going through the material it contains. There is some very usable stuff.

At the same time I picked up an Ormand McGill book, Real Mental Magic (I believe). What a very cool book. It's going to take some time and thought to digest everything in there.

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