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I'm not a total beginner in this field, but I do feel like I have A LOT more to learn. As the days go on and I feel my hand hurting I feel it's somewhat important to switch over to the dark side completely sometime in my life.

What are the books and DVDs that got you where you are today as a mentalist?

What reading systems do you use, if any at all?

-Nicholas
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All you're going to get Nicholas, is a big long list from everyone, with conflicting advice and thoughts - and a hug shopping list that you'll feel a bit dissapointed with...

apart from the advice given by bob c. and dick c. (in other threads), I would only suggest that you decide upon a small range of skill sets at first, and develop the techniques behind the presentations first...and then start studying the routines later...

so sw*** work
bi**** work

would be the two that, if I had my time again, I would have studied and stuck with for longer at the very start...

that's how I see it, anyways...
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I waste a lot of time by not knowing where the start.

I've been putting a lot of energy into billet techniques but no real routines fleshed out yet.

The Nailwriter Anthonlogy is there waiting on my shelf for swami work. Thank you very much for the advice.

I think I got those two words right..right?
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Its only what I think, Nick...

if I could jump back a decade or thereabouts, I would ignore all the adverts I saw in magazines and elsewhere, and just focus on those two things, as I feel they are the most adaptable and beautiful things we have at our disposal...

and as for reading systems - there are almost too many...and some wont suit everyone...i suppose the best way with that kind of thing is to pick a subject that interests you (for example, graphology) and then dig around for reviews on here... and just give it a go...i found that buying too much at once doesn't do any good...

I think we need to see our purchases as a treat, and each book to be treated as a lovely experience...we can all tear through stuff like a tasmanian devil at times...i think its one of the hardest things to do though, self-control, especially when so much stuff is now out there...

you already do card work, you've started with bi**** work, get to know a couple of other techniques that will both give you superb presentations, as well as the ability to "jazz it" too...

again, not really trying to give you advice as such, just sharing how its been for me...
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I completely agree with IAIN - anything that relies solely on my abilities (sleight of hand or otherwise) is vastly preferable to the mountain of gimmicks out there, for me.

Of course, dealers can't easily sell you the former, so all the shiny adverts and bleating reviews will cry out for the new! and incredible!
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I also agree with Iain. The biggest challenge in making the cross over is not the techniques, it's the presentation. Practice telling stories and taking your audiences on mental journeys. Make the presentations engaging enough that the method is unimportant.
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Awesome advice Iain. I think you're being too modest.
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Here it is again! (probably for about the hundredth time!)

My "39 Steps" is an article in which I list (together with descriptions and reasons) what I believe to be the most important books in mentalism.

You can read it FREE at http://www.lybrary.com/thirtynine-steps-mentalism-a-10.html

Good thoughts,

Bob
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I have read Craig Browning's INTRODUCTION TO MENTALISM numerous times -- each time I come away with something new. It's a wonderful introduction to mentalism -- and it recommends Mr. Cassidy's FUNDAMENTALS.

Also, I'd search out the wonderful beginner's advice by Mr. Dick Christian, who, I'm sure, will post it on this thread.
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There are three resources that I've found invaluable. At the risk of sounding like another you-know-what kisser -- but offered with in complete honesty and sincerity -- are two books by Bob Cassidy: Fundamentals and "Working It." The first deals with the mindset and a very succinct a-z overview of mentalism. Great resources...great advice...outstanding introduction to this fascinating performance art form.

The second is also a Cassidy book and deals with presentation of the show: the nuts and bolts of making it "go." There's also some outstanding business advice. The thing I found MOST interesting in "Working It" was the thought process. The mentalist's viewpoint on making the shows work, the things he emphasizes and considers KEY, is subtly different from the magician's worldview. There's a ton of "between the lines" learning here.

The single most valuable resource on mentalism itself for me -- the one that turned me onto this whole concept -- is Richard Osterlind and Jim Sisti's DVD series based on Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism. My world got rocked by these DVDs. I've watched them over and over for the performance nuances as well as the outstanding material. Follow watching the series up by reading the book. Some may think this a backward way to do it. But if you're coming from a magic perspective, the DVD's really helped me visualize real world applications for the material in the book.

Hope this helps...and WELCOME!

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On 2011-07-19 09:34, mastermindreader wrote:
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On 2011-07-19 04:56, hypno_mentalist wrote:
I think the free book my craig browning is the best , more dteailed compared to bob cassidy , has around 47 pages...

here is the link .. http://www.lybrary.com/free_ebooks/intro......lism.pdf


You do realize that the "39 Steps' is just ONE CHAPTER from my book "Fundamentals"? The rest, unfortunately, you have to pay for. The complete book is also available at lybrary.

Good thoughts,

Bob


I have fundamentals .. yet to read it , will pick it up soon ..
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I have fundamentals .. yet to read it , will pick it up soon ..


Please don't ! Stay with what you said!
Don't download on torrent fundamentals (you will pick it up soon)
I'm still amazed when beginner give advice but don't know anything what they're talking about!
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On 2011-07-19 10:58, hypno_mentalist wrote:
I have fundamentals .. yet to read it , will pick it up soon ..
So... you bought fundamentals, invest your money in it... received it and never take the time to read it ? what the !$%?& I'm pretty sure you never pay for it, don't you ?
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On 2011-07-19 10:58, hypno_mentalist wrote:
I have fundamentals .. yet to read it , will pick it up soon ..
So... you bought fundamentals, invest your money in it... received it and never take the time to read it ? what the !$%?& I'm pretty sure you never pay for it, don't you ?


chill out dude... I gained a lot from "craig brownings book " .. as much as I would love to , I cant read all books in one day .. this week is dedicated to "strong magic" by darwin ortiz and switchcraft by elliot ..

strong magic is a good read , loving it .. what I said was from my frist hand experience ..

gotta add , pascal de clermount is a genius .. his dvds mental xl and pure telepathy has some mind blowing stuff which is easy to pick out.. my favourite is nose knows.. kinda surprising that, he is not mentioned much on this forum ??
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On 2011-07-18 17:25, Blindside785 wrote:
I'm not a total beginner in this field, but I do feel like I have A LOT more to learn. As the days go on and I feel my hand hurting I feel it's somewhat important to switch over to the dark side completely sometime in my life.

What are the books and DVDs that got you where you are today as a mentalist?

What reading systems do you use, if any at all?

-Nicholas




BOOK LIST – Your Reading Assignment!
The Basics – First 12-24 Months of Study

1. Thirteen Steps to Mentalism by Tony Corinda
2. Practical Mental Magic by Annemann
3. Fundamentals by Bob Cassidy
4. The Mentalism of Bob Cassidy CD
5. Theories & Methods for the Practical Psychic by Bob Cassidy
6. The Black Book of Mentalism by Bob Cassidy
7. Easy to Master Mental Magic by Richard Osterlind – DVD Series
8. Alchemical Tools by Paul Brook
9. Building Blocks by Luke Jermay
10. Real Mental Magic by Ormond McGill


BILLETS
1. Switchcraft by E. Bresler
2. The Master Billet Course by A. Zingg (DVD set)
3. Peek Performances by Richard Busch
4. Faster than a Speeding Billet by Docc Hilford (VHS Tape)

IDEOMOTOR TECHNIQUES
1. Psychophysiological Thought Reading by Banachek
a. Disc 3 of the PSI Series DVD Set by Banachek
2. Mind Reading & Telepathy by Erik Jan Hanussen
a. ERIK VAN HANUSSEN: Hitler’s Jewish Clairvoyant by Mel Gordon (biographical)
3. Practical Contact Mind Reading by Edward Schatz
4. HELLSTROMISM by Robert Nelson
5. Pendulum Power for the Psychic Entertainer by Richard Webster
6. The Art of Dowsing by Richard Webster

COLD READING
1. Learning Cold Reading – FREE eBook by P. Craig Browning
2. The Real Work of Cold Reading by Bob Cassidy
3. Cold Reading for Magicians by Richard Webster
4. Psychometry from A-Z by Richard Webster
An Introduction to MENTALISM
44 A FREE eBook from P. Craig Browning
5. You Are a Rainbow by Richard Webster
6. The Gentle Art of Cold Reading by Lee Earle
7. Tarot Reader’s Notebook by Ron Martin
8. Palm Readers Notebook by Ron Martin
9. Dynamite Mentalism by George Anderson
10. Advanced Enigmatics by C.J. Wagner
11. The Answer Series by Robert Nelson & Geo DeLawrence
a. Answers to Questions by Geo. DeLawrence
b. Effective Answers to Questions by Robert Nelson
c. More Effective Answers to Questions by Robert Nelson
d. Projected Answers by Robert Nelson
e. Sensational Answers by Robert Nelson
Code & Two Person Studies
1. Man & Wife Mind Reading Act by Robert Nelson
2. Duet by Jack Kent Tiller
3. The Master Code by Robert Nelson
4. How to Develop Mental Magic by Paul Hadley
Blindfolds & Sightless Vision
1. Eyeless in Gaza by Stephan Minch
2. Master Book of Blindfolds by Burling Hull
3. How to Read Sealed Messages by Robert Nelson

SUGGESTION & HYPNOSIS
1. Reality is Plastic by Anthony Joaquin
2. Telepathy in Action by Orville Meyer
3. Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnosis by Ormond McGill
4. Secrets of Suggestion by Kenton Knepper
5. Secret of Indirection by Kenton Knepper
6. Mystery by Association by Kenton Knepper
7. Wonder Words by Kenton Knepper & J. Tank

MNEMONICS
1. The Memory Book by Harry Loraine & Jerry Lucas
2. Super Mentality by Robert Nelson
An Introduction to MENTALISM
45 A FREE eBook from P. Craig Browning

FORCING TECHNIQUE
3. Annemann’s 202 Forces
4. Psychological Subtleties Series by Banachek

MYSTICISM FACTORS
1. Wisdom of the Mystic Masters by Joseph Weed
2. Talisman Magic by Richard Webster
3. The Kybalion by the Three Initiates
4. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
5. ILLUSIONS by Richard Back
6. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
7. Additional Sources to Consider
a. Real Magic by P.I. Bonewits
b. Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig
c. Kabbalah for the Modern World by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
d. Green Magic by Aoumiel/Ann Mora
e. Dancing Shadows by Aoumiel/Ann Mora

THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THINGS
1. Plan for Success by Richard Webster
2. Entertaining Mentalism by Richard Webster
3. Home Psychic Parties for Fun & Profit by Richard Webster
4. King of the Small Towns by Richard Webster
5. How to Make Money Giving FREE Talks by Richard Webster
6. Pitch Books with “Your Lucky Stars” by Richard Webster
7. Psychic Technologies by P. Craig Browning
8. Back Of The Room Pitch Books by Kenton Knepper

ADDITIONAL READING RESOURCES YOU MIGHT CONSIDER
1. It Must be Mind Reading by O. McGill
2. The Amazing World of Mentalism by Burling Hull
3. Dynamite Mentalism by George Anderson
4. Larsen on Magic & Mentalism by William Larsen, Sr.
5. Mind, Myth & Magic by T.A. Waters
6. Nelson’s Comedy Mentalism Series 3 volume set
7. Nelson’s Dictionary of Mentalism – 3 volume set
8. Psycho-Gizmo Series by Teral Gerret (4 volume set)
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What an incredible list! Thank you for posting it.

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@ david .. this is what I am gonna follow this for next 1 year .. not my list Smile .. craig deserves credit for coming up this..
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