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I have Max Maven's Videomind tapes but I would like to know if the are any others that are better. Please let me know.
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Ok, last time... 13 Steps to Mentalism and Practical Mental Effects (Magic). Smile
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But we know it won't be the last time.
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Best resource to START is in my opinion Fulves' Self-working Mental Effects.

After that, get Corrinda if you have been having fun and have gotten some wows.

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Actually, the best way to start learning about mentalism would be simply to read all the many topics already posted here on "the best way to start learning about mentalism".

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I agree totally with Doug's comments. And I would add, the best way to start learning is by starting learning mentalism, not by asking how to start learning mentalism.

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Maybe we should start a FAQ thread and make it sticky. Might save a lot of going over the same stuff over and over.
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Or start to mentor with a mentalist. Smile
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An ex boyfriend worked extremely well for me. Naturally I had to prove I was interested in more than just secrets. And I've learned a LOT just reading around the Café as well!

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Take a look in the First Year Archive of the Café. There's loads of useful information in there. Many of the threads include contributions by some of the greats of contemporary mentalism.
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Okay, I am looking for something similar.

I'd like to find a book of lists of "things common to most people". You know the grey elephant in Denmark effect?

It has often been suggested that you analyze your "audience demographic", but I'm hoping for a slightly different type of "census"... most people choose the number "7", have two cats, usually draw a triangle inside of a cricle, favorite color red, something like that.

Of course, I'd MUCH rather do what Dr_Zodiac said, and take a mentor... now, if I could only find one that would take ME and isn't too far away!

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The 13 steps is THE place to start, and later the jinx. not only will you learn from masters, but you will have access to many forgotten effects.

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There you go guy,

All that stuff with pencil dots, human hair and spittle can wait till after you've taken the steps to heart.

Also, you might want to let go of the 'magician' 'effect' mindset. that's not how mentalism works. all the coins I've dropped here
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Fulves Self-working Mental is a great start.

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Read what you find here, and try Ted Lesley's forum too.
It has been mentioned of others; 13 a must, and Anneman's books.
This will give you a lot to work with for a long time.
Good Luck.
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13 Steps to Mentalism, no doubt. Smile
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Thirteen Steps is Great, as is Annemann. But I learned (and still learn) a lot from Barrie Richardson's "Theater of the Mind" although it's hardly a beginning text.
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I have all of the above-mentioned books.

I've just finished Larry Becker's Stunners Plus and - I swear - I wish THIS had been my first mentalism book.

Of course, then all of the others would have paled by comparison, but so it goes.

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Of course I would recommend "Pre Thoughts" by Banachek. This is a full routine from start to finish and not just a book of ideas. This was the very routine that Banachek performed as Steve Shaw in the 1980's and is still strong today. You can take anything from it and incorporate it into your own routine or use the whole routine. It's a good start for beginner or the more advanced mentalist with good theory, too.

And perhaps the best thing about it is that it's only $10.00 (plus postage).

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Self-Working Mental Magic by Karl Fulves. A Great Book!
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