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Andy Gemini
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Hi Guys
I am new to the magic world and have mainly focused on card magic so far.

However, I am keen to look at all types of magic, so was just wondering which books or DVDs would you recommend for a beginner in mentalism?

I am not just looking for routines or effects but also the concepts behind it, if you know what I mean.

Thanks guys
Anthony Jacquin
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Treat yourself to the books of Annemann and Corinda and Banachek. Add to that Maximum Entertainment by Weber and Alchemical Tools by Paul brook. Then get visual with the DVD's of Osterlind and Banachek.

Then decide on your character, purported skills, effects congruent with both and develop an act.

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magicman29
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Try Using the search engine at the top of the page, all your questions will be answered

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Andy-

Here is a free resource you might find useful:

http://www.lybrary.com/thirtynine-steps-mentalism-a-10.html

Good thoughts,

Bob
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For a beginner the books of Karl Fulves & Annemann and Osterlind's videos are very economical, IMHO.
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You may also want to search, via google, on this place of the posts made by the late and great dick christian...make sure you are sitting down when reading them though...

also, dig out royal road to card magic and read the effect where your pulse alters to reveal a card, then go on youtube and watch people like luke jermay and david berglas do it...
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Andy, try this tool for searching the Café: http://www.searchthemagiccafe.com/
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ijohan
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13 Steps to Mentalism book would be good start.
Andy Gemini
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Hi Guys
Thanks, as always, for some great advice.

Thanks edh, that search tool is great, as is the link from Bob.

As always there is so much stuff to choose from it can be awkward for a newcomer to decide what is suitable material. I did not want to buy a book/DVD that is more suitable for experienced mentalists as I do not want to be put off by reading something I cannot understand. As with card magic,now I know more about it, but if a newcomer had a book full of tricks that all relied on the pass, or the classic force, it would be more off-putting than a book such as RRTCM, which manages to teach tricks as you learn the sleights.
that's how I see it anyway, so thanks again for the advice guys, much appreciated.

Andy
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Hello everyone! Its the first time I am using the Café and I have to admit I am moved by the fact that you guys are so supportive to people that are new in magic. I wish I had your help when I first started!!! Smile Keep on beeing amazing guys!! Smile ( Btw excuse me for any mistakes but my English is not that good Smile)
Tony Razzano
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Your English is fine.
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It certainly beats that of many people here Smile
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As well as the specialist books, don't ignore the classics of general magic, some of which have useful chapters on mentalism. A few off the top of my head:

Mark Wilson's Complete Course
Hugard - Modern Magic Manual
Hay - Amateur Magician's Handbook
Kay - Complete Magician
and Nelms - Magic and Showmanship.

Barry
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Once you've got the basics down Richard Osterlinds DVDs helped me more than anything.
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Hi,
I'm also new here just sharing my two cents. Easy To Master Mental Miracles by Richard Osteralind. Check it out
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May I add to the reading list Karl Fulves' Self-working Mental Magic? I still open it at a random page for inspiration from time to time.

(I beat you to it Becky! Smile )
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On 2012-01-24 05:40, Romanos wrote:
Hello everyone! Its the first time I am using the Café and I have to admit I am moved by the fact that you guys are so supportive to people that are new in magic. I wish I had your help when I first started!!! Smile Keep on beeing amazing guys!! Smile ( Btw excuse me for any mistakes but my English is not that good Smile)


We are not usually this supportive and kind you just asked the right questions framed the right way!
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