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David Thiel
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When I initially read the first volume of "The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy" -- I admit that I didn't really understand it. I was fairly new to mentalism at the time and frankly, I lacked the performing chops to really grasp what I was reading. That changed with each subsequent reading. I've been through that book five times since and each time I understand more.

The most recent re-reading took place on an airplane to Vegas for MindVention. As I finished it, I clearly remember sitting quietly, looking out the window and feeling like that guy in the old Memorex ads -- the one who is sitting in an easy chair in front of a speaker with his hair getting blown back by the power of the sound. I felt overwhelmed...and genuinely grateful.

I'd decided to read it on the airplane, because I knew "The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy, Volume 2: Fundamentals" was going to debut at MindVention (where Cassidy got a lifetime achievement award, by the way.)

I'd prepaid in advance and, as Jheff was just finishing his set-up in the dealer room, I had my copy.

MindVention runs on great teaching, sleep deprivation and good friends. I'm telling you this because at the end of each day, I'd sit down with this book and read something wonderful.

There are over 400 pages in this masterwork -- and it's classic Cassidy. What does that mean? You get many of the classic routines Bob Cassidy is known for like Fourth Dimensional Telepathy and an absolute classic discussion of Q and A. But you ALSO get some of the most precise thinking on mentalism anywhere. Cassidy knows what he's talking about and it shows in chapters like "Working It" and "Staging It" -- both about the presentation of mentalism. Both are worth the price of the book alone. You get the brilliant Fundamentals -- which really needs to be required reading for anyone considering mentalism.

There's too much in this book to detail here. WAY too much.

What am I saying? If you're just getting started in mentalism you need this book. If you've been performing mentalism for years -- you need this book. If you want to sit quietly and listen to one of the unquestioned masters of mentalism share some mind blowing, career creating material -- you need this book. It is, bar none, one of the very finest works on mentalism anywhere. It is literally a masterwork.

I suggest you read it carefully. It's well written and has an engaging style. But that means it's very much like sitting and talking with Bob. I've learned that some of the most useful things he has to share are delivered in an offhanded way. He'll throw off a gem hidden within a comment or two and then wait to see who was paying attention.

Pay attention to this book. It's literally a gift to the community.

In an age where some ebooks sell for hundreds of dollars -- this one will set you back around $60. Trust me: you can't make a better investment in your career than The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy Volume 2: Fundamentals.

From me it's got five billets out of five -- and I'd give it six if that weren't mathematically impossible.

David
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Thanks, David. You make me want to read it again myself.

H&R Magic Books did a beautiful job producing it. 411 glossy pages, hardbound with a dust jacket. It retails for $65.00 and is now available from most dealers. You can also order from Jheff's Marketplace of the mind at http://marketplaceofthemind.com
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Volume one was one of the best books I have read on the subject. So this has to go on the buy fairly immediately list. Thanks for the review.
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Thanks for he review, David. The "Art of Mentalism" is one of my favorite books. I was a broke graduate student and my mom sent me some fun money (as opposed to funny money). I was going through a rough time and I decided to order Bob's book. Opening the package and finding a green leather cover with gold foil embossed lettering hinted at the treasure inside. I was amazed with the content and his instruction on how to think and act like a mentalist. Ever since, I have looked to Bob's work for amazing material and sage advice. "The Artful Mentalism" book held to his incredibly high standard. It is with a Pavlovian salivation that I await my third hard back volume from the good doctor. Thanks for the generosity Bob.
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Thanks for your thoughts David, as always I enjoy your posts. This will be an instant classic IMO and I'm sure many will agree. I've said this before and I'll say it again, Bobs "the artful mentalism of Bob Cassidy" first book changed me who I am as a mentalist. I can't wait to start reading this, especially with the updated material in which I have a feeling I'll be going back in time and performing some older routines/classics again.

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Is there a list of the individual books that make up both vol. 1 & vol 2 of the Artful Mentalism series? I own almost everything Bob has put out in the original forms. Many comb bound or saddle stitched. Just seeing what I may be missing. I should compile a list of what I do have anyway.

Best of success with the new book.

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David (and Bob)
I was just wondering about where this book is pitched with regard to experience?
David suggested that even someone just starting would benefit from this book. If one does not own vol 1 (due to not having started the mentalism journey at the time), is it still a good idea to purchase this book?
I like the idea that this book includes"Fundamentals" in the title - as that's what I'm after, but I was wondering if there are any suggested pre-requisites for getting the most out of the book.
I have been mulling purchasing some of Bob's work lately, but have not been able to figure out where to start, and I was hoping this book might be a way to get a good foundation. (I am working through Corinda - both the book as well as the Osterlind vids).
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Sparrowhwk,

I'm not sure what you mean by "where this book is pitched with regard to experience." If you're asking what type of experience you need, this book has info for all levels of experience, from the beginner to the professional. If that's not what you're asking, please clarify.

As to what books are in Volume 2 (as bdekolta asked), here's the list: FUNDAMENTALS, 21ST CENTURY Q&A, ONE MAN BILLET ROUTINES, STAGING IT, WORKING IT, UNIVERSE, SIDE EFFECTS, INTUITIVELY YOURS, THE ART OF MENTALISM 3, and A JOURNEY THROUGH THE FOURTH DIMENSION. All have re-edited. And, finally, one can certainly read this on its own without having volume one. I made sure of that when I edited this. So you can start with this book, if you like.

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Jheff is right. Volume 2 is not a sequel to Volume 1. It simply contains things that I wrote AFTER I'd done the previous book. The first part of the new book, "Fundamentals" is, I believe, a perfect introduction to the art of professional mentalism. It should give you a solid foundation. (But, then again, I wrote it, so I'm biased. Smile)

Good thoughts,

Bob
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There's no question in my mind what book I'd recommend to someone new to mentalism...it would absolutely be Artful Mentalism Volume 2. Three key books are presented here: Fundamentals, Working It and Staging It. These are all three books that deal specifically with mentalism. I'd actually be inclined to say this would be THE book for aspiring mentalists as well as those who are already performing mentalism.

I've seen people recommend the 13 Steps and PME to newcomers and often thought these books, while excellent for performing mentalists, may not be the best choices for new mentalists.

Artful Mentalism 2 is the one to read.

David
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Hi Jheff, Bob and David
Thank you for the replies. You have answered my questions. I wanted to be sure that this book would be useful and worthwhile for someone who has not read any other Bob Cassidy material, and has only recently begun to study the art of mentalism.
Order placed.
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I'm very interested in the 4th dimensional telepathy effect. What book should I start with, Vol. 1 or Vol. 2? Suggestions?
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4DT is more extensively covered in Volume 2.
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Bob...thanks so much for the information! I really didn't expect to hear from the author! I love the effect!
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Nothing makes me feel like an amateur quite like reading Bob's books. I know if I read enough he'll rub off on me. With him on one shoulder and Ken Weber on the other, there won't be room left for those pesky little red imps.

I agree with David (no surprise). There are so many good books to read but this is the one I'll recommend to beginners and I'm still getting a lot out of it. I think I'm being truthful when I write that I never felt like a mindreader until I started applying Bob's advice about what makes mentalism work, especially his thoughts on Q&A. I still haven't arrived but I'm moving along faster. I'm re-reading Fundamentals, the first ebook reprinted in this volume, for the second time in three months. Last night I found something delicious in the Scary Movie routine that I had missed the first and second time around. That's good eatin'. For $65 we've struck gold.
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My copy arrived today! I'm looking forward to reading it.
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My copy came today. The postman also bought me a package full of obscure records from Italy. I am now going to curl up on my sofa and listen to garage rock and roll and read me some Bob Cassidy, life doesn't get much better.
My initial thought is, what the hell is this book made of? It weighs a ton! I should get a good work out reading this.
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It has a lot of heavy ideas in it. Smile
David Thiel
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I spent tonight reading this book. Just the discussion in Fundamentals was so great to read again. And the Q and A segment? Amazing! Just with reference to the history and different methods...what a great resource. (But I bet you knew I was going to say that.)


David
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Thanks, David. I really appreciate the kind words. I think that if I was asked to recommend any single one of my books, this would be the one.

Good thoughts,

Bob
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