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On Jul 19, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
I'd have to include Ross Johnson on my list of favorites, if I decided to make one.


And my pal Jon Stetson, of course.
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I never had the pleasure of watching Jon Stetson perform...

Just watched his promo video and I can tell you this - I will never perform the magic square.

That was a thing of beauty.

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Scott
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On Jul 19, 2014, Scott Soloff wrote:
Easy...

The best thinker and one of the best performers
is Bob Cassidy.

The best showman is Derren Brown.

Best wishes,

Scott

I completely agree and find Derren Brown thoroughly entertaining to watch.
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It would be Chan Canasta for me, by a considerable distance. The perfect performing persona and a heart-stoppingly daring approach that was decades ahead of its time.
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Off the top of my head: Jon Stetson, Ross Johnson, Bob Cassidy, Docc Hilford, and Richard Osterlind (in no particular order).

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It would be Chan Canasta for me, by a considerable distance. The perfect performing persona and a heart-stoppingly daring approach that was decades ahead of its time.


No doubt that Canasta was a great performer- but the same, and more, could be said of Joseph Dunninger, one of the boldest mentalists in the history of the art who set the standard for those who followed.
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I am amazed that nobody has mentioned Maurice Fogel. I have never seen anyone before or since to equal him in his heyday. The supreme showman.
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Yes, he was. But, sadly, he wasn't widely known in the United States.

I was fortunate to meet him back in the early 80s in New York. A fascinating person and a great performer.

I'd include him on a list of my favorites (if I was to write one).
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My top 3 (alive and still publishing) :
Peter Turner, Jerome Finley, Colin Mcleod.

As for how entertaining one is to watch then Derren Brown definitly.
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My favorite mentalists (always alive) : Banachek, Bob Cassidy and John Riggs.
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As was stated above, Vogel wasn't very well known. The Supreme Magic Company in Bideford Devon used to sell many of his items. I had his Houdini seance in the 70s, wish I knew where it was now, I most likely gave it away as I didn't do any mentalism back then.
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It's great to hear all of your opinions!
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Yes- but I'm not sure that Uri considers himself to be a mentalist. He is generally perceived to be a psychic (or a charlatan, depending on your views).
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That's what makes him my favorite.
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Ian D Montfort, comedium.
Some people hear voices.. Some see invisible people.. Others have no imagination whatsoever.
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I am surprised that Fogel isn't well known in America since his interview in the 13 Steps to Mentalism is very well featured and has very good information. I do know he performed in America a few times and I have heard that Dunninger even considered him a threat at one point. Most British performers of a certain age all agree that Fogel was the greatest mentalist of them all. But even if he wasn't he was certainly right up there. I do remember that people like Paul Daniels, David Berglas and others all stated that Maurice was the greatest of them all. Subjective of course but I share that opinion too. I would say he was equal to Dunninger.
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I would agree. But, like I said, Dunninger was at one point the most popular radio personality in the United States and he also had a television series in the late 50's/early 60's.

Of course we mentalists knew of Fogel, but he wasn't a public figure here the way Dunninger was. No reflection on his abilities, because he cerainly was one of the best. His presentation of Annemann's "The Telephone Drama" was one of the greatest pieces of mentalism I've ever seen.

(He showed me his Swami writing once. It was virtually undeciphrable, but no one ever disagree when he told them what it said!)
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John Riggs, Bob Cassidy, Peter Turner, Luke Jermay and Paul Voodini!!!
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Bob Cassidy, Luke Jermay and Derren Brown. As diferrent performances styles. Paul Brook as writer (never saw his performance)
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