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Nestor D
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On Aug 16, 2016, noesgaardk wrote:
I have ordered:
13 Steps to Mentalism
Practical Mental Magic
Prism by Max Maven
Fundamentals by Bob Cassidy


That's a lot of dense material (most of it was not designed for someone starting in mentalism). I would also probably go to one of Osterlind's video at first (his setps on penguin cover a lot of ground).
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That's a lot of dense material (most of it was not designed for someone starting in mentalism). I would also probably go to one of Osterlind's video at first (his setps on penguin cover a lot of ground).


Okay! Probably a valid point.
I'll order the download from Penguin.
Thanks!
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Which Penguin video were you referring to?
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Just type 'osterlind' in Penguin's search bar and it'll pop up.

Not sure if Nestor D is referring to Osterlind's steps or his covering of Corinda's.
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I was refering to Osterlind's step (not his redition of the corinda one) : in those he covers most of his material which includes work with cards, spoons, blindfold, billets, etc.

Some of his step are not perfect and quitte partial but, sticking to his work only, you will have all you need for a long time (if not forever). He is a great teacher and his material is especialy simple and direct, that's probably the best way to start Smile
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On Aug 17, 2016, Nestor D wrote:
I was refering to Osterlind's step (not his redition of the corinda one) : in those he covers most of his material which includes work with cards, spoons, blindfold, billets, etc.

Some of his step are not perfect and quitte partial but, sticking to his work only, you will have all you need for a long time (if not forever). He is a great teacher and his material is especialy simple and direct, that's probably the best way to start Smile


I see at Penguin that Osterlind has done video series' on both 13 Steps by Corinda and Practical Mental Magic by Annemann.
I don't see anything else called Step. I did purchase Penguin's Richard Osterlind Live 1. We'll see what that's like.
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Agree with Nestor - everything Richard puts out goes a long way. His materials will provide a jumpstart to any beggining mentalist.
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You can search for "Osterlind's 13 Steps" on penguin website and pick the steps on the subjects you want to explore. Here is the first one :
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5480

The complete pack can also be bought on Osterlind's website :
http://osterlindmysteries.com/store/inde......s_id=102

His live video are also great (and contain most of the material) Smile
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While I will recommend the usual - 13 steps, etc. For you I would say that you need to figure out who you are. Character is probably the biggest weapon a mentalist has and unfortunately - a weapon that has been neglected for many. If you figure out who you are as a mentalist and as a person - you will be afforded much forgiveness when something goes wrong.
As for resources - read, watch, hear just about anything and everything Bob Cassidy has out but do not get into the trap of becoming a Bob Cassidy - work on you while you're learning from Bob.
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Good advice.
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This isn't really complicated. Just get a couple of videos (like the ones I recommended or similar), learn to do a few of them well, and go to it. Everything else falls into place with time.
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For me, memorizing a deck was my first introduction to real mentalism. By tweaking my presentation of the divination of a thought of card over the years I learnt the subtleties that really sell the illusion. May I recommend Mind Mysteries vol.2 by Richard Osterlind as well as the other videos in that series Smile
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