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Niko
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I've been watchign a lot of Derren Brown recently and I'm really interested in Mentalism. Can anyone reccommend any books?
I've heard 'Building Blocks' by Luke Jermay is supposed to be quite good - what are your views on this?
Please reccommend any mentalism books you have read - much appreciated,
-Nik
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A search of this forum will reveal many treasures. For example:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......5&29

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Corinda's 13 Steps To Mentalism, and Annemann's Practical Mental Effects is always a good way to start with.
If you want to sink your teeth into something big, go for T.A. Waters Mind, Myth & Magick.

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Niko - On my website (see sig) there's a For Magi Only section. Click on 'Advices' and you'll find a list you might find useful.

Bob Cassidy also has a list of what he deems the '37' most important mentalism books, but I can't provide a link. Maybe someone else can do so?

Best of luck! Just remember that 10 minutes spent actually performing for real people will teach you more than 10 hours of reading.
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Niko - Ian is referring to "The Thirty-Nine Steps: A Mentalists Library of Essential Works" in the "For Mentalists Only" section of Bob Cassidy's web site. A password and user name are needed to enter.

http://mastermindreader.com/

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Niko
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Anyone know the user name and password? I can't say I knwo the answers ot the questions.
-Nik
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Can't reveal that here. it is his reason for keeping the curious out.
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Niko,

Don’t worry about the password. Get Corinda’s book and you will have plenty of ideas and methods to study. I know that “13 Steps To Mentalism” seems boring because everybody says that it is the book to get, and it’s not new or hip, but is a GREAT book.
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Okay, thanks a lot, it sounds like "13 Steps to Mentalism" is the book to get. I had it in mind as one of the ones taht looked good too.
Much appreciated guys, thanks
-Nik
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Good luck, Nik... you'll also find the general advice on Ian's web site useful for getting started... and let us know how you're doing. We can learn from you as well! Smile
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Niko
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Will do!
(Although I couldn't get onto Ian's website because of some password thing. Know the answer?)
-Nik
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And just who might that friend be Dr. Z? Hmmmmmm. ;-)
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Also, if you are serious about Mentalism, get any and all of Anneman's writings. "The Jinx" is still available. You may be able to find it in a three volume set hardbound, or I know for a fact that it is available from http://www.hocus-pocus.com in CD format. Excellent information.

If you are truly serious, I suggest "Stunners Plus" by Larry Becker(also available from the Hocus-pocus site.

Finally, A book I recently purchased - "Mentalism, Inc." by Chuck Hickok. This will not only give you solid routines, but will teach you how to structure a mentalism act.

Hope this helps...
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All three of those are among the very short list of books that I will not sell for ANY price. I have gotten so much from them in many different ways. I also suggest to you that you start with Corinda's 13 Steps of Mentalism. I know that is what everyone says but listen to someone who did not start there. Get it and it will provide a foundation for you to build upon.
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I agree that "13 Steps" is the place to start, but I was simply offering somewhere to go after reading and gleaning as much from Corinda as can be gleaned.

The Jinx, Stunners, and Mentalism, Inc are my favorites, as far as where I am now in Mentalism. I started with 13 Steps, and it read more like a textbook than a reference manual. Great for people just starting out in Mentalism!

PS My copies are also not for sale at any price. 8^) Especially The Jinx as it is autographed by Ross Johnson (one of the best Mentalists in the Chicago, Illinois Area).
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