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andrew_green
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Hi everyone! Smile

I'm new to Mentalism and wondered if there are any recommended starting places to learn? In particular propless mentalism.

I also wanted to ask what are your personal favourite mentalism routines you've seen/performed and what would you consider a 'must learn'?

Cheers!
Andrew
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I started with "Self-Working Mental Magic" by Karl Fulves. All his books have some mentalism, and there are some stunners in "Easy Magic" and "SW Paper Magic".

Also have a look at the first effect in the mental magic chapter of the Mark Wilson Course. It's a lesson in mentalism.

After that, the classics are Annemann's "Practical Mental Magic" and "Thirteen Steps to Mentalism" by Corinda.

My personal favourite? Probably (Original) Kolossal Killer by Kenton Knepper. There are numerous variations and presentations (I contributed one to the follow-up book).

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Banacheck’s Penguin live lecture has a wealth of excellent routines which you get to see presented then taught by a world class Mindreader. Also Banachek’s PSI series and Richard Osterlind’s Easy to Master Mental Miracles videos are superb.
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This:

https://www.lybrary.com/fundamentals-p-562.html

I miss the good Doctor.

Enjoy!

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... I realize that I did not answer the question directly though. The “Three Canisters and a Bill” routine is worth the price. Genius.
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I would also go for 13 steps to mentalism, but would add it's better to read the chapter from the last one to the first. Fulves is also a great recommendation, and everything by Bob Cassidy!
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Quinta by Phill Smith

P.A.T.H.S. by Matt Mello

and

The Real Thing by Atlas Brookings, check out his Penguin lecture, the entire thing is on propless.

Also, it dpeends on what you mean by propless, is using a bill or a phone considered propless to you. In that case there are many many others.

Cipher, Wiki-Test, Earworm, The Stranger, Inject on phone are ones I use a lot
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Stick to the ABCs....

Annemann
Baker
Corinda
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Stick to the ABCs....

Annemann
Baker
Corinda


That's genius. Two thirds of what I do is from those three men.
"You're a mentalist!"
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Paul Brook - Alchemical tool!
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Andrew,

A monthly subscription to SCRIBD can get you access to quite a few of the titles that have been suggested.
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Does Scribd still host pirated products? Last I checked they did nothing to prevent that and I know I've seen unauthorized copies of stuff on there.
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Witch Doctor, thank you for pointing this out. Now I feel horrible for suggesting it. Short answer, after some research, yes they do. I wrongly thought after all that happened with Napster and similar platforms this was no longer an issue for easy to find, large platforms.. Regrettably I am wrong. I know copyright infringement exists on the net, I just didn’t think SCRIBD was one of those places. Thank you again for posting and pointing this out.

Andrew,

Please disregard my prior suggestion. I apologize, SCRIBD is not what I would call an ethical web-site.

Your local library may have some of the titles recommend available.
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Paul Brook - Alchemical tool!


You're...recommending... Alchemical Tools... to a beginner?! Smile

Disagree 100%. Great book but not, by any means, appropriate for a beginner. Especially in comparison to some of the stuff recommended above. Just because something is good for experienced performers doesn't mean it's good for beginners.

UnbiasedMagicReviews' ABC recommendation is good. I'd throw in Fulves' Self-Working Mental Magic as well. You can pick that up ($6-$9) on Amazon and Practical Mental Effects (aka Practical Mental Magic) on Lybrary ($6). That means you can get BOTH for $12-$15.

Prism is a good bridge between the above and the below. Great set of methods and presentations to be exposed to.

With a little bit of experience, I'd move onto recommending Unreal by Bruce Bernstein or The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy. These are works I would have preferred to have read earlier in my personal journey in mentalism. Unreal is great just with so much good content ("Eat at Joe's" can close entire shows). Cassidy is Cassidy, 'nuff said.

Moving beyond that, we're finally getting into stuff like Absolute Magic and Alchemical Tools.

As for the focus on propless, I'd go with the Psychological Subtleties series. PS2 and PS3 were great. I have the original version of Psychological Subtleties, prior to the current PS1 edition but I'm sure that's great too.

And, for the record, I own and have read everything I mention above multiple times: https://i.imgur.com/xuBOkUi.jpg
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On Jun 16, 2020, andrew_green wrote:
Hi everyone! Smile

I'm new to Mentalism and wondered if there are any recommended starting places to learn? In particular propless mentalism.

I also wanted to ask what are your personal favourite mentalism routines you've seen/performed and what would you consider a 'must learn'?

Cheers!
Andrew


I highly recommend following the advice in this post from David Thiel. The information within the suggested books is invaluable.

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......715873#1

-jhs
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"New to Mentalism, any recommendations?"

Run! ...while you still can
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On Aug 5, 2020, Mindpro wrote:
"New to Mentalism, any recommendations?"

Run! ...while you still can



I always feel slightly odd when I agree with anything Mindpro writes (but it happens surprisingly often) but... I agree (I need a shower now, I feel dirty...)
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Lol!
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Study acting/theater.
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Honestly I started with some penguin lives. Richard osterlind and bob Cassidy. They both have different ways of going about what they do. It will give you a feel for what different styles look like and show you a few effects and ideas behind them along the way. After that get bob cassidys fundamentals and you should be on your way
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