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Pharaoh Nuff
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I would like to know what you regard as your top three greatest books you have ever read or want to read if they are out of print etc. They don't have to be strictly magic related. They don't have to be recent releases. They can be as old as time itself. We don't want to argue as to why you think they are so good or discuss if any, religious or spiritual reasons etc. Maybe for another post at another time. The three that you prefer most important can be in any order of three if you cand decide which is your number one. If you change your mind please post again if you wish to.

My three books,(at this moment in time and in no particular order)are;

The Skeptics Dictionary by Robert Todd Carroll
The Mind and Magic Of David Berglas by David Britland
Our Magic by Maskylyne & Devant

Over the course of this topic the objective for this will become more apparent.
Thank you.

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I doubt I could pick a "Top 3" though "Theatre of the Mind" and "Paramiracles" have had a lot of influence on me.
Thanks! Scott B.

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Not necessarily the top 3 but here are a few of my favorites.

13 Steps To Mentalsim by Corrinda
Complete Syzygy by Lee Earle
Stunners + by Larry Becker
Magick by Bascom Jones ( I have several issues of this, wish I could afford the bound collection)
I agree with
Theater Of The Mind
Paramiracles
Magically,

Mike King - Sho-Me Magic

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If I could continue the list then I'd add The Magic of David Berglas.
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The top 3 would have to be as follows,
1-The Life and Times of a Legend Annemann- Abrams
2-Mind, Myth & Magic - Waters
3-Practical Mental Effects- Annemann
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And I'd go with:1.Practical Mental Magic-Annemann
2.Mind,Myth and Magick-Waters
3.13 Steps-Corinda

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In no particular order:
13 Steps to Mentalism - Tony Corinda
Practical Mental Effects - Theodore Annemann
Mind, Myth & Magick - T.A. Waters
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13 Steps
Mind, Myth, and Magic
Theater of the Mind

and a fourth

Banacheks Psychological Subtlies. It adds so much to the foundation built on by the first three.

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13 steps(Awesome covers many aspects of mentalism many many methods and routines. Everything.)

Annemann Practical Mental magic.(teaches some great stuff. Perfect for a mentlaist.

Pre-thoughts by banachek awesome very strong mentalism.

I haven't been into mentalism for to long but I can say these are great for starters.
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Theter of the mind
13 Steps
Mind and magic of David Berglas.
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WOW I can't believe know one mentioned

Conjurers' Psychological Secrets - S.H. Sharpe

This is a must have book.....Hard to find as well

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The Full Facts of Cold Reading - Ian Rowland

Stunners Plus --Larry Becker

The Dance - Brad Henderson (apply it more broadly to general magic and it is magnificent)
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I am looking a mental book which have many picture mental
any gd suggest?
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On 2004-08-30 10:31, mightychan wrote:
I am looking a mental book which have many picture mental
any gd suggest?

Mightychan,
Not exactly sure what you are looking for here.Are you looking for a mentalism book with lots of illustrations or something else ?
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Corinda - 13 Steps
Anneman - Jinx
Psych Subtleties - Banchek
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I want a mentalism book with lot of picture, I am looking for a trick with only can print on paper to play. Any good suggestion? Thanks
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I'd add:

1) Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism Vol. II -- full of lesser-known but strong effects and utility items.

2) Bob Cassidy's second book, whatever it's called (basically, the act that's on his videotape); the "Name and Place" routine is a classic, do-it-any time mental miracle.

3) Jas Jakutsch vol. 1-3: Some great principles for getting w-a-a-y ahead, as well as some great billet handlings.

4) Paul Curry's World's Beyond: Probability Zero (the inspiration for Zenner-Tech and other later effects), Out of This World, many others.

Cheers,
Jerry
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On 2004-09-01 15:41, mightychan wrote:
I want a mentalism book with lot of picture, I am looking for a trick with only can print on paper to play. Any good suggestion? Thanks


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Dear Mighty

I do not understand what you mean by 'print on paper to play'

Kenton Knepper has some picture effects in a book called Kentonism, which may not be exactly what you want as there is still a lot to read in between the pictures.

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In no particular order:

13 Steps - Corinda
Practical Mental Effects - Annemann
Mind, Myth & Magic - Waters

Sorry to exceed three but I feel these must be added as well:

Psychological Subtleties - Banachek
Handbook of Mental Magic - Kaye
Magic of the Mind - Ganson
Textbooks from all my college psychology classes
Workbooks from all my criminal investigation training
Manuals from my military intelligence training
FM 34-52 Intelligence Interrogation - U.S. Army
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