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My top three:

Maximum Entertainment - Ken Weber

Combined e-books Making Magic Real and Making Real Magic - Richard Osterlind

Absolute Magic - Derren Brown
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Maximum Entertainment - Ken Weber This was an awsome book... I think you just inpired me to go and read it again.

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My three favorite Mentalism books are:

1) The Mental Magic of Basil Horowitz (4 volume set)
2) Mind, Myth and Magic - T.A. Waters
3) Self-working mental magic- Karl Fulves

There are hidden treasures in each of these works. You've got to dig to find them, but the effort is worth it.
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well in mentalism stunners by larry becker
peek perfomances and theater of the mind.
now in cold reading hot cold reading by herb dewey,the complete oort by philemon vanderbeck and the dance by brad hederson these are some of mi favorites
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all the stuff put out by jack dean
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Great suggestions. I'm going to have to pick some of these up.
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Gosh! So many great books to choose from.

Having been restricted to three books only, reluctantly, my choices must go to my sentimental favorites. (Those books/booklets that I read when I was first getting into magic and was carefully reading and devouring every word and analysing every point, concept and effect presented):

"Prism" by Max Maven aka Phil Goldstein. (Thank goodness that the 5 small Goldstein booklets have now been combined into this one book.)

"The Jinx" by Ted Annemann. (If the 3 volume set is considered to count as one choice. If not, change this 2nd choice to read "Practical Mental Effects".)

"Mastering the Art of Magic". A compilation book by Eugene Burger (Lot of good stuff on presentation and making your effects entertaining. My favorite booklet in this compilation is Eugene's booklet entitled "Secrets and Mysteries for the Close-Up Entertainer")

The foregoing books are old friends with whom I'm always comfortable sitting down with having a cup of coffee in the quiet of my study and having a friendly "conversation" with these friends. They are always welcome in my house--and in my mind. It's like wearing a comfortable old sweater and well-worn pair of jeans.


Books that I have recently read and went slack-jawed in amazement were Paul Curry's "Worlds Beyond" and Barrie Richardson's "Theratre of the Mind". I cannot begin to describe the depth of thought and information contained in these two books. These two books just took the breath out of me and immediately joined the foregoing clique of friends mentioned above.

Books still to read that I have yet to get to and which I am eagerly anticipating are: T.A.Waters' "Mind, Myth and Magick", David Berglas' "The Mind/Magic of David Berglas" and "The Secret Ways of Al Baker". The Waters book and the Al Baker book are massive tomes that contain massive amounts of useful information and effects.

Seeing all of the foregoing books being repeated many many times here on this thread, you can reasonably conclude that any of the foregoing would not be a mistake or wasted effort on your part. On any given day, any of the above can easily be defended if found on anyone's "top 3" list. So take a flyer, pick ANY three and start reading, thinking and learning.

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My top three would be:
13 Steps by Corinda
Anneman: Life & Times of a Legend by Abrams (contains all his books and all his material from The Jinx)
How to Develop Mental Magic by Hadley (a complete treatise on a 2-person code act)

With those three forming a base, I'd then add the works of Waters, Maven, Osterlind, Becker, Earle, Cassidy, Richardson, Lesley, Marks, Shaw (Banachek), Busch, Jakutsch, Knepper, etc. I have books, videos and/or manuscripts of all these guys and more. but I think you need to build a base first, and the three I mentioned above give you that base.

There are a number of excellent works with "beginning" effects (I use that term loosely) by authors like Marvin Kaye, etc... even Karl Fulves has a decent little mentalism book in his "Self-Working" series that is worth looking into. These are the books to get if you're not sure you want to "get into" mentalism or mental magic--if you just have a passing interest--because they have some good material at a very reasonable price.
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If I was forced at gunpoint it would have to me PME, 13 steps & MMM... I guess if it could only be one collection then it would have to be all of Magick because it would take several lifetimes to try everything out... that's where the immortality would kick in.

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Jinx/Barrie Richardsons Theatre of the mind/Corrinda in no particular order.
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Mind, Myth & Magick - TA Waters
Maximum Entertainment - Ken Weber
Wonder Words - Kenton Knepper
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Could I just have the entire volume of Magick & call it quits.
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Add Luke Jermay's 3510 to the list.

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13 Steps to Mentalism - Tony Corinda
Practical Mental Effects - Theodore Annemann
Theater of the Mind - Barrie Richardson
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