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34 Magic Books: Mentalism




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This article is from the Magic FAQ, by Paul Nielsen nielsen@vulture.eecs.umich.edu with numerous contributions by others.

34 Magic Books: Mentalism


Annemann, Ted Practical Mental Magic
(1983, Dover)

[SD] Reprint of a 1944 Annemann book which is one of the basic texts
for learning mentalism.

[SFD] This is a view into another world for me - the world between
magic and the con game. Audacious - some day I'll get the nerve to try
some of this stuff! Much outdated equipment, but a lot of this stuff
looks to me like it would work and be very commercial.


Becker, Larry Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism (two volumes)
(1978, Tannen)

[SD] Some nice mentalism effects that are not hard to do.


Corinda 13 Steps to Mentalism
(1968, Tannen)

[SD] A "classic" work but, some feel, flawed because it often obscures
the important stuff it has to say with a lot of verbiage. (However,
older books often seem to be written very pompously.)


Fulves, Karl Self-Working Mental Magic
(?, Dover)

[RD] A collection of basic methods for a variety of mental magic,
including predictions, psychometry, book tests, etc. Favourite trick:
"bill-halves into the sealed envelope" - DEADLY!

Waters, T.A. Mind Myth & Magic
(?, ?)

[?] Another classic work. 800 page book with over 200 mental effects.



 

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