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Hi,

Which would be for you the top 5 most influential mentalist in history?

For me in no particular order:

Ted Annemann
Joseph Dunninnger
Uri Geller
Tony Corinda

And Derren Brown
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Mmm thinking again, Grigori Rasputin
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John Edwards...

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Alphabetically (and by 'influential' I take the term to infer - my biggest influences - rather than the figures who have had the greatest influence on the public perception of our field):

David Berglas
Derren Brown
Uri Geller
Andy Nyman
Richard Osterlind
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Annemann
Dunninger
Geller
Kreskin
Berglas


Like them or not, it's hard to argue these guys defined our art.
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For me the list would be (no particular order):

Al Mann
Annemann
Corinda
Waters
and (i hate 2 say it) Geller
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Quote:
On 2008-04-24 19:15, Soulstar wrote:
For me the list would be (no particular order):

Al Mann
Annemann
Corinda
Waters
and (i hate 2 say it) Geller


I hate 2 say it, 2.... but you're right.
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I'm sorry but Geller does not belong in this category, he never called himself a mentalist and is nothing more than a con artist (I mean the man even pretends to try and heal sick children?)

My five would be (and these are people who influenced me)

Derren Brown
Kenton Knepper (surprised he wasnt mentioned already?)
Anneman
Banachek (again...?)
Luke Jermay (for his original thinking in some areas)
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Kreskin
Geller
Nelson// I love his books
Orson Wells
Fogel
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I think Jerome Finley is changing the landscape...
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The list below are the ones that have had the most influence on me. That is all that really matters to me.

Richard Osterlind
Banachek
Jerome Finley
Jim Callahan
Gellar (and yes he does belong on this thread)
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The one's that influenced me are:
Uri Geller (Inspired me in my youth)

Ted Annemann (taught me the techniques and got me thinking for myself)

John Riggs (showed me it was OK to come out of the closet and not to worry about the "club" and what they think)

Dan Tong (my childhood hero in magic and mentalism, if I could only be ¼ as smooth or as inventive…)

Richard Webster (his writings inspire me and his friendship fills me)

John Stetson (when I needed it, and did not realize it, he slapped me back to reality and got me to focus on what I should focus on, that is a friend!)

Millard Longman (our talks over the past few years, and his writings have helped me clarify things)

I know that is 7, but 7 is a spiritual number, the number of the perfectionist and thinker (also my own life path number) so it seemed more fitting to use that than 5. Smile

This list does not include some of my more recent influences, just the top 7 who have helped me (for better or worse) reach the point that I am at right now.

Tony
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My influences:

Christian Chelman
Gene Poinc
Punx
Max Maven
Anton LaVey
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For me it would be derren brown, luke jermay, richard osterlind
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In History?

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Probably the only “mentalists” the general public would know are Uri Geller and possibly Kreskin. Seniors may be familiar with Dunninger. Folks in the UK: Derren Brown.

Most influential for me:
David Berglas
Max Maven
Derren Brown
Al Koran
Richard Osterlind
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On 2008-04-24 22:09, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
The one's that influenced me are:
Uri Geller (Inspired me in my youth)

Ted Annemann (taught me the techniques and got me thinking for myself)

John Riggs (showed me it was OK to come out of the closet and not to worry about the "club" and what they think)

Dan Tong (my childhood hero in magic and mentalism, if I could only be ¼ as smooth or as inventive…)

Richard Webster (his writings inspire me and his friendship fills me)

John Stetson (when I needed it, and did not realize it, he slapped me back to reality and got me to focus on what I should focus on, that is a friend!)

Millard Longman (our talks over the past few years, and his writings have helped me clarify things)

I know that is 7, but 7 is a spiritual number, the number of the perfectionist and thinker (also my own life path number) so it seemed more fitting to use that than 5. Smile

This list does not include some of my more recent influences, just the top 7 who have helped me (for better or worse) reach the point that I am at right now.

Tony



Tony- You're right on the money with Riggs, Longman, Stetson and Webster. I don't think one CAN leave them off any list. Which is the problem of having to only pick five. How do you pick the five most influential stars of Rock and Roll? Ok, Elvis, the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, and Janis. Are you going to leave off Jim Morrison? Springsteen? The Who? CHUCK BERRY? Perhaps if the question was, "Who does the best Q&A?", or "Who does the best PK metal bending?" it would be easier to narrow it down to five.

And I'm glad people have mentioned Jerome Finley. The man HAS taken mentalism to the next level. A level too advanced for me, at this stage in my development I'm afraid, but a level which I aspire to reach.

The only way I can see anyone leaving Geller off this list, is if they are under 40 years old. As much as I love Banachek and Osterlind's work (I do think they're both brilliant, and can say without a doubt I've learned more from those two than anybody), they would likely not be where they are now without Geller.
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Most influential for me personally:

Banachek
Kreskin
Max Maven
Osterlind
DB
I could easily make another list of those who tied with each other as well, haha! Smile
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