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dwaefsgrdnf
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I've been reading about good books for beginners and I'm stuck between Corinda's 13 Steps To Mentalism and Practical Mental Effects by Theo Anneman. I'd buy both but I can only get them online and they seem to be pretty expensive (I don't like reading off a computer screen which is why I'm not downloading a PDF).

Which would be best to start with? Is there anything else I should be reading, or any DVD's that might be helpful?

Thanks!
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I am no expert since I am more in card magic, but have (and enjoyed watching):

Max Maven - VideoMind - Close-Up Mentalism
Max Maven - VideoMind - Parlour Mentalism
Max Maven - VideoMind - Stage Mentalism
(all DVD's)

Some Richard Osterlind'd DVDs

Easy, basci stuff with a good variety of effects, props and methods.
I believ Derren Brown products should be good also

And don't forget that, with an appropariate presentation, even some classic card magic could be used in a mentalism act.
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Annemann: The Life And Times Of A Legend

You can get this on a CD and print it out or buy the book. Besides his effects books, I would think this is essential reading for anyone interested in mentalism.
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Ted Lesley and Kenton Kneppers work are amazing..should must look into it....
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A word in a million. You can use any book real simple gimmick.
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On 2013-01-18 04:52, dwaefsgrdnf wrote:
I've been reading about good books for beginners and I'm stuck between Corinda's 13 Steps To Mentalism and Practical Mental Effects by Theo Anneman. I'd buy both but I can only get them online and they seem to be pretty expensive (I don't like reading off a computer screen which is why I'm not downloading a PDF).

Which would be best to start with? Is there anything else I should be reading, or any DVD's that might be helpful?

Thanks!


Buy both and learn the basics 1st. It will save you tons of money in the long run.

Get all the DVDs by Richard Osterlind, magic and mentalism is not inexpensive to pursue. If you don't think you cannot afford to learn mentalism then don't start, but if you do, you will make more doing mentalism then that computer you are in front of that was over priced and will not have any potential to make you additional income.
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Richard Osterlind's Easy To Master Mental Miracles
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If the choice is between 13 Steps and Practical Mental Effects (Practical Mental Magic depending on the publication year), Go with 13 Steps. PME/PMM can be purchased at most local bookstores. 13 Steps will get you a solid foundation that you can then apply to the effects in PME/PMM.
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I also agree with Richard Osterlind mental miracles.
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First off you will get more advice in the right forum, Penny, start with the sticky and Bob's 39 steps. What do you consider expensive because both books combined are appr. 30$ for essential reading.
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Maybe this is moot. dwaefsgrdnf has not returned...but, I'll put my thoughts in anyway...

Myself, I've done magic since the 70's. Never done Mentalism that I know of. Then I discovered Outlaw Effects. Not knowing a thing about Mentalism, I just jumped right in and bought one of their spooky b00k tests.

I still know very little about Mentalism in general. However, this gave me a good start and got my feet wet! I'd say, go here, find something you like and go with it! A very unique site:

http://www.outlaw-effects.com/store/

Doug
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AS I am more of a visual learner, even though I always have a book in my hand, I enjoy Richard Osterlinds "13 Steps" DVD set. Richard took many of the really good routines from the book and performed them for a pseudo-real (read L&L) audience. Many of the effects looked really good and without Richard spotlighting some of the effects in the book I might have missed reading them.

Its a 6 disk set and it's been out for awhile so the price should be reasonable.

S. Patrick
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I have to chime in here and heartily and highly second any reccomendations for Richard Osterllind's materials. You absolutely can not go wrong with anything he has put out! I treasure my Osterlind DVD's! As a beginner, Richard will set you on the rigjt path!
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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Hmmm. Thank you Daff'! I think I'll spring for those. I am curious how far I'll go with this. I know one thing...the effect L*n@ made a reputation for me. My whole family is worried. I scared the beJEEPERS out of my sisters. My property managers as well. They really think I'm PSYCHIC! Cripes.

Yeah...I'll check out the Osterlind stuff! Thanks agsin! Smile

The "Other" Doug
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Expense - Look around 13 steps is usually available cheap or free. Don't buy new.
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13 Steps for FREE? I'd go for that! OK...I'll do a thorough search. Thanks, Djurmann!
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Hey other Doug..what is L*n@? I'm not familiar with the effect, but you have my inteterest!
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I'll PM ya Daff'! Smile
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I got your PM, and I am floored!!
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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