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JayFredericks
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When you ask a question like this, you (obviously) will get a ton of responses. Everyone has their favorites, and will happily share. I do as well, but I'm not going to post mine.
Instead, I am going to recommend that you heed the advice of one of the greatest living mentalists when asked this question. The Mentalist I am referring to is Bob Cassidy, and he has a published list of what he considers the 39 most important books on Mentalism for a beginner - including the first book he considers a beginning Mentalist should start with.
You can find this list, and the reasons behind it HERE: http://www.lybrary.com/thirtynine-steps-mentalism-a-10.html
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Jay, welcome to the Café! Smile

Bob is a great guy! You nailed it with his 39 Steps...! I have the full run of The Jinx. I'll have to read it.

Doug
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Thanks Dougini! Long time lurker, short time poster! Ha!
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On Oct 19, 2014, Mr. F wrote:
For c***** t****, you can't go wrong with Richard Osterlnd's "Perfected...," Ran Pink's "T-Rex," or Bill Cushman's "The Dr.'s Billet...." All are wonderful in their own way. T-Rex and The Dr.'s.. also come with amazing info on routining and revealing. A lot of it also depends on your bi**et of choice.

Josh


There is a whole section on this in Corinda. Is that not good enough for a beginner? Would you recommend someone new go look for these others?
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For swami g*****ks or th*** wr***** I prefer the one's sold on Richard Osterlind's website. They are cheap and work very well, although its advised to strip the paint off first. He gives some great advice regarding these in his Penguin Lectures. I also really like Bob Cassidy's for stage or group work.

Josh


I felt like I was part of an inner circle when I asked for one of these in the magic shop last week. The man behind the counter leaned forward a little and in a lowered voice asked what kind? "Swami" I answered. He came back with an non-descript box with a number of intriguing little devices. I was like a kid on Christman morning.
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On Oct 25, 2014, bartleby wrote:
There is a whole section on this in Corinda. Is that not good enough for a beginner? Would you recommend someone new go look for these others?


Bob Cassidy does not recommend Corinda as a beginner's book. He states why in his 39 steps...

Doug
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My first steps began with Richard Osterlind's Easy to Master Mental Miracles, it gave me good introduction and after I bought his 13 steps Dvds.
All his materials are good.
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My first steps began with Richard Osterlind's Easy to Master Mental Miracles, it gave me good introduction and after I bought his 13 steps Dvds.
All his materials are good.


You can't go wrong with Richard Osterlind. His effects and thinking are superb. As I've mentioned before, his Penguin Live Lectures are worth their weight in gold.
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On Oct 25, 2014, bartleby wrote:
There is a whole section on this in Corinda. Is that not good enough for a beginner? Would you recommend someone new go look for these others?


Bob Cassidy does not recommend Corinda as a beginner's book. He states why in his 39 steps...

Doug


Right right. I get that and because of Bob's excellent article I own the full Jinx.

My question was more around that I myself own and am practicing the Corinda approach today. As a beginner, I was wondering if people felt I would be best to abandon that?
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