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On May 28, 2016, mtgoldstein wrote:
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On Mar 26, 2016, Ben Blau wrote:
Check out the brilliant work of Sean Waters. His material is fantastic, and I consider him to be the best writer in the genre.



So Ben. It's hard to,tell - where a good starting point would be with Waters works?


You could always check out his contribution to Switchcraft, which is one of the best values around. It's a decent primer of his work, I believe.
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On May 28, 2016, mtgoldstein wrote:
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On Mar 26, 2016, Ben Blau wrote:
Check out the brilliant work of Sean Waters. His material is fantastic, and I consider him to be the best writer in the genre.



So Ben. It's hard to,tell - where a good starting point would be with Waters works?


I have read "CANVAS" and "PONDERINGS: A COLLECTION OF MENTAL IDEAS"

Both wonderful works. I highly recommend them.

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Switchcraft. Best $ you'll ever spend.
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Switchcraft. Best $ you'll ever spend.


And you won't spend much...

Elliott is very generous offering his extensive work at such a low price.
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I've had Switchcraft for so long I've not realized Waters contributions. I agree the best $ ever spent. I can't believe Mr Bressler can keep track of us all in his Continously updated supplements.
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Bresler - sorry
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ParaLies by Joshua Quinn
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Thanks for the kind mention of my work, gentlemen. I am glad you enjoyed them.

And I agree with the comments about Switchcraft and ParaLies. Both are excellent works!!!

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So many good suggestions in this topic, I'd some how missed Scryer and Friends (I've been "out of the game" for a few years). After that write up by MentalistCreationLab and Mr Redford's post (Who also shouldn't go unmentioned when talking about modern mentalism! His work is in among my favorites) I'm very eager to find a copy of this book! There is ONE available close to me but I doubt I'll have the money together before it's gone Smile. Maybe I'll get lucky.


I agree that Patrick Redford is a great modern mentalist...however to simply call him a mentalist is not doing him justice....he is a theatrical mentalist. Simply calling him a mentalist is like calling Julia Child, Emeril and Gordon Ramsey a "cook"
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I would have to say that "Applesauce" by Patrick Redford is one of the best....his thinking is beyond brilliant. Of course, anything by Kenton Knepper and Steve Shaw
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Scryer's Black and White books. I believe they're now available in a combined edition.
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Mind Myth and Magic is the best book hands down .. It's the New Testament of Mentalism .. 13 Steps is the Old.
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What does it mean "The best..."

You buy a book and the content makes you a millionaire?

Or does it mean that each routine provides you a orgasm?

I don't understand this question.

May be I'm a stupid potato eating German....but the superlative "best" is nothing than marketing!
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I agree with Rainer. It would be helpful if OPs contained a definition of 'best'. It often seems to be the case that 'best' is highly subjective; what works for one may not work for others.
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Just finished Paul brooks alchemist tools. Absolutely fantastic. Really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.

Just about finished maximum entertainment by Ken Weber. Again, it was brilliant. Highly recommend both books.
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If you're the kind of mentalist that enjoys the use of playing cards, two recommendations are at the top of my list. The first is another vote for "Applesauce" by Patrick Redford. It contains amazing effects, and I love performing them. The second book is "Asymptotes" by Ben Blau. His meticulous thinking behind each effect is refreshing, and the effects are hard hitting.

Oh, not sure if this counts, but anything by Barrie Richardson is also at the top of my list.

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What does it mean "The best..."

You buy a book and the content makes you a millionaire?

Or does it mean that each routine provides you a orgasm?

I don't understand this question.

May be I'm a stupid potato eating German....but the superlative "best" is nothing than marketing!


I read "best" as being a personal reccomendation.
No one here is marketing imo, just sharing works they found/find above and beyond.
And because of that, I have a few books to check out that, otherwise, I may have missed.

Either way, good thread Smile
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I interpreted "best" as "favorite." With that out of the way, I had the pleasure of sampling some Applesauce prepared by the chef himself a couple of weeks ago. Patrick is indeed a genius and I was suitably schooled.

I haven't felt this well fooled in a long time. More than that, seeing these effects performed by Patrick was exceedingly entertaining and what he can achieve seemingly "off the cuff" surpasses many formal performances I've witnessed over the years. One of these days I'll have to read the book though I almost don't want to know the secrets of the miracles I witnessed.
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I can really suggest "A piece of my mind" by Michael Murray. I have recently bought this book and I can definitely say that is is strong modern material. I consider it a more solid version of Peter Turner works which is another perform that I really admire. Indeed, I would also suggest his own material, not only for the effects, which don't suit everybody, but especially for the thinking process behind them.
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