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Dick Oslund
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YOU WILL FIND THE CORINDA THIRTEEN STEPS VERY VALUABLE.

THERE HAVE BEEN "UPDATES" IN PRINCIPLES, BUT, YOU WON'T REGRET READING IT.

(I USED CAPS, TO HELP YOU READ THIS. GOOD LUCK!
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Thank you Dick Oslund. I really appreciate your input and support.
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On Nov 27, 2016, donny wrote:
Simply it (Corinda) is outdated, like some of the advice here. eh Dick?


I've seen three of your posts, and, they're all negative. You're the only one who is out of step!

It's a hekkuva lot better to be a "has been", than a "never was"!
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Seems to me that 13 Steps is indeed a good book. Is some of it outdated? Sure. Does even more of it still work as long as you know how to write an updated script? Of course. And it mightn't be to everyone's liking, either. Not a book in the world will be. But at the end of the day, I'd recommend it without reservation, especially for beginners. But neither it nor any other book should be considered a complete resource on its own. It's a good start, and a good reference, but everyone should read as extensively as possible of both newer and older books.
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Absolutely right, Bob!

E.g.: Scot's "Discoverie of Witchcraft" has PRINCIPLES! The first trick that I learned (at age 8) was "...to separate knotts with werdes..." (That's a "rough" quote! from Scot's opus.)I learned it from a sideshow magician on the Bud E. Anderson Wild Animal Circus" on July 4, 1941. (Bud Anderson of "Seal Bros. Circus") That magician showed me how the trick that in later years became known as the "Slydini Knots" was DONE. I had learned how it was DONE. It took me (remember, I was 8) a couple years to learn how to DO it! --and, a few more years, to learn how to DO it, so that it ENTERTAINED people! --All that, before I had seen or met Slydini!

Yup! Scot's book was written 500+/- years ago, but, with modern thinking and updating, the knot trick still amazes and entertains real people. (I've been performing it for Kindergarten kids, high school adolescents, and young ladies and gentlemen in colleges, and older adults, too, for well over fifty years.

Donny's "thinking" (C.f. his three posts above) demonstrated very shallow thinking! Perhaps, he may "become educated"! His thinking reminds me of the old Navy "sea story": A ship was heading out to sea, and the shore was no longer in sight. A young sailor, on his first cruise, was standing at the ship's rail, with an "old salt". The young sailor, looking out at the vast ocean, exclaimed, "Man! There's a lot of water out there!" The veteran of many voyages, smiled, and said, "What you see is just the top of it!"

Books, unread, on a shelf, contain only potential knowledge!
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Hi Dick,

that sailor story nicely sums it up and is both funny and thoughtful.

Jens
It takes a baby in the belly six months to learn how to put the thumb in the mouth.

The rest of life is essentially the same problem.

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Hi Jens!

Looking back to when "it all started" (for me) in 1945, I never had the slightest idea that someday I would be writing letters to magicians all over the world! --More than that, I NEVER DREAMED that someday I would write a book about my life and experiences with magic that would be selling on four continents!

It has been a wonderfilled life!

Thanks for your kind thoughts!

Dick
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Bob Cassidy's The Thirty-Nine Steps to Mentalism:

https://www.lybrary.com/thirtynine-steps-mentalism-a-10.html

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Of course it is outdated. That's why I love it. Most new stuff is built on it's foundations.
And ... I don't even know what I'm talking about.
But I've practiced magic for two years.
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Also I suggest you to start studying Annemann's work. Most of the materials still kills
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This is no doubt that it is a bible of mentalism. But, I think we tend to forget that the content leans towards the type of mind-reading. It might be that we think so because there are only a few books that are summarized about mentalism.
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