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The Magician
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Hi all, Can anyone tell me if 13 steps to mentalism is for a beginner just starting out in mentalism. Thanks
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I have "13 Steps" by Corinda and "Practical Mental Magic" by Annemann.
Both are good for beginners but my preference is "13 Steps".
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I just received Practical Mental Magic a few days ago and have been reading it. Are there any effects in the book that you find are particularly powerful? suitable for beginners? good impromptu?
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Magician : 13 steps is to mentalism what Mark Wilson's book is to magic.

You read it as a beginner and you learn a lot. You read it as an somewhat experienced mentalist and you still learn a lot. You read as a pro, and a pro still finds gems in Corinda. (I've bought a great e-book from a mentalist lately and he writes that this part of the effect comes straight from Corinda).

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Matt,

It is a great introduction. Everyone uses it as a foundation. Some stuff may be more elaborate than your current needs and some stuff may feel dated. You will find that it is a book, you keep going back to visit and relearn, rethink things.

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Everybody has good words to say about corrindas 13 steps.

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Just make sure that you actually study Corinda lesson by lesson and don't just skim for tricks. 13 steps was designed as a COURSE in mentalism so read it as such. Learn each lesson, step by step and do not move forward until you have mastered that lesson. Trust me, as when you are finished you will find that you can take on any type of mental effect when you are done. So many have looked through it, read a few peices, passed over far too much and not gotten out of it what they could.
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So does that mean 13 Steps to mentalism is the BEST book if you want to practise mentalism? or are there better ones?
Don't think too much.

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13 Steps will give you the fundamentals.

Some books are better, but require the fundamentals. It would be like building the roof of the house without having built the basement or the ground floor.

The same way, Ed Marlo's books are brilliant for card sleights but assume you know all the basics taught elsewhere (Royal Road, Card College, etc.)

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13 steps is very important. I agree with Paul that you need to study it though. I can tell you the book was important to me.

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All will tell you it is a great book....
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Thumb up for the 13 steps, its a great book, and I think its a must have for many mentalists.


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10/10 vote for 13 Steps to Mentalism- I never knew it took so many steps!!! It's a great piece to have, and a must for anyone considering mentalism. I got it just for reference, but have used it more and more.

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I'm reading it now, and it is absolutely amazing. I am in awe of how much quality information is in there. If I ever have a tenth of the talent and imagination that Corinda does, I'd be overjoyed.

By the way, does anyone know if Corinda is still alive? Is he performing? I'm just wondering, since I'm 27 and had never heard of him before I joined this forum.
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Corinda is still alive but will not have contact with anyone connected to this business. Incidentally, when you are done learning and mastering everything in 13 Steps to Mentalism, then move onto Bob Cassidy's works of "Principia Mentalia" and his "Art of Mentalism" books which, once you have learned the HOW to do it, Cassidy will teach you the WHY.
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Wow! I didn't realize that he was still alive. I wonder why he does not want any contact from those he inspired... I wonder if is the same reason Tom Mullica has.....


Anywho, Corinda's book is Awesome. I also agree that 13 Steps should be read and studied step by step.
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You can't build a house that will last without a strong foundation, and 13 steps is a great foundation to build upon.

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13 Steps is a must for any mentalist.
I think that it is a great tool for all magicians.
There is one card effect(I can't remember the name of it and my book is at my office) that can be worked into any card routine and is amazing.
A person picks any city and spells it and their selected card is in that location.
I have used that effect for many years and it is a real mind blower.
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Excellent book
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I'm glad to hear it gets such good praise. I just bought the hard cover edition yesterday (I spent a LOT of money at Browser's Den in Toronto... I highly recommend hanging out there on a Saturday) and looked at the first chapter and thought I was missing some pages! Seems a bit tough to go through, but I'll take Thoughtreader's advise and go through it step by step.

Cheers and good luck,
Rick
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