13 Steps to Mentalism has become the standard by which all other mentalism books have been judged. In thirteen chapters, it details the workings of nearly every catetory and device useful to the working mentalist. Nail writers, predictions, card tricks, blindfold tricks, muscle reading, billets, publicity stunts, patter and presentation and more are covered within its pages.
When Barrie Richardson\'s Theater of the Mind was published in 1999, it drew immediate acclaim from mentalists and magicians, professional and amateur alike, and quickly became a bestseller. In it, Richardson, a longtime professional performer and speaker, exhibited an unerring track record for fashioning astonishing effects and routines, dressed in powerful and engaging presentations and supported by ingenious, practical methods. In Act Two, Barrie Richardson shows that he has lost none of his gentle thunder. His new book features 54 tricks, ideas and routines, with all the attributes for which his work has become known and admired. Most include full presentations that use humanity, humor and an unfaltering sense of drama, that culminate in feats that are clearly impossible and thoroughly amazing. Along with some of his most prized routines, Richardson includes valuable examples taken from his professional repertoire of motivational talks for public and business audiences. The scenes in Act Two amount to what might be called a modern \"miracle play.\" Here is a scant sampling of the action: Spectators name any card and a position in the deck. They count down to that position in an isolated pack and find their card at the precise number they chose. The performer never touches the cards, there are no forces or switches, and the deck is ungimmicked. Remarkable new billet techniques are applied to ordinary business cards and Post-It notes to create astonishing effects of mind reading. A deck of cards, shuffled by two spectators, mysteriously separates into reds and blacks in their hands, while the performer tells of mysteries experienced on Mt. Kenya at the equator. Various feats of superhuman memory and rapid calculation convince audiences of the performer\'s extraordinary mental powers - and their own. A strange solid form materializes under an ungimmicked cloth napkin, and then just mysteriously melts away. The true and complete method is revealed for the ancient Jar of Rice Suspension, presented to a tale of training and accomplishment in China. Ground-breaking methods are explained for the divining of one or several mentally selected cards. Also included are three new deck-switches, done while standing, that require no sleights or use of pockets; a deck that secretly unshuffles itself after being mixed by a spectator; and many more mysteries using coins, bills, magazines, marbles, rope and more. Frequently, sequels fail to live up to their predecessors. That is not the case here. You won\'t want to miss Act Two. A quality hardcover, 382 pages of baffling and practical material, loaded with full presentations.
Over 800 pages full of astounding and diabolic mentalism - all conceived by one man! T.A. Waters has for years been recognized as one of the most original and knowledgeable minds in Mentalism. In the 80\'s he released 21 booklets of his mental secrets, which sold to a select clientele for more than 300. Mind, Myth & Magick gives you all this extraordinary Mentalism and additional material, revised, updated and extensively illustrated in a fine hardcover edition. This monumental work contains over 200 effects of Mind Reading and Bizarre Magick, along with extensive re-examinations of psychometry, billet work, book and symbol tests, fortunetelling, Tarot and other classic topics.
Mind reading, thought transmission, prophecy, miracle slate routines and other \"psychic\" effects are among the most impressive tricks in any magician\'s repertoire. Their power to amaze and dumbfound an audience is unparalleled in the domain of stage magic. In this volume, one of the greatest of all mental magicians reveals the secrets behind nearly 200 astonishing feats of mental magic. The included routines encompass 12 major categories: Effects with Billets and Pellets Publicity Effects Dead or Alive Book Tests Thought Foretold Envelope Necromancy Miracle Slate Routines Money Mentalism Blindfold Reading Mentalism with Cards Psychic Codes Miscellaneous Mental Masterpieces Theodore Annemann, through his own performances and editorship of Jinx magazine, probably did more than anyone else to popularize this branch of entertainment. Now, this extensive knowledge, experience and know-how are at your fingertips in this comprehensive collection. Here are the closely guarded tricks of the trade behind such astonishing effects as Pseudo-Psychometry, one of the greatest one-man psychic effects ever achieved; Who Killed Mr.X?-a classic routine that combines both magic and mind reading with a triple mystery and a novel presentation; and the Swami Test, a demonstration of prophecy first popularized around 1920. Annemann himself came up with some 16 variations on this popular and much-practiced effect. My Own Swami Test is one of his best. These and scores of other crowd-pleasers are here, each thoroughly explained and diagrammed, with insider\'s tips on techniques, staging, patter, plants and confederates, diversions-everything you need to make any trick a fool-proof success. No special equipment is required; just traditional magic props and a willingness to learn from one of magic\'s legendary figures. Although written for professional magicians, the step-by-step detail, clarity and inclusiveness of this collection, along with the author\'s intimate knowledge of the stage performer\'s needs, make this a volume that will benefit magicians at every level of expertise. Paperbound, 310 5 3/8\" by 8 1/2\" pages, 100 illustrations.
While a sizable literature devoted to mentalism was produced in the past hundred years, little has stood the test of time. Among the scant amount that has is that of MAX MAVEN. Writing under the name of Phil Goldstein, MAVEN has created one of the largest, cleverest and most influential bodies of work in the field, stretching from the latter part of the twentieth century into the twenty-first. His star rose early, with the publication of five slim collections, each packed with innovative and performance-caliber mentalism. These booklets, which have become widely known as \"The Color Series,\" contained items such as \"Desire\", \"The Spirit is Willing (to Write)\" and \"Four-sided Triangle\"-items that have become modern classics in the field. MAVEN produced the Color booklets in small quantities and, despite ongoing popular request, refused to reprint them. They have become highly sought after, fetching prices in the hundreds of dollars. At last, after a quarter of a century, the entire Color Series is again available; all 53 effects, newly illustrated by Ton Onosaka, 240 pages in hardcover. Welcome to a classic reborn-Prism
Karl Fulves, one of the most renowned modern writers in the field of magic, presents here 67 new and foolproof tricks-spectacular mental feats that seem impossible, but are easy to perform. None of the tricks require long practice, supernormal dexterity, or complicated apparatus. Mr. Fulves\' precise, easy-to-follow instructions and many helpful diagrams lead to quick mastey and effective performance of each. Perform mystifying mental magic in such categories as: Instant ESP Mind Reading with Cards Mind Over Matter Psychic Secrets Slate Sorcery Miracles with Cards Psychometry Many of these tricks can be done with no prior preparation, and all involve easy-to-find materials: a deck of cards, coins, matches, dice, keys, chalk, etc. But while the materials used are ordinary, the effects achieved are truly extraordinary. Magicians who wish to add mental acts to their routines, party entertainers or anyone wishing to give an amazing performance of mental magic will find this book perfect for their needs.
A recipient of the Psychic Entertainers Association award for creativity, and with over fifty years of professional performance behind him, Barrie Richardson has gathered together 53 of his best mental routines, many with complete presentations, for this large volume of baffling experiences. In THEATER OF THE MIND, you will find page after page, of fresh, practical material, tested and perfected before thousands of audiences; astonishing feats that use only ordinary items, and few of them, entertaining mental experiments that involve the whole audience, that pack small and play big, and that exploit a devilish combination of simplicity and cleverness. What you will discover in Theatre Of The Mind is a wealth of professional material at a pauper\'s price. A 320 page hardbound book with detailed instructions and illustrations!