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Secrets of Stage Mindreading [Paperback]

Ormond McGill
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16 July 2003
At the very least, this book will advance your perception and sharpen your senses. But at its best, Ormond McGill offers the reader the opportunity to practice and hone their own natural telepathic abilities. This book will appeal to all who have a healthy curiosity about telephathy or for those who have a profound interest in performing these demonstrations before a live audience.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (16 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904424015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904424017
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..recommended for those who wish to become better presenters of the art and science of hypnotism through mind reading. -- Kathleen Ginn, Rapid Sensory Learning

About the Author

ORMOND McGILL is known as The Dean of American Hypnotists. He is a magician and hypnotist of international reputation, and has toured many parts of the world with his exciting stage shows: East Indian Miracles, The Seance of Wonders, Real Mental Magic, South Sea Island Magic, The Concert of Hypnotism are some of their titles. Ormond McGill is also a naturalist of prominence, his contributions in entomology and conchology being well known in those fields.

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Telepathy is sufficiently mysterious as to become popular with magicians as Mental Magic (which Theo Annemann called the most adult form of magic) in which pseudo-demonstrations of telepathy are presented. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but misleading title. 30 Jun 2004
Much of the book is simply recounts of psychic experiments throughout the ages. The only 'secret' the book teaches is how to follow a subject's unconcious direction to a specific place by maintaining contact. No detail is given as to how this is done, and the book waltzes smartly onto how to use your newfound 'skill' to perform various stage routines; all of which revolve around this one single trick.
For those looking for magic exposure or mindreading show tricks, this book is utterly useless. Those who believe in REAL e.s.p. and are willing to suspend disbelief to try to learn it in its most simple form, you may find this book useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Reading 22 April 2004
This is the clearest and best writen mindreading book I have ever read. It shows clever ways of mindreading which I never have seen in any otherbook I have read and I have read quite a few. I am a hypnotist and workat a collage and this is a must buy for anyone interested in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book on Telepathy, Mentalism, Mindreading 24 Oct 2004
By Laura De Giorgio - Published on
A good part of this book deals with experiments that were conducted by old school of hypnosis. Remember Nancy School and Dr. Liebeault from your studies in history of hypnosis? Well, Ormond McGill has brought them back to life, so you'll get a little bit more insight in interesting experiments they used to do while hypnosis still used techniques of mesmerism. And I'm really glad for all the effort McGill invested in bringing back some valuable information that can enrich "modern" hypnotists - bringing life and energy to the world of hypnosis, because some intellectually oriented minds have completely dropped the energy out of equasion due to their own lack of understanding.

Now, awareness of using one's mind to work with energy is happily emerging in the west and one may even thank the proliferation of Eastern techniques and methods (from India and China - mainly in the area of healing - sure, you've heard of "chi kung"). In the west, these techings were mainly wrapped in mysteries reserved only for those who had inclination for esoteric studies and different occult practices.

There are two other books I recommend as a supplementary reading and workbooks together with this one - They are Ormond McGill's "Hypnotism and Mysticism in India" and Franz Bardon's "Initiation into Hermetics". They will help you to better develop the skills and use techniques from this book.

After describing different experiments performed a century or two ago (for that matter, you can find many other more modern books with numerous other mind-over-matter experiments), Ormond guides you through some practical techniques so that you can conduct your own experiments with these techniques.

The book is directed to those who have interest in using them in stage shows and from that perspective, stage mentalists who only learn how to use "tricks" to make the audience believe they can do something they are not doing, can benefit from learning how to be able to do genuine mentalism instead of faking in and using the art of deception. On this account there are some authors who are entirely focused on the area of deception and because that is all that they know and all that they are aware of, they live convinced that everything that comes even close to it must be some kind of deception. But where here is smoke, you can rest assured that there is fire, too. And even though they are ignorant of the fire and of the way how to produce real effects, it doesn't mean that the real thing cannot be done. In that respect, I do recommend this book to all those "stage mentalists" who have so far acquainted themselves only with techniques for producing different mind effects through trickery. They may surprise themselves with what they will be able to accomplish.

This book will also benefit a regular hypnotherapist who has no intention to get involved with any stage performance. They will learn how to add more power to their hypnotic techniques, by using the power of their minds, by working with the energy and direct thought transference, instead of just using words. They may also become aware of the fact that their own beliefs and expectations, even though unvoiced do affect the outcomes they get with their clients because there is always silent communication going on mental level and it goes beyond the subtle cues of body language (minimal cues, as they are called in NLP).

The book is called Mindreading, but the techniques covered are also used in what we call "remote hypnosis" or "remote influence". It doesn't matter whether the person is sitting next to you, or is in another room, or even in another country - when you work with mind and energy.

A distinction is made in the book between contact and non-contact mind-reading. Contact mind-reading was also used by Dr. Milton Erickson. Here practice with some essential NLP skills may be helpful as in order to be good with this, you'll have to be aware of the subtle (minimal cues) given off by another person. It is somewhat like a "lie detector", except that instead of a machine, you are using your own observational (calibration) skills to notice the subtle physiological differences in another person - in this case through touch.

Non-contact mind-reading involves clearing your mind and receiving mental impressions - something alike doing remote viewing, though there are remote viewing techniques that may go a little bit further than this.

For those interested in incorporating mindreading techniques from this book in their stage show, Ormond McGill provides several different routines to spice up the show.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is A Horrible Fraud 11 Feb 2007
By Walter Stoneburner - Published on
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If you're a magician expecting to learn technique, secrets, patter, or gimmicks, then you will regret the day you cracked the cover open.

Stage Mindreading isn't real -- period. You can fake it, though, quite impressively, and anyone can do it if their performance, confidence, and showmanship is convincing.

This book, however, asserts the phenomena is real and instructs you on the use of color to stimulate your chakra, a psychic energy that flows on your spine. [p.83] Or, if that doesn't do it for you, you can shake your hands until you experience them shaking. [p.89] Or, by breathing to create vibrational harmony. [p.112] In short, it's a book for the gullible to be lead by the crackpot. James Randi and Penn & Teller would have a field day with this one.

Those with any education will recognize the primary technique as simply ignoring or discarding all the stuff that didn't work, and focusing only on the random "successes." Success rates less than 50% indicate random guessing is more effective.

It's one thing if this was billed as parapsychology or new age, but it's sold as a performance instruction manual -- it's anything but.
1 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy! 4 Feb 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on
I'm not going to go into great detail here I'm assuming that this book isn't show you how to read minds...
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