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A must-have for any budding Mentalist
on 25 June 2009
There are two books considered to be required reading for those new to mentalism. One is Corinda's 13 Steps. The other is Ted Anneman's Practical Mental Effects - reproduced here as Practical Mental Magic. The book is a compendium of effects that were first published in Anneman's magazine, The Jinx. It dates back to the 30s. The writing and presentation might seem a little dated because of this, but don't be fooled. Mentalism is mentalism is mentalism, and the presentation of 'psychic entertainment' hasn't changed that greatly over the years - especially when compared to other areas of magic.
Most of what you'll read here requires the bare minimum of props. And most of what it does require can be bought from Staples or Rymans stationers rather than specialised magic shops.
Practical mental Magic is a phenomenal foundation for those who want to learn some serious, working, time-tested mentalism.