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- Print Length: 331 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (27 April 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A73FD2A
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
If you are seriously into developing your own mentalism act and want a strong foundation then this book is one of the building blocks you need.
Much of today's mentalism is built on the stuff of Corinda and Zimmermann. They've changed the language a bit and the technology but you can save a fortune on some of the stuff on offer out there by just going to this book as the source.
read annemanns book slowly and you start to spot the seeds of many a modern routine. getting this book made me feel like i was stepping into the inner sanctum and in a way, you are. annemann's head was a fertile and inspired place and its a place i'll be popping in to regularly!
Secondly, please understand the importance of this book.
This is a historical text. It wasn't in fact written as a book, but was a collection of articles written in The Jinx magazine, but Theodore Annemann, during his prolific reign in the 1930's.
Annemann was a ground breaking performer in the field of mentalism and whilst I agree that many of the described acts are dated now, it must be understood that when these effects were first produced in the 30's, they were groundbreaking works.
The mistake that could easily be made is to write this off as an outdated body of work that has no bearing on today's magic. Indeed I would think that any of today's performers of mentalism would agree that many of the routines described in the book, have formed the foundation of many acts currently being performed?
Saying that, if you only have a casual interest in this area, or you're just starting to look into this area, then this historical document may seem a little inaccessible. To this end, I would strongly advise you start with a more accessible work like Derren's Brown masterpiece, 'Tricks of the Mind'.
If you are serious about your craft, then I would definitely recommend this book as a research piece.
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