Thirteen Steps to Mentalism is a book on mentalism by Tony Corinda. It was originally published as thirteen smaller booklets as a course in mentalism and was later republished as a book  in The book is now considered by most magicians to be a classical text on mentalism. The book describes various techniques used by mentalists to achieve what appear to be psychic phenomena such as telepathy , precognition , extra-sensory perception , telekinesis and the ability to communicate with the dead as a medium.
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Personally speaking, I would go ahead and get The Encyclopedia. I recently sold my copy, but I found a lot of value in both sections of the book. The section on the history of mentalism was fascinating and very enlightening.
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Hope this helped! Frankly, I wouldn't go with either. At least not at first. Find it at Penguinmagic or Richard's site Osterlindmsyteries. I'll begin by discouraging anybody from beginning with video, of any kind. When watching video we tend to copy style, movement, verbiage inflection and a whole host, of other personal characteristics that often make us look like everybody else.
If we want to be unique and bring our own selves to our performances, this is a problem best dealt with at the start. For this reason I always, recommend books over video at least at the beginning of our education.
Consider to that most formalized learning starts with books before moving on to video, like in College and University. Video is appropriate after learning yourself well enough, to bypass the subtitles, of visual stimulation and proceed being self aware. Books allow one to experience in the mind that which is thought, through ones own interpretations and filters giving the reader insights unobtainable through video.
As one who started in the craft long before video was so pervasive, that books were and still are my most valued reference. Having said all that I'm aware that some claim to be better visual learners and so they gravitate more to video and that's fine. But if I could suggest finding a mentor, who will give you feedback and help you in developing your true self in performance, you will gain so much more. With Skype and other video chating available to us these days, there is just no reason barring costs, to not take advantage or modern technology.
One will also obtain the years of experience, afforded the mentor and time is the greatest commodity, afforded us all. Having taken up so much of your time with this post let me move on to some of what I would call the basic texts of mentalsim as suggested to me, by Bob Cassidy. Before I start it's important to know that these recommendations, were not just made to me. But just as some here have said, 13 steps isn't the best work to get one started down the road to becoming a mentalist.
I suggest you ask yourself these questions, 1. Why mentalism? What makes mentalism more attractive as a performing art, than other forms of entertainment? What do I hope to accomplish as a performer, of mentalism? Is there a motivation outside just entertaining, that draws your attention to mentalism? Who will I be, as a mentalist?
Am I planing to be the Darren Brown type coming from a psychological perspective. Or am I gong to play it, from a psychic perspective? Where do I plan on performing and who, is my audience?
Will I be able to pass off my persona, to that crowd? How will I put it all together, in an attempt to bring myself into character bringing my uniqueness to the art? Notice how the rules of journalism and writing in general are expressed in the questions. Another clear indication of how writing matters, in the creative process.
One of the books omitted by Mr. The "tricks" you will learn from this work, will not only make you a better performer but a better person. OK so there you have it, my number one recommendation for reading.
It's not sexy or exciting like some of the specific mentalism effects manuals but I assure you, that it will make all the difference to you in the long run. Thank you. Only limited individuals, suffer from this affliction. They matter not but pose serious threats, to others. Previous Topic Next Topic.
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13 Steps to Mentalism PLUS Encyclopedia of Mentalism and Mentalists
Personally speaking, I would go ahead and get The Encyclopedia. I recently sold my copy, but I found a lot of value in both sections of the book. The section on the history of mentalism was fascinating and very enlightening. I wish more people would learn about the rich history of mentalism! As far as the quality of the physical book, it held up really nicely. If you excuse the highlights and notes I made in the margins - it was in really good condition. Plus the price isn't too bad to get some extra information!
Encyclopedia of Mentalism & Mentalists