Does anyone know any books/publications that apply hypnosis and/or NLP to mentalsim?
Whist I'm on the subject, what are people's opinions on using hypnosis/NLP/psychological techniques to perform mentalism effects versus just using straight-forward trickery? I know lots of people say "why bother using psychological techniques, which don't even always work, when you can just use a trick". I like the psychological side of mentalism and am interested in trying out combinations of magic and pyschology, such that there is a safety net if the psychology doesn't work! Any thoughts?
For an NLP beginners book, get Sleight of Mind... should be sold here.
In regards to my opinion on using NLP alongside mentalism... it cannot hurt. However, you NEED that out in case it does not work. The way I like to use NLP, if at all, with my mentalism is to possibly enhance an effect when performing it one on one. Hypnosis can definitely help an effect if you use it properly, but to get to that point takes a lot of study and practice (I for one, just leave hypnosis alone, I know the theory behind it, but I just don't use it). If you were to use those methods instead of just trickery, you are going to fail a lot. Provided you do not follow my above recommendation and leave yourself an out.
The people who say "why use it when it doesn't always work" are right to say it. An effect presented properly will have the exact same reaction generated by a spectator as one performed with only hypnosis or nlp. I know you are intending on using the safety net, but it basically sounds like you've seen some Derren Brown sort of stuff and you want to perform things like him. If that is the case, it might not be... I'll give you that, Derren VERY rarely uses hypnosis on people and has never admitted to using NLP on people. Lots of the time there is pre-work done before the cameras are rolling and it is done on someone who he has selected, basically a person who is easily hypnotized and re-tranced. From there on out, it is just trickery that he uses, just presented with a clever "psychological" view on it.
So basically all I am saying is, do not rely heavily on hypnosis and nlp to produce effects similar to those that mentalists can do with trickery. Hypnosis can be a very entertaining stage show on its own, if presented as hypnosis; NLP very rarely can stand on its own and often times needs a safety blanket such as trickery; and finally, psychological effects really don't do much, and most often need to have trickery behind them as well. But it is always a good idea to read up on these things and educate yourself about them. At the very least you have 2 benefits out of it 1) you can explain, with a good confusing quality, how you are able to do the things you can (e.g. by saying "well it's all just neuro-linguistic-programming")... usually people just accept such things and move on and 2) it gives you a good background on these subjects which, in turn, allows you to better your performing ability. So good luck with whatever you end up doing.