In India you dont get too many books on Mentalism as there are almost no performing mentalists that I know of.Corinda(13 steps) and Jinx(Annemann) and Barie Richardsons Theatre of the mind seem to me good buys.I also need more info on books especially the ancient variety like Al bakers (mental Magic) and am ready to buy Burling Hulls Encyclopedia and Nelsons Encyclopedia if I get to where they are avialable and whether they are worth it.I dont get much time off from my profession of a practising specialist Doctor but need advice on making up an act and routining and about books on one liners/comedy etc., and may be some day I could be famous(but not necessarily rich) ! Subroto510
If you've got The Jinx, 13 Steps, and Theater of the Mind, you already have enough for an act.
If you'd like additional effect resources, there are plenty out there -- I'm always returning to Waters' Mind, Myth & Magick. Also valuable are Becker's Stunners, Lesley's Paramiracles, The Secret Ways of Al Baker (includes his Mental Magic plus pretty much everything else this visionary wrote), Max Maven's Videomind series, the Desert Brainstorm video series, and Psychological Subtleties by Banachek.
As for comedy, don't read about it. If you're naturally funny, then use the humor you're comfortable with, that comes from within you and the experiences you share with an audience. Using canned lines from a joke book can only lead to second-rate performances.
What it really sounds like you need is advice about structuring an act. For that, I can steer you toward nothing more valuable than Chuck Hickok's Mentalism Incorporated. Get it.
Best of luck,