I have been a close- up and parlor type magician for a while, but recently at my local SAM Assembly, I saw a mentalist there who was, quite frankly, very good IMO. He hasn't been doing mentalism for a long time, but he feels that you can accomplish almost any effect in mentalism using purely psychological forces. Anyway, what are some good DVDs or books (besides 13 Steps because I know that you're going to say that,) that teach psychological forces and other mentalism techniques and tricks at a beginner level and work up? He was talking (I didn't really ask him) about Banacheck and Osterlind. I know that Richard Osterlind has his Mind Mysterious set out, and the Perfected Center Tear, etc. How is Banacheck? So what would you recommend to a magician starting in mentalsim?
Also, he did this trick that fooled the crap out of me that I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it was. I didn't see the beginning, but I think that he had someone take some cards out of a deck of cards so they had a decent amount of cards, and then he instructed them to, when he names a card that they have in their pile, give it to him. He turned his back and then every card that he named was a card in their pile. The trick was amazing, even with a limited presentation that he used on the trick. I think that that trick has amazing potential. If you know the name of it, or a book/ DVD that it's on that'd be great. For some reason it sounds like an Osterlind effect, but I have no idea. Also, is the radar deck good?
I hate that I sound like one of those irritating new "magicians" who comes in here and asks where he can get good beginner material and tricks, etc. So I apologize for that. I am not new however.