If you want to see what modern mentalism, post-Corinda, is all about, then dip into Michael Murray's
A Piece of My Mind. Therein you will find page after page of brilliant routines, principles,
subtleties, and advice that range from the simple, but why-didn't-I-think-of-it, way to do a cold
reading and how to make your performance memorable to startlingly original stuff like the
Comparative Uncertainty Principle, Springboard, and Between the Lines. Each one of these major
items is probably worth about $30, so even though the ebook is $60, it's an outrageous bargain. By
the way, one of my favorite things is called Cal-ender, which is a combination reverse
Add-a-Number/Divination of PINs using a bug/undocumented feature in an ungimmicked iPhone
calculator. I just about fell over when I read it, a minute later tried it, and it worked! Genius.
How on earth do guys like Murray discover these things?
Anyway, as you can tell I am as
enthusiastic as everyone else about this book. (OK, there is some stuff using DR that isn't for me,
but hey, to each his own. It worked for Dunninger.) Though not for beginners or the faint of heart,
the material here, if studied and refined, will turn you into something close to being a real
This book is a gem, and is really pushing thinking both philosophically and practically. There are
such solid building blocks for you to build your own material, and also such good pieces that have
been worked out and are completely performable. I almost don't want people to know about this book.