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Practical Mental Magic by Theodore Annemann (Book) Get ready to amaze and dumbfound your audience. This incredible book will take you from beginner to tour guide in the world of the mind. Perfect for close up or stage. Highly recommended!!!
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Mind reading, thought transmission, prophecy, miracle slate routines and other "psychic" effects are among the most impressive tricks in any magician's repertoire. Their power to amaze and dumbfound an audience is unparalleled in the domain of stage magic.
These and scores of other crowd-pleasers are here, each thoroughly explained and diagrammed, with insider's tips on techniques, staging, patter, plants and confederates, diversions-everything you need to make any trick a fool-proof success. No special equipment is required; just traditional magic props and a willingness to learn from one of magic's legendary figures. Although written for professional magicians, the step-by-step detail, clarity and inclusiveness of this collection, along with the author's intimate knowledge of the stage performer's needs, make this a volume that will benefit magicians at every level of expertise.
Paperbound, 310 5 3/8" by 8 1/2" pages, 100 illustrations.
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Oldies but goodies Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 9th, 2007
This is the first book I bought on mentalism and I was not disappointed. It helped get my feet wet and expand my knowledge. Easy to read and understand. Add it to your cart and let your education begin!2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 13th, 2006
Stop reading these reviews and get this book now!!! If you're into mentalism, and trying to get into it (like myself), get this book. It's only , a fraction of anything you will spend and amount of information you get is mind blowing. Some people don't like learning from a book, I say, get over it. This is excellent.2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 14th, 2003
Yet another great source of mentalism. If you want to be remembered as a good magician, stick to your own material. But if you want to be remembered as a GREAT magician, read this book. If you do exactly what it tells you, your reputation will soar like eagles. Its also very practical. Many effects are impromptu. Most others use gimmicks easy to obtain or make. Very few use difficult gimmicks. Plus its ONLY TEN DOLLARS.2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 13th, 2003
This is my new favorite book! I've been carrying it around with me every where I go. I even use the book as a prop for The Yogi Book Test, found on page 54. That one trick alone is well worth the price of the whole book! If you don't have this one, get it, you won't be sorry!2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Stuff You Can Do Forever!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 6th, 2003
I love tricks that mix mentalism and cards, and this book has exactly what I was looking for:) Although only a section devoted to my favorite tricks, the rest of the book kick @$$ !!! The money tricks are really cool, and it gives a ton of other tricks and ideas that would make this book essentially worth well over 200 Dollars. But Penguin sells it for $ 10 so save yourself a ton of money and PICK IT UP!!!!2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Buy This Book Now Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 8th, 2005
Practical Mental Magic is one of my favorite Mentalist books. Theodore Annemann was genius and is considered the father of Mentalism. This classic of Mentalism will teach you how to use Billets, Thumb Tips, Writing Swamis, Card Indexes, Center Tears and other ingenious Mentalist techniques.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Start with this book and once you learn the basics of Mentalism then purchase some other more advanced Mentalism books like Pure Effect and Absolute Magic by Derren Brown. Penguin Magic sells both of these books. Mentalism is considered Adult magic so learn Mentalism now.
Timeless Classic! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 23rd, 2004
Anyone who thinks Annemann's ideas are outdated can't think for themselves and need to be spoonfed everything. The principles behind the effects in this book are as powerful today as they were when they were set down!1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Today's mentalists are still astounding audiences with these principles. Think about the underlying principle and make it your own!
Armed with this and Corinda's 13 Steps To Mentalism, you are set to perform powerful mental stunts...whatever your age!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 2nd, 2015
I live in Dubai at the moment and magic books aren't common here... so I went to the local book store and bought this... SO GLAD THAT I DID! It features amazing content and sparked a LOT of ideas on new acts! The methods work like a charm and they are very relevant and true today!
Interesting Book Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 27th, 2015
I may have rated it higher, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I think that everyone should know that this book is like copies of the original pages. This book was obviously written some time back. It appears to be a tough read, but I'm sure that the knowledge inside is novel to a modern magician. Don't let this review deter you from buying this book. Just know what you're getting.
Timeless! Essential Reading Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2014
Don't be put off by the publication date of the book. This book provides effects and methods still used by today's top mentalists. I consider it essential reading for anyone aspiring to become a mentalist. At Penguin's price $11.66, it is a steal!
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