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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.

In this volume, one of the greatest of all mental magicians reveals the secrets behind nearly 200 astonishing feats of mental magic. The included routines encompass 12 major categories:

  • Effects with Billets and Pellets
  • Publicity Effects
  • Dead or Alive
  • Book Tests
  • Thought Foretold
  • Envelope Necromancy
  • Miracle Slate Routines
  • Money Mentalism
  • Blindfold Reading
  • Mentalism with Cards
  • Psychic Codes
  • Miscellaneous Mental Masterpieces
Theodore Annemann, through his own performances and editorship of Jinx magazine, probably did more than anyone else to popularize this branch of entertainment. Now, this extensive knowledge, experience and know-how are at your fingertips in this comprehensive collection. Here are the closely guarded tricks of the trade behind such astonishing effects as Pseudo-Psychometry, one of the greatest one-man psychic effects ever achieved; Who Killed Mr.X?-a classic routine that combines both magic and mind reading with a triple mystery and a novel presentation; and the Swami Test, a demonstration of prophecy first popularized around 1920. Annemann himself came up with some 16 variations on this popular and much-practiced effect. My Own Swami Test is one of his best.

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.

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Paperbound, 310 5 3/8" by 8 1/2" pages, 100 illustrations.

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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!!!!
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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!
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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.
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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!

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 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.

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.

Gerard
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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.
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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!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 15th, 2005
This book is not like I thought it would be, or as good. But I still can't dis this book, as the effects are really powerful.

Some of the effects in this book take practice but be patient, take the time, and reep the rewards.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is OLD style Mentalism, with cards. This is not you're modern day, D*rr*n Br*wn style mentalism, instead this book relies very heavily upon playing cards and the manipulation.

In my opinion this is a bad thing, but it still has a wealth of ideas to inspire you.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
One of the bases for Mentalism
If you wanna learn the best routines from “ Jinx” Magazine, just get PMM.

Someone’s can think… “ is old”….

Yes is old, but is Classic. Powerful and meaningful effects.
No just tricks. This pieces are reputation makers
One of my favorites is “MY own Swami test”
Wonderful Prediction Effect for Stage and Close Up.

Just buy it. With Corinda and this one, you have a lifetime read.
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