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PRISM: The Color Series of Mentalism by MAX MAVEN (Hardcover) The most influential mentalism book of the last 50 years, PRISM contains polished routines guaranteed to amaze audiences. Unavailable for ages, it's FINALLY BACK IN PRINT.
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"When I was a teenager, and I had to do 10 shows in 2 weeks, these books saved my life. I can tell you off the top of my head, I performed Desire, Chaos, Nucleus, Four-sided Triangle, there was Mental Telepathy. So, it's a brilliant, brilliant book. I'm thrilled they're re-releasing this. I always say, when I see Max, 'Thank you for putting out these books, because they really did save my life.' If you haven't read these, you've got a treat. Get it while you can." -Steve Valentine

"This is a must have and read, and you should read it twice.. at least! I’ve done so myself. What a treat to get Max Maven’s entire collection of his 'The Color Series of Mentalism' between two book covers. Only his 'Desire' and his 'Four-Sided Triangle' are worth so much more than you pay for the entire book. And there are so many other gems in it. Get it! " -Jan Forster

"Max Maven is one of the most respected and prolific creators in mentalism. PRISM is one of his most important and respected works. Read it, absorb it, and study anything Max writes. It will make you a better mentalist." -Uri Geller

"There's only one man -- ONE MAN ONLY -- who has influenced my mentalism career to the highest point. That man is Max Maven. Max has been my teacher, my rabbi, my sensei, the author I read the most, the one in my inner mind I think, 'How would Max do this?'" -Marc Salem

"Max Maven’s contributions to magic and mentalist can not be understated. So much of what we see today and think of as ‘revolutionary’ was explored years ago, and many of those ideas can be found in the pages of his original color series, reprinted here. In the pages of Prism you will find novel plots, ingenious methods, and numerous opportunities for inspiration. Whether you are looking for practical performance material, or to expand your foundational knowledge as a mentalist, Prism is a must for your library." - Brad Henderson

"If I have to explain why Max Maven's work is such an important contribution to our art then you haven't read it. PRISM belongs on your bookshelf and deserves to be studied." -Patrick Redford

"Prism is so stuffed with great routines and invigorating ideas, it is one of those mentalist classics, like Corinda or Annemann, to be savored and revisited. Some of the effects, like Four Sided Triangle, have had a huge influence on modern mentalism. While pros already know how valuable Prism is, I’ve heard it said that it’s not a good book for beginners, because Max assumes the reader knows some of the basics of the craft, but in this age when such things can be found readily on the internet, this can be a perfect book for new mind-readers, teaching them how to create powerful presentations extremely efficiently, which is one of the most valuable things they can learn. I can’t recommend this highly enough!" -Chris Philpott

"Max Maven’s PRISM is more than just a colorful collection of modern mentalism by one of the art’s greatest thinkers and performers; it is a lens through which one may glimpse the secrets to constructing powerful, meaningful mysteries. Read the opening effect “Desire,” and you will be changed forever. And then—once you’ve basked in its brilliance—you’ll suddenly realize there are over 200 pages of illumination to go." -Jared Kopf

"I have made my living as a performing mentalist for more than 50 years. There have been three go to publications: The Jinx, Thirteen Steps, and Max Maven’s Color Series (now published as PRISM). Virtually every effect in PRISM is complete, still contemporary, and truly performable. The initial effect, “DESIRE”, sets a precedent for excellence that continues through the entire book. A must have." - Ross Johnson

"There are five books that every mentalist should own. This is one of them. PRISM is a HUGE collection of some of the most deceptive and audience tested mentalism. All the routines are instantly performable and oh so strong." -Nathan Kranzo

"I wanted these for years. Everybody told me the best mentalism available was in Max Maven's Color Series. But when I tried to compile it, they were on eBay for 3-4 HUNDRED dollars EACH. I have a several thousand dollar set of the Color Series. Now, you can get it all in one place for a fraction of the price." -Paul Draper

Writing under the name of Phil Goldstein, MAVEN has created one of the largest, cleverest and most influential bodies of work in the field, stretching from the latter part of the twentieth century into the twenty-first. His star rose early, with the publication of five slim collections, each packed with innovative and performance-caliber mentalism. These booklets, which have become widely known as "The Color Series," contained items such as "Desire", "The Spirit is Willing (to Write)" and "Four-sided Triangle"—items that have become modern classics in the field.

MAVEN produced the Color booklets in small quantities and, despite ongoing popular request, refused to reprint them. They have become highly sought after, fetching prices in the hundreds of dollars. At last, after a quarter of a century, the entire Color Series is again available; all 53 effects, newly illustrated by Ton Onosaka, 240 pages in hardcover. Welcome to a classic reborn—Prism.

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Excellent book for Mentalist Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
If you are interested in this field, is a must


Max Maven is without a doubt one of the most important mentalist in the history, and with this book you can learn why.


Great routines, lessons in performance.

215 Pages with hardcover.
Pure Color, Pure Mentalism , Just Max Maven
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Prism is amazing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2016
It's not for beginners and it requires some knowledge about different techniques, but is full of nifty tricks and tips for a starting mentalist.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 30th, 2010
If you are looking for effects that move in a straight line this is for you. The 5 color books span a time period from 1976 to 1980 and were ahead of their time. The essays alone at the beginning of each book are worth the price of admission. Looking beyond the effects there is a wealth of performing insights that will make you a better performer. The book does assume a certain level of knowledge like how to do a billet switch or a center tear. My only problem with the book was I could not put it down and it is already getting dog eared! As a side note look into the 13 steps DVD it is great and I would recommend both 13 Step Book and DVD along with this book to kick off your 2011.
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100% Garbage...NOT!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 28th, 2014
There's a reason there aren't more reviews, the professionals who use this material want it buried. People talking negatively about it are just fine. It's that way with ell of the really great material in magic, much of which can be found in old books and magazines. Take a old book at random, like Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic. 90% of people who blow the dust off of it and read it won't get what all the fuss is. Everytime I open it I see hidden potential, and I'm just fine with those who think I'm crazy.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2015
This is a terrific collection of effects and up-to-date ideas for mentalists. Even though it was written in the late 70s/early 80s, Max was way ahead of his time in his thinking.
Highly recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 12th, 2012
Very stage and commercial type mentalism. It does require setup. It's generally great though
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 24th, 2005
Once again, Max has proven his superiority in the field of mentalism. Great material, and best of all, it's stuff most performers will actually be able to use. One word of warning for beginners, however: Max writes from the standpoint of presumed knowledge. So be prepared to do a little research to learn how to perform moves Max simply refers to without going into detail.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2018
Look Guys! I've owned these masterpieces for decades I have just about everything Max has released & shared with the circle
But when it comes to written literature that's descriptive in terms of following instructions there is so much that is going to be misinterpreted and it is and has been why not document the artist interpretation on video while he is on the Earth why not do a prism project there is no way that anyone can convince me that a book is superior than a video clip !!!! I'm an advocate for the eradication of antiquated storage forms as books if the author is alive and well and can give us precisely what he meant come on people let's get with it!!! Penguin please do a prism project with Max it will sell like hotcakes and we will get the precise interpretation of the material once and for all!!!! Remember a few animated Clips are worth way more then a thousand words! In the land of the blind Cyclops is King !!!!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 5th, 2018
If your mentalism thus far consists of bits and pieces you have collected from here and there, this book will take you to the next level. In addition to the gems you've collected, the material in this book will not only give you good effects but will get you looking at things in a more creative light. It's time to find material and ideas that not every mentalist is performing but material that may very well be your signature piece. This book brings with it that potential. Next to Corinda's definitive work, this is the book for the modern mentalist.
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LOVE THIS BOOK! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2012
This is a book that is filled with solid material that will fool people. The presentations are brilliant and a lot of thought has gone into them. Stage bender in the green book and the spirit is willing to write are two routines that by themselves are worth the price of the book.
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