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PRISM: The Color Series of Mentalism by MAX MAVEN While a sizable literature devoted to mentalism was produced in the past hundred years, little has stood the test of time. Among the scant amount that has... the work of MAX MAVEN.
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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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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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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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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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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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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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 4th, 2005
This is a good book. Filled with fantastic techniques and subtle strategies. Good. Very good.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 8th, 2005
This book is a must for parlour mentalist! However, if you seldom do parlour, I don't recommend this book to you. But if you are interested, you can get this book to add on some of the effects to your presentation. And yes, this book is not for beginners.
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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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1 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
Yeaaah, I'm going to have to go ahead & disagree with you all. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 24th, 2011
Sorry guys! I'm going to have to go against the grain on this one. Appoligies to you Jason Loocifer from Singapore, this 1 is for beginers. There's nothing really Earth-shattering here. I got one descent effect out of this book.
Yes,this book is filled with much of Max's "Classic" work from the 70's & 80's. Let's keep it real "Classic" is just another word for "Old". These tricks may have been jaw-droppers back in the days when people thought "Pro Wrestling" was real. Audiences today are less gullible and smarter now than when these scriptures where wrote.
If you want to spend money on Literature, I'd highly reccomend any of the writings of Luke Jermay over the works of Max Maven.
On the plus side However, If you are new to mentalism or making the crossover from magic. This book would be a great follow up after you've read 13 Steps.
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