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Annemann's Practical Mental Effects Vol. 1 by Richard Osterlind

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A classic of mentalism comes to life!

Annemann's Practical Mental Effects has been a landmark book for magicians and mentalists since its release in 1944. The routines that are contained in its pages have been influencing mystery performers for over 75 years.

This exciting new DVD series explores the work of Annemann and his Jinx contributors in a scholarly way, analyzing not only the presentation of some of the strongest mentalism ever created but also the thinking behind the effects. Richard Osterlind first performs the effects in their original form before an audience of non-magicians and then very nuance is exhaustively explained with the assistance of Jim Sisti.

Effect performed and explained in this volume include:

  • Magic vs. Mentalism
  • Slate Immortality
  • A Question and the Answer
  • The OM Billet Switching Box
  • Psychic Slate Test
  • Taps
  • Notaria
  • The Word On The Page
Running Time Approximately:1 hr 37min

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 27th, 2014
Overall, this is a good DVD supplement to the Annemann's book, Practical Mental Effects. Osterlind does a great job performing the effects, but I thought his explanations were at times abbreviated and confusing, especially for the effect "The Word On The Page." However, the production quality overall is excellent and I judge most performers will find several effects that will fit into their repertoire. It is definitely worth the price ($30) and would make a find addition to any mentalist's or magician's DVD library.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 1st, 2012
Hi everyone,

These from my humble opinion are the best effects from volume I

Magic vs Mentalism'' ''Slate Immortality'' (great for platform or stage) ''The OM Billet Switching Box( best Add - a - Number version I found it to be even better than ,''Clearly Predictable'' by Harrison Carroll which I own and think it's fantastic and finally,''Psychic Slate Test''

It's great value for money.
Thank you Mr. Osterlind.
Frank Agius.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 5th, 2012
I was hesitant at first but I went ahead and bought the first DVD in the series. I was pleasantly surprised. The material is easy to perform and makeup. The presentations in front of a live audience are a little strained and lack depth - but the pieces get good reaction. The strength of the video is the explanations and performance tips. Richard has updated these old classics. It really proves the old saying "What's old is new" I would also suggest that you purchase a copy of the book Practical Mental Effects if you do not-own a copy already. I will defiantly purchase another volume
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