I got a very sincere mail from somebody here who wanted to know what my top 5 fav. books are. I'm asuming he means only magic related books and not personal books, like novels and such.
My first choice would ALWAYS be Corinda's 13 Steps to Mentalism! One needs no other book at all on the subject! There is some good tricks and treasures in the book however THAT is not its greatest strength. If one reads between the lines with Corinda, one will obtain a VERY well rounded education about what being a Thought Reader is supposed to be about! The book is humourous, intelligently written and is THE best book on the topic. Period!
Now, you'll need some material, Annemanns Practical Mental Effects is my second choice. Also quite an educational book but filled with direct and strong mental tests that continue to play well even today! With a wide range of contributors, a Mentalist can create several acts from the material in these two books alone.
3rd, I would suggest the color (his spelling) series on Mentalism written by Max Maven. Recently, it has been released as a hardcover book known as PRISM! Although a foundation of Mentalism is required for this particular work, it provides the perfect balance between REALLY strong material and Terrific Advice as to the correct mindset of a Mentalist! DON'T underestimate this book! It is, with all due respect, the best Phil G. has ever written. (And he is a tremendously creative individual!)
Now you need a book by one of my Fav. people on the planet... Go out and buy THE AMAZING WORLD of Kreskin. Clearly no effects are explained here but the information between the lines can only be obtained from this book! Kreskin is one of my idols and his work even today keeps Mentalism the Art that I think it should be!
Finally, Dunninger's Secrets! Similar in style to the Kreskin book above, it is a must read for anyone who needs to know what being a Mentalist is all about!!
Those are my top five Mentalism books. Several others should be considered (Al Koran, Lee Earle, Cassidy, etc.) but all you really need are the ones I've mentioned.
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