I appologise for taking your question wrong, although hopefully you and others will still agree with what I said. As for being an experienced mentalist, all I can go on is what others tell me and they seem to like what I do and also my feedback after my lectures to magicians seems to be good as well.
Now, as for Larry Becker's work - the man is a genius that never stops thinking. I have sat with him and seen him come up with several new ideas just from having a simple conversation. I am willing to bet that if you were to pick up ANY of Larry's books, that you will find at least two things that you will not only use but will feel they alone are worth twice the price you paid for the book. I cannot recommend his books more if you want to learn mental magic.
If however you want to learn "mentalism", well that is another story entirely and would also depend upon your focus within that realm and also the readers previous experience and knowledge. As a starter, 13 Steps is a must for everyone though.
Again, I appologise for the misunderstanding previously.
Paul Alberstat http://www.bigfoot.com/~thoughtreader