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Shelves: how-to , left-hand-path. Most of these pamphlets were originally written in the late s or early s, and as the author is British, there are some interesting at times confusing anachronisms or foreign terms to grapple with, for example when he speaks of any trick involving currency. The last two chapters are also interesting, in terms of the advice he gives on publicity and self-promotion, though of course he is dealing with a different level of communications technology than is normal today.
More broadly, what is interesting about this book is the ways it demonstrates how easily people can be fooled, how ready they are to be fooled, and how a smart individual can take advantage of that. The ethics of such knowledge, and how to use it, is largely left up to the individual reader. Aug 02, Oliver Ho rated it really liked it. I used to read a lot of books like this one when I was a lot younger, and I love this sort of thing. I'm curious how it might read to someone who isn't already accustomed to and accepting of the style and tone.
It's all about mentalism, and even though most of its references are several decades old and out-of-date, the effects and the psychology behind them are still current as far as I can tell, anyway, not being a professional mentalist. Nov 05, thebookslayer rated it really liked it. The book has some interesting things to be learnt. However, many topics and tricks are outdated.
Though the books seems to be outdated, the basic psychology in the tricks are relevant even today. This book does not give a complete picture but it's a good place to start. However the idea of writing such a book by Corinda is surprising and should be appreciated. Jan 22, Efe Karabulat rated it really liked it. That book is a real gem. Some chapters fully dedicated to stage acts, filled with nice effects and methods. Some takes it one step ahead like chapter 12 and gives advice only for professional magicians.
On the other hand, most of the book are packed with information which can be quite useful magicians and laymen alike. Two person telepathy opens up new possibilities to interact with a close friend or even invent a new internal language tailored for your spesific needs a fun weekend activity with your significant other, i suppose.
Question and answer, akin to Ray Hyman's marvelous work "Cold Reading: How to convince strangers that you know all about them", teaches you to principles and techniques for reading people by visual cues, statistical variabilities and other devious mechanisms. Really fun book, even for someone who has no interest in performing stage magic. Jun 18, Luk Worknik rated it it was amazing.
An absolutely fascinating book for everyone who wants to step inside the mentalism world. This is a must read! This classical text on mentalism was originally published in It has been reprinted number of times so the mental effects and the psychology behind them are still relevant today. The book has grown over the years into one of the most famous books about mentalism.
Instead of all sorts of theories about mentalism it presents mentalism more from a practical point of view. With a number o An absolutely fascinating book for everyone who wants to step inside the mentalism world. With a number of secrets revealed by professionals and through a step-by-step plan you can easily perform mentalism tricks yourself.
Jan 09, Tyler Tabat rated it it was amazing. This was the perfect book for me, and will be a valuable resource in the future. My one fair warning about this read is that not only does it pull back the curtain on mentalism acts and magic itself, it practically blows the entire stage that magic rests on apart. Basically, this book unearthed most of if not all secrets behind classic mentalism and magic.
So if you enjoy the feelings of bewilderment while watching a magician perform and wish not to taint that wonderful feeling than do not read This was the perfect book for me, and will be a valuable resource in the future. So if you enjoy the feelings of bewilderment while watching a magician perform and wish not to taint that wonderful feeling than do not read this title, if you want to discover how seemingly impossible acts are performed and learn to them yourself then this resource book is for you!
Oct 11, Archies rated it liked it. For the purpose of curiosity I picked this one and I started believing that I will become Mentalist, Like Patrik Jane, end up becoming reader of such books only. I think expecting to be a mentalist just by reading book is of no use, even if you try it on people ,you may learn little. It needs proper coaching.
Nov 28, Damian rated it it was amazing. The literal bible of mentalism. Jul 28, Helen rated it it was amazing. This book taught me so many tricks useful for an upcoming job interview. The memory system is the bee's knees! Aug 31, Ryan Jones rated it it was amazing. Great book all about the side of mentalism and the methods too the madness. Oct 15, Amit added it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Good Book. Jul 28, EmmaNuel LanCelet rated it it was amazing. Dec 14, Alissa Thorne rated it liked it Shelves: genre-nonfiction , about-understanding-humans. I picked up this book hoping it would cover the human reading, manipulation and behavior aspects of mentalist. Things like cold reading, muscle reading and subliminal messages. While it did touch on some topics of that nature, it primarily covered slight of hand tricks for performances.
As it turns out, this was fascinating in its own right. I found it mind boggling to see how deception can be achieved through taking advantage of people's fundamental assumptions--especially if given lots of time, I picked up this book hoping it would cover the human reading, manipulation and behavior aspects of mentalist. I found it mind boggling to see how deception can be achieved through taking advantage of people's fundamental assumptions--especially if given lots of time, practice and dedication.
No, I have no interest in learning mentalist and you won't see me with a deck of cards at parties. But as long as you're not the sort that is disappointed when the magic is "ruined", it's a fun read. View 2 comments. Jul 03, Sarah rated it really liked it. I can't tell you much about this book for fear of giving anything away. You just have to read it. The one major drawback to this book is that it was clearly written in a different time. Corinda makes lots of references to performing in drawing rooms and using visitor cards for effects and things of that nature which are now obsolete.
Of course, this is considered a classic in its field and it takes time to become a classic so all is forgiven.
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13 Steps to Mentalism by CORINDA - Book
Thirteen Steps to Mentalism is a book on mentalism by Tony Corinda. It was originally published as thirteen smaller booklets as a course in mentalism and was later republished as a book  in The book is now considered by most magicians to be a classical text on mentalism. The book describes various techniques used by mentalists to achieve what appear to be psychic phenomena such as telepathy , precognition , extra-sensory perception , telekinesis and the ability to communicate with the dead as a medium. The book has detailed information regarding cold reading , hot reading , the construction and use of such devices as the swami gimmick , billets , and billet pens. Waters' Mind, Myth and Magick , it is considered [ by whom?
13 Steps to Mentalism