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This is Mind Magic and Mentalism for Dummies, by James L. Clark

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119953502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119953500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds


Includes DVD demonstrating a number of the effects include (not an instructional DVD)


The beginner's guide to mental magic


No rabbits. No wands. Just dozens of first-rate effects, illusions, and tricks guaranteed to amaze. Mind Magic & Mentalism For Dummies pulls back the curtain and introduces the secret world of mentalism for the first time.

With this book and the included DVD, budding practitioners have everything they need to master some of the most astounding illusions imaginable from exercising psychic powers and reading minds to harnessing mental energy to control fire and bend metal from across the stage.

  • Each effect in the book is presented from three perspectives: what the audience sees, how the trick is performed, and how to present it in a way that thrills spectators, making it the comprehensive, essential guide to blowing your audience away.
  • The DVD includes performances of many of the effects outlined in the book to help readers put the information into action
  • Provides both introductory-level lessons on the art of performing and a host of great effects that will meet the needs of beginners

Mind Magic & Mentalism For Dummies is the essential introduction to this mysterious art that can seemingly provide readers with the powers of clairvoyance, mind control, divination, and precognition.


Introduction 1

Part I: Going Purely Mental 7

Chapter 1: Messing with People's Minds without Rabbits or Hats 9

Chapter 2: Playing the Part of a Mentalist 23

Chapter 3: Maximising Impact with Minimal Effort 39

Chapter 4: Making Magic with Money 55

Part II: Getting Tricky: Hands-On Mentalism 73

Chapter 5: Playing with Paranormal Cards 75

Chapter 6: Writing without Being Detected 101

Chapter 7: Sneaking a Peek for Peak Performances 125

Chapter 8: Touching without Touching: The Tantalising World of Telekinesis 149

Chapter 9: Passing Tests to Prove Your Abilities 171

Part III: Using the Power of Your Mind: Hands-Off Mentalism 189

Chapter 10: Developing Extra Senses: Seeing without Seeing 191

Chapter 11: Travelling Back to the Future: Making Accurate Predictions 209

Chapter 12: Look Into My Eyes: Getting the Hang of Hypnotism 229

Chapter 13: Chilling Out with Cold Reading 257

Chapter 14: In Cahoots with Co-Conspirators 279

Part IV: Performing Bizarre, Strange and Novel Effects 293

Chapter 15: Demonstrating Extraordinary Displays of Exceptional Human Ability 295

Chapter 16: Creating Spectator Failures 313

Chapter 17: Supernatural Spectacles: Uncovering the Art of Spirit Theatre 321

Part V: The Part of Tens 345

Chapter 18: Ten Mentalists Who Shook the World 347

Chapter 19: Ten Books to Take You Deeper into the Art of Mentalism 353

Chapter 20: Ten (or so) Techniques to Make You Seem a Minor Deity 357

Appendix: Video Clips 363

Index 365

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    Posted by Laura J Eisele - Full Circle Magic on 7th Dec 2013

    I love love this book! I had to have a friend from the UK ship it to me because i used to have it on pdf, lost it and couldn't get it back! I've done magic for 20 years and Mentalism for 7 yrs and I actually learned some things and still reference to parts of it at times! I have a kid I mentor that I gave my copy away to and he's really improved since studying it! I wish you'd release it in the US! I say bah to anyone who gives you a hard time for it because i think its brilliant James!

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