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Jan 8, I’ve heard that 13 Steps is a good book, but what will it give me that the Anneman book can’t? I mean, what are the fundamental differences between the two titles?
I appreciate your help. The simple answer is, if you wish to pursue mentalism, you need both books. As mxgic know, Anneman’s book might be termed an “effects” book. The effects came from various published Anneman effects. Tony Corinda’s 13 Steps is an encyclopedic “how to” course in mentalism.
It was originally published in 13 separately sold pamphlets. Each pamphlet addressed an aspect of mentalism from Swami gimmicks through patter and presentation. Finally, they were put into one book that was published by Tannen Magic Inc. Today you can still get the original pamphlets from used magic book dealers, but, unless you are a collector just buy the book.
Most major dealers carry it. Welcome to the Art of Mentalism! For those who do not believe, no explanation is necessary.
Just to second everything Marelli said he’s such a wise old owl!
You need both, and probably a lot more besides. Corinda provides a survey of mentalism methodology. Anneman provides some of the best ever practical mwntal of those methods to entertaining real audiences. Corinda runs the dating agency you see all the potential. Anneman actually fixes you up with a few hot dates you learn what it’s like in practice.
And both books are inexpensive compared to many mental books. A great magiv to the art of mentalism. Tricks from these books are still coming onto the market in one form or another. A recent Sankey maglc has it’s roots in Corinda.
It’s surprising how many so called “established” mentalists are unaware of what is in these books, they dismiss them as being “old” stuff, then go asking practiccal information that is contained in them. Paul is only too accurate! The old books are the best books, IMO. If you were only going to have one, I’d recommend Corinda, as it teaches you the fundamental principles of mentalism, from which you can create your own effects.
Both books ARE cheap, and you can make a very nice living performing only material from these two. There is more to life than magic tricks. Guinn My Lybrary Page. Jan 9, mqgic I prefer Corinda’s as a reference book but Annemann’s has better effects. Last year I sold my books on magic and mentalism over one hundred but, I kept 13 steps and Annemann’s Practical mental effects. If you are interested in mentalism classics you should also check “Mainly mental I” by C.
Boarde it deals with billet work only Christos. Dear All, Thanks for your advice on this.
It looks like I’ll be making a purchase of 13 Steps shortly. Jan 16, Yes, 13 steps is great to get you started.
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Jan 17, Site an example in Corinda you would consider worthy of study, and why. To simply say “Corinda, Thirteen Steps One example is all! ChrisDavid I think you are missing the point! You cannot do the 13 Steps to Mentalism justice by picking out something specific. It’s strength lies in the fact that it is the most comprehensive overview of mentalism ever written.
Everyone needs to gain an overview of a subject before they can effectively appreciate all the possibilities and potential areas for further investigation. This book contains thirteen chapters of pure knowledge! After my first hour of quickly flicking through it, I soon realized how so many tricks were done and all of the possibility’s. IMHO I have to say that it’s been a great introduction to mentalism for me. Anyway, that’s my take on it, but annekann what do I know anyway.
Next book, any ideas???? Cheerz – Gavin W. Jan 19, There are some real gems in menatl. I’m particularly curious about muscle reading as a anemann to divine a thought or object.
The section on blindfolds and effects with second sight really took my imagination. It just goes to show that you can have a book for years and never realize what information you possess. It just goes to show that you can have a book for years and never realize what information you possess Tricks and books both. Always worth going back to them after a while for a fresh look. With what you have learned, in the meantime, different things appeal. Jul 13, I’ve just stumbled across this very old and dead thread and decided to bring it back to life!
Magiic anyone knows the cheapest source that would be nice my bank account is suffereing badly from all the magic books I’ve been buying lately Elegant, Literate, Contemporary Mentalism Just to reiterate what Doug has practicsl. After Annekann read some of the earlier posts talking about skimming 13 steps, it metal me cringe.
The same goes for Tarbell.
The problem with so many magicians is that they skim books to find “tricks” and then throw the books on the shelves. This mentak NOT what should be done, especially with such books as Corrinda. The same problem has arisen with the finest book on billets and peeks to xnnemann be published Peek Performances by Richard Busch. Each piece builds upon what was learned earlier. These works MUST be studied and learned in whole.
Practical Mental Magic
These are techniques to be learned, not tricks as such. A brain surgeon must first learn to be a general practitioner long before they can specialize, and so must a magician or mentalist for that matter.
One must learn all they possibly can, even if later they chose not to use that knowledge or techniques, they should at least have a well rounded knowledge and actual hands on knowledge of the techniques invloved. For the life of me I will never understand how someone with a true love of this art could want to have anything less than a well roundedknowledge of it.
Why would anyone in love with this art want to have a half assed knowledge of it and even less experience within it. I may not work with doves but at least I have a knowledge of dove harnesses and know how to use them.
The same should go for others. So please, learn from these books properly. Start from the front of the books and learn each lesson thoroughly before moving on.
Practical Mental Magic by Theodore Annemann (Book)
Read each chapter carefully and practice until you have mastered these techniques. Even if you are familiar practicak these works, go back and re-learn them. There are things we all forget and doing this will re-energise what you have forgotten. It will improve both your techniques and reintorduce some additional creativity to mdntal, far better than just lookingfor a new “trick” to do for a while.
Tricks of the week that most are looking for last for only so long but learning the real work, the techniques will last you a lifetime. Canada’s Leading Mentalist http: Yes, your time is better spent studying Corinda. Don’t even bother to dip into Annemann until you have finished Corinda. Corinda has plenty of complete routines inside to show you how to apply the principles learned in each chapter. Millard Longman See all my products at: BTW, do any of you know how long it took Corinda to originally write and release his 13 steps?
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