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Qrt727

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Hello, I'm a beginner in the area. May you help me somehow - where should I start, what subjects should I know etc... I bought Peter turner's 1-11 mentalism master class. Is that a good starting for me? I just implemented some principals of card forces. It wasn't really worked to me as I expected, what should I do? Or, how to work on it?

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It would be helpful if we knew something about yourself and your background in magic in order to help you better. You could start by reviewing this category here @ TMF.
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I am a card magician. I am interested to change my approach - to learn the basics of mentalism and combine it with my stuff, or maybe use mentalism itself.
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For learning some basics and good material, look at work by Bob Cassidy and Richard Osterlind.  I would think the Turner Master Class is quite advanced.
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Ok, thank you
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I fully agree with Tom. For now, stay away from Turner. Bob Cassidy has a great series "The Art of Mentalism" which is one of the best places to start. Also, While Richard Osterlind's DVDs tend to be mentalism trick after trick, they are, for the most part, great tricks. I think his "Easy to Master Mentalism" series (L&L) is fabulous and much overlooked. His "Mind Mysteries" series is fabulous for the first two disks, then it peters out significantly. Also, I recommend you watch Banachek's Psi series and Ross Johnson's Penguin live lecture. Finally, most of the works by Max Maven are worth spending time with. He has thought about mentalism as an art form for so long it is great to see how brings these insights together to create a great magical experience. Check out "Prism" and his new boxed set "Keyfabe"

Oh .. one or two more thoughts...you mentioned you started with cards and want to move to mentalism. You should definitively check out Paul Hallas' great "Mentalism With Cards". Paul is a denizen of this forum and, like most members on this site, very approachable and willing to help and answer questions. It is a terrific book, full of solid tricks and more solid and useful theory. Very highly recommended. And finally, the works of Ted Annemann bear review. His "Practical Mental Effects" book is, perhaps, the second most read and reread book in my magic collection (Harry Lorayne's "Close Up Card Magic" is number 1, Hugard's "Royal Road to Card Magic" is number 3, followed by Tarbell #1 and #7, John Bannon's "High Calibre", Nick Trost's "Subtle Card Creations" Volume 1).

I know that is a LOT to read and comprehend. But mentalism is not easy (performance-wise).
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Ok, I will check it out. Thank you very much
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Where may I find Cassidy's "The Artful Mentalism" Vol.1 and Vol.2?
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Penguin Magic has quite a selection of Cassidy's work. DVDs, CDs, Books etc. on Artful Mentalism. I know they have volume 2 of the book.
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Penguin Magic has quite a selection of Cassidy's work. DVDs, CDs, Books etc. on Artful Mentalism. I know they have volume 2 of the book.

Yes, Ok, I just didn't find the first one.

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Check Lybrary.com and Jheff Poncher’s marketplaceofthemind. The “artful mentalism of bob cassidy” series collects his older material (including the theee volumes of the Art of Mentalism) plus a bunch of very strong essays
Don’t buy #2 until you read #1
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That’s what I was referring to. Vol 2 and 3 (if also available ) make the complete set
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Ok, thank you
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