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Ok, I'll start first..

Kreskin ~

Osterlind ~

John Riggs ~

Max Maven ~

Docc Hilford ~

I know I am probably leaving someone out, but, oh..well.

PS: How could I leave out Orson Welles..the old timers know what I am talking about.





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Tim Conover

If you've never seen him, check out this link:


I saw him perform at PCAM, I think in 1995.

The PCAM site says the convention was in Santa Rosa, but my memory seems to think it was in San Jose, around the mid '90's.

Larry Becker performed at the same show, what a treat.

RIP Tim, you were the reason I went into Mentalism all those years ago.


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The greatest mentalist I have ever seen bar none was Maurice Fogel. 
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I would have to say Mark Lewis.  Although I have never seen him perform any feats of mentalism in person, I watched him in my crystal ball, and it blew me away!

Second place goes to Larry Becker.
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I would have to say Mark Lewis.  Although I have never seen him perform any feats of mentalism in person, I watched him in my crystal ball, and it blew me away!

Second place goes to Larry Becker.

I am not a particularly good mentalist although I have done a bit of it. I am, however, an incredibly good psychic reader. But of course that has nothing whatsoever to do with entertainment. 

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Derren Brown

Larry Becker 

Tim Conover

Chan Canasta 

Max Maven 

Richard Osterlind 




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Performer: Derren Brown
Inventor/Innovator: Max Maven
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Al Koran was also one of the greatest. And thanks be to the Gods not as long winded as some of the rest of them. 

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Kreskin.
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I'll have to go with Kreskin.  Seen him a number of times over the years and every show was good. 

Eric Mead is writing a book on Tim's magic.
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Myrus. He was able to hold a room for an hour with nothing more than a fishbowl and some question cards
Joe Dunninger who had the whole country believing

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Bob Cassidy

Tim Conover

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Barrie Richardson
Joseph Dunninger
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How about Luke Jermay?
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Derren Brown.

Andy Nyman.

Marc Paul.

Jon Stetson.

Docc Hillford. 

Luke Jermay. 
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Without a doubt, Max Maven. I have so many reasons to feel this way.
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Without a doubt, Max Maven. I have so many reasons to feel this way.


I've forgot to put him in my list. He's easily one of the best performers in magic and else where working today. His Fabulous Monster DVD made me look at him in new light. 
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I saw Tim Conover once live and he not only fooled me once, he fooled me consistently through the whole set.  Think I know quite a bit, but I gave up in the middle of the set, and just enjoyed it. Though he was professional and great.
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The Mentalist whom I most admire is Patrick Jane - he has a playful approach to his work, understands the power of making connections with those he works with, uses cold/hot reading techniques for reading people and has a background in magic, hypnosis, pick-pocketing etc, all skills he picked up as a carny.

Overall I'd say he is as real as any other mentalist out there, and I have enjoyed watching his performances.  

Patrick Jane is the mentalist for me.

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The Mentalist whom I most admire is Patrick Jane - he has a playful approach to his work, understands the power of making connections with those he works with, uses cold/hot reading techniques for reading people and has a background in magic, hypnosis, pick-pocketing etc, all skills he picked up as a carny.

Overall I'd say he is as real as any other mentalist out there, and I have enjoyed watching his performances.  

Patrick Jane is the mentalist for me.

Rofl, I would have said Richard Osterlind, David Berglas, Max Maven, or Peter Turner, but this answer takes the cake. Patrick Jane is amazing. The confidence is phenomenal, and you know he was a great worker.
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I saw Tim Conover once live and he not only fooled me once, he fooled me consistently through the whole set.  Think I know quite a bit, but I gave up in the middle of the set, and just enjoyed it. Though he was professional and great.


I hadn't heard of Tim Conover until you mentioned him, so I looked him up. It made my heart sad to hear that he chose to end his life. 

This very sweet article from his brother helped lift my spirit.

http://www.timconover.com/tim-was-the-best-brother/

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The only mentalist I have seen live was Manolo Talman from Spain. I saw him about 2 years ago. I am friends with him and he is a really good mentalist. He is also a great sleight of hand performer and he has taught me many things I use often.

Manolo has a favorite mentalist as well. His name is Marc Salem. Manolo also admires Derren Brown.

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Uri Geller - controversy aside, his conviction to the role is to be admired. A lot can be learned from reading biographies of his, and viewing his performances.

No one need bend spoons, or do Drawing Duplications, or anything like this... but I do believe any magician could learn a great deal about and presenting their magic in a more believable manner by studying his work.

The following book was  one which I found quite interesting:  

https://www.amazon.com/Geller-Effect-Uri/dp/0805004653/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477921978&sr=1-1&keywords=the+geller+effect

And I also enjoyed reading the book 'Magician or Mystic' by Jonathon Margolis.
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Max is pure genius
Bob Cassidy as well
Love Derren'a performances
I most relate to Docc Hilford and Bill Montana
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Richard Osterlind
Banachek
Bob Cassidy

Would have loved to see Maurice Fogel perform.

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Max Maven.
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Hello guys! I don't know much about mentalism, but I am fascinated by it. One of the few mentalists I have actually seen in a LIVE performance was Chris Carter (I believe from the Chicago area). At a rather large stage show, he called out initials of random members of the audience, including mine; I stood up, and he revealed MANY things about me that honestly seemed impossible to know -- things like my car was in need of transmission work, the name of my dog, hobbies, etc. Since this information was never officially recorded on any forms that I know of, it really baffled my wife and me. Of course, I'm aware of pre-show techniques, but because I was directly involved, it made for a very eerie drive home after the show! I'd also have to mention Max Maven as he has made so many contributions in this area, and Kreskin (the "Bobby Fisher" of mentalism) -- johnny
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Chris Carter has a nice way of revealing a chosen card, it's in John Luka's LINT book.
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I would have to say Derren Brown.  With Max Maven a close second.
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It has to be David Berglas for me. Derren is good too, but he owes an enormous amount to Berglas (and acknowledges it too). 
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For me it depends if I am thinking of my favourite mentalist to see perform or my favourite creator of mentalism. 
I'm going to go with my favourite performance of mentalism. 


A lot of mentalists have performed for me. And I am not a mentalist, but I love mentalism, and love learning about mentalism, so often I know what is going on, or I know how I would do what i am seeing.

Only one mentalist has actually made me feel like it was real. I attended the Derren Brown penguin lecture and went to the pub afterwards. This guy called Peter Turner came up to me and my friends and offered to do something.

He did a session where he just repeatedly read the minds of me and my friends, using either my own props or no props at all. I described this whole performance as a "whirlwind of mind reading" - it was just constant mind reading, each impact building on the previous and hitting harder. It was breathtaking. 

He then did a slower session using my deck of cards, which was equally incredible. And as a card guy I was left without any clue, or any perception of him ever touching the cards.



So Peter Turner was the best experience of mind reading I've ever had. 

 

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My favourite mentalist?

I was mesmerized by Kreskin on his weekly TV show when I was growing up in the 60's/70's.  He sparked my interest in magic

Max Maven's style and sensibility  intrigues me, his work makes mentalism seem real.

Bob Cassidy's writing and teaching.  I FINALLY scored a copy of vol 1 of Artful Mentalism after several years of searching.  Not disappointed.

Banachek's 3 books are gold mine.
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Derren Brown is the most influential mentalist in recent history. To say I am a fan would be an understatement. Derren inspires me to both create and perform.

That being said, Luke Jermay, Pablo Amira,Peter Turner, Richard Osterlind, and the late and amazing Bob Cassidy have all played a role in my personal view of the art.

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