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Posted: Jul 30, am. If this review needs to be moved elsewhere, whoever is responsible, please go ahead. You may want to go and grab a cup of coffee. The review — not the coffee. Of course, I hope you enjoy it. The coffee. And the review. Generally First published in , this work, not surprisingly, has an old-fashioned feel to it.
And I speak as someone who was rattling along to the Rolling Stones back then. Well, them and Leapy Lee. The book has a useful index, but could, I feel, benefit from a complete contents list. The author offers guidance on the varieties of Swami available, how to handle the gimmick, what type of card to write on etc.
He also suggests some 24 effects that make use of the gimmick. Corinda analyses each technique, then offers a broad range of advice: when to attempt the method, how to position yourself, favourable and unfavourable conditions - concluding the chapter with a good selection of effects that can be performed once these abilities have been acquired.
They are not, of course, easy skills to master. Here, he touches on the history of memory systems, from those employed by the ancient Greeks, through to the practitioners and methods of the twentieth century - Al Baker, the Nikola system etc. He provides a basic introduction to memory systems which, while excellent, provides the aspiring mentalist with a secure grounding rather than an end product.
Harry Lorraine is another name that springs to mind. All in all, a wealth of information which, with hard work and application, will serve the mentalist well. To this end, he discusses the various advantages of billets, indexes, forces, switches and envelopes. Mother: Something you wear so that you cannot see. With this charming snatch of dialogue, Corinda introduces us to the world of unfaked masks, silk, blanket and bag blindfolds.
Stacked, marked and one-way decks are employed to good effect, as are memory systems. The section concludes with a plethora of effective stunts. Though this area has been much analysed and improved upon in recent years, it nonetheless provides both an invaluable starting-point for the beginner, as well as much useful information for the more experienced magician.
There are, of course, many books and videos now available which will expand your knowledge further. Here, Corinda takes us through various methods, some easier to master than others. The use of magazines, cards, dice and slates is covered. What you will acquire is a knowledge of principles and approaches, some of which you may happily embrace, others from which you may, for whatever reason, run a mile. This section concludes with a marvellously old-fashioned chat with the British mentalist, Maurice Fogel Each addresses the other by his surname, and they enjoy at least two cups of tea during the course of the talk.
Towards the end, Corinda jokingly suggests that he himself is a genuine medium. All in all, a very pleasant - and informative - interlude. As someone who prefers to work alone, I found this step interesting, but not necessarily useful.
But for those who prefer to work in teams, this is an excellent introduction to the subject. Corinda outlines the various codes and methods which can be employed: coins, colours, alphabets, numbers etc. And what area of magic does that not apply to? He reminds us how important it is to establish the right atmosphere, and to use the appropriate patter.
Corinda approaches his subject from every angle - the use of inference, prior knowledge, gimmicks etc. He outlines his approach to private and platform work and offers various cold reading tips. Serious students will wish to look further - to the work of Lee Earle and Ian Rowland, for example - but as a starting-point, this is an excellent introduction to a difficult area. He then offers his advice, which covers such time-honoured methods as the use of business cards, headed paper and, of course, publicity stunts.
And possibly a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive. Fogel would have approved! This is a useful and practical chapter. He then rounds off the book with another interview, this time speaking to Claude Chandler, the then vice-president of the London Magic Circle, who imparts his own, interesting advice on presentation. Thirteen Steps contains a wealth of information, some of which you can use immediately, but much of which you may store away and either never use at all, or only appreciate the full significance of some time later.
Some of you may hate it, some love it, some wonder why on earth I was making it sound so difficult. What it is not, is a book of tricks. If you buy it, and learn from it, then good luck.
Hope this has helped. Well I think we should thank James for his review. Very informative! James, My hats off to you, you did an excellent review of an excellent book and if you would like I would actually appreciate reading more of your reviews. Again great job and hope to see more than 4 posts from you. Nice review buddy I was looking for this one a few days ago, thanks! You've done a great service as many people who don't have this book, should get it, and perhaps your review will inspire them.
If you have even a mild interest in mentalism this is a must have book for your library! Posted: Jul 31, am. My mentalism books: Mental Sweets 1 - Mental Sweets 2. Thank you to everyone who's posted a response. You're very kind, and I appreciate it. I'll certainly be happy to review other books etc that I own if they haven't already been covered. All the best, James.
Posted: Aug 19, pm. Great review. After being endorsed by nearly every pro, this book is really THE book on mentalism to get. Posted: Aug 21, pm. Great review James. I bought this book a week ago. Still on step 2. Working with the different readings. I am ordering the boon nail writer in a while. I love this book. Corinda goes into great detail and nothing is unexplained. Thanks, Josh. Besides Annemann's "Practical Mental Effects" Corinda's book is a close to the main text for mentalism as possible.
I loved the review James. Now I'll go back and read the stuff I should have been paying more attention to the first time through it. Thanks again. Posted: Sep 19, am. Posted: Sep 20, am. I've owned this text for quite some time now and it's a must for anyone in mentalism or for anyone who even thinks they want to explore this aspect of performance Posted: Sep 21, pm.
I was thinking of getting this book and after reading this superb review I think I will purchase it right away. Posted: Nov 13, pm. Magic books cost a fortune, more than any type of book usually this is the exception, over pages of 'secrets'. Why do other books have to charge extortionate prices when we can buy this classic at such a reasonable price. Posted: Nov 14, pm. Great Review!! It has made me pick out the book from off my shelves again for a good dust off!
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13 Steps to Mentalism
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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.