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.
James L. Clark, MBA, MSc is an accomplished mentalist, magician and media consultant who has performed and lectured in more than 30 countries. James has been featured in numerous magic-related publications and is the editor of Magician Magazine. He's also the inventor of magic tricks and effects that are sold all over the world and used by some of the top performers in the art. His website is www.jameslclark.com.
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