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Bob Cassidy

(1949 - 24th February 2017)

Born in Kearny, New Jersey. Professional stage mentalist, magician, speaker and author of several (e)books.

In 1978, with fellow mentalists Tony Raven, Scott Gordon, Mary Lynn, and Dian Buelmeier, co-founded the Psychic Entertainers Association (P.E.A.), which has since become mentalism's primary international professional society.

Editor of Vibrations, newsletter of the P.E.A., from 1978 - 1981, and 1984.

Performance credits include inter alia, Holland America Cruises, Hollywood's Magic Castle, network television, talk radio and Fortune 500 corporate clients throughout the United States.

Read his famous 39 Steps to Mentalism.

Coauthors: Michael Weber

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Side Effects by Bob CassidyOne of the inherent difficulties in presenting effective mentalism is that it generally lacks the element of surprise. The performer states that he will read a thought and proceeds to do so. He says he will predict tomorrow’s headlines and he does. Many would-be mentalists infallibly demonstrate so many different alleged mental powers that the element of believability is lacking as well.

By applying the "Side Effects" principle, the element of surprise is returned to the art and variety is introduced into a performance without sacrificing believability. Bob's good friend Ross Johnson, one...

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Sleightly Mental by Bob CassidyFrom the introduction:
As far as I'm concerned, sleight of hand (or any other artifice for that matter) has but one purpose - to convincingly establish a false premise, which I believe to be the cornerstone of all effective illusion and deception. The more convincingly that premise is established, the more amazing the resulting effect will appear to be.

The subtleties and psychological approaches of mentalism can, when augmented by sleight of hand, provide a directness and clarity of effect that is too often lacking in mental routines. The fact that sleights are avoided by many performers...

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Staging It by Bob CassidyThere is no argument about the dilemma faced by many newcomers to mentalism. Are mental effects best presented as natural phenomena of the mind, or as examples of rare paranormal or supernatural abilities?

Most of today's mentalists use the "mental skill" as opposed to the "psychic gift" approach, but only rarely are they particularly consistent about it. Even Joseph Dunninger, the pre-eminent mentalist of the twentieth century, sometimes made conflicting claims. While he stated that his thought reading skills were "scientific" and not those of a fortune-teller or psychic, his promotional materials often...

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Strange Impressions by Bob Cassidy
  • The Enigma of #23
  • Epilogue to 23
  • Interlude - The Reverend Dr. Bob's "Bank Nite"
  • Signed Twice
  • The Art of Pre-show: Creating the Best Impression
  • BONUS: THE Ultimate Mind Trip

1st edition 2002, 20 pages.

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Swami Tech by Bob CassidyThe "Swami Gimmick", aka "Nail Writer", "Thumb Writer", "Ghost Writer", "Medium's Secret Device", et al, has often been referred to as one of the most useful secret devices in mentalism. And it is - provided, of course, that no one knows the mentalist is using one.

While the existence of the Swami may be widely known, very few performers actually use one on a regular basis and even fewer have truly mastered the device. Used properly, even those who have heard of a nail writer (or "that little piece of lead under the thumbnail"), will have no idea that the mentalist is using one.

In Swami...

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Tecniche con L'unghia Scrivente by Bob CassidyLo "Swami Gimmick" conosciuto anche come "Nail Writer", "Thumb Writer", "Ghost Writer" e "Medium's Secret Device" è stato spesso considerato come uno dei dispositivi più utili di tutto il mentalismo. E lo è di sicuro, ammesso che nessuno sappia che il mentalista ne stia facendo uso.

Sebbene l’esistenza dello Swami sia ampiamente nota, pochissimi performers lo usano davvero regolarmente e ancora di meno hanno imparato ad usarlo a regola d’arte.

Usato a dovere, anche coloro che hanno sentito parlare di unghia scrivente (o “quel pezzetto di mina sotto l’unghia del pollice”)...

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Test Conditions by Bob CassidyThe art of presenting mental miracles under apparently foolproof test conditions.

Four completely scripted original and entertaining routines designed to demonstrate your mental abilities under conditions that apparently preclude the use of trickery or fraud. In addition to the routines is a complete analysis of the psychology underlying "Brain Buster" and "test conditions" effects.

Featuring:

Time Stop - This miracle is performed with any unprepared borrowed watch that has a second hand. There are no magnets or gimmicks of any kind required. The effect is totally impromptu.

After...

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The Art of Mentalism 3 by Bob CassidyTwenty years have passed since Bob wrote The Art of Mentalism. He was thirty-four years old at the time. While he is pleased that the book has been well received over the years, much of what he wrote no longer accurately reflects his approach to the art.

In The Art of Mentalism 2 (1995), he focused primarily on the presentation of a complete mental act. In the present volume, Bob gives you effects and essays that focus on the theoretical basis of successful mentalism.

1st edition 2003; 25 pages

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The Black Book of Mentalism by Bob CassidyJoseph Dunninger has often been credited with saying. "Every time you add a prop to your act your price goes down." His reasoning should be obvious - every additional prop takes the illusion one step away from what "real mind reading" would look like. And, as Bob has noted many times in his previous ebooks, every additional type of mentalism you demonstrate (apparent telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, clairvoyance, etc.) also detracts from the overall illusion.

Recently a "mentalist" challenged Bob on this point: "How entertaining is it to demonstrate the same ability over and over again? It is much...

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The Book of the Golden Tortoise by Bob CassidyA complete divination routine based on a unique combination of Eastern and Western methods of geomancy. An excellent addition to straight cold reading as it provides specific details about the sitter that would apparently be impossible for anyone to know.

Bob describes his impossible envelope switch which he adopted from a deck switch he saw Gene Maze perform. A WMV video of Bob performing and explaining the switch is included with the files you are downloading.

1st edition 2004; 21 pages + prop book PDF 69 pages.

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The Bottle of Truth by Bob CassidyYou will learn how to prepare and gimmick two different kinds of bottles which allow wonderful lie detector and murder mystery effects or which can be used as adjunct in a one on one 'psychic reading.' With typical Cassidy genius one bottle allows you to glimpse colored marbles dropped in and the other bottle allows you to force a certain color of marble dispensed from the bottle. This opens the possibility for many routines. Bob describes two.

1st edition 2002; 4 pages plus video

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The Dart Shoot by Bob CassidyA spectator loads a dart into a regulation pellet/dart pistol and fires it at a target ten feet away. The performer is blindfolded and stands in front of the target. He rolls up his right sleeve and puts his open right hand (palm toward the spectator) directly in front of his face.

On the count of three, the spectator fires the pistol at the performer's open (and clearly empty) hand. The performer's hand clenches shut and is slowly opened to reveal the dart. At no time does his hand move from its position in front of his body, nor is it approached by the other hand.

(If desired, the mentalist...

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The Hanussen Proof by Bob CassidyThe premise of Hanussen's Proof, and Bob's search for an effective method, were inspired by an event that took place in the spring of 1930. The mentalist/psychic Erik Jan Hanussen was indicted and tried on charges of criminal fraud arising from a public demonstration of alleged "clairvoyance". As the trial neared its conclusion and the evidence against Hanussen grew, he concluded that his only chance of acquittal would be to demonstrate his ability to the court. His offer of proof was accepted, and, under the watchful eyes of the judge and prosecutor, the demonstration proceeded.

Hanussen asked his inquisitors...

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The Heathen Devices by Bob CassidyBob Cassidy teaches a three part routine where each part's method cancels the other to leave the audience without a clue to how this is possible. One of the methods used is an adaptation of a Royal Heath idea. Thus the name of this ebook. The methods are very general and can be adopted to many personalized and customized routines.
"I believe that The Heathen Devices are my greatest contribution to close-up mentalism." - Bob Cassidy
Here are just a few of the limitless applications made possible by the Heathen techniques and devices:

A spectator is handed several dice - anywhere from...

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The Heresies by Bob CassidyRules are meant to be followed - most of the time. The Heresies are those effects that break every rule of mentalism and become even more powerful for it. Perhaps it's just the contrast - but as you will discover in this exclusive ebook - it's much, much more.

1st edition 2003; 25 pages.

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The Hidden Mysteries of Doctor Crow by Bob CassidyYou will learn five things:
  • The Circle of Synchronicity
  • The Vision
  • The Third Method
  • Doctor Crow’s Deck Switch
  • Doctor Crow’s Complete Reading System
1st edition 2004; 27 pages
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The Impromptu Psychic by Bob CassidyFrom the introduction: "Seemingly impromptu mental effects are among the strongest you can do. The apparent lack of preparation is what makes them seem real. But never forget that it is the illusion of impromptu, and not its reality, that gives such effects their impact."

"Impromptu" does not mean unprepared, nor does it refer to the ridiculous notion held by many that to be truly impromptu the effect must be something you can do anywhere, anytime, even if you happen to be totally naked.

Impromptu, more sensibly, refers to the effect on your audience. The effect should either SEEM to...

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The Invisible Mirror by Bob CassidyLong unavailable, The Invisible Mirror is a large multimedia ebook (including four RealMedia video clips) featuring an ingenious method - illustrated on video - for obtaining a spectator's hidden thoughts and for apparently predicting the future.

It also contains something you will never see anywhere else - an excerpt of a live performance - in a biker bar - by Dr. Bob!

The Invisible Mirror is a utilitarian technique with unlimited capabilities. Not only is the technique direct and convincing, it is easy and actually fun to do.

1st edition 2003; 14 pages; 4 RealMedia video clips

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The Mag-Eye Move Revisited by Bob CassidyIn 1981 Al Mann devised a billet tear he called the "Mag-Eye" move. He enthusiastically demonstrated it for Bob Cassidy and gave him a copy of the manuscript, Phanta Graphs in which he had first described it.

Some time later, after playing around with the move, Bob devised a substantially different approach and a handling that allowed secret access to a much larger area of the billet. Bob also gave Al some of his ideas regarding the proper type of paper that had to be used to insure that the move worked smoothly as well as a presentational gambit that justified the use of a pre-folded billet.

Al was...

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The Mastermind Papers by Bob CassidyThis ebook consists of a PDF and five WMV videos demonstrating the techniques. Bob also included his personal brainstorming notes, much of which is incomprehensible, but it allows you a unique peak into this creative mind and might help you develop and personalize your own routines.
  • Doctor Crow's Party Piece
  • Pure Mentalism
  • Technique #1 - Hand to Hand with a Pen
  • Technique #2 The Switch, Umbrella Move and Read covered by business card packet.
  • Technique #3 Basic Switch with Wallet as Display Container
  • Technique #4 The Impromptu Index
  • The Invisible Device
  • PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
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