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Mentalism (also called "Mental Magic") involves you demonstrating unusual, supernatural or highly-developed mental, cognitive or intuitive abilities. Performances may involve amazing acts of precognition, divination, clairvoyance, telepathy, mind control or psychokinesis. As a mentalist or psychic, you may also perform hypnosis, memory effects and lightning-fast mathematics. Ted Annemann is one of our most frequently-read authors...but don't forget to check out our other ebooks by important mentalists and psychic entertainers like Bob Cassidy, Leo Boudreau, Dale Hildebrandt, Al Mann, Larry Becker, Timothy Hyde, Burling Hull and a host of others. We're constantly adding new ebooks, so please check back often to access the latest and greatest you can get in the exciting realm of mentalism! You may also want to read Bob Cassidy's article The Thirty-Nine Steps to Mentalism.

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Werner Miller
E-Z Square 8 by Werner Miller

Even more magic squares with playing cards.

1st edition 2017; 12 pages.

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Whit Haydn
Impromptu Card Code by Whit Haydn

Imagine performing a card trick for a blind person - making them the star. Actually, any unsuspecting spectator can instantly become your secret accomplice and read your thoughts. They will be able to identify the color and value of cards without looking at them. Practical and magical.

Recorded live at the Convention at the Capital 2000.

runtime: 14min 43s

★★★★★ $6
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Wilbur Kattner
The Prolix Spirit Writes by Wilbur Kattner

Audiences and critics alike love this mysterious psychic entertainment stunt. A reputation-maker. Like all good mentalism, it has a simple premise. A female spectator secretly writes a question about her future. Another spectator examines a blank piece of paper, then initials and holds it for safekeeping. The lady now reads her written question aloud and the performer (that's you) calls upon the spirits to reply. The blank, initialed paper is opened by the spectator holding it, who discovers that it's no longer blank. He reads the lengthy reply the spirits have written in answer to the lady...

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Will Alma
Methods of Forcing by Will Alma

There are 36 good methods of forcing explained in this manuscript, all of which require no skill. 9 methods with colors, 12 methods with cards, 7 methods with numbers and 8 general methods. No magician should be without this handy manuscript. Worth double the money asked.

PDF 12 pages

★★★★★ $5
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Will Andrade
The X-Ray Eye Act by Will Andrade

Here is a feature act. Performer's eyes are completely covered with heavy wads of cotton wool, after which the cotton is firmly sealed over the eyes by means of adhesive tape; after this a heavy strip of bandage is placed firmly over the eyes and tied tightly around the head. Regardless of what appears thus to be an absolute impossibility under these conditions, the medium can walk chalk lines, call names of selected cards, and many other unbelievable tests, even to describing people and their actions.

1st digital edition 2018, 8 pages.

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Will Andrade & B. W. McCarron
Last Train to Spookville by Will Andrade & B. W. McCarron

A four-act spirit seance in a box.

A bell placed in the cabinet rings out answers to questions. A handkerchief takes on life and moves about the cabinet, even flying outside it. A pair of slates reveals an answer to a thought-of question.

And now for the finale! A committee of spectators seals three blank sheets of paper inside a glass fruit jar. The jar is placed in the cabinet, in plain sight, with a fountain pen and bottle of ink. When the paper is removed by the committee, it's discovered that the spirits have accurately predicted the outcome of a pair of previous tests.

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Will Dexter
Sealed Vision by Will Dexter

From the Foreword by Peter Warlock:

Within it you will find not only worthwhile ideas (ideas which can so easily be tested) but also suggestions for presentation, and, in fact, almost everything that an intelligent conjurer could require in making use of a fake blindfold for the purpose of one effect or a series of effects.

Illustrated by Jack Lamonte.

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Part One Transparent Blindfolds
    • Unprepared Silk Foulard
    • The Divided Bag, (1)
    • The Divided Bag, (2)
    • The Felt Mask
    • The Leather Mask
    • The Perforated Coin
    • Painted Goggles
    • Magnetised Goggles
    • Polarised Goggles
    • Clear Spot Goggles ...
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Will Dexter
Feature Magic for Mentalists by Will Dexter

Great mentalism routines most don't know about.

  • Foreword
  • Chapter One: A Couple Of Starters
    • Is There A Mind-Reader In The House?
    • Technique Of The Swami
    • Swami Four-Thought
  • Chapter Two: Something More Than Coincidence?
    • A Word From Atlantis
    • The Ultimate Seventh Key To Baldpate
    • Will Dexter's Routine For - Seven Keys To Baldpate
  • Chapter Three: E.S.P. Of One Kind Or Another
    • Those E.S.P. Cards - Were They Designed By A Conjurer?
    • The Psychogram Test
    • The Third Eye
  • Chapter Four: They Need To Laugh Sometimes, Don't They?
    • Will Dexter's Spirit Message Slates
    • Electro-Static...
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Will Goldston
Looking Into The Future by Will Goldston

This is a collection of cold reading methods including palm reading, astrology and preparing horoscopes. It also includes a collection of news reports about spirits, ghosts and other weird and unusual occurrences.

    • The Horoscope Of Will Goldston
    • Practical Points on Palmistry
    • Rules and conditions for the Spirit-Circle
    • Weird Happening At Lamberhurst
    • Locks And Bolts Of No Avail
    • Spirited Away
    • Wonderful Proofs
    • Robert Houdin Mystified
    • Remarkable Test
    • Majuba Visions
    • Curious...
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William Ellsworth Robinson
Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena by William Ellsworth Robinson

This work has the earliest known reference to a nail writer. It has an interesting section on appearing inks and covers in fascinating detail slates, ties, table lifting as well as a few other stage magic effects.

1st edition 1898; original 148 pages; PDF 80 pages.

  3. CHAPTER I. The Single Slate.
  4. - Inks that Appear through Heat.
  5. - Inks that Appear under the Influence of Light.
  6. - Inks Appearing through Reagents.
  7. CHAPTER II. The Double Slate.
  8. CHAPTER III. Miscellaneous Slate Tests.
  9. CHAPTER IV. Mind Reading and Kindred Phenomena.
  10. CHAPTER V. Table Lifting and Spirit Rapping. ...
★★★★★ $7
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William V. Ottaway & T. A. Whitney
Magic and Mentalism Mysteries by William V. Ottaway & T. A. Whitney

Originally published as Pleasure Moments with the Magic Man. A nearly impossible to find book of occult-themed magic and mentalism is now back and better than ever.

Updated text and graphics have been added to this vintage text, containing a nice bridge to the past and present. No difficult sleights are required. Instructions are included for constructing the necessary apparatus to present these fine demonstrations to your own audiences.


  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • "Spirit Guide" Card Location in the Dark
  • "Muscle Reading" Card Trick
  • No-Sleight Card Location
  • How to Use the "Peg Card"...
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William W. Larsen
Thayer's Comedy Crystal Gazing Act by William W. Larsen

Here's the perfect "one man" comedy mentalism act that's great for those occasions when you aren't able to perform your regular show. Or add it as a feature to your regular act.

Don't confuse this with the old "two person" comedy mindreading act. This hilarious routine can be performed by you, alone, without assistants, stage hands or stooges. Using a crystal ball, a jumbo electric light bulb, or even a swirly-painted bowling ball, you cause a laugh riot by apparently answering questions which have been merely "thought of" by your audience. There's no mystery to it. All you need is this clever...

★★★★ $6
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William W. Larsen
Fraudulent Spirit Phenomena by William W. Larsen

(Larsen is writing as Rev. Dr. Richard Straussberg)

Whether you want to haunt a house, perform a parlor seance, or entertain a private audience with a series of ghostly mysteries, this book shows you how to do it. Long out of print, this limited edition manuscript is now available to a new generation of house haunters, spirit mediums and practitioners of bizarre magick. Use these spine-chilling effects to scare the yell out of your victims. If you're a storyteller, use one or more of these macabre stunts to accentuate a horror story.

Use an effect or two to spice up your existing act....

★★★★ $12
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William W. Larsen
Final Houdini Seance by William W. Larsen

A captivating 45- to 60-minute lecture-demonstration about Harry and Bess Houdini's pact to find a means of communicating with each other after Harry's death. A complete lecture script with suggested effects. Perform it any time of year, but especially during the month of October (since Houdini died on Halloween). This is sure-fire entertainment for adult, college, and high school audiences. Earn money by performing this lecture-demonstration for civic group luncheons, college campus special events, at libraries, haunted houses, spook shows, and more.

This presentation revives the age-old...

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William W. Larsen
Dr. Q's Sight Unseen by William W. Larsen

Dr. Q not only tells you how to describe objects in detail after having been heavily blindfolded with cotton pads and heavy adhesive tapes, but he also tells you how to present the act in its most effective fashion and what to say while presenting it.

Yes, here is the whole secret of this act, described in detail, plus complete patter and presentation. Half dollars (borrowed and unprepared) may first be placed over the eyelids. Then more than half a dozen strips of adhesive tape are placed over the eyes and pressed down tightly at all points. (Tape is also unprepared and may be borrowed.)...

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William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron
A Spook Show in Your Parlor by William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron

Host your own entertaining séance or year-round haunted house with these frightfully spooky stunts.

Not just for Halloween, you'll be the life of the party any time with more than a devil's dozen effects and stunts that take place around the séance table or darkened room. They won't break the (blood) bank, either.

Newly revised, with over 20 pages of added content, including new methods, attractions and ideas to make yours the most talked-about event in your city or town. Don't just perform magic . . . live it in your own house of spooks and ghosts.

Here's a partial look at the contents: ...

★★★★ $10
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William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron
Thayer's Life Span Reading by William W. Larsen & B. W. McCarron

This superb script allows a mentalist or psychic entertainer to apparently reveal any spectator's life, from the cradle to the grave. Is it mind reading? ESP? Vulcan Mind Meld? No, it's Larsen and McCarron's Life Span Reading, the psychic worker's "secret sauce" that, judiciously used, will convince most anyone that you have real psychic ability.

Not a trick, but a psychological profile that fits nearly anyone who walks in the door. Life readings such as this have been jealously guarded by office mediums, who use the spiel to convince the client of the psychic's innate ability. Yet, no special...

★★★★ $8
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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright
The L. W. Mental and Spirit Mysteries by William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

Here are six stunning mental and spirit-flavored effects from the creative minds of Larsen and Wright.

From the authors of The L. W. Card Mysteries comes this great ebook of effects for psychic entertainers that will leave audiences thinking that they have just witnessed genuine thought stealing!

You get:

  • Psychic Vision - An ingenious method of answering a single question.
  • The Quick or the Dead - Perhaps the best method ever for performing this great billet test. Put your thinking cap on and you'll find many uses for this, aside from the original premise.
  • From a Shuffled Pack - A great test feature. ...
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William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright
The L. W. Mindreading Mysteries by William W. Larsen & T. Page Wright

A nice collection of five more entertaining effects for psychic entertainers that will leave audiences thinking that they have just witnessed genuine mind reading. You get:

Musical Mindreading - A spectator selects one of twelve songs, without revealing it to anyone else - and the medium (seated at the piano or CD player) is somehow able to play that very selection. Most musical mindreading acts have required long study. This can be learned in less than fifteen minutes. Little or no expense. An excellent, apparently impromptu item for the home, club or stage.

Distant Card Reading - A number...

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Wolfgang Riebe
Compelling Mental Magic by Wolfgang Riebe

20 plus perplexing effects for the serious mentalist.

From stage to close-up, this ebook contains numerous original deceptions, as well as complete routines that focus on entertainment, coupled with mystifying magic appeal, while still maintaining ease of performance and handling.

Mind reading and the psychic have fascinated humanity for hundreds of years and in modern times a definite resurgence of mentalism as an art form has occurred. If you are searching for powerful mental magic that is fairly easy to do, on par with the best professional routines out there, plus packs tons of entertainment...

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The Blackjack Room by Zandman

This is a true miracle. The description below is true to the last word. It reads like a miracle - because it is one.

With contributions from: Greg Arce, Neil Tobin and Richard Osterlind

The Prediction:

A prediction is sealed in an envelope and held by an audience member the entire presentation. No switches.

The Game:

On stage; a table, 5 chairs and a deck of cards. 5 players (spectators) come up to play a hand of blackjack. Cards are shuffled by a random player and re-cased to avoid any tampering by the performer as he explains about blackjack. No false shuffles. No Sleights. One player...

★★★★★ $40
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Natural Mentalism: a treatise on natural navigation by Zanetti

Imagine being able to tell someone the direction of their house when you are both stood in the middle of nowhere that you have both never been to before.

Imagine being able to get from one location to another via walking or driving without the use of maps, GPS, or compasses because you just "know where to go".

Imagine being driven to a city you have never been to before. You get out of the car and are blindfolded and taken to a new location within the city. Upon removing the blindfold you can then instantly begin walking in the direction of the car and eventually return back to it without...

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Barcoding by Zanetti

A nice little impromptu piece of mind reading you can do when the opportunity arises. Divine the thoughts of your participants without anything written down. The only thing that is required is a shelf of DVDs / Blu Rays / PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Switch games, books, CDs, or a mixture of them all and you are ready to go.


The participant picks up any DVD / Blu Ray / PlayStation Game / XBox Game or Switch Game from a shelf. For this example, they select a DVD. Because this might not have been a free choice and the participant could have somehow been manipulated to select that DVD,...

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Zee J. Yan
Rainbow Unicorn by Zee J. Yan

Three impromptu close-up mentalism routines with strong impact and one extremely mind-baffling and tightly structured 10 minute stage mentalism routine.

Using a smartphone as a billet.

Tips and ideas on swami gimmick so you can carry it with you without special storing devices.

Making an extremely deceptive peek device with only 35 cent or less (literally 35 cent or less)

Turning an everyday wallet into a peek wallet without damaging it.

[Note: If you already own Greetings by Zee J. Yan, then you won't need this ebook.]

1st edition 2016, 66 pages.

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