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Robert A. Nelson

Robert A. Nelson

#1 Magic author
#1 Mentalism & Spiritism author

(Columbus, Ohio: 16th November 1901 - 21st February 1973).

Inspired around age 10. Debut at age 13 with paid mental act. Semi-pro with partner with Syl Reilly until 1921. Pro as stage mentalist-telepathist since 1921 when founded Nelson Enterprises in Columbus, Ohio. It became the world's largest company dealing in mentalist's props and literature (until sold in 1972 to Micky Hades).

Radio program ("Voice of Destiny") 1928-35 as "Dr. Korda RaMayne, PsD", which he also used on stage in a crystal-gazing act. In the 1940s, after Claude "Alexander" Conlin Jr retired, Nelson bought his entire act, later selling most of it to Leon Mandrake.

Invented Multiplying Rabbits (by 1944) and claimed the Psychomatic Deck (by 1948). The most prolific author of books and booklets on mentalism (34 by 1945 alone), including Hellstromism (1935, 21pp), The Encyclopedia of Mentalism (1944, 120pp; repr 1971), Miracles in Mentalism (1945, 64pp), Super Prediction Tricks (1947, 55pp), The Art of Cold Reading (1951; repr 1971, 47pp), Club and Party Mentalism (1961, 50pp), Still More Miracles in Mentalism (1962, 74pp), Comedy Mentalism (3 vols, 1962, 1963, 1964, 59+61+63pp), TV Mentalism (1966, 37pp), and The Last Book of Nelson: An Autobiography, Plus (1970, 55pp). Columns in Tops, Linking Ring, and Magic is Fun. Article in Genii.

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The Men-Tal-O Mystery Act

Robert A. Nelson

The Men-Tal-O Mystery Act by Robert A. NelsonHere is one of the cleverest and most convincing acts of its kind ever offered. It completely baffles the audience, as the presentation apparently allows no opportunity for trickery.

Fair note cards and envelopes are distributed to members of the audience, with the request that they write their questions on the cards, sign their name, then seal their query in an envelope. This done, the performer collects the sealed questions, inquires of each spectator their name, and writes their names or initials upon the envelopes for the purpose of identification.

The sealed questions are then collected...

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Sensational Answers

Robert A. Nelson

Sensational Answers by Robert A. NelsonAdd punch, excitement and interest to your stage presentation with Sensational Answers. The truly outstanding mentalist must add a few outstanding and long-remembered situations in every program to give it balance, create dramatic tension and palpable relief.

The run-of-the-mill questions and answers rightfully constitute the bulk of every psychic entertainer's program, but it is the out-of-the-ordinary, the daring and sensational situations that are the ones your audience remembers and talks about. For a dynamic, sensational program, you must use dynamic and sensational material.

Included...

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The Horoscope Pitch

Robert A. Nelson

The Horoscope Pitch by Robert A. NelsonHere's a complete selling plan for the Horoscope Pitch, where the income can run to thousands of dollars per week!

Learn how to enter this very profitable business. Detailed information on the full presentation - what is needed - what to sell, including descriptions of the best and most profitable horoscopes - where to work - how to book, terms and profit possibilities.

The investment is small and the profit potentials are tremendous. Work parks, resorts, fairs, stores, exhibitions, theatres - indoors or out of doors - in fact, wherever people gather. This is a great venture for the man...

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The Ghost Book of Dark Secrets

Robert A. Nelson

The Ghost Book of Dark Secrets by Robert A. NelsonIf you've wanted to present a Midnight Theatre Ghost Show - a Spirit Seance - Haunt a House - or scare the Yell out of your friends at a Ghost Party, The Ghost Book of Dark Secrets tell you how!

Revealed - completely - the strange and weird manifestations that transpire in darkness during the midnight spook shows and in private seance rooms. Ghosts by night stimulate the imagination - a sense of unease reigns as darkness falls - a thousand chills and thrills await. Go behind the scenes and learn how to duplicate these spine-chilling demonstrations for profit - or fun!

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The Mentalist's Manual

Robert A. Nelson

The Mentalist's Manual by Robert A. NelsonDo you want to be a professional mentalist? This authoritative textbook shows how to enter this interesting and highly profitable profession. This ebook literally takes the reader by the hand, and step by step, outlines the correct procedure - from start to finish. Just as if you hired Nelson to consult with you on how to break into the psychic entertainment business.

Covered in detail are: How to begin - the necessary requisites - suitable names and titles - the lecture - routines - publicity and a hundred and one time-proven facts that are so necessary for success. Not only does Nelson...

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Phenomenal ESP Perception

Bob Tripp & Robert A. Nelson

Phenomenal ESP Perception by Bob Tripp & Robert A. NelsonA masterful presentation of Extra Sensory Perception wherein five different spectators prove their psychic ability.

EFFECT: Five different Jumbo ESP symbol cards are exhibited, and one card each is sealed in a large manila envelope. The envelopes are mixed, so the whereabouts of any given symbol is unknown. Any five spectators volunteer, and name the envelope which they think contains a certain specified symbol card. Spectator's names are each written on an envelope, and their selection is recorded beside their name on a large white board or easel-mounted display card.

Each envelope, as...

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The Secrets of Doctor "A"

Robert A. Nelson

The Secrets of Doctor "A" by Robert A. Nelson"Dr. A" was a real-life figure, having devoted 33 years of his life as a very successful office reader and clairvoyant. He gave Robert Nelson full permission to publish his unique secrets, however he requested that he remain anonymous.

He devised, created and used what Nelson regarded as one of the finest - if not the finest - methods of giving private readings and (apparently) reading the minds of others.

The system described is so subtle and versatile that Dr. "A" and Nelson both were able to give thought-staggering readings and demonstrations under the most adverse of conditions, whether...

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With the Eyes of Dr. Reese

Robert A. Nelson

With the Eyes of Dr. Reese by Robert A. NelsonHere is a miraculous, "test conditions" billet reading method that is both fiendishly clever and imminently practical. Leave it to the fertile brain of Bob Nelson to develop a billet test as good as this!

The sitter writes any question on a slip of paper and folds it tightly. She drops this into a glass tumbler. Sitter then takes her own handkerchief and places same over mouth of glass. A rubber band is used to snap around the edge of glass, holding the handkerchief in place.

The glass, containing the spectator's billet, is left standing on a table throughout the test. The performer picks...

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Mystery of the Gyrating Tables

Robert A. Nelson

Mystery of the Gyrating Tables by Robert A. NelsonIn this eBook, Bob Nelson reveals his Mystery of the Gyrating Tables presentation, complete with opening lecture.

This effect certainly belongs in the realm of the psychic. Present it as an example of spirit phenomena, inject a little showmanship, and, as Nelson says, you'll "skyrocket to fame."

Using ordinary, unprepared tables and no apparatus whatsoever, the tables will tip, teeter, wobble and gyrate around the room or stage in the craziest fashion. And this despite the medium not even seated at the table with the participants! No stooges or confederates are employed at any time. ...

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Sensational Effects

Robert A. Nelson

Sensational Effects by Robert A. NelsonThe most sensational release of the mentalist's closest guarded secrets. A choice collection of ultra-sensational effects that will not only puzzle the layman, but will baffle the mindreading profession as well.

Nelson has released a number of these closely guarded effects under one cover. Countless numbers of professional crystal gazers have been completely mystified by the effect known as "Answering questions that have not been written down," and on witnessing this effect, asked Nelson for the solution. Just one of many effects described in this work.

The contents of Sensational Effects...

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Effective Answers to Questions

Robert A. Nelson

Effective Answers to Questions by Robert A. NelsonA masterpiece in the field of psychic entertainment! A brilliant sequel to Geo. DeLawrence's Answers to Questions.

In this advanced course for mentalists and psychic entertainers, Nelson delves further into the psychology of Q&A work, combining essential showmanship with the psychology of the answers. Teaches the reader how to answer questions, the basic principles of combining effectiveness with answers, how to convince your audience, and to attain a higher percentage of correct answers.

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  1. The Introductory Lecture - Its true purpose, what it must convey to the audience, the psychology of a good lecture,...
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Impromptu Mentalism

Robert A. Nelson

Impromptu Mentalism by Robert A. NelsonHere is a stunning ten-minute routine for the magician to use as an encore at the end of his or her regular act. The performer demonstrates with devastating correctness that he can read the collective minds of several spectators.

In a very informal and impromptu style, the magician offers to read the minds of the spectators. He asks the audience to think of a question, name, relationship, number, color, etc. They are asked only to THINK these thoughts. Without further ado, the performer proceeds to call spectators by name, telling them of the exact thoughts in their minds at the moment, answering...

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The Art of Cold Reading

Robert A. Nelson

The Art of Cold Reading by Robert A. NelsonThe secret book of the mental profession that teaches the mentalist or psychic to "read" a person "cold" with no gimmicks, no advance knowledge, and no preparation.

The Art of Cold Reading is the learned ability to cleverly read another "from the cradle to the grave" - and without important error. It is amazingly easy - if you understand the technique and methods. Possess it and you are always prepared to give readings - any time, anywhere, for fun or for profit.

The inner secrets of "cold reading" have been closely held and guarded for many years. Knowledge of this kind has been passed...

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Super Mentality

Robert A. Nelson

Super Mentality by Robert A. NelsonNow you, too, can present an impromptu demonstration of super power memory. Do it any time, any place. A terrific publicity stunt!

From ten to 100 articles are called out by spectators and memorized by the performer, in their proper sequence. The performer can call out the items in sequence, forward, then backward. The performer gives the number of any item in the list. If a number is called out, the performer can also call out the item at that position. Five (or more) dollar bills are submitted, spectators calling aloud the serial numbers. The performer immediately memorizes the numbers,...

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How to Read Sealed Messages

Robert A. Nelson

How to Read Sealed Messages by Robert A. NelsonThe most comprehensive and authoritative book on sealed billet reading, as employed by mentalists, magicians, and office mediums.

Divided into three sections, this ebook deals with methods used by office mediums (section 1), stage mentalists and psychic entertainers (section 2), and a bonus section on how to maximize revenue from shows with a secret tip for selling 'back of house' books and merchandise (section 3).

SIXTEEN methods are described and explained in detail as used for private office work. Many of these are adaptable to mentalist and magic uses, and can be presented without...

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Still More Miracles in Mentalism

Robert A. Nelson

Still More Miracles in Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson23 leading authorities on mentalism collaborated to make this the largest and best of the fabulous series of "Miracles in Mentalism" books.

In this revised and expanded edition, you now get 49 new and original mental and psychic effects, routines, and suggestions covering the full range of impromptu, club, radio, TV and stage presentations. This wealth of new and original material has been audience-tested and proven as worthy of inclusion in your program. This one volume alone contains sufficient sensational mental and psychic effects for several programs. Many of the presentations contain...

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Confessions of a Medium

Robert A. Nelson

Confessions of a Medium by Robert A. NelsonThere has never been such a complete and thoroughly accurate exposé of the inner workings and guarded secrets of the professional medium, psychic and healer.

Describes how fake psychics get their certificates, making them immune from police interference. How anyone can obtain such a certificate. Explains how mediums and psychics work in "closed" towns so city authorities can't touch them. Includes sample ads as used by the phony seers, fake diplomas, how and where the psychics get their business, and how mediums can even work spare time and still make big money. Shows how the psychic obtains...

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Super Prediction Tricks

Robert A. Nelson & E. J. Moore

Super Prediction Tricks by Robert A. Nelson & E. J. MooreYou, too, can be a successful predictionist!

Publicity, such as headline news and front page stories are the lifeblood of modern show business. Super Prediction Tricks are proven top notch publicity-getters. Properly executed, they are the easily arranged and assured method of getting sensational publicity and news stories - publicity worth thousands of dollars.

This ebook of predictions and sensational showmanship has been eagerly accepted and highly praised by the members of the profession. You, too, will cherish it and utilize many of the fine effects. Hail to the man or woman who does...

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Making Mindreading Pay

Robert A. Nelson

Making Mindreading Pay by Robert A. NelsonLearn the inner secrets of how to make a living as a mentalist or psychic entertainer. The commercial side of this highly lucrative business is revealed in its entirety: contracts, bookings, advertising and exploitation in theaters, clubs, hotels, casinos, fairs, and in private practice.

The entire range of opportunities for psychic entertainers is discussed at length, and with one thought in mind: to make money! Whether you are new in the business or a seasoned pro, this ebook will mean extra dollars to you.

If you're on the sidelines now, watching others make real money in this profession,...

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A Complete Course in Stage (Pseudo) Hypnotism

Robert A. Nelson

A Complete Course in Stage (Pseudo) Hypnotism by Robert A. NelsonThis course presents a complete, two-hour program of scientific, mystifying and comical hypnotic stage entertainments that can be presented after studying this all-inclusive course.

Audiences love to witness hypnotic stage acts! Now you, too, can be a stage hypnotist with your own show. Written by an experienced operator (and owner of a stage hypnotic show), this course provides authentic instructions for performing a complete evening's entertainment. Not only does this course teach how to do many wonderful hypnotic tests, it also provides the complete routine of your show, tells how to select...

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