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The Man Who Knows How to Amuse and Mystify
by José Prager


(1 review, 2 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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The Man Who Knows How to Amuse and Mystify by José Prager
"It is amazing cover to cover. Brilliant ideas and clear explanation of execution. I expect to add several to my formal and informal performances. Jose is a mentalists dream producer." - Marc Salem

"I've been reading Jose's ideas for years and have always been impressed with his thinking. This is a fantastic collection of clever routines, devious methods and strong presentations. Make sure you read the chapter on reveals as it will make ALL your mentalism more impactful. Overall a great book by a clever thinker." - Marc Paul

"Having not only read, but contributed to José's masterpiece "TMWKHTAAM", I can attest to the strength and practicality of the routines and concepts explored in this tome. Between these leaves; You will find a vast plethora of ideas that will easily and effectively slot right into your act, without creating chaos... except for in the minds and the reactions of your audiences. This is a worthy investment for any mind reader; it sits on my digital shelf next to the classics and I've no doubt it'll find a place of similar regard on yours." - Dee Christopher

Jose Prager's The Man Who Knows: How to Amuse and Mystify, is chock full of practical ideas that every working mentalist can slot right into their current performing repertoire. The ebook covers nearly fifty different routines as well as deep insight into not only how the effects and methods work, but why they work.

Jose takes a hard and practical look at mentalism and creates organic and natural pieces that answer the question most often posed by audiences: "Can you read my mind?".

Jose also shares new twists and approaches on book tests, billet readings, "which hand" effects, coin tosses, truth/lie routines, working with ESP symbols, multiple outs, and forces, just to name a few. You will learn new secret methods and concepts, for creating your own impression devices, ideas on using billets, peek wallets, reveals and forcing selections, often using no props whatsoever. These are powerful tools that should be in every mentalist's arsenal.

TMHKHTAAM is full of practical, real world advice which will take your mind reading to the next level. The next time someone says "can you read my mind?" you will not only be able to answer "yes," but to prove it.


  • Effects
    • The Child Who Knew Too Much
    • The Mind Reader's Handshake
    • The Mystic Paper
    • Perfected Book Test
    • The Devil Knows
    • Truly False Prophet
    • Fingers!
    • Zenner and Rhine
    • Subconscious Thought Transmission
    • Third Eye Mystery
    • Name and Sign
    • Drinks Prophecy
    • No Pain
    • Connections
    • Thought Collector
    • Long Distance Telepathy
    • Two Very Secret Digits
    • The Book of Passwords
    • Falling Coins by Dee Christopher
  • Methods
    • A Word of Caution
  • Billets
    • Duplica: Half Billet Peek
    • Blank Reading: Half Billet Peek
    • Opaque: Full Billet Peek
    • The Black Billet
    • Acidus Drawing
  • Impression Devices
    • The Scanner: Impression Device
    • The Best Pre-show You Will Ever Find
    • $1,000 Mind Reading Case
    • Amazing Psychic Sharpie Twins
  • Forcing Thoughts
    • Invisible Dice Force
    • Half Life Equation Force
    • Justifying The Existence of Lists
    • The Black Notebook
    • Hands Off Variation
  • Propless mind reading
    • Guessing Colors
    • Guessing ESP symbols
    • Guessing Names: Celebrity-Deathmatch
    • Guessing Star Signs: Monkeying Around By Peter Turner
  • Reveals
    • Revealing Meaningful Information
    • Pseudo-Real Time Reveal
    • Subconscious Reveal
    • A Divination Of Nothing
  • Some Thoughts on Peek Wallets
    • Isolated
    • Covered
  • Concepts
    • Challenged
    • Airplane Menu
    • PA for PS
    • Shapes
    • Kolosall 37
    • The No Justification
    • The Broken Glass
    • Delayed
    • Thought Stealer
    • An Unwritten Thought
    • Into The Rabbit's Hole
    • A Whispered Card

1st edition 2017, 229 pages.
word count: 32310 which is equivalent to 129 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 11 July, 2017

A quick look of the contents will reveal a plethora (as Dee Christopher says) of routines, forces, subtleties, peeks, imp pads, anagrams, theoretical concepts... I started reading, and just about every time I went to the next page I thought, "Wow! That's terrific. I'm adding it to my repertoire." When I got to the end, I discovered that I had a whole lot of things to add to my repertoire--and I wanted to go through the book again. This collection is clearly a labor of love from years of doing practical mentalism. And unlike a lot of propless "maybe it'll work; maybe it won't" stuff, this material is straightforward and direct. For example, Jose takes a classic psychological force and makes it virtually miss-proof using a principle that you will probably be familiar with but hadn't thought of using in this context. Later in the book he details how to reveal things effectively. Now I am a big fan of the way Luke Jermay thinks about this topic from his DVD Making Mind Reading Look Real so I wasn't expecting much new. I was wrong. The revelation stuff is great. And you get bonus effects from Dee Christopher (one of my close-up favorites of his, Falling Coins) and Peter Turner. You will spend a lot of time studying this ebook. Guaranteed.

Don't be put off by the price tag. Prager's Magnum Opus is worth every penny. Highest recommendation here for the best mentalism book of the year so far.