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Annemann's Practical Mental Effects Vol. 2

by Osterlind, Richard

Product Rating:

(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Mentalism
Media Type: DVD
Publisher: Jim Sisti
Publication Summary: 2012, 96 mins
Format: DVD

Product Description

A classic of mentalism comes to life!

Annemann's Practical Mental Effects has been a landmark book for magicians and mentalists since its release in 1944. The routines that are contained in its pages have been influencing mystery performers for over 75 years.

This exciting new DVD series explores the work of Annemann and his Jinx contributors in a scholarly way, analyzing not only the presentation of some of the strongest mentalism ever created but also the thinking behind the effects. Richard Osterlind first performs the effects in their original form before an audience of non-magicians and then very nuance is exhaustively explained with the assistance of Jim Sisti.

Effects performed and explained in this volume include:
  • Bert Reese Secrets
  • You and Yours - Me and Mine
  • Extra Sensory Perception
  • Prophetic Tissue
  • Ultra Addition
  • Dead
  • Yggdrasil
  • 20th Century Newspaper Test
  • Par-Optic Vision
Running Time Approximately: 1hr 36min
Date Added: Jul 7th, 2012
MLA SKU: 4ff7de7642be5


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Official Review

April 13th, 2013 1:51am
Reviewed by Christian
Since this is sold as a 3 DVD set. My review will be the same for all three DVDs.

If you want to know what is in the pages of Annemann’s Practical Mental Effects but are too lazy to read, then this DVD set will give you a very good introduction.

Richard has culled a good sampling of tricks from the book. He demonstrates them for a live audience and then sits with Jim Sisti and explains them very well. I think in keeping with the flavor of the book, Richard demonstrates the tricks with little presentation. You are simply seeing the bare bones. I like this, in the fact that you are only concentrating on the methods and not so apt to copy a presentation that you see. It will be up to you to come up with engaging presentations.

For people who have studied this book and hoarded its secrets like a jealous 1849 gold digger, it is horrific to see these secrets paraded out in the daylight. As has been said many times, if you want to keep a secret just put it in print. This... [Read More]

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Official Review

April 6th, 2013 6:59pm
Reviewed by Jeff Stone
This part (within the red bordered box) is the same for the reviews of Volumes 1, 2 and 3, so you can skip it if you've already read it.

How Shall I Judge?

This whole set is a weird set to judge and review. It's not quite fair to judge Richard Osterlind on any weak parts of the performance he may have had because, likely, most of the stuff on this set is not in his regular repertoire so I don't expect it to be polished. Secondly, according to Jim Sisti (co-host), this set also was not intended to be a "best of" series either, so I can't really judge the set based on whether or not the material chosen was the top Annemann stuff either. Due to the way the... [Read More]

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