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Annemann's Practical Mental Effects Vol. 3 Review

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 is how Practical Mental Effects as been for last few decades. Everyone knows about it and owns it, but few people have read it. Now, Richard Osterlind has churned out three DVDs sharing the secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for so many years.

Is it worth the money. Sure. Richard does a fine job of demonstrating the tricks within the pages of this mighty tome. You can spend the money and watch them. That’s good. Or . . . you can read the book . . . even better.

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Product info for Annemann's Practical Mental Effects Vol. 3

Author: Osterlind, Richard
Publisher: Jim Sisti
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's 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:

  • Mindreading Publicity Effect
  • The Brain Wave Deck
  • Half and Half
  • Two Papers and a Spectator
  • Graphology
  • The Al Baker 3 Billet Trick
  • Triple Coercion
  • Devil Device
Running Time Approximately: 1hr 28min

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