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50 MIRACLES WITH THE 5-STAR MIRACLE DECK FOR THE MENTALIST

1985   -   "50 MIRACLES WITH THE 5-STAR MIRACLE DECK FOR THE MENTALIST". As with all of Al Mann's works, every aspect of mentalism is incorperated in this Manuscript. From Prediction Mentalism to E.S.P. mentalism.

include:

  • THE CLASSIC EFFECT
  • PREPARING THE 5-STAR MIRACLE DECK
  • A HISTORY
  • TRIMMED CARDS
  • STABBED!
  • IN MINIATURE
  • CONTACT
  • NON-CONTACT
  • COUNTING
  • HEADLINES
  • POKER
  • POINT BLANK, AND MUCH MORE


  • 101 Psychic Tests

    Ungimmicked bucket placed over your head, yet you still and can name playing cards placed on top of bucket while on your head! Do the standard blindfold effects using a metal bucket over your head . People stand beside you and hold up fingers and yet you tell them how many. Fingers are placed beside the bucket, NOT BELOW IT! Super fooler! While blindfolded thread 15 threads thru a needle while they watch! Learn the secrets of vest turning, causing a chalice to break by thought, various ways of making a ghost appear including little known methods that sold for more than the book! Fingertips Ghost: Sit in a dim room with the sitters, they see ghosts come from your hands and float in the air! NO hidden gimmicks, no assistants, no cloth, all explained in the book CAUSE FLASHES OF LIGHT TO SHOOT FROM YOUR EYES, WITHOUT ELECTRONIC DEVICES! Learn how to create beautiful and safe mid air explosions in the seance room. Take a huge knife and hold an apple with great force you hit the apple which gets cut in half, but the psychic's hand is unharmed! Make messages appear on your arm in REAL BLOOD, YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT, IN YOUR REAL BLOOD. Al Mann reveals this little known secret. Inside secrets of Stigmata, show a piece of cardboard and wash hands to show nothing there, place your hands on the cardboard and they leave imprints in a bloody red! Learn how to hypnotize Rabbits, Chickens, frogs, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, yes even a lobster! Secrets revealed for the first time that appear to show your psychic powers. Strangulation Test! Tie a rope around your neck and a dozen strong mean try to chock you to death, yet fail! Bend steel bars with your hand, break solid bricks with your bare hands. Anyone can do this once you know the insider secrets. Drive Nails into wood with your bare hand! Then extract them with your fingertips! A great psychic publicity feat, AL shows you how to actually pull a BUS or Truck with your teeth! You can do this too! It's easier than you think! A CAR is driven over the psychic without INJURY! Psychic places his finger on his forehead and the stronger man can't lift it off! The Orange Test: Show a bunch of oranges and have someone sign there name on one with a magic marker, all the other oranges along with the signed one go in a bag. Without looking, you reach into the bag and remove the signed orange!

    Acidus

    Acidus - A method for thought reading. Acidus is the key to varied miracles. It can be used in a design duplication effect or in a question answering act, or the living and dead test.This is book No.100 of a limited edition of 200 books.

    Acidus 2
















    Acidus Plus

    ACIDUS PLUS; A METHOD FOR THOUGHT-READING. In this manuscript AL MANN has not only reworked his original billet work, but has also INCLUDED OTHER TECHNIQUES that have been sent to him by other MENTALISTS. The result is the DEFINATIVE WORK IN BILLET MENTALISM!
  • MILLARD LONGMAN'S ACIDUS NOVUS
  • AL MANN'S THE AZONIC FORCE
  • THE HUGHES MOVE
  • FROM THE THIRTEEN
  • BOB HAINES' SHADES OF BERT RESSE
  • THE AZONIC RENT
  • A COMPLETE HISTORY OF ACIDUS PLUS
  • AL MANN'S THE SECRET OF ABONUTICHUS.

  • AL BAKER MANUSCRIPT

    Ted Annemann writing in Jinx No 19 alludes to an obscure Al Baker manuscript that Annemann had seen when he was 17 years of age, at which time the manuscript was already old. The manuscript contained some of the first writings by a well experienced and well informed magician. It was called “Al Baker’s Mental Effects”. This was a remarkable collection of ideas and fabulous routines aimed especially at the mentalist/magician. Although it featured Al Baker’s Billet Reading Extraordinary, each effect in the book was a feature item.
  • AL BAKER’S BILLET READING EXTRAORDINARY
  • THE BILLET TEST
  • THE LIVING AND DEAD TEST
  • AL BAKER’S TWO PERSON SLATE TEST
  • THE PACK THAT CUTS ITSELF
  • MINDREADING CARD TRICK

  • The Alpha Files

    This spiral bound book was published in 1995 and is 26 pages long. It is in good condition. I quote from the cover: “The astonishing secrets of Psychic metal bending as performed by Steve Shaw (Banacheck) and Richard Osterlind. Most of the secrets appear in print for the first time.
  • The Test of Time
  • Matter In Orbit
  • The Bends, and Melt Down by Steve Shaw
  • The Spoon Bend and The Remote Psychic Power by Richard Osterlind.
  • Plus the account of James Randi’s psychic sting operation call Project Alpha which shook the world of the parapsychologists.

  • The Apodosis

    THE APODOSIS (NE PLUS ULTRA READING METHOD). Included are effects using THE CENTER TEAR METHOD!
  • ANNEMANN'S "NE PLUS ULTRA READING METHOD
  • NOTHING MORE BEYOND
  • EXPOSURES,
  • AL BAKER'S MASTERWORK
  • THE IMPROVISITOR
  • FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
  • THE UMBRELLA MOVE
  • THROUGH THE MAGIC DOOR, AND MUCH MUCH MORE

  • ARCA Mystery Box

    The mentalist calls attention to a small cardboard box that is sealed with rubber bands and sitting on the table. He asks anyone to call out a number and a second person to call out a word. Mentalist picks up the box and removes the rubber band and lid. You DO NOT STICK YOUR HAND INSIDE THE BOX NOR DO YOU TOUCH THE SLIPS. Any person can remove the slips and open them. They contain the exact word and number just called out! Very, Very, Strong! Any thought desired by the mentalist will appear inside he sealed and ungimmicked box. The message can even be inside a sealed envelope! Baffling beyond words. The position of any playing card called by the audience can be predicted inside a sealed deck! The name of a lady-love called out plus a red rose can be found inside the box! There is NO limit to number of miracles you can do with this Arca works almost automatically. The spectator can unknowingly pull off the gaff. 13 effects are described including book tests,

  • HEADLINE PREDICTION
  • PEGASUS PAGE
  • TELEPORT A TORN BILL
    NO SLEIGHT OF HAND OR BILLET SWITCHING INVOLVED. All the work is nautural and made openly. Even if they burn your hands with their eyes nothing will be revealed.

  • Axel Hellstrom

    The Life and works of Axel Hellstrom. Contents include:
  • Hellstrom's history
  • Axel Hellstrom's mnemonic system
  • other performers
  • Hellstrom & Houdini & the S.A.M.











    The Bert Reese Docimasy

    The fabulous exploits of Bert Reese-Wonder Worker. Many insights and secrets of his work NEVER BEFORE REVEALED. His routine. His Life. His billet technique is a classic that has never been bettered. It stands leagues high over any other billet presentation yet conceived. With the information contained in this book, the reader can duplicate the Bert Reese act and create AMAZEMENT LIKE NEVER BEFORE!Bert Reese earned a high fee and associated with the elite of the world.

    THE CONTENTS:

  • Bert Reese Fortune Teller
  • Reese and Houdini
  • Reese and Aleister Crowley
  • Reese and Edison
  • Reese Billet technique in Detail
  • Reese in Action
  • The umbrella move in Action
  • The pellet switch -4 versions
  • Reese and the center tear
  • Plus much more.

  • The Black Box


    The Black Box. Dunninger's Billet Box Pad, with Modern Method By Richard Osterlind, This book is devoted to this secret gimmick in the form of a writing pad, that Dunninger originated and has comlpete directions for making your own of this neat little device and uses by Richard Osterlind. Copyright 1990.

    The Book of Life

    With this secret you are able to give powers to members of the audience!

    Some of the effects possible:

  • One person in the audience secretly draws a simple design of his choice on a slate. Anything! While another member of the audience draws a design which is a duplicate of the first design! NOW HEAR this! Mentalist doesn't know the design until both slates are shown to the audience. This is the first time you see them too! No preshow work, no carbons, no coaching. You really don't know what designs the people are drawing til shown to you and the audience.
  • The Answer: A question is written in the book of life by a spectator. Another spectator is given the power to be a SEER by the performer. The 2nd person correctly answers the first person's question! YET THE REST OF THE AUDIENCE INCLUDING THE MENTALIST DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE ORIGINAL QUESTION WAS!
  • The book also contains bonus material on giving private readings. Effects that will cause the audience to wonder about you and your strange powers.

  • Brainbusters '83

  • Nothing Hidden
  • Blind Enchantment
  • En Boite
  • The Sealed Ootw
  • The Framed Ootw
  • The Black Hole
  • The Death Void
  • The castaway Coffin







    Breakthrough

    From the Forward by Al Mann: The true art of Mentalism is not the illusion of the stage that enchants the eye but the illusion created in the mind that enchants the thought. The Mentalist's greatest gimmick is hidden in the inner recesses of his mind and therefore invisible and unexposable. This [manuscript] expounds the illusive, seldom exploited and little known branch of magic where the spectator unknowingly executes the 'move' that creates the miracle to the full credit of the magician! The "Headline Prediction" is indeed a headline getter for the magician and mentalist. It is a haunting experience for the beholders. The magician pierces the time barrier by predicting the future in writing in a sealed letter that is never again touched by the magician or any one in his company after the letter is mailed or delivered! ... This is the highest form of Magic! Along with his "Break Through" effect, this manuscript also contains material on the "Walter's Letter" effect which he learned from Walter Gibson in 1976.

    Carpusgraphy

    It deals with a little known technique called Carpusgraphy. The technique has been sought after for years. The end results were spawned by Acidus. Its all done with ONE hand and is motionless. Here is one effect that can be done with this technique. You are in a restaurant or standing on a corner, anywhere with your friends. You wait til you hear something unusual, such as My niece Nancy was killed in a car wreck, or my sister had a baby last night, they named him John, etc. Now you proceed to scare your friends with your TERRIBLE power!You break in and say "Strange that you should say that! I had a terrible dream last night and saw a fatal car crash. These things happen to me all the time. I heard a name, it was Nancy. What a concidence?? I got out of bed and wrote that a girl named Nancy was killed in a car crash. I wrote in on this card. You remove a folded billet from you pocket. "I sealed it with glue" You hand the glued shut billet to your friend. He will have some trouble opening it. Written inside is NANCY KILLED IN CAR CRASH. You may consider things like this to be in bad taste, but imagine the effect it will have on the people you show it to. If you want to appear to be a psychic and do impromtu miracles that appear to be terrible powers that will make people afraid of you then you want this book. Not part of any series such as the Arcana or Zodiac series of Al Mann.

    Cero-Mentics

    CERO-MENTICS, A STUDY IN THOUGHT PRINTS.
  • MASTIC MYSTERIES
  • THE RMS PRINCIPLE
  • THE DELUXE JUPITER GIMMICK
  • THE GEMINI SLATE
  • DONOVON'S DUST
  • CERO-MENTICS
  • THOUGHT PRINTS
  • THE FELLOW TRAVELLER
  • THE MILLION DOLLAR GIMMICK
  • THE UNSEEN SPECTER
  • THE INVERTED MARK
  • THE MEDIUMS TABLET...PLUS A BONUS... THE BOOK FROM SUMER! which combines the elements of a BOOKS TEST WITH THOUGHT PRINTS!

  • Challenges
















    Classified

    CLASSIFIED. TOP SECRET MENTALISM!" Included in this manuscript are effects that AL MANN himself calls "SPIRITUAL MENTALISM". MIND READING, FUTURE PREDICTION, ESP, TELEPATHY, BOOK TESTS AND MUCH MORE are all included in this BRILLIANT manuscript.
  • OMAR'S PROGNOSIS
  • OUTDONE-OUTDID
  • TOP SECRET II
  • ENCHANTMENT
  • A *BONUS* A DISCUSSION ON "LORANT", MEANING LONG RANGE TELEPATHY

  • Codex X

    A treasure house of miracles!

  • Effect 1 - Performer gives out a sealed envelope which contains a prediction. The envelope is ungimmicked and contains only one straight plain language prediction. Performer then has anyone in the audience choose a book from a shelf of books which contains a number of books by different authors and titles. The spectator chooses only one book!( he does not choose 5 books and lays down 3, for example.) Performer calls attention to the other books on the shelf and the fact that they are of different titles and authors. May be as many as 9 books! Spectator is next instructed to open the book secretly to any page and to choose any paragraph. Performer without knowing to what page the spectator has opened the book, tells him what he is reading, word for word and the entire paragraph! For the climax, the prediction envelope is opened and the prediction read. It predicted the title and author of the book plus one of the words chosen by the spectator! The prediction may be printed in a newspaper weeks before! Gentlemen, the book that the spectator chooses can be read through by anyone and nothing found amiss. The book may be one written by a famous person dealing in phlosophy! There are no 2 pages alike in the main text of the book. There are no pictures or photos in the book. Just text. Cards, dice orcounters are not used. Only the books are used. The spectator does not write anything down and does not have to talk. This is a one-man effect. It can be done at any time without previous or pre-show preparation. The performer does not know to what page the book has been opened yet he can tell what is being read, word for word! Uncanny!
  • Effect 2 - Spectator takes a book into another room and secretly opens it to any page and says absolutely nothing, just chooses any paragraph or chapter and the performer tells him what he is reading without knowing the page turned to! The effect can be done over the telephone from another city!
  • Effect 3 - Three persons are each given one of three books. They secretly and indivually choose a page and choose a word and do not write the page down or tell anyone what page each has indivually chosen. Performer reveals all 3 words. There are no short or crimped pages in the book. Spectator has an absolute free choice of any page!
  • Effect 4 - Spectator is given a free choice of one of three books and has a free choice of any page in the book. Performer predicts the word chosen in a sealed envelope!

    Excellent for stage or private office. The purchaser will recieve 3 books professionally bound in buckram cloth with gold lettering, plus one book of instructions. Only a limited number of sets have been printed. Each book will be seal-stamped, numbered and signed.


    The Damned Thing

    1980

    The Effect: A spectator is given a book and is told to secretly choose any page and to pick any paragraph. He is then told to concentrate intently on the first four or five words and to spell each word silently to himself. The Mentalist reveals each word correctly and then the entire paragraph! NOTE: the performer does not know the page, the paragraph chosen or the words. Performer divines the words only after the spectator has secretly spelled each word to himself. No forcing. Complete with Al’s original instructions and a hardbound book by Ambrose Bierce.


    Death Watch

    A TREATISE ON MENTAL EFFECTS WITH WATCHES. A classic in the AL MANN canon, DEATH WATCH is the final word on "TIME MENTALISM" as it has been called. The effects range from Psychic Mentalism to Prediction Mentalism. As always with AL MANN, the techinques are fresh and the ideas are original. Some of them can be done over the RADIO. Especially Death Watch, which AL MANN did over the radio. You get 18 Brain Busters with watches. Make your own Mental Watches is worth the price of the book: A person unknowinly sets a watch that tells the time you have predicted. The perfect force How to Make your own Mental Watch Sleights with watches Dunninger's Miracle, tell the time set on 3 watches Tell the time on a watch with your fingers A cemented Clock face matches the time on a watch set by the audience A watch is allowed to run down, a spectator sets another watch to the same time! Performer predicts the time to be set on 3 watches! Learn how to move the hands on watches by psychic powers ala geller and banacheck Breaking a crystal and moving hands while no one is near the watch A voyage in a Time Machine effect Tell the time by looking at the back of a watch. Seeing thru solid matter.THIS MANUSCRIPT INCLUDES:
  • DEATH WATCH
  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN INEXPENSIVE MENTAL WATCH
  • THE TURN OVER SLEIGHT
  • DUNNIGER'S MIRACLE (A BRILLIANT DUNNINGER EFFECT)
  • A TOUCH OF WONDER
  • THE FACE IN CEMENT
  • WHEN TIME STOOD STILL
  • IMPACT OF TIME
  • CHRONO-KINESIS
  • THE PSYCHIC BULLET
  • RETURN FROM TOMORROW
  • THE DATE DILEMNA
  • CROSSING THE DATE LINE
  • THE CALENDAR WATCH DILEMNA
  • PAR_OP_TICKS
  • PSYCHOMETRICAL RADIATIONS
  • THE MINDREADING CLOCK
  • POTPOURRI.

  • The Dhu Pit

    Effect: Show TWO envelopes truely sealed. They can have wax seals if you wish. There are NO SLITS or windows in the envelopes. Yet anything named by the audience appears written on a prediction inside the envelope. NO CARBONS OR IMPRESSION DEVICES ARE USED All Material is left with the audience. The envelopes are NOT switched and remain in sight at all times. 4 Methods are given. Bonus: Includes the Secret of Heather Mead and reveals a new method for reading messages sealed in envelopes. Rare Bonus For JASON MICHAELS Fans: This book contains a section at the back with reproductions of the clippings from various newspapers when Csicop tried to expose Jason Michaels in 1987 to the national media. These clippings were giving to Al Mann by me for inclusion in this book. The clippings are seldom seen and this is the only Al Mann book that any reference to the Jason Michaels exposure appears in.

    The Delphian Oracle

    A volunteer consults The Delphian Oracle, and secretly writes a question of his or her choice. The psychic, who stands across the room from the person, answers the question.                 

    DiploMental Pouch

    The Deluxe Model of the DiploMental Pouch by Al Mann Exclusives 1983. The most advanced trick wallet in magicdom. This can do anything that a Himber wallet can do plus much more. It is leagues ahead of any other trick wallet and looks just like a simple three fold wallet. The "pouch" now comes with a zippered pocket, can turn itself inside out undetected by the viewers and in so doing can create miracles without end. This Deluxe Model is only 3/8 inch thick when folded. It is made of very thin but durable Bovidae leather and was custom crafted for Al Mann Exclusives. It has five panels finished on both sides and five pockets, three pieces of thin cardboard and two zippers. Altogether you have 15 thicknesses of leather in the folded Model. Comes with a six page Manuscript containing notes on construction, comments, ideas and four Al Mann effects.

    The Donovon Papers

    The Donovan Papers: The latest in billet work. Yes! You may find it hard to believe but here is another treatise devoted entirely to more exclusive secrets of the art of billet reading. These are ultra-modern and ultra new secrets never in print before. The Contents:
  • The Donovan Papers. A killer effect with folded billets that you hold in full sight on the tips of your fingers. No palming or switching. You do not tear the billet or even open it. You just hold it and read minds! Done under all conditions!
  • The Os of Oxylus. With this secret you can read minds as easily as reading handwriting! Can you imagine showing a folded billet to be opaque and then sealing it into an opaque envelope and still getting the drop on the spectator's secret thought?!
  • Syd"s Stunner. Another fabulous billet test done with a folded card. Card never out of sight.
  • The Pyramids Eye. An ultra-new center tear principle done in a radically new way. Your hands are shown empty at all times. There is nothing to hide.
  • Pyramid Novus. Here is a test with folded cards you can do blindfolded. The folded cards are never opened, yet the Mentalist divines the secret messages! 14 pages loaded with secrets, techniques and 19 illustrations!

    Double Incidence

    From AL MANN AND RICHARD OSTERLIND, 2 OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS IN MENTAL MAGIC COMES THIS MANUSCRIPT FROM THE AME MAJOR ARCANA SERIES: "DOUBLE INCIDENCE, THE POWER OF THE ALL-SEEING EYE". BOTH AL MANN AND RICHARD OSTERLIND contribute to this manuscript and the result is ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE MANUSCRIPTS THAT AL MANN EVER PRODUCED! The late JOSEPH DUNNINGER is credited with having employed a little-known optical principle for the reading of sealed messages! As a message rested on a table, its secretly written messages remained totaly invisible to the spectators BUT in full sight to the Mentalist who was standing by the table at the exact same distance as the spectators! Special optical materials were used which were not readily available to the average performer. In DOUBLE INCIDENCE, TWO METHODS ARE GIVEN THAT WILL DUPLICATE THE EFFECT!
  • "DI-1" - RICHARD OSTERLIND GIVES HIS FABULOUS METHOD WHEREBY TRANSPARENT ENVELOPES ARE USED. THESE ENVELOPES ARE TRANSPARENT ONLY TO THE MENTALIST WHILE TOTALLY OPAQUE TO THE ONLOOKER!
  • "D1-2" - AL MANN GIVES YOU A METHOD BY WHICH A MESSAGE WRITTEN ON AN OPAQUE CARD AND FOLDED TWICE, IS MADE TO TURN ITSELF INSIDE OUT, UNKNOWN TO THE SPECTATORS AND IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES SO THAT THE SECRET MESSAGE IS THEN ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FOLDED CARD, BUT AGAIN, THE MESSAGE IS ONLY VISABLE TO THE MENTALIST WHILE IT REMAINS TOTALLY OCCULTED TO THE ONLOOKERS!

  • Dunninger's Act

    HERE IT IS !THE ACT THAT SHOOK THE WORLD!THIS IS THE ACT THAT LAUNCHED DUNNINGER AS A THOUGHT-READER.THIS IS THE ACT WORD BY WORD.

  • HIS UNIQUE QUESTION ANSWERING FEAT
  • THE TRI-CYCLE EXPERIMENT
  • HIS BRAIN-BUSTING PRESENTATION OF THE 16 DIGIT EFFECT
  • 1983

    The Dunninger mystic series A

    This is the first book of the Dunninger´s serie (A-F), and it has a set of "Selected Sealed Message Reading Tests". In fact, the Dunninger Mystic Series was written by Dunninger and Al Mann published this book because Mrs. Dunninger authorized him. So, the original contents of the Dunninger Mystic Series has been preserved in its original concept as was dictated by Dunninger. From "Foreword": "I was asked by Mrs. Dunninger to update the mns. So I have added my own comments under the caption of NOTES. These valuable manuscripts by Dunninger were realesed very exclusively and hardly advertised so that today many well read magicians have never heard of them." Finally, this manuscript has ten Impression Methods

    The Dunninger mystic series B

    Crystal gazing always meets with approval and the ladies will be the Seer's most interested boosters no matter if presented in a theater, a club or home. The following routines, dictated from Dunninger will be found to be practical in every way. Strange as it may seem, the more simple the modus operandi the more mystifying the results... SEER READS MINDS LIKE AN OPEN BOOK AND ASTOUNDS SKEPTICAL AUDIENCE...READS NAMES AND GIVES VALUABLE ADVICE IN LOVE, BUSINESS AND PERSONAL MATTERS...(just like that goof-ball on the sci-fi channel) Build crowds in your area as they start to wonder how these modern miracles are accomplished Contains a complete and simplified routine from opening patter to modus operandi with the "Sphere of a Million Hidden Mysteries" (the Crystal Ball--which you don't have to have--spirits could be "talking" with you, or any other media)...also includes "A Sensational Test" to be done at the middle of the show...an unusual dramatic interlude...also includes hints and tricks for drama and mystery to be added to your act...DO NOT READ THIS THROUGH AND THEN PASS IT UP AS TOO SIMPLE. Experience is the greatest of teachers and the best in the field do not use all the tricky apparatus that could go out in the most inopportune time...the addendum (The Art of Scrying) explains how to experiement with it--to see if you're one of the rare few who have a gift.

    The Dunninger mystic series C

    THIS BOOK CONTAIN SOME RARE PUBLICITY STUNTS FROM THIS OLD MASTER MENTALIST JOSEPH DUNNINGER (IF IT'S GOOD FOR THE AMAZING KRESKIN,IMAGINE WHAT THAT CAN DO FOR YOU !?)

    The Dunninger mystic series D


    The Dunninger mystic series E
















    The Dunninger mystic series F

    This manuscript was dictated by Dunninger himself. He gives us a panoramic view of the many "miracles" performed by the Mentalist and Psychic...the effect "What Price Phenomena" was a favorite with Charles Foster...the card tricks written here were the same card effects that Dunninger used to baffle his audiences and was one of his "stepping stones" to stardom. Includes:

  • A Psychic Digit Test (the parlor version of the 16-digit test)
  • A Baffler (the Quick and the Dead Test)
  • What Price Phenomena!! (a very impressive ritual with spiritualistic patter)
  • Psychic Divination (a code)
  • Mental Location (Cards)
  • The Spirits Write (Cards and a Slate)
  • Unique! (Billet Test and Envelope)
  • A Wrinkle (for the one-ahead mindreading act)
  • It's Been Done (the folding billet switch)
  • Psychic Thought Transmission (effect with dictionaries)
  • Messenger Appears On An Unprepared Slate Brought To Psychic By Sitter
  • Psychic Card Prediction
  • Psychic Slate Test
  • Psychical Location (with cards)
  • Mediumistic Phenomena (Spirit of Ding Dong; Spirit Form Materialization; Table Levitation; The Medium Rises; Spirit Lights)

  • Eff Oes

    This 1982 treatise gives the mentalist, as AL MANN himself states, "...MANY MEANS OF SECRET PROPULSION BY WHICH HE CAN MAKE OBJECTS FLY AT WILL!

    Perhaps the most BAFFLING AND MYSTIFYING EFFECTS EVER DEVELOPED BY AL MANN!A MUST FOR ANY ONE INTERESTED IN MENTALISM OR PSYCHIC PHENOMENA OF ANY KIND! "EFF-OES" includes:

  • IMPROMPTU
  • THE LOFTY MISSIUE
  • CATAPULTS
  • MEDUSA'S BOOK
  • THE SELF CUTTING DECK
  • THE SACRED DANCE OF THE VASES
  • THE PALATINE AFFAIR
  • THE INVISIBLE FORCE
  • PRINCE THEBB
  • TIME GONE WILD
  • DISCOBOLUS (SECRET MECHANISMS)
  • THE JUMPING SPOON
  • THE CASCADING DOMINOES
  • THE SPIRITS RING A BELL
  • THE EXPANDING BEER CANS
  • IDEO-MOTION (MOTOR ACTIVITY CAUSED BY AN IDEA)
  • THE KEY
  • THE MYSTIC DOOR
  • THE PEN OF DR. FAUST
  • THE PSYCHIC MARBLE
  • THE BLOB
  • THE OLMEC SPHERE
  • IDEO-SIGHT
  • THE PSYCHIC TOOTH PICK
  • SLADE'S FLYING CHAIR
  • WIND FROM JAVA
  • A SPECIAL BONUS! THE ALBORAK (A FABULOUS BOOK TEST).

  • Elta

    THIS BOOK CONTAINS ROUTINES BY TED LESLEY , TONI FORSTER , TONI BINARELLI AND A DESCRIPTION OF A LECTURE TOUR WITH AL MANN

    European Lecture Tour Notes

    This account covers Al Mann's 1984 European Lecture Tour and includes secrets and ideas learned from Europe's best and brightest along the way (Ted Lesley, Neil Somerville, Tony Binarelli, Lucky Lutz, and more). In this Lecture, AL MANN outlines THE PERFECT MENTAL SHOW FROM THE OPENER TO THE "GRAND FINALE". Included is A MINDREADING EFFECT, AN AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION EFFECT, A DESIGN DUPLICATING EFFECT, A MENTAL CARD TRICK, AND A BRILLANT PSYCHIC TEST.
    EFFECTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • THE MAG-EYE MOVE
  • THE CLIP SLATE
  • THE JUPITER GIMMICK
  • THE MOUNDS OF ISHTAR
  • THE OPENER AND THE CLOSING EFFECT
  • A SMALL REFINEMENT OF THE "MAG-EYE MOVE".

  • The Foster Account

    THE FOSTER ACCOUNT- An investigation of the methods used by Charles Foster, "The Salem Seer". Packed with routines and set pieces that will enhance any séance.
  • Foster's Manifesto (Foster's Ground Rules for Séances)
  • Difficult Questions (Solutions to Q&A Problems)
  • My Brother's Keeper (Routine, climaxing in name / word appearing in 'blood' on medium's arm)
  • A Number of Spirits (Billets, ballots and pellets)
  • The Initialled Mystery (Study of L&D Test)
  • The Medium's Envelope Switch (Switch Technique)
  • Foster's Billet Technique (More on Billets)
  • Foster's Book Tests
  • Invisible Messages (Invisible Ink Methods)

  • The Four O'Clock Incident

    This one discloses in complete detail the greatest billet you'll ever use, the "Squiffer Billet"...Would you believe a billet that opens out fully to reveal the hidden message and then closes up again into a small wad at your command?...no tearing or difficult moves that bother all magicians who won't do certain tricks for fear of getting caught trying to open a billet and it looks like a folded up piece of paper like it's supposed to...no problems on your side, just sheer Mental Magic. Plus, A BASKET OF BOOKS--from a large basket of many books the audience chooses one. Afer a nice book test for the audience, the title of this book is found sealed in an envelope tacked to the ceiling above you (Is it possible to "stack" a group of books that are in a pile in a basket?--In a word, Yes!)

    The Guilded Quill

    This is the Book The Gilded Quill, by Al Mann and is also #X in the AME Major Arcana Series, Instructions for making your own self inking swami gimmick, that will be ready to perform with at any time and is so small that it clips onto your thumb nail, show specialty long writer gimmicks, an alternate gimmick using your own ring, a thumb tip method of writting, Shows the Twain Double Billet Pen - a very inexpensive and nice method for making a Billet Pen with a double load and very easy to obtain and use and make - available from your local office supply store for about a buck - cool... Very useable and a wonderful reference, in depth, ingenious methods primarily for mentalist, only a very small number of Al Mann's books were ever released, Copyright 1993.

    The Glass Box

    A glass see-through box which is locked and sealed and which contains several folded pieces of paper (3), is given to the committee chairman to hold until the day of the show. For the climax of the show the Mentalist calls for the box. This is displayed to the audience and the folded papers inside the box are clearly seen by all. The box is unsealed and unlocked and anyone from the audience is told to take out the papers and read them. These prove to be predictions of events that have just happened and can be verified by the newspapers. In essence, this is a Headline Prediction stunt. It is obvious to the audience that the Mentalist never sticks his hand into the box after it is sealed and the Mentalist never touches the papers until they are verified! The box may be examined and can be left with the audience as a gift, as it is an inexpensive plexiglass box! PLEASE - READ THE EFFECT AGAIN! IT´S INCREDIBLE The principle that involve this effect is as devilish as clever. You will receive three pages where Al Mann describe all of the necesary to build and perform this miracle.


    The "H" Factor


  • THE WALLETS
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THE SECRET THRUST
  • A HISTORY
  • RICHARD HIMBER'S BILLFOOLED
  • PAGE ONE
  • THE COINS FROM THE POCKET
  • LIFE FROM SPACE
  • THE NAME IN THE VAULT
  • ONE MESSAGE
  • UNKNOWN FORCES
  • HOMER
  • THE NOESIS OF NYX
  • ONE HUNDRED CLAMS
  • INSTANT MINDREADING
  • THE MOUNDS OF ASHTORETH
  • THE ROYAL ALBUM

    The Headless Horseman

    Back in 1986 I fooled Al Mann badly with my driving a Car with covered with Cardboard and newspaper taped over the complete windshield. He wrote about this on page 9 of The fabulous feats of Jason Michaels. At that time he mentioned nobody knew my secret, which was correct. Many years later he wrote the book the Headless Horseman. IN it he stated that many top performers of all old knew the secret of blindfolding cars and driving them although to his knowledge no one had actually done it. Al forgot that in his own book 7 years earlier he gave me credit for actually pulling this off. I never told Al my secret. However he did devise two methods that were remarkably close to my method. Method One, Involves using black water paint and having all the windows painted black (it will wash off later). You are blindfolded and get in the car with all the windows painted. Yet you drive the car several blocks. At the end everything can once again be examined. Method Two: I love this presentation, although the method isn't as clever as my newspaper taped over the windshield. You agree to do a blindfolded drive and are blindfolded using the None So Blind method or any other blindfold. They lead you to the car.HOWEVER YOU ARE UNAWARE, That the cardboard sun shade is over the windshild. You proceed to drive the car anyway despite the cardboard sunshade is still in place. I love this idea for presentation and tip my hat to Al Mann for coming up with idea. Of course the press will report you drove with cardboard over the windshield. Actually the method I used was a combination of both methods that Al explains in this book. The proper blindfold drive can get you worldwide publicity. When I performed as Jason Michaels, my driving a car blindfolded with cardboard, got me arrested and the story was covered worldwide. AP picked it up and the story appeared in thousands of newspapers. Al Mann covered and reprinted many of the articles in the book he did about me. The Feats of Jason Michaels. Look At the Worldwide Publicity I Got doing this, look closely and you'll see AP after the articles showing that AP sent the story worldwide. Warning! You can duplicate (or closely duplicate) the effect I did. Even though a few dozen people bought the book, neither Al or myself at that time knew anyone else who actually had the nerve to do this. Its one thing to read a method, its another to do it.

    Al recommended doing this stuff at a fair ground. I did the trick on a public highway! That is why I got arrested and all the great publicity! The method is dangerous. In all my years I've only taught my secret to two other mentalist. Neither one had the nerve to actually try it.

    Please realize the methods that Al Mann writes about are dangerous. You could possibly be involved a car accident or even kill yourself. I still occasionally do my newspaper over the windshield drive, but it is dangeous. In addition to the original Al Mann manuscript the High bidder will receive a manuscript from me describing in detail how to do my Newspaper over the Windshield drive. Remember you are fully blindfolded and newspaper is taped over the side windows from top to bottom and the front windshield. The paper goes all the way to both edges and ALL the way to the top! Reporters can sit in the front and back seat as you drive. They won't see where they are going and will be scared to death! No kidding. You will be lucky to get one in the car with you. This proves no cheating and they can see you do nothing and there is no way you can see! Look at my publicity again and realize you can do this if you have the nerve and daring!

    In the past I've been offered up to a thousand dollars for this secret but refused. Like I said I even refused to tell Al Mann so he had to devise his own methods. The lucky bidder will be taught my secret. I have only shared this infomation with two other people.I'll even tell you how to ensure you are arrested so this becomes big news. Yes I confessed I made sure I would be arrested. Hey its a traffic violation, not a criminal act. I'll tell you what I did to get it thrown out of court and not lose my license. This information is priceless to the pyshic shooting for super stardom.USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! I am not responsible for what you do with the information! Remember you get both the Al Mann Headless Horseman, plus my private manuscript giving the real inside dope on Covered Windshieds.


    The Heralds

    This is AL MANN's 1980 stunning treatise on PARAPSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIC MEDIUMS, GHOSTS, and SEANCES.
    INCLUDED IN THIS MANUSCRIPT IS:
  • THE CENTAURS
  • MOVING FURNITURE
  • FLOATING HANDS
  • ELONGATIONS
  • THE SPIRIT RAPS
  • THE READINGS
  • GRAPHOLOGY
  • CARD READINGS
  • THE MEANING OF 52 CARDS
  • THE MASTER READ
  • THE HAND OF ADRIAN
  • THE SPECTRAL BEND (BY FRANK PARIS)
  • THE AME SPOON BEND
  • THE SPOON BENDING ACT.

  • The Hidden Scroll

    The Hidden Scroll - Plus LA Pelle's Pen and Bonus How to Move A Mountain, by Al Mann and is also An ULTRA EXCLUSIVE RELEASE # 6, which are some of his best releases, An excellent way to provide a prediction that has been recorded before the show-or so it seems- a very nice method and a alternate ending, La Pelle's Pen introduces a Swami type writer that can be attached to your lapel, felt pen type, And How to Move A Mountain- A great Illusion-a cool method, Very useable and a wonderful reference, in depth, ingenious methods primarily for mentalist. Copyright 1995

    The High Domain

    A method for the Private Reader. 1985 AME release. In this manuscript Al Mann takes you step by step through his own reading method. Al used this time and time again in "real world" situations and it is possibly the most amazing reading method ever to see print. Al combines an incredibly devious billet read to discover the two questions of the client and also describes his cold reading system using Tree Readings. Unlike some of Al's manuscripts the methods in high domain are tried and trusted with every detail covered. A further billet reading method is described which allows the psychic to read the contents of a file card even though it is folded and secured by a bulldog clip. Finally Al describes a method for allowing your client to feel the psychic energy that flows from your hands.

  • HIGH DOMAIN
  • IN DETAIL
  • GRAPHOLOGY
  • GEMEL'S MESSAGES
  • THE TREE READINGS
  • EXORCISM, HOW TO REMOVE THOSE NEGATIVE VIBES FROM THE SITTER!
  • THE SHUTTERED TRELLIS

  • The Houdini Force Bible

    The HOUDINI BIBLE is the GREATEST FORCE BOOK ever produced. What looks more innocent than a bible? Produced in very limited quantity by Al Mann in 1978 this book is very RARE. A replica of the bible Houdini (hence its name) had made in the early 1900's to expose mediums.

    The Incredible Dr. Stanley Jaks

    written by Al and Jaks’s close friend, Gene Grant, Phantini the Mentalist. included is an explanation of Dr. Jaks’ most famous effect: "The Holograph Homolgy", or the duplication of a spectator’s signature, upside down and backwards….while blindfolded. Also explained is Jaks’s stage presentation for the Brain Wave Deck, a presentation originally devised by Burling Hull. There is a short discussion of Billet Knives and how Jaks used one in his “Incredible Prediction.”

    The Incredible Feats of Jason Michaels

    Of the latter day Wonder Workers, Jason Michaels stands unique. He predicts the future by writing down his thoughts and then have them read and notarized and signed by a dignitary 30 days before they happen. He levitate while facing the camaras. He makes himself invisible. Jason Michaels has catapulted from obscurity to star billing and world fame in only a few months. This book contains priceless secrets for today's Miracle Workers.
  • SEVERAL METHODS TO LEVITATE that, to our knowledge appear IN PRINT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
  • CARD EFFECTS AS DONE OVER THE RADIO for the mass media.
  • THE TRUE SECRET OF INVISIBILITY.
  • Key Bending.
  • How to MAKE REAL PREDICTIONS.
  • The Blindfold Drive.
  • Plus Uri Geller's latest world shaking effect. Plus much more.

  • Index X

    This is the book Index-X, By Al Mann, A cross reference covering 10 years of AME releases 1974-1984, Extremely RARE, A wonderful reference, only a very small quantity of Al Mann's Books were ever published

    Inner Space Odyssey

    The Odyssey Envelopes – preparation and use.

  • Transpositions. Metamorphosis effect illustrating principle of the Odyssey Envelopes.
  • Teleportation!
  • The Q&A Act. VERY clever method making steals obsolete. All that is needed are the Odyssey Envelopes and an audience ready to be stunned.
  • A modification on the envelope for use in Private Readings and for very close-up situations.
  • The $100 Caper.
  • TELESIS. A challenge sealed envelope divination. The envelope “has an invisible window through which only the Mentalist can see!”
  • Misc notes

  • The Invisible Men

    Magicians have been making themselves invisible since the dawn of time. Present day Magicians are using the same principles as were used by the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian Magicians. Making yourself invisible is comparable, publicity wise, with walking on water or levitating. You only have to do it once and get noted for it. You must make sure it lands on the right ears and that it gets in print and becomes part of your life story. Al Mann lets you in on the secrets of invisibility. "It's no devilry. It's a process, sane and intelligent!" Al covers some different methods of the greats--Prince Thebb, Bill Neff, Dunninger, etc. and how they were able to become translucent, transparent and then vanish before audiences even though they could still hear their voices and see the microphone! Also includes:
  • "The Bizarre Metamorphosis" where the Mentalist finishes his show, raises his hand to wave and becomes motionless. Two assistants come from backstage and remove the performer, who has changed into a lifesize cardboard photo of himself!
  • "Prayer Shawls! and Coconuts?" by Prince Thebb (Bizarre Mentalism)
  • "A Levitation"
  • "KA The Astral Double"
  • "The Diving Bell Mystery"
  • "OB (Out of Body)--Divination as an astral projection/out of body test!
  • "A Visit To The Raven's Keep" Anthony Raven on Tony Shiels and his "Invisibility/Astral Double" effects
  • "Dracula's Mirror"--where you convince someone that you're part Vampire and that your image vanishes from mirrors--and it does before their very eyes!

  • Karaism-A \ Paul Kara Act

    Karisam: Secret Gimmick transmits the information to the performer on stage. Long Distance Telepathy: Sealed Questions are answered before they reach the stage! How can it Be?:Questions are answered that haven't been written International: Questions are answered that are WRITTEN in a different language. Questions are answered that are not handed in, but sealed in envelopes held by the audience Questions are answered that are sealed in ENVELOPES LEFT AT HOME! A question is answered for a person who writes only his intials on a slip of paper. The mentalist reveals the intials and answers the unwritten question! Questions that are sealed in a safe are answered! MANY MANY other things are detailed including making the names of dead relatives appear on slates. Answering questions written at home on their paper and returned to them still sealed! This information is priceless! This information was sold by Kara in 1926 for $100.00! A copy of the original ad comes with the book of Al Mann's. Al gives you added information on how to do all this stuff today in a practical manner. The act is just amazing today as it was in 1926 and that is why Al sold this valuable information. Originals of the 1926 Kara Manuscripts have sold for hundreds of dollars, but you can get the same information in Al's reproduction of this material.


    The Keys to Khalda

    The Egyptian Mystic The AME Major Arcana Series VI Spiral-Bound Softcover 13 pages 1988 Copyright From the Introductory Material: "I have an Egyptian Mentalist called Khalda, whom I consider as good as Bishop, if not better!" said Major Pond to psychic investigator Joseph Rinn in 1898 in NYC. - - - "Klahda has a charming personality. He is a cultured Egyptian and claims that in Cairo, where he was born, he holds the rank of Effendi [member of aristocracy]. He speaks perfect English, has a glib tongue and is well posted in the mystical philosophy of the East." "Mindreading and spiritualism is buncombe!" confessed Khalda. "Anyone who claims to have supernatural powers is a crook!" . . . "I am amazed how people can be fooled by such simple means." . . . Khalda made these confessions in an expose in the New Your World in 1906 but in 1925 we find him working for Hereward Carrington and posing as a genuine telepathist! Let's go behind the scenes and take a close look at this amazing Egyptian. Most of the rest of this manuscript is devoted to describing effects done by Khalda and then attempting to develop methods by which he achieved them. In many ways this manuscript is similar to "The Foster Account". Routines & Effects:
  • First Names
  • Contact Mindreading
  • The Noetic Chain
  • As the Quill Moves
  • The Spirit Pencil
  • The Speed Reader
  • On Mindreading
  • The Tumbler Billet Switch

    The last 2 pages of this manuscript are devoted to a refinement of a previous effect from Al Mann. This is called the Proteus Opener and is essentially a different way to prepare a gimmicked envelope.


  • The Knights Gambit

    AL MANN hismself says about this manuscript: "THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT IS A METHOD THAT PLAYS ON WORDS AND BY WHICH MIRACLES ARE WROUGHT! THIS IS MENTAL MAGIC IN ITS PUREST FORM". The Mentalist uses words to enchant the audience and to create a non-existing person that assists the Mentalist to present his marvels!
    EFFECTS INCLUDE:
  • THE KNIGHT'S GAMBIT (mentalism using chess pieces)
  • A WORD IN ORBIT (a brilliant book test)
  • THE FIVE STAR GAMBIT (The Mentalist uses the spirit of Mr. Faust to assist him in a unique psychic test)
  • GIFTS MOST RARE
  • A SPECIAL BONUS - PHANTINI'S FABULOUS BILLET WORK!

  • The Kolophon

    1980 Copyright Manuscript is broken into 8 sections:
  • Deja-Vu
  • The Kolophon
  • The Pseudograph
  • The Dyad of Chronos
  • The Deuce of Books
  • The Untouchables
  • The MME Mental-Gram II
  • The Improvisitor

    From the Forward by Al Mann: In January of 1979, Bobby Hughes of Columbus Ohio, showed me his amazing presentation which we have called, "The Kolophon." It seems that just a year ago, Bobby was busy buying many props and gimmicks to use in his mental show. Today all of the props and most of the gimmicks have been eliminated and Bobby now works out of his pocket or with borrowed scraps of paper. That is the type of mentalism preferred and what is offered in this book. Therefore AME Salutes Bobby Hughes for his unique effect with envelopes. The Kolophon is a threshold that reveals a hugh landscape and we hope to come u[ with more miracles. AME also salutes Stan Alexander for the excellent principle used in The Dyad of Chronos.


  • Lexicon phenomena

    This 1976 Al Mann Exclusive is widely regarded as one of his most ingenious book tests. From an "Enrich your vocabulary" list inside the covers of a dictionary, two spectators secretly agree to think of one of 400 word pairs. Each thinks of one of the words, looking it up in the dictionary to be certain of its meaning. The mentalist does not know the word pair they chose and does not handle the dictionary. He may be at some distance from the spectators as they look up the words. But once they have ascertained the words' meanings, he is able to tell them what they are thinking! Nothing written down, nothing to hide. You get Al Mann's signed instructions with his diabolical secret, plus the dictionary, and that certain something that makes the secret practical. Al Mann's works were never inexpensive, and this was no exception. To preserve the secret, he had the instructions printed by two printers in different states, so that even they would not know the secret! Al Mann knew the value of a good idea, and this is one of his best. This comes with a Webster's New World Dictionary from 1974 (gilt still bright! See scan), but once the secret is known, it can readily be adapted to any dictionary, in any language!

    LIMELIGHT - PUBLICITY FOR THE MENTALIST

    LIMELIGHT! PUBLICITY FOR THE MENTALIST. This is considered to be the DEFINATIVE TREATISE on the subject. Included is techniques and effects that will SHOCK THE PUBLIC such as, CONTACT MIND READING, PSYCHIC HEALING, PREDICTING THE FUTURE AND MUCH MUCH MORE! LIMELIGHT includes:
  • MYSTIQUE PUBLICITY
  • THE MINDREADER
  • HOAX PUBLICITY
  • PROPHESY
  • PSEUDO-PREDICTIONS
  • PROMOTION
  • IN A NUT SHELL
  • PERSONAL PUBLICITY
  • STUNT-PUBLICITY
  • ATLANTIS
  • BONUS EFFECT: CASSANDRA'S CLOAK.

  • The Mag Eye Move

    A spectator can write a long questions that goes from one end of the slip to the other other. You guess it. The wonder worker (that's you) reads the whole question while he is tearing up the folded paper to tiny bits! Looks impossible yet this is what you do! Illustrated with 18 line drawings and photographs. Plus a paper tearing secret by Richard Osterlind and the Sting by Al Mann. The stings lets you repeat the move and FOOL the wise ones. Plus WHAT TO DO when the person wads up the paper. This was the FIRST release in the major Arcana Series.

    The Magic Castle Lecture Notes

  • MINDBLOW - An examination of the David Berglas classic "thought-of card at any number"
  • THE SHATTERED LINK - Breaking a chain at any link called for. Wild PK demo
  • BOOK-TEAR - Spectator takes an unprepared paperback. Tears it along the spine and starts discarding pages. When finally left with one page the contents are divined OR previously predicted
  • THE CHAIN-OF-THOUGHT - Further examination of a book test/principle first examined in Mann's OF WORDS AND WIZARDS.
  • THE CHAIN-OF-THOUGHT READING - More on the concept.
  • THE GOLD-BUG PREDICTIONS - The test as a Prediction effect.
    1979

    Marks of St.Germain

    The manuscript deals with the lost art of making marks appear on your arm and palm. Mann explains how to make messages appear in blood red ink on your arm as you rub it without using a special chemical. More important are the methods Mann has developed to make spirit marks or stigmata appear on your hands or palms. This is all based the famous St.Germain who was able to make the sign of the cross appear on his palm in a holy white color. Using techniques developed by Al Mann, you can have your palm examined and even washed! There are no chemicals or preparation on the palm. Yet at will you can make a white cross materialize on your palm just like the saints of old did (probably using this method!) There is more, Mann describes how to have your palm examined and then an ungimmicked slate is place on your palm. Marks made on the slate also materialize on your palm. EVEN THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. For those of you into the psychic or faith healing bit, imagine this. Open your palms so they can be seen blank as you reach out to LAY hands on the sick. When you remove your hands it is seen that HOLY white crosses have appeared on your palms! Is this a sign from ABOVE to convince the true believers? IF YOU ACTUALLY PULL THIS CRAP ON SOMEONE SHAME ON YOU! Mann even tells you how to make these marks appear on the palm of the spectators or sitters. This is must reading for anyone wanting to create the pyschic or religious stigmata effect with their body. This is the kind of stuff you could imagine David Blaine doing on the streets and freaking people out. These effects appear to be true psychic effects or religious stigmata depending on how you play it. Sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but to my knowledge this information appears nowhere else in print. BONUS EFFECT IN BOOK Al Mann includes a section that gives you the abridged version of Steve Shaws Touches effect that has sold for as much as a hundred dollars on ebay.THIS IS THE EFFECT WHERE PEOPLE FEEL SPIRITS TAP THEM WHILE YOU ARE ACROSS THE ROOM AWAY FROM THEM! If you just want to do the effect, Mann gives you the basic and correct method without all the fluff and filler found in the new Shaw manuscript.

    Master Mind Headline Predictions

    DUNNINGER'S SPEAKING THE HEADLINES: Dunninger announced tha he would the SPEAK the headlines of a prominet newspaper for the following day.The predictions would be spoken over a national radio show. HOW DID HE DO IT? The secret is revealed in this book. The Caper: Once the prediction is mailed only the recipient touches it, opens it and reads the predictions of the day's events. Learn how to do this! Plus much more, including other DUNNINGER secrets. Also includes an unpublished manuscript of Jack Deans on a super headline prediction.
  • Dunninger’s "Brain-Thrust"
  • Dunninger’s "Slip Switch"
  • The Cornucopia Caper
  • Geller’s Gaff
  • Knock On Any Door
  • Jack Dean’s "Iron Clad Prediction"

  • Master Slate Secrets - I

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    Master Slate Secrets - II

    This is one of the larger Al Mann books. In these pages you will find the secrets to many marketed slate tricks. Many are described in detail.
  • Psychic Writing
  • Two Slates produce 4 Messages
  • Television Slates
  • The Omar Slates
  • The Phantom Slates
    Covers Most Trick Pocket Slates Telepathic Slates Rare Secret Revealed

  • Master Slate Secrets - III

    Contents:
  • Instant messages
  • Writing in mid-air
  • The black and white slates
  • The supersonic message
  • The pinnacle slate
  • The mindreading slates
  • The clip slate
  • Occluded thoughts
  • The 3 slate office test
  • Convincing spirits
  • Keeler's baffling slate test
  • The singing blackboard
  • The singing slate
  • The analytical book test
  • The mental choice slate
  • Abbot's mental slate
  • The Fantabolo slate
  • The Khan slate principle
  • The Util-a-prop slate
  • Dunninger's miracle slate
  • The Baker-Dunninger slate
  • U.F. Grants miracle slate
  • The miracle slate deluxe
  • Addithots
  • The third force
  • An infallable force
  • Citation
  • Final epic
  • The triple psychometry slate
  • Blue ribbon slate prediction

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    Maximus

    Maximus: the Man with the Terrible Power. The AME Major Arcana Series #15. Maximus is the miracle worker of the age. Hereads thoghts and fortells your future. He walks admisdt an audience of total strangers and calls them by name and answers their unwritten and unspoken questions. includes several ideas of cold reading and a perfect act with a nothing written Q&A act!! Yes, nobody in your audience writes the questions on the paper, they just think it!

    Contents:

  • The Nothing Written Q & A act, complete.
  • Introduction, opening effects ( Hurling the Headlines; Hurling the Answers)
  • Excorcism
  • Mindreading
  • Enters the High Priest
  • The Clinchers and the Closing effects.
  • Plus HOW TO CAST OUT DEMONS!
  • THE CHURCH OF EVERLASTING LIGHT plus THE ELIXER OF THE GODS. The contents of a folded card floating on water is divined, Anyone can examine the card before and after.
  • BONUS: Exorcism, an effect which was published in the "High Domain"

    20 pages.
    1985


  • Memo Motion

    This is the Memo Motion Book by Al Mann, The 1st in the AME Zodiac Series. Billets, Cards, predictions and the works in this one. Very in depth. Some great material, very cool and workable stuff here. You will love this book. Copyright 5/97.

    Mental Ettes

    MENTAL-ETTES includes:
  • A LINK WITH ETERNITY (AN OBJECT LESSON IN THE ART OF MINDREADING)
  • TO COMMAND THE ELEMENTS (WEATHER PREDICTION)
  • THOT-PRINTS 1 (TEST BY FIRE)
  • THOT-PRINTS II (PASSING THOUGHTS)
  • MENTAL-KINESIS (SPOON BENDING)
  • DINNER TABLE YOGA (LEVITATION)
  • THE MYSTERY OF THE TRIPLETS (MATH MENTALISM)
  • THE SANS TEAR CENTER METHOD (BILLETS)
  • THE UNSEEN TEAR
  • SEALED AND TORN MESSAGES
  • GEMEL'S MESSAGES
  • THE TRETOLOGY OF DIONYSUS
  • THE MYSTIC CHALICE
  • TYPHON'S TONGS
  • HERPICKS' TONGS
  • PSYCHIC FEEDBACK
  • SUSPENDED ANIMATION
  • THE PHARAOH'S PALM

  • Mental Parcel

  • The Purloined Thought
  • The In-N-Outer Boxes
  • In a Quandry
  • The Nu-Way Force
  • A Presidential Note

    Plus, hints, updates and modifications to the following AME releases: - The LEXICON PHENOMENA; - DEATH WATCH; - THE THINKING MACHINES; - PIECES OF EIGHT; - MASTER SLATE SECRETS; - MENTAL-ETTES; - THE THIRD ECSTASY; - PANDORA’S BOX; - PSYCHO-MENTISIS; - OF WORDS AND WIZARDS; - THE SIBYLLINE MESSAGES; - INNER SPACE ODYSSEY; - CLASSIFIED; - THE PHOTON SHIELD; - BREAKTHOUGH; - THE APODOSIS; - THE TESSERACT; - ARCA; - and two effects with ARCA by Joseph White (presentation only).


  • The Might of The Nephilim
















    Mind Your Poker

    Part II from AL MANN Sodiac Series. You will find here several card techniques and a special card trick: how to deal five Aces to any seat at the poker table with a shuffled and cut deck. From the introduction, by Al Mann: I have been told by magicians who should know, that Poker demostrations and Mentalism should not mix. I disagree with the above 100%... I have seen the amazed look in the eyes of a person when the Mentalist reads his mind... And I have also seen the terrible look in the eyes of the spectator after the Miracle Man deals five aces (4 aces and the joker), to any seat at the poker table, from a shuffled and cut deck. The controlling of four aces at the poker table represents to the laymen untilmate power, the Ne Plus UItra of the human experience, an uncanny talent indeed, and Mega bucks!!! 28 pages.

    Miracle Slate Deluxe

    slate measures 10" x 14" and is specially gaffed. Includes directions with routining by the inventor Al Mann. One paragraph of the instructions states as follows "With this slate the Miracle Worker can perform one of the most impressive tests in Mentalism which is the 16 digit effect. This effect is done with 9, 12, 16 or more digits and is always referred to as the 16 digit effect."

    Missing Tesserae

    Al Mann wrote up hundreds of ideas. BUT this is the one he actually used in his shows. It's my favorite of all his effects and I have used it to knock an audience dead with stunned silence. Here is what Al says about this effect: I consider this effect as on the greatest test that a Mentalist can present. I do it in my shows. The concept of the test is so strong tht your audience receeds into profound silence. They have never seen the effect before! Sophisticated spectators who have seen Mentalist several times know that if they write something down, the mentalist will know what they wrote. They don't know how, but they know he read it somehow. With the principle of Tesseract, the members of the audience WRITE NOTHING! Therein lies the mystery. THE DEADLY EFFECT! The Mentalist shows 3 business cards and says they contain predictions of things to come. He says he is willing to share the predictions with 3 members of the audience (not stooges) so they can read and see them in advance. The 3 cards are passed out to 3 different people. They people who get the cards actually see and read your predictions. They are not hidden. Members of the audience call out a 3 digit number, a city, and a word is chosen from a book. Nothing is written down by the audience members, they just call this stuff out. Believe it or not the mentalist gathers the three preditions and reads them to the audience. THEY MATCH! He then looks at the 3 members of the audience and they verify the predictions were the same ones they read before anything was called out! READ THAT again. This is the true effect and nothing left out! Oh yes at the end you can leave everything on the table for anyone to pickup. Everything is as should be.

    The Naked Thought

    Simply the ULTIMATE in one ahead methods. A technique unlike anything you've read or seen before. Al Mann says his solution is a masterful misdirection accomplished with the aid of a combination of Al Mann principles. It is the Space-Age version of the one-head system but done WITHOUT COPPING THE FIRST QUESTION OR USING STOOGES! No switching of billets or behind the curtain preshow preparations. Mann gives you several killer effects using this principle. Even those who know about one ahead won't realize you're using the principle with this advanced work. The secret was expensive when it first came out and very exclusive. Must reading for those who want new angles on one-ahead methods. This is forbidden knowledge and is not recommended for beginners. Easy to master, no hard sleights, but you need to be a showman to pull this off properly. Recommended for experienced mentalist who use one ahead principles.
  • THE NAKED THOUGHT
  • THE QUANTUM LEAP
  • SWAMI-WRITING

  • The Nihon Venture

    From the MOST BRILLIANT MIND IN MENTAL MAGIC comes this RARE AND ULTRA EXCLUSIVE AL MANN MANUSCRIPT: "THE NIHON VENTURE". As AL MANN himself states in the opening line of the Introduction, "THIS MANUSCRIPT CONTAINS 'THE PERFECT BILLET TEST!'". A simple paper fold plus a simple move places into the hands of the Mentalist a new weapon, an ULTRA EXCLUSIVE SECRET-giving the art of thought-reading a new polish and technique never before possible! Of course as always AL MANN was not satisfied to just give you the one effect. "THE NIHON VENTURE" contains equally brilliant varations and re-workings.
    Included in THE NIHON VENTURE is:
  • TEAR RETAXO
  • THE YING AND THE YANG
  • MEMORY GIANT
  • IMMOLATED MOOLA
  • THE TELEPHONE SCENARIO.

  • No Man Within

    ADVANCED TECHINQUE FOR THE MENTALIST! Featuring ENVELOPES-BILLETS-AND THE QUASAR DECK! Including:
  • NO MAN WITHIN
  • THE CIRCEAN SWINDLE (a name, a number and a city freely chosen by the audience are predicted by the Mentalist!)
  • AT THE GATES OF BUDDHA
  • THE TENTS OF OBHA-EED
  • BONUS THE QUASAR DECK

  • No Toccare

    18 pages. An Al Mann exclusives. Card feats for the mentalist. This book is devoted only to card effects using a borrowed deck that is shuffled and cut and remains in the hands of your audience always. The deck is never handled by the mentalist.

    None so Blind

    Al's views on blindfolds are included as is his favorite blindfold in detail ("it baffles everyone including the Medicos")...the materials used can be thoroughly examined as they are ungimmicked...messy substances like adhesive tapes, oils, vaseline, soap, cream, dough or glue are not used...the blindfold has been called "The Best Blindfold" by the experts...but most importantly of all, it is a Headline getter!...the entire 'Blindfold Act' including the Blindfold Drive is detailed: What to do before the show; what to do before the blindfold is put on; how to put it on; what to do after it is on; and what to do after the act... Bonus: Argamasilla's Hunt--Argamasilla stunned magicians in NYC with his ability to tell the time set secretly on a watch after it was closed and while he was blindfolded...the secret moves are detailed so that the performer can do the effect surrounded. Plus: The Seer's Watch Box--Three watches are secretly set by the audience, closed and locked into a box with a key. The Seer divines all three times without anything being written and while he is blindfolded and without unlocking the box.

    O'Daneven's Secret

    Introducing a new gem for the mentalist. Effect: Mentalist shows a display folder showing 16 designs in 16 squares. Each square is numbered 1 to 16. Spectator is asked to just glance at the many designs and just to think of one. Spectator has an absolute free choice and does not write anything down. He just thinks! And the performer divines the thought. Two or more spectators can choose designs mentally at the same time and performer divines all the thoughts. Performer can predict days ahead of time, two, three or more designs that will be chosen. Performer uses nothing but the folder which is visible at all times. Do not mistake this effect for other similar but inferior effects now on the market. Dice, cards or counters are not used. Comes with full instructions and several methods. The effect is new and has never appeared in print before.


    Of Gifts and Talents

    1982 AL MANN EXCLUSIVE MANUSCRIPT: "OF GIFTS AND TALENTS"., which allows the MENTALIST to VERY CONVINCINGLY demonstrate THE ABILITY TO READ SEALED MESSAGES AND POSSES THE ART OF THOUGHT-TRANSFERENCE! The spectator is told to take his business card out and write out a question and turn the card writing-side down. The card is then sealed in a envelope which the spectator signs and holds. After the Mentalist divines the thought, the envelope is opened and the card is taken out for a handwriting analysis and then both the card and the evelope are returned to the spectator! CONTENTS:
  • THE ESSENCE OF THOUGHT
  • THRESHOLD THREE
  • THE LANCE FROM LUCUS SOLIS
  • RIPPER AMOK BY REV. JOHN KEENAN
  • CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS
  • BONUS - PSYCHIC GRAMMAR, A FABOULOUS BOOK TEST!

  • Of Words and Wizards

    Contents:
  • The Ghost of the Unborn
  • The Master of the Word
  • The Adonis Book Test
  • Adonis, Aphrodite and Zeus
  • Fifth Row Center Aisle
  • The Shades of Thought
  • The Uninvited
  • Forcing the Word
  • Forcing Three Words
  • The Book Mark
    And more.......




    The OSS Writer

    XXII in the Al Mann Major Arcana Series, not a swami, but will do many of the same effects, shows how to make your own very easily, how to use it, some wonderful routines and special applications.
  • Ways To One Ahead
  • A folding switch devulged
  • Annemann's fold
  • Bert reese's Pocket switch
  • The Umbrella Move
    1995

  • The Page of Swords

    This is an Ultra Exclusive Release #2 Mind Boggling effects that leave the spectators in AWE of your special powers Imagine this, a perfect stranger comes up to you, on stage or on the table is a sealed envelope. It is ungimmicked and unprepared in any way. The person may examine it to his heart's content then hangs on to it. The master psychic (that's you) ask the person to call out the name of any person that is dead or the name of any living person that is important to them. Showing both hands to be empty with nothing hidden, the magician rips open the end of the envelope and has THE PERSON REACH IN A REMOVE A CARD. ON THAT CARD ARE THE INTIALS OF THE PERSON HE JUST NAMED! Remember the spectator removes the card from the sealed envelope NOT the mentalist! Baffling beyond words. Yes the envelope can be examined and you can leave the envelope and card with the person to keep. No Carbon's are used, No impression devices. The magician doesn't write the name on a pad of paper before the envelope is opened. The person just names the person. The envelope is opened and they remove the card and it has the intials of that person they just named! THINK ABOUT That! If that alone isn't worth the price of the book Al Mann reveals how to BORROW a deck and secretly mark a large Z on the back of a card. The deck is shuffled by the spectator and placed on the table. Magician says the Z card will predict where the deck will be cut by the spectator. The spectator cuts the deck and at that spot is seen the card with the Z on it. The mentalist has again seen in the future. No other cards have a mark on them, use the deck can be borrowed and NO rough or smooth. ONLY ONE CARD IN THE WHOLE DECK HAS A MARK ON IT FOR REAL. This card will unfailingly always be at the spot the spectator cut. No slights or secret passes either, just a NEW tool for the psychic. Have a sealed envelope on the table, a sitter or perfect stranger comes in. They open the envelope and remove a card. It reveals their Birthmark sign! Psychic shows an empty tea cup and fills it with tea. A person concentrates on a ESP symbol. NO FORCE. The symbol appears inside the cup filled with tea in an errie black marking! Al Says this can be a feature of your show. Read carefully the true effect: Mentalist passes out a thick book and tells one person to flip the corners and to stop anywhere. HE DOES this in his own hands! He is asked to note the page number. The book is then passed to a second person who opens the book to the chosen page. NOW HEAR THIS! The freely chosen page has a large red cross on it. It's the only page in the book with a mark on it! Read that again, the only page in the book! Mentalist says he knew ahead of time that page would be chosen and proceeds to recite the first line of print! Without seeing the book! No FORCES, no prepared book, you can borrow one and do this. No stooges or miscalling of numbers.
    The effect is: THE PSYCHIC THROWS A SEALED ENVELOPE TO A SITTER ACROSS FROM HIM AND ASKS THE SITTER TO NAME SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL IN THEIR LIFE. LO AND BEHOLD WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE THE PSYCHIC HAS BEEN ABLE TO DIVINE THE INITALS OF THE INDIVIDUAL THAT THE SITTER HAS CHOSEN! A one of a kind effect that will dazzle anyone who takes part in it or even witnesses it! The manuscript also contains the instructions for performing this effect on stage. ALSO INCLUDED:
  • THE MARK OF ZORRO
  • BIRTHMARK
  • THE TEST OF THE TEA CUP
  • THE FIERY CROSS
  • PIPE DREAMS!

  • Pandora's Box

    35 pages covering Prophecy - forecasting the Future with pinpoint accuracy . Al Mann also covers the history of "the box and what not", from Owen's first classic model to some very clever variations. He also addresses "the size of the prediction paper", the gaff and how to avoid "problems" using it, as well as ways to present the effect in the newspaper office and on stage. Fascinating history and practical insight.
  • A Short History
  • Box Size
  • Loyd Prediction Chest Advert
  • Explanation. 7+ pages, including discussing "failure"
  • The Doll House
  • Dunninger's Treasure Chest
  • Capsule Prediction
  • The Gift of Tiresias
  • Himber's Crystal Casket
  • The Dunninger Himber feud
  • The World's Greatest
  • Al Mann's Prediction Chest
  • This Block of Wood in a Tin Box
  • The $10,000 Challenge Chest
  • Dreams
  • Dr. B’s Telamatic Prediction The Forerunners
  • The Double Box
  • The Nest of Boxes
  • The Other Boxes
  • Canned Predictions (ie: inside sealed cans)
  • The Predicting Pet Rock
  • Kindred Gimmicks
  • The Strange Prediction by Walter B. Gibson
  • Davy Jone’s Locker
  • Cagliostro’s Casket
  • In Conclusion – The Prediction Story

    Pandora II

    This book is a sequel and part to PANDORA'S BOX, the first book ever written on the Mentalist's prediction chest and its art. Contains:
  • OWNE ANNIVERSARY PREDICTION CHEST
  • THE GHOST CHEST
  • DR. Q'S PREDICTION CHEST
  • THE DELUXE RING BOX
  • O'DOWD'S AUDACITY
  • THE MYSTERY BOX
  • MARTY'S MINIATURE PREDICTION CHEST
  • AN INPROVED WATCH BOX
  • THE LIPPINCOTTS
  • BLOCK RR-4
  • THE BOXES FROM BHUTAN
  • THE PARIAN PARCELM THE BOX FROM LISBON
  • OKITO'S LOAF

  • A Panorama of Marvels

    This is quite a find for the collector or mentalist who enjoys Al Mann's great work. It's about 13 years old and is officially titled AME Catalogue One for Miracle Makers. Practically everything he has written is in this book. You'll be able to complete your collection by figuring out what you a missing as well as being quite annoyed that you can't locate some of these books anymore. It is 8 1/2 x 11, spiral bound and about 90 pages (front and back printed) long. Also included is a 1998 price list, 4 loose pages and 7 pages stapled to the back cover. Al sent out supplements when new books came out. In the catalog are a few check marks next to titles in ink. This is not in mint condition but was used as a reference source by a mentalist - thus it does indeed look used - rough edges, wrinkles, some bends. But the material within is quite interesting. Dunninger material too. Even if you never get the actual books, you'll find your mind thinking about the effects that are described. Did you know he introduced a new gem for the mentalist called O'DANEVEN'S SECRET?

    Phanta-Graphs

    17 pages Copyright by Al Mann Exclusives From the Forward by Al Mann: The Mag-Eye catapults the center-tear method of thought reading into the Space-Age! The technique given here makes obsolete most of the former writings on the center-tear. Including the author's own. Such is progress. But bear in mind that occasionally the mentalist will have need of resorting to the original method of stealing the folded center piece as some spectators write a message and fold it and bring it to you for a test. At this writing only two persons know the secret of the Mag-Eye move. Only three persons know the secrets of "Cistella" and only one has presented in public. So the AMS manuscripts remain exclusive as promised. Manuscript Sections:
  • Cistella Mightier Than the Sword
  • Castle Catch
  • At the Table; and Gysel's Gimmick
  • Misdirection
  • In a Book
  • The Bookshelf
  • In the Glass
  • The Time Piece
  • The AME Double-Writer
  • Invisible Door
  • An Impromptu Double-Writer
  • A Friend Indeed
  • The Long Writers
  • The Big Writer
  • Throw-Away Swamis
  • The Pantograph
  • Dunninger's Mind Warp
  • Syd
  • The Mag-Eye Move
  • Azrael

  • Phantom Voices

  • TRANS PHONE TEST: Mentalist ask anyone in the audience to use his cell phone to call home and ask anyone to choose a number (which is kept secret). Another person chooses a number secretly. These numbers combined secretly by the spectators to arrive a page in a book. Mentalist reveals the passage in the book plus the two numbers thought of.YOU NEVER APPROACH THE SPECTATORS.
  • WEIRD PROPHESY: You write 6 digits on a card and give to anyone to hold. The digits are visible to the person holding them. Members of the audienc call out 4 digits while another person on the phone chooses 2 more. The six digits choosen are the ones on the card! Baffling beyond words to say the least.
  • DAY OF JACKAL: A perfect stranger is called and asked to name three items. These three items have been written down before the show and held by the audience.
  • WIZARD WALK: According to Mann this item alone is worth the price of the book. Call anyone over the phone tell him to get the telephone directory and to choose a page and name secretly. You tell him the name and PHONE number of the one chosen. Remember this is done over the phone!
  • WAY OF THE WARLOCK: A person chooses an word from a book over the phone. You reveal it
  • RANDOM HOUSE MYSTERY: Listener has free choice of a word. Mentalist tells him the page and column it will be found in his dictionary. FANTASTIC effect.
  • Spirit's Calling: Speak with the dead via telephone. Your audience will BE CONVINCED YOU DID!

  • The Photon Sheild

    “The PHOTON SHIELD is a new look at the mentalists clipboard. Introducing a see-through clipboard that can deliver the secret thought to the mentalist in black and white instantly!

  • The PHOTON SHIELD is a new impression envelope that is definitely empty and quite ordinary to the spectator.
  • The PHOTON SHIELD is a sealed envelope that is indeed sealed to the beholder, yet the mentalist has ingress to it.
  • The PHOTON SHIELD is another release of exclusive secrets for the mentalist from the files of Al Mann Exclusives. It is a new approach to miracles. New ways and methods for ‘Instant Thought Reading’, ‘Reading Thoughts that have not been Written or spoken’, ‘Predicting Headlines’, plus others.”
  • This contains some very good material which has been greatly overlooked. It also includes one of the BEST methods for the Headline Prediction ever in print. Plus, a CLEAR impression clipboard!

  • Pieces of Eight

    1976

    A PERFECT BLEND OF ENVELOPE AND PSYCHIC MENTALISM! PIECES OF EIGHT offers a gimmick-free way of presenting the HEADLINE PREDICTING STUNT. The method is superior to any that has appeared in print, in the fact that NOTHING IS USED BY ENVELOPES AND SCISSORS. There are no funny moves! or the need for overacting or other kinds of misdirection. Contains:

  • PIECES OF EIGHT
  • SHACKELED
  • MANDRAGORA
  • A VARIATION.

  • The Proteus Envelope Supreme

    So you think you know everything about Protues evelopes? Don't be so sure Al Mann improved the basic concept and wrote a whole book about! What does it do? Anything written on the outside of the Proteus Envelope appears written inside the envelope ON A PAPER OF A DIFFERENT COLOR. PAST VERSIONS REQUIRED THE PAPER TO BE THE SAME COLOR AS THE ENVELOPE Anyone can cut open the envelope and remove the paper. All things can be examined. No carbons or chemical paper used. NO double writing. Full detailed directions. Six mindboggling effects included.

    Hundreds of effects are possible with this the Ulitmate in trick envelopes, yet one that will pass inspection and a through examination.


    Psi-Clone

    Just the thing to impress people who call you for a booking. Demonstrate your powers right over the phone. Al Mann gives you several effects you can do that he used to fool other mentalists when they called him. Over the phone you can tell people the names of cards they have written on a slip of paper. Reveal cards that are face down on the table even though you are hundreds of miles away. Have someone shuffle a deck and mix up some cards face up and face down. You can reveal the number of cards face up with no fishing! Of course these effects can be done in the same room with your back turned but these are designed to be done over the phone when you need to convice a caller you're got strange and wonderful powers.

    Psy-Force and the Unknowns

    A study of the psychological force and the equivoke ( detailed in 11 pages). Rivaling the Psychologists. How the Master Magicians do it infallibly. Plus the mystery of the choosing of the Unknown Soldier. How to do it over the telephone. Plus how to cut the odds.

    The Psychic Ring

    Once again Al Mann takes you inside the inner sanctums of the hidden secrets of professional mediums and psychics. In this book he covers the psychic ring feats. Most of the feats involve placing a solid and examined ring or hoop on a table and having the person hold your hands. The lights go out for a few seconds and the ring or hoop has materialized on the person's arm. Mann gives you several ways of doing this, plus other feats where rings penetrate bars held by the person in the dark. Apparently done by the spirts or psychic power. In many of these feats only ONE RING is used and is ungimmicked. Rings can be marked before appearing on the arm. If this isn't enough Mann teaches you how sit across from a person and hold both of their hands, an assistant turns out the lights and then quickly turns them back on.THREE HOOLA HOOPS HAVE MATERIALIZED AND ARE AROUND THE PERSON'S WAIST SITTING ON THE CHAIR EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE STILL HOLDING THEIR HANDS! Bonus Effect: Included is a killer effect that will fool most mentalists and alone is worth the price of the book. Mentalist writes the name of girl on a card and folds it half and gives to someone to hold. Another person is given a card and asked to write down a girl's name. Believe it or NOT the name you wrote matches the name the person write. NO stooges. Baffling beyond words and typical Al Mann genius.

    Psycho - Mentisis

    There is TELEKINESIS of all kinds within these pages from coins to nails. AN EFFECT THAT ALLOWS THE MENTALIST/PSYCHIC TO BRING DEAD ANTS BACK TO LIFE! LEVATATION EFFECTS, ABNORMAL LIFTS, TELEPORTATION, CREATING MOVEMENT WITH YOUR MIND! EFFECTS INCLUDED:
  • THE BENDS
  • PERMUTATION OF MATTER - A SOLID THROUGH A SOLID EFFECT
  • THE SPIKES OF ASMODEUS
  • THE FRANKENSTEIN AFFAIR
  • IMPONDERABLE ENRGY
  • THE REACH OF THE MIND
  • MERLIN'S MAGIC MARIONETTES
  • THE SECRET OF THE ANCIENTS

    1977


  • The Purloined Thought

    THE PURLOINED THOUGHT is a treatise on the history, methodology and technique on the use of torn billets in the mentalist’s art of thought reading. It starts with an in depth study of the history and evolution of the Center Tear and goes on to detail more work on billets than you could use in a lifetime. The Thirteen Chapters are:
  • INITIUM
  • BLUE RIBBON EFFECTS
  • FACTS
  • PROPHESY
  • QandA CENTRAL
  • THE COVERT TEAR
  • TEAR AND READ METHODS
  • THE YOUNG LIONS
  • PYRAMID POWER
  • SANS TEAR METHODS
  • PRE-TORN MISSIVES
  • SEALED MESSAGES
  • THE DAY OF THE SIT-TORES

    There are contributions from Rudy Hunter, Al Baker, Ted Karmilovich, Ray Hyman, Bob Cassidy, Richard Osterlind and Dai Vernon. 156 pages, usual Al Mann style and page size Hard Bound


  • The Quick and the Dead

    The book deals exclusively with Living and Dead tests. It gives a detailed history of the effect and how David Abbott was fooled by mediums doing this. Learn inner secrets from the mediums on how to reveal the names of dead relatives. Simply ingenious methods that will startle you with their cleverness. Mann goes into much detail on these test and ways to learn the names of dead relatives. Some of these methods were later revamped by Mann and released as other effects but using the basic methods. Mann also teaches you a creepy effect, called Empty Graves, where a person writes the name of a dead person on one of twenty UNMARKED BILLETS. They are dropped in hat and mixed by the VIP. He attempts to divine which billet contains the dead name, but fails, no matter how many times he chooses a billet. Yet the psychic, quickly reaches in and gets the correct vibs and removes the slip containing the dead name. Not only that but then reveals the dead person's name. If the performer is so inclined at this point he can go into a trance a give a message to the person from the dead relative.

    Quin Taces

    Very strong routine for reading the minds of the spectators...a sentence of many words (16 or more) is written on a blackboard...all the words are different and the words can be chosen from ANY BOOK by the audience...three persons are then asked to mentally choose words...they have a free choice...they are to concentrate on their secret choice of words and say nothing...QUIN TACES means BE SILENT and that is excactly what is taking place...silently he then divines all the thoughts of the three persons AND HE does it all at ONCE...NO FISHING...spectators do not speak, they just think...this is the most advanced material Al Mann ever released...you can use a sentence they come up with! NOTE: The three persons think of their words at the same time...the three persons can each choose one word or as many as four or more...the Mentalist gets them all...THE TEST CAN BE DONE IN ANY LANGUAGE! The spectators need not leave their seats...the mentalist can be on stage and never approaches the spectators...NOTHING IS WRITTEN DOWN BY THE SPECTATORS...THEY ONLY THINK OF THE WORDS AND NEVER WRITE THEM DOWN! Mentalist reveals the words as words and doesn't fish around getting one letter at a time...he just reveals the whole word in one sweep and tells all 3 people the whole word they are thinking of...This is the stuff that will make you a reputation and will convice the most hard core skeptic...looks like the real thing and is almost too good to release! Remember you can use a sentence they come up with!

    The Road to Lhasa

    Letters materalize in mid air and fall to the table A paper is signed and written on by various members of the audience. It is visibly burnt (no envelope!) by ANY member of the audience AND THEN RESTORED BY THE PSYCHIC! Two people write thoughts on two business cards that are folded and placed on the table and never touched again, YET you reveal what they wrote! Al's Gem: A person writes anything on a business card which is unfolded and can be examined. Without any funny moves and the card remaining in sight at all times you reveal the message! SOME TOTAL: Read this one you won't believe it! Two person's write numbers on business cardss. YOU DO NOT KNOW the numbers. Yet you say I can tell you the total of both and YOU DO SO!

    The Ripper's Jack

    This book is XX in AME Major Arcana Series, Shows how to make this little gimmick that will allow you to open envelopes undetected by the audience. Has presentations and applications, a nice little Gem, Very useable and a wonderful reference, in depth, ingenious methods primarily for mentalist. Copyright 1994.

    Scorpio's Curve

    (Occult Business with a Business Card)
  • Scorpio's Curve
  • The Echoing Walls
  • Thot Covert
  • Salem's Bridge
  • Postman's Curve








    Seance - A Heavenly Odyssey

    (1983) Levitating Heavy Objects (Tables & Pianos)
  • Slade's Flying Chair
  • The Magician's Flying Table
  • The Abnormal Lift
  • The Gyrating Tables
  • Hand & Rope Releases
  • Medium's Sack Escape
  • Levitation of the Human Body
  • Becoming Non-Liftable
  • Psychic Lights
  • Hints on "programming" the seance
  • Invocation Slips
  • Spirit Handkerchief
  • Phantom Slate
  • Teleportation, the saintly gift (teleporting the medium from a locked room)

    Contains guarded secrets of William Eglinton (who puzzled the great Harry Keller), Charles H. Foster, Daniel Dunglas Home and Eusapia Palladino


  • The Seven Seals

  • THE TALT MOVE
  • THE HIDDEN GATE
  • OPEN SESAME
  • THE SPECTER
  • SPIRITS
  • THE SEAL OF PROTEUS
  • THE HEADLINE PREDICTION
  • THE GREAT DOLLAR BILL CAPER
  • PREDICTION NUGGET
  • THE WRECKING CREW
  • THE COMBINATION PAD LOCK MYSTERY




    The Shattered Chalice

  • Pyro-Sorcery - 8 (eight) methods for causing a borrowed newspaper to burst into flame!Arrested Oxidation: Commanding a piece of paper held in a flame NOT to burn!
  • The Shattering Chalice -Smashing glass by thought! Devil's Tears; The Devil's Flask; The Iron Duchess; The Ghost Bullet; The Pulverised Window Pane; The Glass Key (by TED LESLEY)
  • The Falling Block
  • Cosmic Motion - Several brilliant new effects utilizing the Pendulum Principle, including movement at a distance!
  • Bonus Section - The Cobra 8 pages of how to do the snake charming act - for real! Plus, a very cool levitating doll trick






    The Sibyline Messages

    As AL MANN himselfs says" THE ABILITY TO READ SEALED MESSAGES IN AN AWESOME DISPLAY OF UNKNOWN FORCES." The effects is perfect: WHITE CARDS ARE PASSED OUT TO THE SPECTATORS TO WRITE THEIR QUESTIONS, OR MESSAGES ON. THE MENTALIST THEN PASSES OUT ENVELOPES TO EACH SPECTATOR. THE SPECTATORS SEAL THEIR CARDS AND THEN SIGN THEIR FULL NAMES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ENVELOPES TO WHICH THE MENTALIST IS ABLE TO TELL THE SPECTATORS WHAT THEY WROTE DOWN. Included in this manuscript:
  • THE SIBYLLINE MESSAGES
  • THE VOICE FROM HE ABYSS
  • THE LEGAL TENDERS
  • THE FLIGHT OF THE GRIFFINS.

  • Six Columns

    28 pages devoted to newspaper tests.

















    Six Impossible Things

















    Sotto Voce - Arcana Series XIV

    On the secrets of Miracles. Al Mann reveals new techniques for impossible appearing book tests. Do BOOK tests without actual books!
    People just imagine they have books and read imaginary words!YET YOU Reveal and PREDICT THEM!Svengali's Book Test: A lady chooses any book from a bookcase and is told to open to any page and choose any line. From across the room you tell the lady what she is reading. Invisible Book Mentalist writes a word on a card and folds it up and clips with a paper clip. He even has someone intial the card so it can't be switched. Anyone picks up a pretend invisible book and selects a line and then concentrates on the first word. That very word is the word you wrote on the intialed and folded card. NO SWITCHES.Remember no actual book is used, just the imagination! Bonus Effect A double compartment envelope
    that can be left for examination!Al Mann hails this as the greatest double compartment envelope ever devised. After the correct prediction is removed everything can be left for examination. A rare arcane secret known on to the elite few!

    SUPER CLIP LINE PLUS

    This is an 8½ x 11 inch, softcover, spiral-bound book from Al Mann Exclusives. "Telepathy, to many is already a proven fact. The display of thought reading only confirms an already existing belief... The Super Clip Line effect appears uncanny to the lay audience. Rationality cannot account for it unless psychic phenomena is accepted."

    The Test of Thoth

    Contains:
  • The work
  • Phantini's Phoebe
  • Tethys (drawing duplication using two audience members)
  • The Master's touch












    The Tesseract

  • Chapter 1: discusses the most amazing principle in the art of the mentalist, with a wide avenue for miracles. Headings include; Where Eagles Perch, the Tesseract, Panoramas of Thought and Mass Telepathy. All of the effects are of the one-man dynamic class
  • Chapter 2: contains a unique 'Opener Effect' dealing with a new approach to the presentation of a baffling effect
  • Chapter 3: deals with "Another Chapter" about the center tear. The material in this chapter came to light after "the Apodosis" was printed. This chapter discloses a new and radically different approach to the presentation of the center tear effect. Here the center piece opens out almost automatically with little help from the performer and reveals not one but five full questions written by as many spectators. The chapter also shows a reproduction of Sid Lorraine's letter on notes on the center tear that were written in 1928 and are the first notes on record for the effect. It also shows a reproduction of Ovette's Mss. on the center tear which was first advertised in Sept. 1931 in the Sphinx almost a full year before Annemann released his version
  • The Bonus: This section is alone worth buying the book! It contains a gimmicked envelope that any working mentalist will swoon over. This envelope is the finishing touch to many effects already on the market, including "the Threshold of Miracle" by this author, and many others that are presented with a not-too-perfect method.This envelope has never been released before to our knowledge. This information will make many other writings obsolete. Gentlemen, You will drool over the contents of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 and also of Chapter 3 if you are a C-T man and also of the contents of the Bonus section. However the contents of Chapter 1 and the bonus section are worth more than the price asked and you can consider the contents of Chapters 2 and 3 as the real bonuses!

    THE THINKING MACHINES

    This is AL MANN'S BRILLIANT TREATISE ON MATHIMATICAL MENTALISM! This manuscript allows the MENTALIST to be able to divine numbers secretly chosen by a spectator!. ONE OF THE MOST SIMPLE AND BRILLIANT CREATIONS BY AL MANN. Effects include:
  • PARSEC
  • ONE THOUSAND AND ONE MYSTERIES
  • PHANTOM DIGITS
  • THE LITTLE FOXES
  • THE PSYCHIC SQUARES
  • THE CHALLENGE
  • GOLDEN DIGITS
  • THE PSYCHIC CALCULATOR
  • SHADES OF INAUDI
  • ALPHA AND OMEGA

  • The Third Ecstasy

    AL MANN ORIGINAL - THE THIRD ECSTASY - PLUS BONUS(?B) (P) Card Feats for The Mentalist, by Al Mann, this being an original vintage and in good shape Comb bound 34 page booklet. Also comes with 2 original AL MANN advertisements..and these are getting to be a hot ticket also...these ads are both for (B)The Lexicon Phenomena(?B), his most famous trick, the one Magicians couldn’t believe was possible. Both ads are different, so you get 2 kinds of Lexicon Ads with this manuscript.(p) The book itself is has 14 effects that Al Mann judged sufficiently amazing enough, and plotted well enugh, as to be suitable for the mentalist to perform. Also incuded is a chapter of Olaf Jonnson’s card mentalism stunts, 9 total, with full methedology. ...Jonnson was the Uri Geller of his day, so these additional 9 effects are also excellent fodder for the Mentalism show. The Contents:
  • The Pros and Cons
  • Do’s and Dont's
  • The Flight of the Psycards. - Signed cards to wallet – WITHOUT touching the deck.
  • Domination of Thought
  • Caster and Pollux
  • The Devastators
  • The Invaders
  • The D_ESP_Erados
  • The Third Extasie
  • Astral Sight
  • The Mounds of Ishtar
  • The Psychic Poker Player
  • Forces (seven pages of “no sleight” forces)

    Also... - The Master of the Cards - A discussion on the psychic feats of Olof Jonsson. This final chapter is probably the most interesting. It consists of some great lateral thinking by Mann, offering methods for some apparent psychic miracles Jonsson demonstrated with a pack of cards. Including:

  • Clairvoyant card calling with a Zener pack
  • Over the Telephone
  • Specator becomes the mindreader
  • Levitation
  • Teleportation
  • Seeing Through a Brick Wall
  • Sensitive Finger Tips
  • Developing ESP

  • THE THRESHOLD OF MIRACLE-

    The MENTALIST is able to divine the name and question of a spectator while the spectator is holding in his/her hands his/her own sealed question which they can open later to their mystification. This is 1978 reprinted update! which includes the amazing ruse called CIRCEAN VESSELS. Contains
  • THROUGH THE THRESHOLD
  • THRESHOLD THREE
  • DESTINY'S DISCIPLE
  • THE CIRCEAN VESSELS

  • THROUGH A WALL MISTILY-PSYCHIC SEEING

    Included are countless "DIVINATION EFFECTS" on the "SEEING THROUGH A WALL" theme, that is THE MENTALIST IS ABLE TO 'SEE' AND RECORD ON PAPER EVERY ACTION TAKEN BY A SPECTATOR IN THE NEXT ROOM AS THOUGH THERE WERE A HOLE IN THE WALL! EFFECTS INCLUDE:
  • THE SEAT OF THE MIGHTY
  • THE HOLE IN THE WALL
  • MIST
  • THOT ON TITLES
  • ONE THOUSAND SKULLS (INVOVLING MINIATURE INEXPENSIVE SKULLS!)
  • CAMERA OBSCURA
  • FAIL SAFE
  • THE JUNPITER EFFECT

  • THE TKARES SET

















    The Tools of Omar


    this is a hardcover, bound in black cloth, with gold-stamping on the cover and spine. ( 200 copies printed, of which 30-40 were sold. The rest are lost.) The Tools of Omar is a collection of nail-writing effects. It collects the AME books, "the Naked Thought", "the Gilded Quill", "the OSS Writer", "Challenges", "the Invisible Book". Plus history and types of writers. Plus! "The Ghost Writer" and other new effects.


    Tri - Id

    (1982) 8 1/2 x 11, staple bound, very good condition. The effect in brief is: Mentalist displays a board with many designs and colors. Three persons are invited to secretly choose one design each. Mentalist passes out three pieces of art board and tells the three persons to secretly draw their chosen designs on the boards. They are then instructed to think of their designs and color. Mentalist divines all three designs and colors. That is the effect and that is exactly what happens. Mentalist can walk into any audience and do the test without any previous preparation. UNCANNILY, THE THREE PERSONS CODE THEIR THOUGHTS TO THE MENTALIST THROUGH INSIGNIFICANT "BODY LANGUAGE" THAT ONLY THE MENTALIST CAN READ

    The Trionym Effect

    Spiral-Bound Softcover 8 pages 1983 Copyright From the Forward by Al Mann: The Trionym Effect is the divining of three separate thoughts from the mind of one or more persons at the table. The effect is fabulous and profound and will make a reputation for the performer. Unfortunately, many novices have steered clear of it simply because former methods called for difficult moves and sleights that seem to take a lifetime to master. Here for the first time is a method most easy to so. The 'umbrella' move has been eliminated and the secret reading of the billets is direct. Plus, there is nothing to force! And: no dummy billets! Through experience, the billet worker discovers that the sitter cares little about the size or color of the paper used and gives no importance to the prefolding of the billets. The Mentalist therefore can use flesh color paper to his advantage, and choose the proper size of the billet to suit him. The Mentalist can also insist on prefolded billets as a necessary ritual, etc. The Trionym Effect offers the AME subscriber another fabulous billet test that you must master.

    Uniword

    An unbelievable book test. A real brainbuster. Description: Any person secretely choses ANY WORD ON ANY PAGE. The Mentalist divines or predicts the word. Even more unbelievable are the conditions. The spectator holds the book in his own hands and has an ABSOLUTE FREE CHOISE of ANY PAGE and ANY WORD ON THE PAGE. It is the " Uniword ". The Mentalist stands several feet away and never approaches the spectator while he is choosing the word !! The test can be repeat. There are many different words on each page. In presentation, any person is called to choose any page and to read off words on the page. Many different words are called ! Next a second person is called to do the same secretly and the Mentalist does his thing. He reads the mind ( and more ) ! " Uniword " is the strongest test ever devised: No stooges, No force number, No memory or writing. The test is easy to do. This is a one man effect. It can be done at any time any where without previous or before- the show- preparation. The Mentalist does not know to what page the book has been opened yet he can tell what is being read, word for word ! Uncanny ! You will receive an elegant hard cover book of 137 pages, plus Al Mann's full instructions including presentation, patter and bonus " Uncanny Uniword prediction" were the chosen word is found predicted in a sealed envelope locked inside the Psychic's zipper pocket of his wallet. No carbon copy or fake wallet ! All the material is NEW and never used. This was the real " book test " performed by Al Mann in his show.

    Voices From Hades

    From the hard to find Zodiac Series. This is Book 3 in the series.Mann says in this book. "I stumbled onto these secrets so I can say they have never appeared in print before. This is something new under the Sun! Any mentalist in possesion of these secrets can baffle anyone silly!"

    This treatise explains an arcane secret that Al Mann discovered. You have people write messages on billets and fold them. The billets are picked up with tweezers and set on fire. No you don't dunk them in any chemical to make them transparent. The billets are opaque. You pick them up with super thin tweezers and NEVER touch them with your hands. They are not torn up first. The folded billet is burned yet you can reveal the contents! This is a new method that will fool the smartest magician! A dollar bill is borrowed, the spectator is ask to remember the last 4 or 5 digits. He folds it in quarters and you take it with tweezers never touching the bill with your hand. The bill is set on fire and totally consumed. Yet you reveal the serial number! No switching of the bill, only one bill used (of course you have to give the person back another dollar for the one you burnt, but imagine this in a newspaper office!) Yes several people can write on billets and you burn them ALL at the same time, yet you reveal the contents. YES DO IT WITH SEALED ENVELOPES.Message are written on cards and sealed in envelopes. The envelopes are burned with no switches. You reveal the contents. The envelope are totally burned to ashes. This is not the old idea of having wide tongs that prevent the corner from burning. You use thin tweezers a hold the envelope over a flame and it burns up yet you know the complete contents!


    When Thoughts Collide


    A design-duplication effect that works automatically! Mentalist shows his audience a book of designs. He states that all the designs are different except one. He will not tell the audience which one of the designs are duplicated in the book. But he is going to have the audience find it by subliminal perception (or what have you.) Two pages in the book are chosen at random by two members of the audience widely separated. They draw their chosen designs on slates. When the slates are shown, they are identical! The book is ungimmicked. All the designs are different. There is no forcing. Spectators have a free choice. You do not know ahead of time what design will be chosen. A one-man effect. You will get a hardcover book of many designs plus the instructions. Use your own slates.

    The Wocus Legacy

    The principle known as "The Wocus Legacy" was first discovered and applied to billet work by Al Mann. The gimmick is included.

  • Compiled by Steve Knight. With special thanks to Tim Furneaux

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