Thirteen Steps To Mentalism

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AuthorTony Corinda

Thirteen Steps to Mentalism is a book on mentalism by Tony Corinda. It was originally published as thirteen smaller booklets as a course in mentalism and was later republished as a book[1] in 1961. The book is now considered by most magicians to be a classical text on mentalism.[citation needed]

The book describes various techniques used by mentalists to achieve what appear to be psychic phenomena such as telepathy, precognition, extra-sensory perception, telekinesis and the ability to communicate with the dead as a medium.

The book has detailed information regarding cold reading, hot reading, the construction and use of such devices as the swami gimmick, billets, and billet pens.

Together with Annemann's Practical Mental Effects and T.A. Waters' Mind, Myth and Magick, it is considered[by whom?] standard literature for any magician, mentalist, or student of stage magic who wishes to incorporate psychic entertainment into their routine. Mentalists such as Derren Brown,[citation needed] Larry Becker,[2] Lee Earle,[citation needed] Richard Osterlind[citation needed] and Banachek[citation needed] have relied upon Thirteen Steps To Mentalism for their own mental illusions.

In 2011 Corinda's Thirteen Steps to Mentalism was republished in the Encyclopedia of Mentalism and Mentalists.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of Mentalism & Mentalists". Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  2. ^ Becker, Larry. Larry Becker's World of Super Mentalism. Louis Tannen Inc. 1978.