This is it...that particular niche I've been looking for, and I'd have to say this book covers all the basics with a tip of the hat to mentalists of the past. In the first part, "Mindreaders, Masters of Deception" by Rauscher, I ran across a mentalist I had the lucky pleasure of seeing on a live broadcast in Colorado when I was a kid. He completely covered his eyes in LAYERS of wet dough, tape, and gauze, then a layer of towel over all that. Someone wrote a long addition problem on a blackboard, handed him the chalk, and off he went, calling out the numbers as he added them up, FAST. That left an impression on me that's lasted my entire life...I had no idea who he was, and when i tried to describe what i saw, adults laughed me off... And now, here he is, one Mr. Kuda Bux, with his own little section on pages 70-71... The book is fantastic! As for "13 Secrets of Mentalism" by Corinda, count me in! THIS is that one thing I've been seeking, and didn't even know it! These ideas, secrets, routines, and hand-drawn *gimmick plans (*is this the correct word?) can be employed alone, or incorporated with other, existing routines to give them a different feel. Step Seven of the 13 completely changed my mind about what a 'Book Test' could be..."Zarkamorta II (The Ceremony of Reincarnation)" is outstanding! Not typical of what I've encountered. This volume is easily worth twice the price, GREAT read, and looks excellent on the shelf. Get it, and start blowing people's minds...that's what I intend to do!