John Bannon, one of Vanishing Inc's very favorite creators, had a much-loved book finally reprinted: Mentalissimo. What makes this collection of card effects different from his previous collections is this: every effect in this book has a "mental" theme to it. You read the minds of spectators, predict outcomes, and know in advance decisions that spectators will make. Classics are approached, like "Out of this World," but from the presentational angle of a mentalist.
What makes John Bannon one of the most popular creators in the field is his penchant for creating workable, practical, and easy solutions to direct effects. He has built a huge following of card-trick-loving magicians because his work touches the all-important three aspects of a trick: the premise, the construction, and the presentation. Bannon treats all three with equal appreciation. Reading a Bannon trick is like lifting the casing from a beautiful watch. Inside, where nobody sees, is great attention to detail, problem-solving, and evidence of an incredible time commitment. We are honored to offer this book, and delighted with the contents. Another Bannon classic!
The more I study card magic and mentalism, the more impressed I am with John Bannon. His "lean and mean" style of construction and execution inspires me. His routines are hard hitting and fun to perform.Jeff McBride, Las Vegas Headliner
This stuff is fun to read, and fun to do.Max Maven
Customer reviews for Mentalissimo
John Bannon is a creative mind. He is ingenious at deception and knows how to cause spectacular effects with little hand movement or technique. Mentalissimo is one of his "classics", finally reissued. It focuses on mental magic and contains some good effects. Hightly recommanded.
Another excellent John Bannon book. I agree with one of the reviewers stating it's one of the best. I enjoyed working through the book. Sometimes the explanations can be a bit opaque but with a bit of exploration it becomes evident. I am not a fan of mentalism but this great! Loved it. Get it!
I purchased this book when it was first released and will state, uncategorically, that it is not only the best book of the year, but one of the best I have ever purchased.
From the October 2016 Genii magazine. Reviewed by David Britland
Mentalissimo is a book for people who enjoy card tricks
and their methods. People who, like John, delight in the
construction of a new effect as much as performing it.
Sometimes the devious methodology does get in the way
of creating a direct and memorable effect for the spectators.
There is a feeling that it is almost a book of notes and ideas
that give us an overview of the themes, plots, and methods
that are currently occupying John Bannon’s attention. Not
that the tricks aren’t described in full, they absolutely are
and there are nearly 30 of them and all photographically
illustrated. But instead of describing one perfect method
John often describes several approaches to the same effect
as he weighs the value of each. It’s almost like having a
card session. While some would rather have a more direct
path laid out to their mysteries, others will enjoy the playful
exploration that John Bannon offers with all its dealing,
counting, and toying of the deck. When it comes to subtle
card effects you couldn’t have a more expert guide.
Easy A come to my mind. John bannon new book Is worth. An grade A or more than that. Theory and effects are outstanding. For any magicians who like mind reading effect useing cards. He gave you touch close classical effect like out of this world. & cool new hand off close up effects. Become that dr who can read people minds. If you enjoy ak-47 you will enjoy this book! That any one specific will love for long time! Become that anneman. The master magician!
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