The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick

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One of the most coveted modern mentalism books ever written is finally available again!

"One of the great unsung heroes of original and fooling magic.” Derren Brown

“Hector’s a phenomenon.” Andy Nyman

In the late 2000’s, a young underground UK performer known as Hector Chadwick self-published a book The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick. Bursting with novel and intriguing concepts, this book was a sensational breath of fresh air in a mentalism community desperate for truly innovative ideas. It sold out quickly and mentalists have been clamoring for it to be reprinted for years.

The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick is now back. And is better than ever. Every routine has been rewritten and updated along with illustrations to create the “definitive” version of this iconic book. Plus, more than 50 pages filled with new routines and invaluable essays have been added.

After reading this book, it will be quite obvious to you why Derren Brown (who wrote the foreword) has trusted Hector to help him write numerous award-winning theatrical and TV shows.

Mentalism books often have a reputation for being dense and tough to read. The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick doesn’t just break that mold, it shatters it into a million pieces. A writer by trade, Hector’s clever thinking and sharp prose will inspire you to rethink your material and be a better performer. Don’t let the light-hearted tone of this book fool you, the material in here is pure gold.

Across the nearly 260 pages of this gorgeous hardcover book, you’ll find a variety of practical, well-constructed mentalism effects, along with captivating essays on some of the most important elements of mentalism. His perspective on equivoque is worth the price of admission alone. You’ll even be treated to what is quite possibly the shortest magic essay ever published.

Effects included in The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick

A psychometry routine using four sets of keys—three of which are returned to their owners, the fourth of which is described in detail, despite remaining hidden from view.

An Astrological Aside
The nonchalant revelation of a participant’s star sign. Nothing is written down.

The Paper Plane Chair Game
A completely open prediction of which chair a randomly selected participant will sit in.

Reds & Blacks
The color divination of an endless stream of cards from a spectator-shuffled deck.

A Card Behind
A spectator correctly senses the identity of a playing card (or three).

An impromptu prediction of an elaborately-selected card.

One Hundred Pages
A participant takes a book to the other side of the room, opens it, and thinks of a word on the page. The performer divines it. Impromptu and impossible.

Equivoque À Deux
A routine with an unique exploration of equivoque that relies on nothing but words and gestures. You’ll be amazed to learn that equivoque doesn’t need to be confusing or ambiguous. In fact, the language can be quite concrete.

Mars & Murrie
Another equivoque routine in which Hector explores how the method can be strengthened by giving careful consideration to the manner in which we eliminate objects.

The Windsor Magnet
A prop-less and gimmick-less pseudo-hypnosis routine in which a volunteer loses their ability to lift the arm of a person much smaller than them.

Tossed Out Q&A
Hector’s signature approach to one of mentalism’s strongest and most iconic effects.

These amazing mentalism routines are accompanied by thought-provoking essays touching on a variety of important topics from justification for writing down a thought to examining clichés in magic.

How does the The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick differ from the “original edition” and previous “revised editions?”:

  • Two new tricks including a mind-boggling card magic miracle called “Shriek” that was previously only available in rare lecture notes and a brand-new impromptu book test call “One Hundred Pages" that can be performed from across the room
  • Five additional essays offering a unique perspective on essential mentalism themes such as predictions, scripting and the one-ahead principle
  • More than 50 extra pages in total
  • Illustrations by Hector himself have also been added

If you have a checklist for buying a new book, we assure you The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick checks every box. Both mentalists and magicians alike will find this material worthy of careful study and will continue to be inspired by it for years to come.

"The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick is a Modern Classic. I perform routines from the book to this day, and reading the essays made me a better magician. It is such an important book to me." Andrew Frost (@sleightlyobsessed)

"Quite possibly my favorite magic book I’ve ever read. And I’ve read at least four." Marc Kerstein

"We had the genuine joy of reading The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick for the first time some eight years after we started performing magic together, and were quite cross that it had not been in our hands much, much earlier. We have no doubts that you will love this book just as much as we do. Which is a lot. A huge amount really." Morgan & West

“Genuinely the most inspiring, useful, and intelligent mentalism book I have ever purchased.” Chris Cox

“Hector Chadwick is, in my opinion, the best writer in mentalism. His prose is always full of wisdom (without any pretense or posturing); it is witty, insightful and crystal-clear in meaning and description. When I'm asked what my 5 favorite mentalism books are, ‘The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick’ is always at the top of my list.” Tom Baxter

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Customer reviews for The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick



This edition is called The Definitive for a reason... This book is unique for the approach of its rightfully acclaimed author - it looks at magic and mentalism through the lens of a writer, a storyteller. Not of a "guy with tricks".
Each of the routines is unique in its delivery and execution of magic principles, but more so it helps you see your magic like the story that it is, the story you want your audience believing, captivated by.
I'm sure to utilize quite a few tricks and takes on principles from this fantastic work (BTW you MUST read Mr Chadwick's treatise on Equivoque), but more importantly I thimk this book helped me THINK about my magic, patter and presentation, and CHALLENGE my pre-existing notions of how stuff should be done.
In my humble opinion this book is a must-read for any mentalist or magician hoping to elevate their craft further.


Laura Bautista

It's a wonderful edition that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. It is one of the most desired and long-awaited books that complete my bookshelf. Hector Chadwick's rarity is proportional to his greatness. A great mentalist and a go-to magician for the entire community. The edition itself is beautiful and luxurious. The illustrations that complete it are absolutely delicious and the content, at a crossroads between prose, autofiction and essay, totally perfect.



I have recently purchased this book, and ever since it has arrived I have not been able to put it down! It jam packed with insightful tricks that will elevate your Magic (even if you don’t perform them). The three card tricks included in this book are worth the price of the book. The essays and the tricks were incredibly well written and a pleasure to read. One of my favourite books in Magic!



After all my years in magic and mentalism, Hector Chadwick is new to me.
Wonderful and creative effects, presentations, writing style. Definitely different and entertaining enough to qualify as a must have time.
An exciting reading and learning opportunity.



What to say except this is a must have!
Cannot put it down.
I don’t understand how I could have missed knowing about this hidden genius before now.



A MUST read! Wonderfully written with insightful anecdotes throughout. The premise of and the effects themselves are great, but the way you're challenged to REALLY think about what you're doing and why is worth far more than the asking price. Pick this up immediately!



This is a gorgeous looking book, and is full of excellent advice and some truly lovely routines.

The cloth bookmark makes dipping in and out of this book a breeze, and I wish all books came with this (The quality of books produced Vanishing Inc. is second to none).

Hector Chadwick’s writing style is relaxed and a pleasure to read.
This book belongs in any mentalist’s library and comes highly recommended.

VI Monthly


Really beautiful thinking around some of these effects. Chadwick has, for lack of a better word, a "sideways" understanding of how to bring the mysterious to people. Highly recommended!

VI Monthly


This is an extraordinarily good book. Subtle thinking, well written. The full package.



An outstanding book. I'm not a mentalist and I won't perform these tricks, but I have learnt so much that will improve my magic. There are insights throughout and so much valuable thinking. I'm so glad I invested in this book: it really is helping me take my magic to a new level.



I really love this book. It’s really one of those books where you will read every effect even if it’s something you won’t do. It’s a real easy read. He lays everything out as to his reasoning for doing things and relates the audience perspective. The book is vague at times when it comes to the technical side of handling props, but not to the point where you can’t figure it out. Overall great book.



Hidden gems found in some classic plots: must be studied carefully



The Definitive Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick is an enjoyable, well written and informative read focused on mentalism. The One Hundred Pages is a unique, at last it was for me, and practical approach to a book test. The Shriek card effect contains techniques with wide application. The extensive and fascinating description of 52 factorial possible orders of a shuffled deck provides many opportunities to include this fun fact -- which may be surprising to folks not aware of this statistic. The essays are meaningful and enlightening.



This book is a great read, perhaps the most entertaining since Thirteen Steps if you have a dry sense of humour. It’s also well written; the routine descriptions are detailed and clear and I did not spot any typos or grammatical errors. The equivoque essay and routines are essential reading. I don’t do 'card tricks', but the three card routines are fascinating and I’ve been working on the necessary sleight for one of them. I’m not likely to use the stage routines but I can see that they would be highly effective for any stage performer. Highly recommended.



I found so many good things in here. This is definitely one you'll want to read cover to cover if you have any interest in mentalism. Many of the things in here come from such a great angle it helps breathe fresh life into old routines. This truly helped me reshape a good portion of my act.



I felt like a member of the ‘underground’ as I worked my way through this book. Especially enjoyed the essay about Dunninger’s Name Dodge! The Keys routine is practical and workable. All kinds of great material that’s all within reach. Beautifully written. It’s great to have this classic back in print! Thanks for the kind of quality work we’ve come to expect from Vanishing Inc!

VI Monthly


Vanishing inc has been killing it in the parlour and mentalism books lately. This book is a neoclassic and I can finally see why. Brilliant patter ,essays, and some cool routines.



Page 33 alone would get 5 stars from me, and I am thoroughly enjoying the rest of the book. I believe anyone with even a passing interest in mentalism or magic will like this one.



Really great stuff. Original effects, thought provoking essays, and an easy to read flow & style. Recommended reading for all Mentalism aficionados. The style & feel of the book itself is great too, with a cloth bookmark and a simple yet elegant cover that will look great on your shelf!



The book is very well printed and bound and contains good ideas, but I do not think the content is worth the vest. This is only a VERY stretched conference notes pamphlet where four pages are needed to say 'commit yourself' and more than seven pages are used to tell you how to switch a piece of paper behind a chair. Nostalgia for the booklets of the first half of the last century which gave you, with little money, many ideas in a few pages.


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