What Lies Inside

By Florian Severin
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What Lies Inside

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What Lies Inside is the greatly expanded, updated English edition of a best-selling German book on mentalism (originally titled 13 Steps to Vandalism!) published by Vanishing Inc. Florian Severin is a respected mentalist in his native Germany. In this acclaimed collection, he details sixteen chapters of mentalism effects and theory.

His opinions and material are often shocking and always insightful. You'll find a balance of methodological ingenuity, presentational inspiration, and technical innovation. And thanks to Florian’s casual, witty style, you will enjoy the journey.

With a foreword by Ken Weber and an introduction by the publishers (Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay), this is a beautiful, thick hardback book that will delight magicians and mentalists alike. Florian Severin's approach is perhaps a little different to most mentalists and we think that his book will offer a brand new perspective to presenting mentalism.

Just a sampling of What Lies Inside:

  • Help a spectator meet the girl of his dreams!
  • Convict a gruesome slasher of beautiful blondes!
  • Perform brain surgery on yourself!
  • A brand new take on the classic add-a-number...with no adding!

"This cult book was a good reason to learn German ... and now the new and strongly revised version is a good reason to learn English!" Christoph Kuch, FISM Winner - Mental Magic 2012

What Lies Inside contents

  • Imagination Is a Lemon
  • Verdoux Voodoo
  • Knock Knock
  • When a Stranger Calls
  • Fly into Your Head
  • Effect Overkill
  • Psycho
  • Lottery Limbo
  • Shroompledai
  • I Know What You Did...
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Conflict Resolution
  • I Hear White Lies Singing in My Head
  • Size Does Matter
  • The Fenwick Experience
  • Avada Kedavra

What Lies Inside magic

Pages: 342. Hardback. Published by Vanishing Inc.

Please note this book does contain some adult themes

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Customer reviews for What Lies Inside



Don't judge this book by its size, it is really great! The tricks are good but the essays are the most important for me. They are very interesting even if you are not a mentalist. This is also a funny book. You even have to find movie titles in a chapter.



If you like the author’s off center wit and humor, you will love this book. So many original ideas, and creative slants and variations on other plots. Sadly, as good as this book is, it has been discontinued and officially out of print. It’s a shame, because it really could become a Mentalism staple for those who like Mentalism without all of the “shaman” and “mystical” hoo doo. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times while reading this book. His humor may be too much for some more “serious” mentalists, but I really enjoyed it. And I know you would have too.



I saw this book in one of Spideys videos. He recommended it, so I knew it wouldn't disappoint. This book has so many routines, all of which are amazing for stage mentalism. Some of these tricks make it seem like you are doing real mind reading, and the others will just amaze spectators. Brilliant book, highly recommend.



Absolutely one of my favorite mentalism books I've read this year. It's not only informative but fun. I found the perfect opener for my act from this book and that alone would have been worth the price, but there were so many other great ideas and essays in here as well.



Man! Sample chapter is awesome, so I just ordered the book. It reminds me of Rune's World in style a little bit. I have heard great things about the German edition, so I'm looking forward to this one.

VI Monthly


This is an awesome book! It contains tons of practical advice, extremely powerful effects, precision patter, and an off-the-wall style. BUY THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed.


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