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The Art of Cold Reading by Robert A. Nelson

The Art of Cold Reading
by Robert A. Nelson

The secret book of the mental profession that teaches the mentalist or psychic to "read" a person "cold" with no gimmicks, no advance knowledge, and no preparation!

"Cold reading" is the learned ability to cleverly read a person "from the cradle to the grave" — and without important error. This is the authentic method as used by psychics, mediums, and the well-versed mentalist. More...

Confessions of a Medium by Robert A. Nelson

Confessions of a Medium
by Robert A. Nelson

The spirit graft exposed!

There has never been such a complete and thoroughly accurate exposé of the inner workings and guarded secrets of the professional medium, psychic and healer. Describes how fake psychics get their certificates, making them immune from police interference, two swell billet switches and More...

The Dr. X Book

The Dr. X Book
by Dr. X (Edited by B.W. McCarron)

Imagine paging through the Nelson Enterprises catalog and discovering a book that lays bare the methods to dozens of mental, psychic and spirit medium effects. Nelson called it the "opportunity of a lifetime" to purchase this book. Now updated and featuring over 60 illustrations missing from the print edition ... More...
Encyclopedia of Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson

The Encyclopedia of Mentalism
by Robert A. Nelson

The greatest and most comprehensive book ever written on mentalism and psychic entertainment. Every phase of its operation is exhaustively treated in detail: Theater presentations; Radio mentalism; Night club psychic entertainment; Hotel and night club mindreading; Seance work; Horoscope sales; Mindreading for fun and pleasure; Apparatus and secret devices; Methods of famous stage, radio and television mentalists; Booking the act ... More...

Fleecing the Flock: Confessions of a Spirit Medium by 'Parker'
Fleecing the Flock: Confessions of a Spirit Medium
by "Parker"

The entertaining, true story of an American who discovers the exploding séance scene of 1880s London. Along the way, he meets up with Thomson, a medium of some renown. Unknown to Parker, Thomson is a fraud. We're along for a wild ride as Thomson slowly but surely reels in his victim. More...

How to Answer Questions Through Crystal Gazing by Geo. DeLawrence

How to Answer Questions Through Crystal Gazing
by George DeLawrence

In this book, DeLawrence reveals the real secret of answering questions from audience members. No matter if you use a crystal ball or work a straight mentalism act, this work is regarded by many experienced professionals as the best of its kind ever written... More...
How to Make a Ghost Walk by Joseph Dunninger

How to Make a Ghost Walk
by Joseph Dunninger

Conduct your very own full-light, semi-dark or full darkness spirit séance!

Dunninger, the world-famous mentalist and psychic debunker, presents this revealing book on how to present séance experiments including rope ties, spirit manifestations, revealing questions from departed loved ones, spirit cabinet effects, automatic writing, spirit voices, the fingertip aura, a billet switch, table raps, the bottled spirit test and much more ... More...

Inside the Medium's Cabinet by DUNNINGER
Inside the Medium's Cabinet
by Joseph Dunninger

Kidnapping. Murder. Intrigue. Joseph Dunninger, world-renowned magician and mentalist, reveals the dark underbelly of Spiritism in this 244-page eBook.

Discover fascinating, real-life psychic adventures pulled from Dunninger's 3,000 investigative case files. More...


Mediums Unmasked by Julia Garrett

Mediums Unmasked
by Julia Garrett

The true story of a former Spiritualist Medium who decided to come clean and spill the real work. Most of the demonstrations described rely on chutzpah, not repurposed magic gimmicks, to make them work. The Spiritualist press wanted the author jailed for admitting to the larcenous acts contained in this volume. The real work! More...
Mysteries of the Seance by 'Anonymous'

Mysteries of the Seance
by "Anonymous"

The "tell-all" book that reveals the innermost secrets of "office" and seance mediums! You'll learn the secrets of "Blood writing," creating ghostly apparitions, spirit slate writing, seance exhibitions, ballot tests, and many, many other pseudo-mediumistic stunts.

Recommended reading for mentalists, psychic entertainers, magicians, haunted house operators, paranormal investigators and clients of office mediums. more...

Nelson Enterprises Catalog #6 Reprint

Nelson Enterprises Catalogue Number Six
by Robert A. Nelson

This 1927 catalog is nearly impossible to find, being jealously hoarded by mentalists and collectors. Now reprinted in convenient eBook format, the Nelson Enterprises Catalogue Number Six is once again available to expand the mind of performers of every ilk. ... More...
Pages from a Medium's Notebook by Robert A. Nelson

Pages from a Medium's Notebook
by Robert A. Nelson

Nelson presents the secret notebook of a successful medium and psychic reader, allowing the reader to gain first-hand observations and instructions on how to give successful client readings.

Examples, readings and methods galore! More...

Practical Telepathy for the Stage by Joe Ovette

Practical Telepathy
by Joe Ovette

This is the book that Nelson called a worthy sequel to his "Encyclopedia of Mentalism." Joe Ovette reveals all in this revised and updated classic that belongs on every psychic entertainer's bookshelf. Sensational Q&A material, 100 audience-tested answers, two-person code material, advertising examples, a clever ballot box switch and so much more. More...

The Secrets of Dr. 'A' by Robert A. Nelson

The Secrets of Dr. "A"
by Robert A. Nelson

Here is one of the finest—if not the finest—methods of giving private readings and (apparently) reading the minds of others. For answering individual questions or to publicize your ability as a mindreader—anywhere—this is the method you have been looking for. No mechanical devices, no assistants, no stooges. Not to be used for illegal purposes.more...


Seers, Psychics, Sinners and Salesmen by B.W. McCarron
Seers, Psychics, Sinners and Salesmen
by B.W. McCarron

Protect yourself from the secrets of professional data thieves and along the way, you'll begin thinking of way to adapt these devious methods into harmless, yet entertaining routines for your mental or psychic act. Be sure to read it all, as there's a nifty treat for stage mentalists ... More...

Six Lessons in Crystal Gazing by Korda RaMayne

Six Lessons in Crystal Gazing
by Korda RaMayne (pseudonym of Robert A. Nelson)

One of the most complete books ever written on the art of crystal gazing (scrying). Learn how to develop this wonderful ability in your home. Written by master mentalist Korda RaMayne (Robert A. Nelson). More...
Spirit Rope Ties by S. W. Reilly

Spirit Rope Ties
by S. W. Reilly

The Spirit Rope Tie, long a staple of bogus spirit séances, is a great way to add fun, humor and mystery into your act. Whether played "straight," recreating a vintage spirit séance, or as a comedic effect that gets funnier with each repetition, any of the rope ties included in the book is strong enough to be a reputation maker for you. In fact, the very first tie described offers a lightning fast, instantaneous release, despite the knots being tied by an audience volunteer! More...

Spook Crooks! by Julien J. Proskauer
Spook Crooks!
by Julien J. Proskauer

SPOOK CROOKS! is Julien Proskauer's searing expose of the world of phony prophets, fake mediums, and other con artists who fleeced innocent victims of their cash, dignity and in some cases their lives! A slick billet switch, the gypsy money switch, and many other secrets are revealed in crystal clear text and illustrations. More...


Spook Mystery and Its Solution

Spook Mystery and Its Solution
by I. Prendergast

Written by a lawman-turned psychic detective, this is the real work that lays bare how unscrupulous operators fleeced their victims while posing as mediums and spirit guides. Robert A. Nelson, purveyor of all things psychic, praised this work in his early catalogs. More...


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