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A Complete Course in Stage (Pseudo) Hypnotism by Robert A. Nelson

A Complete Course in Stage (Pseudo) Hypnotism by Robert A. Nelson

Audiences love to witness hypnotic stage acts! Now you, too, can be a stage hypnotist with your own show!

Not only does this course teach how to do many wonderful hypnotic tests, it also provides the complete routine of your show, tells how to select the proper audience subjects, how to operate your own show, publicity stunts, and all the details. You require only the INSIDE KNOWLEDGE of stage hypnotism -- as found in this book. More...

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...

Club and Party Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson

Club and Party Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson
Get the inside scoop on performing mentalism and psychic entertainment in night clubs, casino showrooms, and private parties. Written by an acknowledged master of the Art.

Complete coverage including suggested effects, routines, programs of famous mentalists and what they use, together with the author's own ideal mental and psychic club program. Six jaw-dropping effects are included... More...

Comedy Mentalism Volume 1 by Robert A. Nelson

Comedy Mentalism Volume I by Robert A. Nelson
Here are 96 pages of top-notch material for mentalists, magicians, and psychic entertainers. There's something here for every performing occasion, including a complete two-person comedy act by Bob Nelson and a complete comedy Talking Skull routine by George McAthy.

PLUS: A BONUS OF THREE PSYCHIC GEMS! These three serious routines alone are worth more than the price of the complete book for any mentalist. More...

Comedy Mentalism Volume II by Robert A. Nelson

Comedy Mentalism Volume II by Robert A. Nelson
Based on the success of Volume I, here's an even bigger book, crammed with funny bits of business, comedy routines, laugh-out-loud effects and more from Nelson and his friends. PLUS: TWO BONUS CHAPTERS! 116 pages in all!

There are gems here for mentalists, magicians, and entertainers of every ilk. There's even a chapter on amusing, true situations that have befallen pro mentalists such as Bob Nelson, Alla Rageh, Phillip Morris, 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...
Effective Answers to Questions by Robert A. Nelson

Effective Answers to Questions
by Robert A. Nelson

In this advanced course for mentalists and psychic entertainers, Nelson delves further into the psychology of Q&A work, combining essential showmanship with the psychology of the answers.

Teaches the reader how to answer questions, the basic principles of combining effectiveness with answers, how to convince your audience, and to attain a higher percentage of correct answers. This book is an investment that will pay you financial dividends. No matter how successful you are, it will aid you in being MORE successful. 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...

Hellstromism by Robert A. Nelson
Hellstromism by Robert A. Nelson

The first and only true explanation of the miraculous feats of the late Axel Hellstrom . . the man who baffled many of the world's most scientific and magical minds. No gimmics. No stooges. No electronics. No mirrors. Nothing prearranged.

Can be performed under true test conditions any time, any place. Fantastic possibilities for press coverage. Nothing better for impromptu performances! 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 Read Sealed Messages by Robert A. Nelson

How to Read Sealed Messages
by Robert A. Nelson

The most comprehensive and authoritative book on sealed billet reading, as employed by mentalists, magicians, and office mediums!

Contains THIRTY-FIVE complete methods for secretly reading messages, billet switches, prompter methods, and private office work secrets. These are practical, tested secrets as used by the most successful mentalists, mindreaders, mediums and magicians. Any one routine is worth the price of the book. More...

Impromptu Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson

Impromptu Mentalism
by Robert A. Nelson

Here's a stunning ten-minute routine for the magician to use as an encore at the end of his or her regular act. The performer demonstrates with devastating correctness that he can read the collective minds of several spectators!

Has baffled thousands of people. Will stagger your imagination when you discover there are no plants or confederates; the magician works alone on the stage, and without any assistance ... More...

Making Mindreading Pay by Robert A. Nelson

Making Mindreading Pay
by Robert A. Nelson

Learn the inner secrets of how to make a living as a mentalist or psychic entertainer!

The entire range of opportunities for psychic entertainers is discussed at length, and with one thought in mind: to make money! Whether you are new in the business or a seasoned pro, this book will mean extra dollars to you. More...

The Mentalist's Manual by Robert A. Nelson

The Mentalist's Manual
by Robert A. Nelson

Do you want to be a professional mentalist? This authoritative textbook shows how to enter this interesting and highly profitable profession. With clear, step by step instruction, Nelson outlines the correct procedure, from start to finish. These booking and routine-building secrets will also prove immensely valuable to the semi-pro and professional, too. more...

Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation by Robert A. Nelson

Miracles in Mentalism and Psychic Experimentation
by Robert A. Nelson

27 contributors! 50 amazing effects! Many of magic and mentalism's most trusted names have collaborated to bring you this outstanding collection of time tested and audience proven effects. Not just one or two routines, but FIFTY from which you can easily select several excellent psychic programs. Effects from John Booth, Paul Curry, Eddie Clever, Harlan Tarbell ... More...

More Miracles in Mentalism compiled by Robert A. Nelson

More Miracles in Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson

Here are more new, original and sensational mental effects, brought to you by many foremost mentalists. A wide variety of time proven, audience tested effects are included. Several of the effects were formerly catalogued and sold by their originators for several dollars each. Now get them all in this fine book, the second in the series of "Miracles in Mentalism."

A few of the contributors include Bob Nelson, Dr. Jaks, Eddie Clever, Syd Bergson, Orville Meyer, Dr. S. P. Thornton, and . . . More...

Mystery of the Gyrating Tables by Robert A. Nelson

Mystery of the Gyrating Tables
by Robert A. Nelson

Bob Nelson reveals his famous "Mystery of the Gyrating Tables" presentation, complete with opening lecture. Using ordinary, unprepared tables and no apparatus whatsoever, the tables tip, teeter, wobble and gyrate around the room or stage in the craziest fashion. No stooges or confederates are employed at any time. . .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...
The Nelson Master Course of Hypnotism by Robert A. Nelson

The Nelson Master Course of Hypnotism by Robert A. Nelson
This is the ONE book for a fuller and more complete understanding of the fundamentals and basic principles of hypnotism. Written in non-technical, easy to understand language. Start learning with the very first lesson!

Nelson originally wrote this as a correspondence course to sell for $50.00. Now get all lessons, complete in one volume, at a fraction of the original price. more...

The Open Book by J.H. Johnson

The Open Book by J.H. Johnson
(Edited by B.W. McCarron)

Don't be a sucker! THE OPEN BOOK reveals how crooked gamblers, cheats, and con artists fleece the innocent and unwary public out of THOUSANDS of dollars daily. Even that carnival game at the local fairgrounds may not be as innocent as it looks. Learn the inside scoop through the pages of this book ... 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...

Nelson's Phantom Mindreader by Robert A. Nelson and B.W. McCarron

The Phantom Mindreader
by Robert A. Nelson and B.W. McCarron

The answer to the mentalist's dreams! Available once again is Nelson's perfect, undetectable means of immediately securing full knowledge of written questions and detail. Spectator simply writes a question, seals it in an ordinary envelope and retains it. At no time does the mentalist so much as touch the writing or sealed envelope. Yet, in a flash, the mentalist has full knowledge of the written data. More...

Phenomenal ESP Perception by Robert A. Nelson and Bob Tripp

Phenomenal ESP Perception
by Bob Tripp and Robert A. Nelson

A masterful demonstration of Extra Sensory Perception wherein five different spectators prove their psychic ability. Packs small and plays BIG!

A fast, clean and awe-inspiring mental effect with a terrific impact. 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...

Sensational Effects by Robert A. Nelson
Sensational Effects
by Robert A. Nelson

In this volume, Nelson lays bare the mentalist's most closest guarded secrets. A choice collection of sensational effects that will not only puzzle the layman, but will baffle the mindreading profession, as well.

Answer questions that have not been written down, but merely thought of, with no plants or confederates. Give a spectator's birthdate, address, phone number, etc., which spectator retains and never allows out of their possession . . . .More...


Six Lessons in Crystal Gazing by Korda RaMayne
Six Lessons in Crystal Gazing
by Korda RaMayne (edited by B.W. McCarron)

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...

Spook Mystery and Its Solution

Spook Mystery and Its Solution
by I. Prendergast (edited by B.W. McCarron)

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...
Still More Miracles in Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson

Still More Miracles in Mentalism
Compiled by Robert A. Nelson

23 leading authorities on Mentalism collaborated to make this the largest and best of the fabulous series of "Miracles in Mentalism" books.

In this revised and expanded edition, you now get 49 new and original mental and psychic effects, routines, and suggestions covering the full range of impromptu, club, radio, TV and stage presentations.... More...

Super-Mentality by Robert A. Nelson

Super-Mentality
by Robert A. Nelson

Never again be caught without something to perform! Present an impromptu demonstration of Super Power Memory. Do it any time, any place! A terrific publicity stunt!

This is the "real deal," allowing you to memorize cards in a borrowed shuffled deck, remember a list of 100 random items, serial numbers on several bills offered by spectators, recall names of strangers you meet at parties and other functions. More...

Super Prediction Tricks by Robert A. Nelson and E. J. Moore

Super Prediction Tricks
by Robert A. Nelson and E. J. Moore

Now you, too, can duplicate the feats of famous mentalists by making astounding predictions of upcoming events and garner front page publicity!

Nelson and Moore give you a vast array of Super Prediction Tricks -- 23 in all! Each one explained in detail. While some require props that most magicians already own, others can be built or acquired separately. The advice and step-by-step analysis is priceless to any performer ... More...

TELE-THOUGHT by Robert A. Nelson

TELE-THOUGHT
by Robert A. Nelson

Tele-Thought is conceded to be the greatest of all pseudo psychic and mental tests. Present Tele-Thought as a prediction--a prophecy--as a genuine experiment in mental telepathy, or both!

Here is a brilliantly conceived psychic effect, impregnated with showmanship and a superb presentation to baffle and astound the keenest of minds. More...

TV Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson and B.W. McCarron

TV Mentalism by Robert A. Nelson and B.W. McCarron

Prepare your act for television! New chapters! New secrets! New routines! As well as the best that only the fertile brains of Nelson and McCarron can deliver. You'll learn: TV programming • guest appearances • sponsored shows • local and network broadcasts • advance preparation • the effects of HD quality on prop selection • where to obtain hands-on instruction • how to get started • your first TV appearance • cable TV opportunities • the master secret • and More...

Visions of Tomorrow by Robert A. Nelson

Visions of Tomorrow by Robert A. Nelson

In this eBook, Bob Nelson reveals his complete "Diviner of Destiny" one-man Q&A presentation. This is a very, very clever and subtle mindreading act that can be performed solo, or with a volunteer assistant (who need not know the secret). Can be presented anywhere -- even surrounded by an audience if necessary. Especially suitable for tough situations such as for stores, clubs and outdoor work. Exceptionally fine for stage, platform and cruise shows. More...

With the Eyes of Dr. Reese by Robert A. Nelson

With the Eyes of Dr. Reese
by Robert A. Nelson

Here is a miraculous, "test conditions" billet reading method that is both fiendishly clever and imminently practical. Leave it to the fertile brain of Bob Nelson to develop a billet test as good as this!

Long unavailable, this is the caliber of top-notch mentalism or pseudo-mediumistic reading that will create a sensation wherever it is performed. Dr. Reese made headlines coast to coast with his billet readings. Now you can, too! more...


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