Annemann's Practical Mental Magic - With Numerous Illustrations
Theodore Annemann
Dover Publications (1983)
In Collection
Paperback 0486244261
USA  English
Annemann, Theodore: Practical Mental Magic
Also known as: Annemann's Practical Mental Effects
©1944 Holden Magic Shops;
©1983 Dover Publications Reprint
Paper, perfect bound, 310 Pages

Comments: Originally published as "Annemann's Practical Mental Effects". From Dover Publications: "Outstanding collection of nearly 200 crowd-pleasing mental magic feats requiring no special equipment. Author offers insider's tips and expert advice on techniques, presentation, diversions, patter, staging and all else needed to make any trick a foolproof success. Lucidly written, thoroughly diagrammed book by one of magic's legendary figures." Edited by John Crimmins, Illustrated by Nelson Hahne.

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7 Chapter I Effects With Billets And Pellets
7 Bert Reese Secrets
11 Billet Switching
13 A Question and the Answer
15 The Al Baker 3 Billet Trick
16 A Day in Your Life
18 The Germain Gem
20 Tervil
22 Mental Hat Pin
24 Devil Device
26 The O M Billet Switching Box
28 The Ghost of a Chance
29 Crystal Clear

30 Chapter II Publicity Effects
30 Mindreading Publicity Effect
31 News Event Prediction
32 The Unknown Subject
33 Publicity Stunt
33 On the Wire
35 Wired Thought
35 The Impression Moderne
36 A Cute Publicity Stunt
36 Death Flight
37 Impromptu Vision
38 A Neat Publicity Trick
39 Television Compact
40 Graphology

42 Chapter III Dead Or Alive
42 From Beyond the Grave
43 Two Papers and a Spectator
45 More Living Than Dead
45 Dead or Alive
47 The Secret
48 Dr Daley's Death Divination
48 The Ghost Hand
49 Dead!
50 Hades Calling!
50 Nyctalopia
51 Entity Alone

53 Chapter IV Book Tests
53 Between the Lines
54 The Yogi Book Test
56 The Perfect Book Test
57 Whim of Tituba
59 Dice and a Book
60 The World on the Page
61 Monk's Mystery
62 The Double Ad Test
64 Symmyst
66 Behind That Door
68 20th Century Newspaper Test
69 The Jaipur Jinnee
71 40,000 Words
73 Another Dictionary Effect
75 David P Abbott's Book Test

77 Chapter V Thought Foretold
77 Pocket Prophecies
78 Construction of the Annemann's Billet Index
80 The Original Effect
81 Lady and Gentleman
81 The Omega Card Prophecy
82 Orville Meyer's Twin Prediction
83 The Improved Buckley Method
84 Annemann's Ballot Box Divination
86 Tomorrow's Card

89 Chapter VI Miscellaneous Mental Masterpieces
89 Sefalaljia
93 Telethot
96 The Astral Shirt
97 Impromptu Frame-Ups
100 The Phantom Artist
102 Travel Thought
103 Taps!
104 Finger-Finger
105 Lock and Key
106 Telepathy on the Cuff
106 Number Thot
107 The New Half and Half
109 Horrors
111 Black Pin Idea
111 Voodoo
113 Encore Voodoo
115 Krazy Kode
116 Operator Calling
116 Divination with Matches
117 Calendar Conjuring
119 Date Sense
120 Shades of Sherlock Holmes
121 Triumph of the Triumvirate
124 Prophetic Tissue
125 Ball of Fortune

127 Chapter VII Envelope Necromancy
127 My Own Swami Test
129 Triple Coercion
130 Modernized Reading
132 Pseudo-Psychometry
133 Modernizing the "One Ahead" Principle
137 An Original Faked Envelope
139 Bluebeard's 7 Wenches
141 Just and Echo
144 Who Killed Mr X?
147 The Astral Ad
150 Re-incarnation
152 Prediction
153 Dark Sorcery

155 Chapter VIII Miracle Slate Routines
155 The Perfect Club Slate Routine
157 Extra Sensory Perception
159 Notaria
161 A Torn Letter
163 Headline Hunter
165 Psychic Slate Test
166 The Gysel Slate
168 Before Your Eyes
170 Walter Gibson's Method
170 Phantom Hand
172 Ultra Slate Message
173 The Answer
175 Never Fail
176 Ultra Addition
178 Sacred Script
180 Tribal Try
182 Duo Telepathy
183 Slate Immortality
184 Half and Half
187 Numero
189 The Super Slates
190 Gabbatha
191 Ghost Writer
192 Nonpareil
194 My Case
196 20th Century Slate Test
196 The Schoolbag
198 Knockout
199 A Slate and a Number
200 Ghost Writer
202 Thought Rays
203 Fatal Number
204 Familiar Spirit
206 The Psychic Slate
206 A Thought-out Thought
207 Psychic Type
209 Mixed Mystery
211 Chalk on Metal Slates Tip

212 Chapter IX Money Mentalism
212 Controlled Currency
215 A Mentalist with Money
216 Dollar Bill Switch
217 Mystic Perception
218 Pay Day
219 Numismatigic
220 The Knickel of Kanadah
221 Dates
222 Duplex Date Reading

224 Chapter X Blindfold Reading
224 Par-Optic Vision
226 New Sheet Reading
228 The Mystery of the Blackboard
229 In the Mind
233 With Sight Unseen
234 Mephisto Thot

237 Chapter XI Mentalism With Cards
237 Magic vs Mentalism
239 A Card to Be Thought About
239 Mind or Muscle?
241 Yggdrasil
244 Secret Order of the Aces
245 Parallel Thoughts
246 Volition
248 Waiting Place for Unknown Thoughts
249 The Brain Wave Deck
251 I'll Read Your Mind
252 A Peculiar Happenstance
253 You and Yours - Me and Mine
254 Parade of the Lamas
256 The Twin Princess
258 Cherchez La Lady
258 Open Minds
260 Forced Prognostico
262 The Dream of a Hermit
263 Mystic Matching
265 Mental Rescue
266 Copy Cat
267 Ghostatic Touch
268 The Guidance of Fate
269 Hypnosthesia
271 Mental Numbers
273 As in a Mirror Darkly
275 New $1000 Test Card Location
276 Utility Routine
278 Only on Image
280 Crystal-Viso
281 "Before Your Eyes" Business Card
281 Controlled Luck
282 A Mental Test Revamped
283 Diabolical Influence

286 Chapter XII Psychic Codes
286 Weird Wire
289 Thoughts in the Air
291 The Eyes Have It
292 A Practical Card Code
294 Complete Silent Thought Transmission Act
300 A New Method of Tabulation
301 Moonlight Madness
309 Hit Parade

A comprehensive collection of the best mental tricks of recent years.

Mind reading, thought transmission, prophecy, miracle slate routines and other "psychic" effects are among the most impressive tricks in any magician's repertoire. Their power to amaze and dumbfound an audience is unparalleled in the domain of stage magic.

In this volume, one of the greatest of all mental magicians reveals the secrets behind nearly 200 astonishing feats of mental magic. The included routines encompass 12 major categories:

* Effects with Billets and Pellets
* Publicity Effects
* Dead or Alive
* Book Tests
* Thought Foretold
* Envelope Necromancy
* Miracle Slate Routines
* Money Mentalism
* Blindfold Reading
* Mentalism with Cards
* Psychic Codes
* Miscellaneous Mental Masterpieces
Product Details
LoC Classification GV1547 .A57
LoC Control Number 82017745
Dewey 793.8
Cover Price $12.95
No. of Pages 310
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf A
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Links Library of Congress
Theodore Annemann, through his own performances and editorship of Jinx magazine, probably did more than anyone else to popularize this branch of entertainment. Now, this extensive knowledge, experience and know-how are at your fingertips in this comprehensive collection. Here are the closely guarded tricks of the trade behind such astonishing effects as Pseudo-Psychometry, one of the greatest one-man psychic effects ever achieved; Who Killed Mr.X?-a classic routine that combines both magic and mind reading with a triple mystery and a novel presentation; and the Swami Test, a demonstration of prophecy first popularized around 1920. Annemann himself came up with some 16 variations on this popular and much-practiced effect. My Own Swami Test is one of his best.

These and scores of other crowd-pleasers are here, each thoroughly explained and diagrammed, with insider's tips on techniques, staging, patter, plants and confederates, diversions-everything you need to make any trick a fool-proof success. No special equipment is required; just traditional magic props and a willingness to learn from one of magic's legendary figures. Although written for professional magicians, the step-by-step detail, clarity and inclusiveness of this collection, along with the author's intimate knowledge of the stage performer's needs, make this a volume that will benefit magicians at every level of expertise.

Comments: Originally published as "Annmann's Practical Mental Effects". From Dover Publications: "Outstanding collection of nearly 200 crowd-pleasing mental magic feats requiring no special equipment. Author offers insider's tips and expert advice on techniques, presentation, diversions, patter, staging and all else needed to make any trick a foolproof success. Lucidly written, thoroughly diagrammed book by one of magic's legendary figures." Also available as an e-book from


Theodore 'Theo' Annemann (stage name Ted Anneman) born Theodore John Squires (1907 January 12, 1942) was an American professional magician who specialized in the field of mentalism. Annemann is most famous for inventing and refining many of the standard mentalism routines that continue to be used by magicians today.


Early in his life, Annemann began working as a railroad clerk and then got into showbusiness as a tenor singer and a magician's assistant. He eventually became interested in mentalism and used his invention and performance skills to become one of the most talented and respected magicians of the 1930s. Annemann perfected his own version of the famous bullet catch illusion, performing the effect outdoors. Accounts of his performance describe the feat as a dramatic effect wherein Annemann would collapse from the apparent force of the gun and then produce the bullet from his blood-drenched mouth.

In 1934 he became the editor of the famous magazine The Jinx, published primarily for magicians. The magazine was primarily focused on mentalism, but also featured ground-breaking effects from other fields of magic. The publication of this magazine ceased after Annemann's death and copies of it have become collector's items. Effects from the magazine have been published in several books and manuscripts, among them Annemann's Practical Mental Magic. This book is considered a classic in the field of mentalism.

Annemann was married twice and may have had a child by his first wife[citation needed]. His personality is the subject of much speculation. On the night of January 12, 1942, Annemann was scheduled to perform his bullet catch indoors for the first time. Before the performance, he committed suicide. Since the subject of suicide is complicated, we may never know exactly why Theo decided to end his own life. It is believed that Annemann was suffering from severe stage fright and drug abuse among other factors related to mental distress at the time of his death.

Edited posthumously

Ted Annemann's Full Deck of Impromptu Card Tricks (1943)
Ted Annemann's Practical mental effects (1944)
Annemann's Miracles of Card Magic (1948)
Annemann's Buried Treasures (1952)
Miracles of Card Magic (1964)
Annemann's Card Magic (1977) ISBN 0-486-23522-X
Practical Mental Magic (1983) ISBN 0-486-24426-1

Manuscripts by Annemann

Card Miracles (1929)
Mental mysteries (1929)
The Book With a Name (1931)
The Book Without a Name (1931)
The Trick of the Month Club Presents: A Dead Name Duplication (1931)
202 Methods of Forcing (1933)
Annemann Manuscripts (1933)
Sh-h-h--!: It's a Secret (1934)
The Incorporated Strange Secrets (1939)


Annemann, Life and Times of a Legend by Max Abrams, L & L Publishing (1992)