Review: Words – The Foundation of Mentalism by Richard Osterlind

Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans

This is the new book by world famous mentalist Richard Osterlind. He is a famous mentalist known for his many books/DVDS and lectures on the subject on mentalism. If you have never heard of Richard Osterlind be sure to check out his material. If you want to become a mentalist his videos are one of the best and easiest to follow introductions into mentalism.
What is this book about, using the title you could have guessed this is about words and using language the most important tool a mentalist have his voice. It is no secret that many people find mentalism boring and one of the reasons is that the presentation of mentalism is often too serious and the procedure often takes way to long. These things can all be improved to create a show that uses words in a good way where the audience member does not question the props you use, just go with the flow of your show. Richard Osterlind teaches you his lines the way he thinks about using words in a meaningful way. This way your show is more streamlined and leaves the audience is more enthralled by your show.
The book only 65 pages, typed in a small font and is full with words if this book was done by many other magicians or mentalism I am sure the page count was easily doubled. The 5 main topics in the book are explaining what mentalism is. This is actually something I have seen many performers struggle with explain in a clear way what you do. I am in all honesty not a fan of explaining what you do as a mentalist, I just like to show it and let the audience make up their own mind. I like the segment where he talked about character he uses the method acting procedure Tom Cruise used in the movie collateral to make a point. The next part is one of my favorite segments in the book ‘the use of words in procedure’. Many people find the procedure to be the most boring part of mentalism, but it is often the reason why the effect work. Here Richard Osterlind gives you insight in how he uses his ESP test in different ways to show how the procedure gives you a free choice not a limited choice. Some really interesting scripting lines are used here.
Then we segment into ‘the use of words with props’, many mentalists often only uses blackboards, chairs and clipboard. In this segment Richard delivers the lines how he uses his Stainless Steel blindfold in performance. It is a really weird prop if you look at it he gives it a really interesting backstory which makes it more believable in performance. If found this also a segment where I learned a bit more how to highlight a weird prop in your show. Then we have ‘the use of words with participants’ and also ‘the use of words with your audience’ both of these segments teaches you valuable techniques on how to get an applause, how to quiet a spectator who is talking without sounding like a jerk. The book ends with Miscellaneous words here he talks about using words in topics not previously discussed which are also very interesting lines he uses.

I highly recommend this book to any performer who is serious about mentalism, I think you really should study the way Richard thinks and make his show more memorable. Then make up your own mind as a performer which way you want to use your own words. It is only 40 dollars on Richards website.

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10 Stars (10 / 10)

Words : The Foundation of Mentalism by Richard Osterlind

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