Saturday, 11 September 2010

Useful Resources for Mentalists #1

As I skip gaily across the net I encounter/discover lots of great sites, books and info that I think my fellow mentalists would find both interesting and useful. So I have decided to occasionally list my most recent finds so that I can share this information with those who might be interested.

So here, in no particular order, is the current batch:

1. Need some inspiration? Some great presentation ideas? Got several hours to kill? Then head over to the Reality Carnival, the most eclectic and inspirational list of links on the net:

Reality Carnival

2. Generators for everything. Need a picture of fridge magnet letters that make up a prediction? A newspaper headline, a ransom note, a theatre sign or the Simpsons intro? No problem!


3. Some great language and logology resources. I can particularly recommend a subscription to Word Ways:

Words 1
Words 2
Words 3
Words 4
Words 5

4. If your business card is still just a rectangle of white card with some flat black printing on it, it’s time to think again! Here is some inspiration:

Cool Cards 1
Cool Cards 2

5. What’s that? You don’t have an augmented reality trick yet? You are so last year! AR is here and it’s gonna be huge. Catch up with what you’re missing here:

AR 1
AR 2
AR 3

and to combine the last two items, you too can have an AR business card right now. You techno-geeks are gonna LOVE me for this one:

AR Business Card

6. Back to more low-tech genius. Do you want a 3D font which really is 3D? Punched Out is a set of cut-out layouts with which you can build 3D style letters from card or paper:

Punched Out

7. Many of you are no doubt already aware of TED Talks, but if you’re not or simply haven’t visited the site for a while, you’re in for a treat. Short talks on almost any subject you can imagine, with lots of them containing information, themes, images and presentational ideas that are ideal for mentalism:

8. This month’s top 4 book recommendations:

What are psychics up to in 2010 and what does science make of it all:

The Psychic Tourist: A Voyage into the Curious World of Predicting the Future

Lessons, advice and stories about public speaking. A very entertaining book on several levels:

Confessions of a Public Speaker

A practical, educational book on communication that doesn’t simply re-tread what’s already out there? Who’da thunk it:

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Take Hold and Others Come Unstuck

Probably the funniest book I have ever read. Learn how a master puts his act together:

How I Escaped My Certain Fate

9. Not really a Rubik’s Cube as such, but a great electronic puzzle nevertheless - Rubiks Slide. I was one of the beta-testers for this, so it’s great to see it finally released:

10. OK, I gave in. This last one is a trick. But what a delightful little piece of close-up theatre. The prop is appealing, the subject matter is interesting and the effect is fooling. What more could you want? Check out Haiku here: