I remember when I was new and asking for suggestions on how to start mentalism. When someone new asks on forums like this about where to start, a lot of people recommend " 13 steps to mentalism" and " practical mental magic". This thread is about why I don't think this books are for beginners in mentalism. -This books start with effects you can do rather than teach the basic and fundamental principles how mentalism works and how to think like like a mentalist. -Both books are a bit dated. I don't mean dated in a sense you can't perform anything from these books, what I mean is if you want to perform from these books you need the ability and skill to "improve" and make them plausible for the audience. -They have too much content and take a long time to fully digest what is written which can turn off beginners not continue their study. I believe the first book a new person needs to read is "fundamentals" by Bob Cassidy. After this, the book itself will guide you where to go after you finish reading it. I expect to hear your opinions.