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How to Be a Mentalist: Master the Secrets Behind the Hit TV Show

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A renowned stage magician reveals the secrets of "The Mentalist"'s brainpower.
On the hit television show "The Mentalist," protagonist Patrick Jane employs his keen powers of observation and mental acuity to assist the police. Now, noted stage magician Simon Winthrop explains "How to Be a Mentalist" by revealing how Jane comes to his startlingly accurate conclusions- and
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley Books
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I bought this book for the same reason that I bought the book based on the tv show NUMBERS. Because the main character is cool, and I want to be able to do what he does in the show. Simple as that. So according to this book these are the steps I should follow to "learn" how to be like Patrick Jane.

- Breathe! Easy, thats one step down.

- Meditate everyday, and don't forget ot breathe. Got it.

- Listen to what people say and watch how they say it. Ok.

- Dress in an expensive suit and drive anexpensiv
Nancy Bandusky
The author uses the draw of the "hit tv show" to entice the reader.

While the few aspects related to the Mentalist television show and its character Patrick Jane are interesting, they are few and far between. The author does provide a few key points such as where someone typically looks when recalling a fact versus making up a lie. But the book quickly turns more into power and getting people to do what you want. It also has a section on "tricks" to fool people as if the reader's goal is to beco
Dorothy Bandusky
Fans of "The Mentalist" will most likely be disappointed in this book.

The character Patrick Jane's techniques are barely touched on, and instead the book mostly focuses on tricks for entertainment. The chapter on meditation and questionable breathing exercises seemed little more than filler.

Anyone interested in being a mentalist will learn much more by just watching the TV show.
I don't know why I stuck with this book for more than 40 pages. It was just dreadful.
Kelly Feldcamp
Very very very very bad book...I don't think I'll finish reading it.
Nicholas Wong
This book really gets you to thinking,which made it really interesting because the book would give you memory tricks that would actually work. For example the memory palace trick where you would try to associate things with a specific room that can already remember. Then you picture the thing you want to remember in the room. The book teaches a bunch of tricks like that such as how people's eyes dilate when they see something that they want of that people's attitude can reflect of of what kind o ...more
I think it's a good starter book for people that want to take on a more challenging role as a mentalist. There really is no quick fix to mastering your observational skills, nobody should buy it expecting to be as cunning as Patrick Jane after. But like I said its a good beginners guide and I really liked the book, it had all the relevant information in a easy to read package.
Interesting, but ultimately flawed in the lack of content.
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