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Al Mann (1924-1999) invented over 32 mentalism effects and authored many publications on magic.

Al Mann

From cover of Gen, April 1970
BornGilbert S. Aleman
January 20, 1924
San Antonio, Texas
DiedAugust 29, 1999 (age 75)
CategoriesBooks by Al Mann

Mann was a master mariner, spending forty-year with the Merchant Marine, rising to the rank of Captain. He started performing mentalist part-time in 1949. He performed as "Allemann" for a short time.

Mann became a friend of many New York based magician, including Richard Himber and Dunninger (he was at Dunninger's bedside when he died.)

Many of his publications had unusual names or play on words such as: Area, The Photon Shield, The Sibylline Messages, Acidus, Apodosis, The Tesseract and The Kolophone.

He produced the DiploMental (or Diplomatic) Pouch, a three-fold leather portfolio which contained countless hidden compartments.[1]

Books and Manuscripts

  • Death Watch (1975)
  • Mental-Ettes (1976)
  • Pocket Slates (1976)
  • The Third Ecstasy (1976)
  • The Master Slate Secrets, no. 1 (1976)
  • The Master Slate Secrets, no. 2 (1976)
  • The Master Slate Secrets, no. 3 (1976)
  • The Thinking Machines (1976)
  • Lexicon Phenomena (1976)
  • Pieces of Eight (1976)
  • Pandora's Box (1977)
  • Psycho Mentisis (1977)
  • Inner Space Odyssey (1977)
  • The Sibylline Messages (1977)
  • The Houdini Force Bible (1978)
  • Pieces of Eight (1978)
  • Of Words and Wizards (1978)
  • The Photon Shield (1978)
  • The Apodosis (1978)
  • The Tesseract (1978)
  • Acidus Plus (1979)
  • The Magic Castle Lecture Notes (1979)
  • The Kolophon (1980)
  • The Heralds (1980)
  • The Damned Thing (1980)
  • Phanta-Graphs (1981)
  • No Toccare (1981)
  • The Seven Seals (1981)
  • Cero-mentics (1982)
  • Donovon Papers (1982)
  • Eff Oes (1982)
  • Of Gifts and Talents (1982)
  • Six Columns (1982)
  • Through a Wall Mistily - Psychic Seeing (1982)
  • Tri-Id (1982)
  • Six Impossible Things (1983)
  • The Knight's Gambit (1983)
  • Seance - A Heavenly Odyssey (1983)
  • Brain Busters 83 (1983)
  • Delphian Oracle (1983)
  • Foster Account (1983)
  • Master Mind Headline Prediction (1983)
  • No Man Within (1983)
  • Quin Taces (1983)
  • The Tryonym Effect (1983)
  • DiploMental Pouch (1983)
  • Dunninger's Act (1983)
  • Test of Thoth (1984)
  • European Lecture Tour Notes (1984)
  • 50 Miracles with the 5-Star Miracle Deck for the Mentalist (1985)
  • Maximus (1985)
  • The High Domain: A Method for the Private Reader (1985)
  • The Dhu Pit (1987)
  • The Psychic Ring (1988)
  • The Keys to Khalda (1988)
  • The Black Box (1990)
  • The Purloined Thought (1990)
  • The Guilded Quill (1993)
  • The Ripper's Jack (1994)
  • The Alpha Files (1995)
  • The Hidden Scroll (1995)
  • The OSS Writer (1995)
  • Memo Motion (1997)

References

  1. http://www.zem.demon.co.uk/almann.htm