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Max Maven

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Max Maven
Max Maven, who legally changed his name from Philip Goldstein, is an

American magician and mentalist. He often appears on television magic shows

to perform "interactive" mind reading tricks that work for the television


Cover of Genii (2007)

Philip T. Goldstein
Maven occasionally plays a magician character (often as himself) on various 1950

television series, such as, "Magic", "The Art of Magic", "Something Strange with Categories Books by Max Maven

Max Maven", "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", and "The MAXimum Dimension".

1 Biography
3 Awards
4 Contributions
5 Books
6 Videos
6.1 As Phil Goldstein
7 References


While his public persona and performances fall squarely within the genre of mentalism, Maven's contributions to the magic

community span far wider. He is respected within the industry for being a prolific author, and innovating many of the

magical and mentalist effects that are used by other magicians. He has been a magic consultant for such performers as David
Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy, and Doug Henning, and is a frequent contributor to industry journals such as

Genii, The Linking Ring, and MUM. He has also been the featured magician at the annual conventions of both the Society of

American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Having performed often in Japan, he is quite fluent in Japanese, although by his own admission his literacy in the language

isn't as proficient.

His name has been legally changed to Max Maven, but he still uses "Phil Goldstein" as a pen name for technical writings.

"There is nothing miraculous about puzzles. Competent mentalism is miraculous." March 1977, The Red Book of

The Magic Woods Award for Best Teaching Video for his mentalism DVD "Nothing." (2007)

See Genii 1981 March, Vol. 45, No. 3, page 167 for a list of all published works in print from 1965 to 1980.
Phil Goldstein in Genii (Index).
Phil Goldstein in The Linking Ring (Index)
Phil Goldstein in MUM (Index)

Max Maven's Book of Fortunetelling, 1992, Prentice Hall General. ISBN 0-13-564121-7
Prism (2005) A compilation of five books of mentalism ("the color series")
The "Lisp" series:
Thunday (1982)
Thequal (1984)
Amperthand (1986)
Doth (1987)
Fifth (1989)
Thavant (1991)
Thabbatical (1994)
Redivider (2002)
The Protocols of the Elders of Magic (2005)

The Art of Magic (book co-written with James Randi)???? I think there is a confusion with a TV documentary named The
Art of Magic in 1998. Who can confirm or infirm?
Max Maven's Mindgames (video) (1984)
Max Maven's VideoMind Phase One: Parlor Mentalism (1997)
Max Maven's VideoMind Phase Two: Close-Up Mentalism (1997)
Max Maven's VideoMind Phase Three: Stage Mentalism (1997)
VideoMind - Phases 1-3: Mentalism (3 volumes DVD 2004)
Nothing (2006)

As Phil Goldstein

Verbal Control (1976)

Classic Tackler (1976)
Scattershot (1977)
Goldstein's Gallery (1979)
Silentwe (1982)
Majorminor (1983)
New Magic of Japan (with Richard Kaufman - 1988)
Focus (1990)

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