The above glyph for “DOUG” is both a rotational ambigram and a spinonym (aka rotoglyph). For an example of the former, but not the latter, see here.
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“You must be an interesting, intelligent, erudite, educated person before you can have any real success as a mentalist.”  
—John Wells, 2009  

Here you’ll find …

… an essay on Cold Reading Resources

… an essay on Full-Deck Stacks

… an essay on the use of Playing Cards in Mentalism

… an essay on The Ordering of Playing Card Suits

… an essay on Resolving the “Dry Hands” Problem

… a description of How to Construct a Forcing Matrix

… a comparison of several “Real-Time” Billet Tears

… an assemblage of Questions to Ask About Performance

… a selection of books on Theatrics for Mystery Entertainers

… a compilation of tools for Character/Role Development

… Richard Webster’s collected essays on Being Prepared, The Da Vinci Code Tarot, Five Paths to Success, How to Attract Customers for Your Readings, Instant Cash: The Story of Bill, Playing Card Fortunetelling, Readings: Questions & Answers, Developing a Persona for the Private Reader, Readings As Entertainment, and The Future of Mentalism

… Enrique Enriquez’ revelatory Tarology film (2013)

… Si Stebbins’ Card Tricks and The Way They Are Performed

… P.T. Barnum’s 1880 study Art of Money Getting

… Reginald Scot’s 1584 classic The Discoverie of Witchcraft, limited (250-copy) 1886 annotated edition

… two classics of cheiromancy: William George Benham’s 1901 The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading and Cheiro’s 1916 Palmistry For All

… two classics of geomancy: Henry Cornelius Agrippa’s of Geomancy (1655) and Alistair Crowley’s Liber Gaias — A Handbook of Geomancy (1909)

… the numerology classic: Cheiro’s Book of Numbers (1935)

… an astrological apologia, including instructions for astrology, necromancy, geomancy, and other occult practices: The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century (1825), by “Raphael” [Robert Cross Smith], with commentary by Ned Pennant-Rea

… Ray Hyman’s classic Cold Reading: How to Convince Strangers That You Know All About Them (first published in The Zetetic — now The Skeptical Inquirer — Vol. I, No. 2, 1977), along with the 2012 incarnation of his renowned cold reading lecture (originally delivered to the Annual Euroskeptics Conference in Oostende, Belgium on 25 September, 1994)

… Chris Roe & Elizabeth Roxburgh’s synoptic An Overview of Cold Reading Strategies (volume 2, chapter 11 of the 2013 compendium, The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World.)

… Tal Eyal & Nicholas Epley’s How to Seem Telepathic: Enabling Mind Reading by Matching Construal, their paper on psychological techniques for more accurately perceiving the thoughts of others (originally published in Psychological Science 21(5) 700–705, 2010)

… William Lindsay Gresham’s The Romany Trade (chapter 7 of his 1953 classic, Monster Midway)

… W. G. Magnuson’s complete 1926 course of instruction on Professional Psychic and Crystal Reading

… Geo. De Lawrence’s 1922 manuscript on How To Answer Questions In Crystal Gazing (which includes an extensive list of practice questions)

… Stuart Cumberland’s “confessional” A Thought-Reader’s Thoughts (1888)

… William Walker Anderson’s Practical Mind-Reading, A Course of Lessons on Thought-Transference, Telepathy, Mental-Currents, Mental Rapport, &c. (1907)

… Charles Mackay’s monumental Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841)

… a sweeping list of magic books in the public domain (courtesy of the excellent Magic Roadshow blog)

… Dick Biow’s instructions for making low-cost Barrie Richardson Watches

… Steve Knight’s compilation of an Al Mann Bibliography (2007)

… Orville Meyer’s improved Burling-Hull-style business card

… a variety of Zener (ESP) symbol graphics

… scalable vector format playing card graphics

Additional items will likely follow in time.