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SWITCHCRAFT

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$19.95

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The Blurb

Hi Folks,

I’m Elliott Bresler and this is where you can buy my new
e-book.

The billet switch is one of the most powerful tools in
Mentalism. I always marveled at the wonderful assortment of
entertaining billet routines in the literature. Later, I
came to realize that those effects are just the beginning.
With a billet switch, you can present just about any mental
effect imaginable. There really are no limits.

Unfortunately, I’m absolutely terrible at sleight of hand. I
tried the classic switches and failed miserably. I searched
and searched for easier billet moves.  I found a few “close
calls,”  but as much as I practiced, I was never able to get
100% comfortable with them.

Finally, I decided to try creating some new techniques;
moves so easy that even I could do them.

I set two goals for each technique. They were:

1) The move had to be VISUALLY PERFECT

I perform close-up and one-on-one mentalism. My spectators
are usually seated right in front of me, and sometimes stare
directly at my hands. I needed techniques that could
withstand that kind of scrutiny.

2) The move had to be EASY enough that I could actually
pull it off

Thankfully, after much hard work, I finally succeeded in
meeting my goals. Over time, I created a series of moves
that are so easy, even I could do them. A number of the
techniques could even be classified as near SELF WORKING.
Believe me: if I can do them, you can too.

Of course, the book isn’t just about moves. Once you master
the techniques (and you WILL master them), you’ll want to
put them into action right away.

In the book, I’ll teach you the theory behind billet
routines. When we’re done, you won’t need other people’s
effects. You’ll have all the tools required to create your
own customized routines anytime you want. Of course, as
examples, I also teach a lot of my own strong material.
Still, nothing beats a customized effect of your own
creation. You’ll see.

Here’s some of the stuff you’ll find in the book:

Billet Techniques:
The E.B. Switch
The E.B. Clip Switch
The E.B. Tear
The REALLY Simplified Baker Switch
The E.B. NCP Switch
The E.B. Ultimate NCP Switch
The Temple Unfolding Switch
The E.B. Return Switch
The Prototype Refold Switch
The E.B. Refold Switch
Assorted Table Switches
“Read” Techniques

Theory:
General Suggestions
Switch as an “Out”
Switch as a “Force”
About Magician’s Choice
Simple Switch and “Read”
Complex Switch and “Read”
Crazy Schemes
The “Get out of Jail Card”
Pocket Writing – The Ultimate Billet Index
Homework

Routines:
COINfabulation
A Rose by Any Other Name
The Fortune Telling Game
Read My Mind (Version 1)
Read My Mind (Version 2)
“A Question and the Answer” Times Two
Path One
Path Two
Path Three
Epic X
Epic Unlimited
Predict Anything
Add an Add a Number
Positively Mental

BONUS!!!!!

Until I change my mind…
The following additional e-books will be attached the Switchcraft file:

THE BILLET MACHINE – BILLET TECHNIQUES FOR MASS MIND READING
BILLET PROOF – ANNEMANN FOR EVERYONE – BOOK ONE
SILVER BILLET
BACK FROM THE DEAD – SUMMER BILLET READING – BOOK ONE
STACK MASTER – SUMMER BILLET READING – BOOK TWO
CT’s SWITCH
Q 4 U 2
THE ZOMBIE CHICKEN READ
ALEXANDER MARSH’S TEL.
KEN KRENZEL’S PSYCHOLOGIA
SECRETS OF THE MASTERS – VOL. 1 – SEVEN BILLET SECRETS
SECRETS OF THE MASTERS – VOL. 2 – MORE BILLET SECRETS
PLAYING WITH BLOCKS
SECRETS OF THE MASTERS – VOL. 3 – BILLET TIME
TERVIL EXTRA BOLD AND OTHER COOL STUFF
THE SWITCHCRAFT HOLIDAY SPECIAL
THREE
CONFAB FOUR AND MORE!
CHIBER & OTHER COOL STUFF
CAST YOUR BILLET
FLASHES OF INSPIRATION – VOL. 1

IMPORTANT:
I recently added some embedded videos to the e-book. As a result, you will need Acrobat 6 or later to properly open the PDF. To play the videos you will also need to have Windows Media Player installed on your computer. At the request of several Mac owners, I am also providing the videos as separate files in MOV format.

Here’s What People Are Saying About Switchcraft:

“This book is filled with love… Yes, love. Elliott loves billets and he loves switching them. There is a lot of great work inside. If you are a pro, amateur or just plain billet crazy, then this is something you need to put in your library. You won’t be disappointed.”
-Gregory Arce

“I simply love your original Switchcraft and all the supplements. I cannot believe you continue to send new material every so often. I applaud you for your fine work and deep insights! Thank you.”
-Richard Osterlind

“Did I tell you that I intend to include Switchcraft in my 39 Steps when I update it? It is easily one of the most valuable mentalism resources to be published in the last decade.”
-Bob Cassidy

 

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My Comments

(revised comments 1/8/14)

I first wrote about this in 2006 and raved about the amount of quality material in this e-book.  Since then, Eliott has added more material to the work for purchasers at no additional cost.  How much more?  It started out at a whopping 122 pages for only $19.95.  Now, it clocks in at a staggering 655 pages, which is more than five times the original page count.  And the price is still $19.95!!  (Elliott still says in the site blurb that this is an introductory price.  C'mon, Elliott, it's not introductory anymore!)

As you can tell by the blurb, there is a dizzying amount of material on one of the true technical skills that a mentalist should master (besides stagecraft and contact mind reading).  Most, if not all, of these switches, and routines dealing with them, are easy to do.

The only consideration that I have is that Elliott keeps adding stuff but not going back and editing earlier material.  So when you start reading at the beginning there are some statements written which are clearly out of date.  For instance, Elliott lamented that he couldn't get hold of Bob Cassidy.  At that time, Cassidy was going through a rough time and was hard to reach.  That is certainly not the case now as the testimonial from Cassidy above should prove.

Also, there are some pictures but they are not of the best quality.  They are good enough, though, to get the job done.  These are minor quibbles and observations, though.

Honestly, after reading the blurb, is there anything else that I need to say to convince you to get this?  If you don't have this, you're probably one of the few who don't.  At the ridiculously low price that Elliott is charging for this (and by the time you read this he may have come to his senses, but almost ten years now), this is a no-brainer purchase and a must-have for any working mentalist.  Just get it and get those stacks of blank billets ready to practice.