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Message: Posted by: domclarke (Dec 5, 2006 07:00AM)
This is a 122 page e-book by Elliott Bresler on his billet work - I bought this at the weekend and am working through it, however I just wanted to highlight it, as it really is a great piece of work, and see if anyone else out there was using it?

Elliot details about 10 different billet switches, in addition to providing suggestions for routines. His developments are well thought out, comprehensively explained, and accompanied with an excellent use of digital photography. There is also a clear emphasis on making the switches as easy as possible, yet as visually perfect as possible.

Should point out that I'm not connected to Elliott in any way - he responded to a post on Cassidy's Name/place routine and suggested one of his switches. I thought this was a great purchase - even more so at a price of around $19.95. There's more detail here...
http://ebswitch.googlepages.com/home

I particlarly like his tear, and also his evolving of the Sankey clip switch.

Regards
Message: Posted by: adgnyc (Dec 5, 2006 04:08PM)
Sounds good, and several top-notch mentalists (Greg Arce, Millard Longman, Barrie Richardson) seem to think highly of it. I'll take the plunge.
Message: Posted by: Kevvy (Dec 5, 2006 04:15PM)
I bought this too and I agree this is really good.

Elliott covers the nuances of his billet work with thorough explanations that are enhanced with strikingly clear photos.

There are switches and routines that reinforce the theoretical concepts covered thoughout the ebook. There are also variations of some of the switches which further expound on the subtleties of the methods. One such variation is an idea by Jheff which is an alternate handling of Elliott's E.B. switch.

I like the routines too. My favorites are COINfabulation and Epic X.

I definitely got my money's worth with this one. In fact, I think this could have actually been two ebooks.

Highly recommended for billet workers who want to incorporate fresh ideas into their routines.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 5, 2006 06:42PM)
Thanks guys!!! I really appreciate your posts.

So far, the book was reviewed here:

http://www.talkmagic.co.uk/ftopic15147.php


I’m hoping for a few more reviews soon :) :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 5, 2006 10:38PM)
If you guys have access to the Mentalism section of MagicBunny.Co.UK, you may want to check out a very kind comment made about Switchcraft by one of the most well noted practitioners of the art.

YES!!!!!

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: gaafman (Dec 6, 2006 01:39AM)
Hi Elliott,

I must say I am really pleased with the pdf. It is very detailed, clear, clever and very inspirational. Very good value for money already (and I am only halfway...). Thanks for releasing,

Jeroen
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 6, 2006 07:12PM)
Thank you so much Jeroen.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 7, 2006 06:59PM)
Added a new testimonial to the site. Keep ‘em coming folks.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Richie Dagger (Dec 7, 2006 07:51PM)
Maybe I'll give you a real review after I've actually tried some of these in real situations. For now however, I will say the writing is clear, the contents are explained well with great photos, and the sample routines seem very well constructed. I'm happy to say that I may have found a simple switch (and variations thereof) that even I can pull off without much worry. Time will tell for sure, but I think this one shows a lot of promise.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 7, 2006 08:13PM)
Thanks Richie,

I’m glad you like it so far.

One switch is a very powerful tool, but two are even better :)

It sounds like you and I share approximately the same level of skill. If you’re one switch is the E.B. Switch, I recommend also checking out the E.B. Ultimate NCP Switch. It’s a very useful move that works along the similar principles. Also, there’s a helpful tip in the E.B. Ultimate NCP instructions that I really should have also included in the instructions for the E.B. Switch. It’s the part about using your fingers as a guide.

You may also want to try the E.B. Fold Switch. It’s VERY powerful and just about as easy as they get. It builds on a Zingg move from “Billets Naturally”. I danced for joy when Allen gave me permission to include it in my book.

The Clip Switch and Tear are a little harder to learn, but very easy with just a little practice. If you try them in front of a mirror, you’ll see how cool they are.

Please let me know if you need any help with any of the moves.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Dec 8, 2006 10:05PM)
I wish all my mentalism purchases made me feel this satisfied! As purchaser #13 (so he informed me awhile back) I feel very lucky indeed. I would call this a scholarly treatise on billet switching, except that it is so darned practical! He is clearly a real-world billet worker, who admits that he is not yet a master, and this actually enhances the value of what he's teaching, IMO. His writing shows genuineness and real love of this aspect of the craft. I particularly liked his E.B. Switch, and his Clip Switch solves a specific problem with Sankey's Paperclipped move that I am particularly thankful for. Also, the routines included are really excellent, including his three takes on "A Question and the Answer." He even discusses how to effectively link together different techniques into a seamless, mindboggling performance. Jam-packed, encyclopedic, and VERY detailed, thoughtful information. It's more than just switches; this is a billet book I've been waiting for for quite some time. For less than twenty bucks, this is one of the best values of the year. HIGH recommendation!

Seth
Message: Posted by: StrangeMagick (Dec 9, 2006 10:42AM)
This is good stuff. I'm gonna kill my ink cartridges printing this one out. I usually print out my eBooks at work in B&W, but the pictures are too nice not to print them out in color. I've only had a chance to read a few pages so far, but I love what I see.

Maybe I don't have to purchase Alan Zingg's DVDs afterall, as I have just about everything else on Billets.

for $20, this is a bargain. I wish Bob Cassidy's latest eBooks were full of as much info for the money (not that you don't get good info in Bob's eBooks ... you just don't get as mucch for you $$$).

Dave Birtwell

Dave Birtwell
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 9, 2006 06:08PM)
Thanks Dave!!! I love getting feedback like this.

I’m crossing my fingers and hoping the color printouts come out OK. I’m embarrassed to say that I never actually tried that. Oops.

Regarding Allen Zingg: From what I have seen so far, I cannot recommend his Master Billet Course highly enough. It is quite excellent and was added at the last minute to the “Recommendations” and “Best of the Rest” sections of my book. Believe me, I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Allen's Master Billet Course is a great set.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 9, 2006 06:09PM)
[quote]
On 2006-12-08 23:05, Seth speaks wrote:
I wish all my mentalism purchases made me feel this satisfied! As purchaser #13 (so he informed me awhile back) I feel very lucky indeed. I would call this a scholarly treatise on billet switching, except that it is so darned practical! He is clearly a real-world billet worker, who admits that he is not yet a master, and this actually enhances the value of what he's teaching, IMO. His writing shows genuineness and real love of this aspect of the craft. I particularly liked his E.B. Switch, and his Clip Switch solves a specific problem with Sankey's Paperclipped move that I am particularly thankful for. Also, the routines included are really excellent, including his three takes on "A Question and the Answer." He even discusses how to effectively link together different techniques into a seamless, mindboggling performance. Jam-packed, encyclopedic, and VERY detailed, thoughtful information. It's more than just switches; this is a billet book I've been waiting for for quite some time. For less than twenty bucks, this is one of the best values of the year. HIGH recommendation!

Seth
[/quote]


WOW!!

Thanks Seth!!!

I guess 13 is my lucky number too.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: adgnyc (Dec 10, 2006 03:17PM)
A very thoughtful, well-written book filled with what seem to be usable moves and ideas. I have thus far stayed away from billet switches out of fear of getting caught. Switchcraft has convinced me to give it a shot.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 10, 2006 03:24PM)
Thank you Adam!!!

I was in the same boat as you not so long ago.


Now it seems we are in the same boat again; just a better one. :)


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 10, 2006 08:03PM)
I'm one of those guys who has, over the years, avoided billet work like the plague. I bought Elliott's ebook with high hopes. I've only made it to page 46...but, I've got to say that my eyes are opened! I've never been exposed to anything like these easy to execute methods and I've already gotten more than my money's worth! This is really going to open some new doors for me. And, what is so surprising is...these moves are all so very natural. They make perfect sense which makes them all the easier to learn. Thank you, Elliott, for putting billet switching within my grasp. I am absolutely thrilled.
Nicholas
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 10, 2006 09:04PM)
Thanks Nicholas!!!!

A while back, I didn’t think putting my moves in book format was a good idea. A bunch of kind folks convinced me otherwise. Reading posts like yours makes it clear that the whole project was worthwhile.

Thanks so much,

Elliott


p.s. I scoped out the next 46 pages. You haven’t gotten to the ”Ultimate E.B. NCP Switch” and the “E.B. Refold Switch” yet. You’re in for some real treats.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Dec 11, 2006 11:40AM)
Elliott, you've done for billets what Busch did for peeks. AND and a most reasonable fee. I hope you sell a thousand copies!. This is what Ebooks all SHOULD be: great new material, usable, well done and inexpensive.

Thank you...yours may be the best bargain of the year in eBooks. I'm very glad I bought this. Like others mentioned, the thought of doing billets and switches used to give me the heebie-jeebies. Cassidian Mentalism was not my style, couldn't pull off the moves...but now I'm thinking differently thanks to your new simple moves. Again, thanks for your efforts.
Message: Posted by: StrangeMagick (Dec 11, 2006 11:42AM)
ElliottB:

I printed the 1st 20 pages in color and it worked fine. I think I'm only going to print the pages with photos and replace the B&W photos with the color pages.

Dave
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 11, 2006 12:12PM)
I am very happy to see Elliott's work is getting such good reviews. He deserves it. He put a lot of time and effort into this collection of switches.
I was there for the first drafts and ideas and I was amazed on all the various ideas and permutations he kept coming up with. For awhile it seemed like Elliott must have locked himself in a room with nothing but a pen and several thousands of pieces of papers to switch.
Great work, Elliott!!!

Greg
Message: Posted by: btaxin (Dec 11, 2006 12:40PM)
In addition to being a very generous author, Elliott is also a very caring vendor. I bought the book and had trouble downloading it. Elliott immediately sent me the ebook in various forms until I was able to succeed. Great customer service! And now I get the chance to read it!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Dec 11, 2006 06:49PM)
His a class act,fantastic service and great material.Im delighted with my purchase!

Pete
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 11, 2006 08:48PM)
Tom,

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Dave,

I’m really glad to hear that the pages printed ok. I was a little worried about that. Thank you so much for the update.


Greg,

Thank you again!! As you know, it was the early feedback I got from you and a few others that motivated me to keep going with this stuff. If it was not for you, there would be no book. By the way, your remote viewing skills are dead accurate.


Bob,

I’m so glad we finally got that book into your hands (figuratively speaking.)
I hope you like it.


Pete,

Thank you. I’m really glad you like the book!!


Everyone,

These reviews are really great!!!! If possible, I would love to be able to quote some of these posts on my site. If anyone is interested, please send me an email with the “green light.” Also, if interested, let me know how you would like me to show your name (1st name, 1st and last, stage name, alias etc.)


Thanks again,


Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 12, 2006 09:08PM)
Just updated the site for some of the new quotes.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 14, 2006 05:46AM)
HI
I am practicing with my billets and the first switch is going well but when I
am opening the spectator's billet, the whispering is very loud
As I will be working real close up (nearly elbow to elbow)
, this would be a real problem
I am working with index cards cut to different sizes
Would a softer card or even paper help?
I know I should experiment but I am already doing that with the move and the paper size
Any advice would be a great help
TJ
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 14, 2006 09:16PM)
Hi TJ,

The first switch is not an opening switch, so I am not 100% sure what you mean by the whispering being loud when opening the spectator’s billet.

I think, perhaps, you are talking about opening and reading the spectator’s billet on the sly within the context of a routine found later in the book.

That routine is demonstrated with Switch # 1, so I am guessing that it is what you are referring to

I will definitely help you with both the specific routine and anything else found in the book.

However, I can’t discuss the technical side of my material on a public board.

I think I previously sent you my email address. Feel free to send me all the gritty details and I will do my best to work things out for you as early as possible. We will have you up and switching in no time at all :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 14, 2006 09:55PM)
Hi again TJ,

Yes. Now that I think about it, you must be referring to opening the dummy on the sly within the context of a routine. This is a general billet question, so I suppose it doesn’t expose any of my material. Usually, where I tend perform, there is more than enough background noise to cover opening the dummy on the sly. Background noise can be annoying, but sometimes it works in your favor. Also, consider that (without going into a terrible amount of detail) the spectator will often be quite busy doing his own thing while you get your “read.”

That being said, you should absolutely experiment with different types of paper. Some kinds of card stock are noisier than others.

Also, if working in a particularly quiet environment, you can patter to cover any sounds you don’t want heard. Now, that I think about it, I should have mentioned this in the book. This tip will go in the planned free summer update edition. Thank you so much for discussing your concerns TJ. Your post will no doubt help many who have experienced the same problem.

If all else fails (and I guessed correctly on the routine), you can always try “Path Three”. There you get the “read” in the open, and sound is irrelevant. I tried to give people all sorts of options to cover all sorts of circumstances.

Still, I’m not exactly the king of billets ( :) ). Does anyone here have any advice to offer TJ on different types of paper?


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 15, 2006 04:29PM)
Hi Elliot
You are spot on about what the problem is
I have 'safed' the dummy and now have to the read the spectator's billet
I am sitting side by side with the spectator with possibly 12 inches between our shoulders or even closer
Let's say my left shoulder is close to the spectator
I am concealing the billet in my right hand
I turn away and peek it down by my right side easily but I'm not happy with the
logic used for turning away
I want to hold the billet in my left hand and read it slyly
Your switches are working great but, because of the closeness of the spec,
the noise and dancing fingers as I open the billet with one hand are FAR too obvious
Remember that my hand is now very close to them and the concealment angle is very
poor
I have tried the Annemann fold but that whispers as well but not as much BUT
there is very little finger movement
Because we are sitting side by side there is a problem with angles for concealment of the billet and I can't risk any whispering drawing attention
Any advice is appreciated
I have had a great idea by PM already but it is not solution to this particular
problem
I want to be able to peek while shouder to shoulder i.e so close that I could
not be doing anything dodgy (Don't we all? LOL)
PM if you prefer
Thanks for the help so far
TJ
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 16, 2006 06:31AM)
This may be completely irrelevant to your situation, but when I pick apart any whispering that I get, I find that it is not from the paper itself, but from the fact that I tend to have rather dry hands. The whispering comes from the sound my fingers make as they are moving on the paper (particularly across the edge of the card), not from the paper itself as it unfolds, etc. So, what helps me is to make certain that my hands are moist (lotion, etc.). This also makes it easier to get the job done (added tackyness so less fumbling). I have also found that it is possible to open and close with minimal contact with the edges. Nevertheless, I still tend to cover with some sort of relevant verbage or by asking a question that causes the participant to focus inward for brief moment. Hope this helps = even a little. I must admit, my typical venue makes it a lot easier for me. It sounds like you are REALLY working up close! Best Wishes!
Message: Posted by: kbiehler (Dec 16, 2006 08:33AM)
I think is was Corrinda who said that if you are going to have the person close their eyes, that's when you read the billet . Using the same thought process, you tell the person that in order to make a mental connection you are going to need them to say "OMMMMMM". When the say this you will need them to put the tip of their first fingers in each ear, so they can experiance the resonace.If they are holding the D**** billet they can close their eyes. When they are doing this it is impossible for them to hear most noises, like you oppenong the billet. This can be played seriously or lightly.I have not tried this yet so it is just food for thought. Kent
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 16, 2006 05:39PM)
Hi again TJ,

There are a number of published “reads” similar to what you are attempting. Off the top of my head, there is the “Behind the Scene” method from Mainly Mental and something described in “The Open Switch and Read” from The Artful Mentalism of Bob Cassidy.

I have, so far, shied away from these methods primarily because of the exact problems you are experiencing; you open the billet too close to the spectator’s head. That doesn’t mean these methods are bad, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

Now, Bob Cassidy uses the method on stage where there is plenty of background noise.

Boarde does it close-up, and covers in a manner similar to what I came up with (can’t I think of something original?)

He writes “during this operation, the performer occupies the spectator with a continuous stream of chatter.”

So, I guess there a few options:

1. Experiment with different types of paper

2. Use these “reads” only when you have sufficient background noise to cover the sound of opening the billet so close to the spectator’s head

3. Patter to cover any sounds you don’t want heard

4. Use Kent’s idea. It’s actually quite cool IMO.

5. If you have dry hands, try Nicholas’s suggestion

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 16, 2006 07:18PM)
Hi
Great stuff. I'll be working with all of it
Perhaps there is a bit too much methodology being revealed Perhaps we should move to to the Inner Thoughts?
Does anybody know how to do this?
Thanks again for all the input
TJ
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 16, 2006 07:38PM)
Good point. But then, all my reviews will be unavailable to the public. Is there a way to move only part of a thread?

Yikes!!! :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 18, 2006 06:45PM)
[quote]
On 2006-12-16 20:38, ElliottB wrote:
Good point. But then, all my reviews will be unavailable to the public. Is there a way to move only part of a thread?
Yikes!!! :)
Elliott
[/quote]

'LOL
Hi Elliott
I had considered that but perhaps this is a better idea instead:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=190325&forum=82&0
It is a new post in Inner Thoughts
This will give readers in both sections a chance to read about your great book
Thanks for the excellent help so far and thanks to the other posters and PMers
for their help
TJ
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 19, 2006 03:18AM)
Hi
Thanks to Kent and Malchat for the excellent advice in their PMs and Nicholas and Elliott for their advice above
If anybody has any ideas on this problem and doesn't want to post in so public a place, this thread is also at:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=190325&forum=82&0

Please post there
TJ
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 24, 2006 07:38PM)
I added something to the update page of my site to help address sound issues. It’s just a repetition of what we already discussed here, though.

I haven’t forgotten about my promise to come up with additional solutions for you. Hopefully, I’ll PM you later this week with some alternatives.

Thanks again for asking the "sound" question.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 31, 2006 06:21AM)
Hi Nicholas
[quote]
On 2006-12-16 07:31, Nicholas wrote:
This may be completely irrelevant to your situation, but when I pick apart any whispering that I get, I find that it is not from the paper itself, but from the fact that I tend to have rather dry hands. The whispering comes from the sound my fingers make as they are moving on the paper (particularly across the edge of the card), not from the paper itself as it unfolds, etc. So, what helps me is to make certain that my hands are moist (lotion, etc.). This also makes it easier to get the job done (added tackyness so less fumbling). I have also found that it is possible to open and close with minimal contact with the edges. Nevertheless, I still tend to cover with some sort of relevant verbage or by asking a question that causes the participant to focus inward for brief moment. Hope this helps = even a little. I must admit, my typical venue makes it a lot easier for me. It sounds like you are REALLY working up close! Best Wishes!
[/quote]


Great advice
Thanks again
TJ
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 31, 2006 11:05PM)
I was working like mad to get everybody into one giant email, but seeing as it is already already after 12:00, we will revert to plan B...

I would like to thank all of you folks who made Switchcraft a success and wish you all a happy and healthy new year.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 1, 2007 12:00AM)
You too, buddy.

Tony
Message: Posted by: John C (Jan 1, 2007 12:57AM)
[quote]
On 2006-12-16 20:38, ElliottB wrote:
Good point. But then, all my reviews will be unavailable to the public. Is there a way to move only part of a thread?

Yikes!!! :)

Elliott
[/quote]

I may be able to start a forum for SC if you would like. I have to find out about it though. Would you be interested? I have your book.

John Cesta
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 1, 2007 12:16PM)
Hi John,

Thank you very much for your generous offer.

The book has done a lot better than expected; however, I don’t think there’s much a need for a special forum…YET.

In mid April, I’m probably going to re-evaluate things, and may see if I can still take you up on your offer.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Ben Cummings (Jan 2, 2007 12:30PM)
Hello,

I posted this review in the Inner Thoughts section but realized that many don't have access to it there. So here's my two cents on Elliott's Switchcraft book:

My name is Ben Cummings. Some of you may know me as the creator of Conversations With Mind Readers. I purchased Elliott's book Switchcraft after hearing many nice things about it.

Well, after purchasing it I assure you it is the bargain of the year. I can't even tell you how many times in my life I have spent $20+ on a single effect only to be utterly disappointed by terrible instructions, stupid method, poor construction, etc. However Elliott's ebook is the clearest I've seen on how to do billet work in the "real world."

And no, I have never met Elliott nor am I getting any financial incentive to write this. In fact, I'd never heard of Elliott prior to purchasing his ebook. I purchased it and am now sharing my enthusiasm for his work. Good work Elliott, and hopefully you'll consider shooting some video showing the billet switches in action as well (although the photo's you provide are already quite clear.)

If you've been on the fence with this purchase... my advice is to get it. Highly recommended.

Best,
Ben Cummings
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 2, 2007 10:51PM)
Thanks again Ben!!!


Regarding video, I already have LOW quality instructional footage for most of the moves (the videos are not in the book.)

A long while back (when I was actually giving this stuff away for free), the instructions had no pictures. People had trouble understanding my gibberish, so I borrowed an old digital camera (the same one I used for the pictures in the book) and shot some videos. It was pretty easy.

One of my goals for a tentative summer update, would be to shoot some new video footage and figure out how to insert the clips into the PDF. Right now, I have no idea how to do that, but how hard can it be?

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jan 4, 2007 10:03AM)
Elliot has received some great reviews and comments on Switchcraft, and deservedly so! I am a HUGE fan of billet work and Elliot’s great book on switch-work will eventually rank right up there with other classic tomes on this theme. The switches are very clearly explained and are accompanied with clear color photos. About ten easy and visually deceptive switch variations are taught. His folding and refolding switches are worth the price of the book all by themselves. Great job, Elliot!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: John C (Jan 4, 2007 02:22PM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-02 23:51, ElliottB wrote:
Thanks again Ben!!!


Regarding video, I already have LOW quality instructional footage for most of the moves (the videos are not in the book.)

One of my goals for a tentative summer update, would be to shoot some new video footage and figure out how to insert the clips into the PDF. Right now,

I have no idea how to do that,

but how hard can it be?

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote]

The way technology progresses, by the time you want to do it there will be a way for it to happen by itself. And, even right now it is fairly simple to make it happen. Hey, if Michael Close has been doing it for a few years ....

John
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 4, 2007 07:30PM)
Thanks John,

A fine fellow PM’d me with instructions for embedding video into PDf’s. If I knew it was that easy, the book would have video footage right now.

As it stands, I think I’ll make video one of the primary goals for a tentative summer update mailing.

Most folks seem to have no trouble understanding the written instructions, but I think some video would be a very nice addition.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 4, 2007 07:31PM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-04 11:03, mindhunter wrote:
Elliot has received some great reviews and comments on Switchcraft, and deservedly so! I am a HUGE fan of billet work and Elliot’s great book on switch-work will eventually rank right up there with other classic tomes on this theme. The switches are very clearly explained and are accompanied with clear color photos. About ten easy and visually deceptive switch variations are taught. His folding and refolding switches are worth the price of the book all by themselves. Great job, Elliot!

Bryn


[/quote]


Thanks Bryn,

I got some really nice mileage out of your Business Coin prediction, so I’m quite glad I was able to return the favor. As discussed I’ll be adding your quote to my site (with the switch names) later tonight. I REALLY appreciate it.

The E.B. Fold Switch and E.B. Ultimate NCP are two of my favorite moves, so I am happy you liked them.

Incidentally, those two moves were taught in the book only because of the generosity of Allen Zingg and Millard Longman. Thanks Allen and Millard!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 9, 2007 09:17PM)
I just added a tip to the updates page. This one concerns the refold switches.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Ben Cummings (Jan 9, 2007 10:29PM)
Elliott,

If one has purchased Switchcraft already how do we access the update page? Thanks and keep up the good work. (I'm having some fun applying your work to some of Gary Kurtz's billet routines that previously were beyond my comfort level.)

Best,
Ben Cummings
Message: Posted by: gaafman (Jan 10, 2007 03:01AM)
Here are the updates:

http://ebswitch.googlepages.com/switchcraftupdates
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Jan 10, 2007 11:56AM)
The best thing about Switchcraft is that after reading it I came up with a lot of own routines. Well done, Elliott. Switchcraft was my best purchase in 2006.

Do you plan to release a second edition containing routines by satisfied purchasers? :)

Gábor
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 10, 2007 09:39PM)
Thanks Gabor!!!


One of my goals, was to present things in a manner where creative folks could easily write billet routines of their own. That’s why your post really made my day.

There are no guarantees, but I plan to send out revised editions from time to time. I want to correct some minor errors, possibly add video footage and maybe even include some new routines.

Time is very tight through mid-April (I am a CPA by profession), so the earliest opportunity for an update would probably be Summer-2007.

Reader contributions of material would definitely be appreciated and, at my discretion, may end up in the next update. In fact, I have already received one excellent reader contribution. A French mentalist has also mentioned the possibility of contributing both techniques and routines.

If you own Switchcraft and wish to contribute a routine for the tentative update, please send it to the email address listed on page 112 of the book. Please also include any required credits. I can’t guarantee that the routine will end up in the book. However, if it does, you will be listed as the author. By sending a routine, you are, of course, giving me permission to include it in a tentative future update (and distribute at my discretion.) Routines may also be edited or formatted.

Due to “Busy Season”, I am a bit short of time right now. Therefore, it may take a little longer than usual for me to reply to emails. However, I’ll try to be as quick as time permits.

Also, if anyone would like to send a quote for the web-site, that would be great too.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 10, 2007 10:28PM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-09 23:29, Ben Cummings wrote:
Elliott,

If one has purchased Switchcraft already how do we access the update page? Thanks and keep up the good work. (I'm having some fun applying your work to some of Gary Kurtz's billet routines that previously were beyond my comfort level.)

Best,
Ben Cummings
[/quote]

Oops. Sorry Ben. I somehow didn't see your question. It’s really great to hear that you’re getting good mileage out of the techniques. Thank you!! The link is all the way on the bottom of the main site. However, I see that gaafman already took care of things. Thanks gaafman!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Jan 16, 2007 06:50AM)
Hi
In the Read section, U........ M..., I am a bit confused.
Do you insert between the 2 closest to your palm or
the 2 closest to you
I've tried both and because it is hard to do, I want to make sure that I learn
the right one lol
Using both, I find it hard to avoid flashing
So I assume that the working hand is out of the spec's view?
TJ
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 16, 2007 09:54PM)
The two folds farther from your palm (and closer to you.)

The move is easier if you pre-condition the business card by doing the U.M. a few times.

I also PM'd you with some additional information that you may find useful.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 16, 2007 10:49PM)
Regarding flashing, I never do the U.M without cover (table, back to spectator, loose pocket, pad etc.)

Otherwise, I would need really giant hands.

Back in the day, mediums used the U.M. when placing a billet into a hat.

To me, it’s just a way to perform a certain action a little quicker (and with one hand.) At least, that’s the way I’ve been using it.

Therefore, at least to my knowledge, TJ's assumption is correct.

I’m curious. Does anyone use the U.M. (without extra cover) as a full blown “in their face” Read?

Maybe, I still have something to learn about this classic technique…
Message: Posted by: teejay (Jan 17, 2007 06:12AM)
[quote]
On 2007-01-16 23:49, ElliottB wrote:
I’m curious. Does anyone use the U.M. (without extra cover) as a full blown “in their face” Read?
[/quote]

That WOULD be a good one
Let's see if anybody answers lol
Thanks for the advice
TJ
Message: Posted by: johne (Jan 17, 2007 08:58AM)
I would have to relate the "in your face" read as some of Richard Busch's handlings on some of his peeks. I wouldn't relate them directly to the U.M., but he gets very bold.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 17, 2007 07:19PM)
Thanks Johne,

Gotta check out Richard’s stuff one of these days...

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 19, 2007 11:54PM)
Added a tip to the update page.
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Feb 26, 2007 05:03PM)
Elliott,

You compiled an oustanding e-book. Your book is a must-have resource to be placed together with all the stuff that the great billet handlers, of the present and of the past, created.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 23, 2007 01:06AM)
Thanks Paolo!!!


Well, the “busy season” has been over for almost a week. Gotta keep my commitments.

If someone is presently on the wire about purchasing Switchcraft, it might be advantageous to make a final decision (one way or the other) within the next 16 hours.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Apr 23, 2007 01:18PM)
Just purchased Switchcraft yesterday. Not only is the substance great but I was very impressed how well written the book is. I look forward to going through the entire book and using many of Elliott's ideas. If you are at all interested in billet work this book is a must have.

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 23, 2007 08:45PM)
Thanks so much Steve!!!

My prior message was about the first “Switchcraft” supplement, “The Billet Machine”. If you were on my mailing list a few hours ago, then you probably got a free e-book.

I wrote “probably” because a few emails bounced back or required some sort of permission. Also, some of the emails probably went to spam folders.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: PWRIS (Apr 23, 2007 08:48PM)
Great thinking and an excellent followup. Thanks, Paul
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Apr 23, 2007 10:33PM)
Elliott,
I want to add my thanks for the suppliment. It is extremely well done and is a wonderful addition to a, truely, outstanding work. Talk about getting more than your money's worth...
Thanks, again!
Nicholas
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Apr 24, 2007 03:48AM)
Nice follow-up Elliott, thanks again!

Ken
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Apr 24, 2007 12:29PM)
Elliot,
Your sequel is as good as the original. Need I say more?
I'm really having fun with this and your enthusiasm for good billet work is contagious.

Thanks

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 24, 2007 09:40PM)
Thanks Paul, Nicholas, Ken and Steve. I really appreciate your kind comments.


A bunch of emails bounced back. If you…

Own “Switchcraft”
&
Did not receive a free copy of “The Billet Machine”
&
Would like to receive a free copy of “The Billet Machine”, then feel free to drop me an email

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Apr 24, 2007 09:42PM)
Elliot:

I'll get back with you after I've had a chance to read it. First I have to finish Magnus's book. :)

Tony
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Apr 24, 2007 09:59PM)
I, too, was pleasantly supprised to receive the "update" today. Although I haven't had time to read it yet I have no doubts it will be the same high-quality material that was contained the origianl switchcraft book.

I certainly love my "peeks" but switching opens up a whole other world for creating effects.

thanks, Elliot!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 26, 2007 10:34PM)
Thanks Tony and Bryn!!


I’ve found it tough to turn folks down. Therefore, The Billet Machine e-book has been attached the Switchcraft pdf.

For the time being, I am leaving the price at $19.95.

Everyone who bought Switchcraft after the deadline has now been sent The Billet Machine (if I did not already send it to you)



After "busy season", I jumped straight into writing the ebook. I’ve been so swamped lately, I seem to have gotten out of the loop. I'll have to search for some info on Magnus's book.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Apr 27, 2007 10:45AM)
Elliott: I had no idea how "Switchcraft" could possibly be any better. And then you went and improved it. For Free. Incredible. You are making history here, and your purchasers are the recipients of far more than they are paying for!

My crystal ball is clearing: I predict a bright and esteemed future for you. Many thanks!
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Apr 28, 2007 03:00AM)
Switchcraft is a must-have book if you want to get all types of knowledge on the subject of billets. It's got some great ideas, some great handlings and Elliott put a lot of work into it.... he did his research and that counts a lot in my book.

Greg
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 29, 2007 08:53PM)
Thanks Tom and Greg!!!

Today, among other things, I toyed around with two new billet tricks. It seems there’s no end to what can be done.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Apr 30, 2007 12:18PM)
[quote]
On 2007-04-24 22:59, mindhunter wrote:
I, too, was pleasantly supprised to receive the "update" today. Although I haven't had time to read it yet I have no doubts it will be the same high-quality material that was contained the origianl switchcraft book.
I certainly love my "peeks" but switching opens up a whole other world for creating effects.
thanks, Elliot!
Bryn
[/quote]


Hi Bryn
Have no doubt about it
It IS the same sort of TOP quality but different material
If you don't have it, get it NOW
Delighted
TJ
Message: Posted by: teejay (Apr 30, 2007 12:20PM)
Hi Elliott
Many thanks for the bonus gift
Keep up the good work
TJ
Message: Posted by: churken (Apr 30, 2007 12:44PM)
Elliott,

I purchased Switchcraft in early January and took it on a family trip shortly thereafter. I was so engrossed in the book that I upset my wife. I kept wanting to go back to the hotel so I could continue my studies. I found it to be an excellent treatise on the subject.

Then a week ago I recieved The Billet Machine. WOW! This is great. Thank you. It is not so much an update as it is Vollume 2. I can't believe you threw this in for free.

When you get a dvd ready, I definately want to be on the list of purchasers. Your work is excellent and I will continue to recommend Swithcraft/The Billet Machine to all those I know who do any kind of billet work.

Paul
Message: Posted by: boydy (Apr 30, 2007 01:13PM)
Elliot,

This book is fantastic!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 30, 2007 06:58PM)
Thanks TJ, Paul and Boydy.

You guys made my day.

I thought I might take a few weeks off, but with feedback like this, I’m tempted to get working on Supplement 2.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: John C (Apr 30, 2007 07:05PM)
This could be BETTER than Switchcraft. I'll read it and find out.

John
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 20, 2007 12:23PM)
3 days left on my Acrobat trial subscription, and I finally figured out how to insert videos. I’ll probably want to pick up the full version now.

Question:

What would you guys rather have first?

a. Video footage for existing techniques

b. More techniques and routines (Several supplements are in the works)

Personally, I’m leaning towards putting out the new stuff, and adding video to the old material later.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: lunatik (May 20, 2007 05:49PM)
Maybe half and half?
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 20, 2007 05:59PM)
I just finished reading the "supplement" (more like a whole seperate release) and I certainly got a lot out of it. It was a great follow up to Switchcraft and the more and more I get into pure billet work the more I appreciate switches as well as my peek work.

Again, a great thanks to Eliiot for not only putting out the first volume but sending the update to us as well....A very nice touch.

To answer your question: More techniques and routines! Your photos are very self-evident without the need for video clarification and I am looking forward to your other work on existing switch methods as well as your own original work on the topic.
First Class all the way, Elliot.

Bryn
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (May 21, 2007 09:52AM)
[quote]
On 2007-05-20 18:59, mindhunter wrote:


To answer your question: More techniques and routines! Your photos are very self-evident without the need for video clarification [/quote]

I'll second that, Elliott! Your photos and well written instructions are much clearer than some DVDs I could name (but won't).

Barry
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (May 21, 2007 02:07PM)
I'd love to see a billet forum where we could do some serious brain storming. Elliots work will certainly spark some great ideas.
Steve
Message: Posted by: John C (May 21, 2007 02:30PM)
[quote]
On 2007-04-30 20:05, johncesta wrote:


This could be BETTER than Switchcraft. I'll read it and find out.

John
[/quote]

Not only BETTER than Switchcraft but BETTER FOR YA!!

Great WORK!

John
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 22, 2007 05:56PM)
Thanks Bryn, Barry, lunatik, Steve and John.

I guess it’s decided. It’ll be more routines and techniques, with the video option reserved for another day.

I should have something ready within two weeks, probably sooner.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (May 23, 2007 12:21AM)
Take your time, Elliot...I'm sure I'll be able to say it was well woth the wait...


Bryn
Message: Posted by: Malchat (May 23, 2007 07:41AM)
[quote]
On 2007-05-22 18:56, ElliottB wrote:
I should have something ready within two weeks, probably sooner.[/quote]

There is no stopping The Billet Machine!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 28, 2007 12:19AM)
What about Mr. Domino?

NO ONE CAN STOP MR. DOMINO! :)

On a more serious note, I’m finally starting to see the end of the tunnel with this one.

In total it’s probably going to have a higher page count than The Billet Machine, but I may split it up.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: psychicturtle (May 28, 2007 05:20AM)
Just another 'this stuff is great' post...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 5, 2007 11:20PM)
Thanks psychicturtle!!!

Something good will be completed VERY soon. I am in the late editing phase.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 6, 2007 09:36PM)
Done. It's probably a good idea to be on my mailing list at this point.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 6, 2007 10:46PM)
Maybe not. I really screwed up on the mailing. Hopefully that's not an omen for the book itself.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 9, 2007 11:49PM)
I tacked Billet Proof onto the Switchcraft file and uploaded to Payloadz. The new file includes the following e-books:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof


For now, the price is still $19.95.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Jun 10, 2007 06:09AM)
This is an amazing tomb of work Elliott. I am just amazed by the amount of work in this volume now and I cant help getting excited every time I get an email from you because I know its going to have some first class, steller advice and developments.

All the best,
Ken
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Jun 10, 2007 07:22PM)
Elliot,

This is like Christmas in June. Your work is outstanding and a pleasure to read. I think you're in the process of writing what will one day be a classic. Thanks for your enthusiasm. It's contagious.

Steve
Message: Posted by: teejay (Jun 11, 2007 04:41AM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-10 00:49, ElliottB wrote:
I tacked Billet Proof onto the Switchcraft file and uploaded to Payloadz. The new file includes the following e-books:
Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
For now, the price is still $19.
Thanks again,
Elliott [/quote]

Is this available free to people who purchased Switchcraft?
If so, how do we get it?
Cheers
TJ
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 11, 2007 08:27PM)
Sent it again.

Enjoy,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: teejay (Jun 12, 2007 05:17AM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-11 21:27, ElliottB wrote:
Sent it again.
Enjoy,
Elliotthttp://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search.php
Advanced[/quote]

Sent it again.
Enjoy,
Elliott[/quote]

Got it. Great Stuff.
Switchcraft is the most EFFECTIVE magic/mentalism book I've ever read
I had read about and studied switches for a couple of years but this book
got me DOING them. Loads and loads of stuff for all levels
If you don't have it, pick it up NOW and pick one that is perfect for you
Very happy
TJ :)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 13, 2007 06:17PM)
Thanks Ken, Steve and TJ,

I’m really happy to read that the three of you liked Billet Proof.

Several additional supplements are in the works. One of them will be quite revolutionary.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 13, 2007 09:39PM)
Elliott keeps working on this epic. It is probably going to be a very large tome when he gets done with it... but it will contain some great stuff.

Good job, Elliott!!

Greg
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Jun 14, 2007 12:03PM)
I tell you what I love about this is the experience of evolution taking place. It's like we are part of it and it feels special to see that happening.

Ken
Message: Posted by: espmagic (Jun 15, 2007 11:29AM)
Now we need a book on the how's and where's to read the information written on the billet! Hmm...Elliot?

Lee
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 15, 2007 05:27PM)
Thanks Greg, Ken and Lee.

The next supplement will include a great new "read" technique (although I thought Jeff’s PBR was pretty cool)

It will also include a number of cool billet ideas contributed by Greg. Yes, THE Greg.

To top it off, it will feature what I consider to be a perfect billet sequence.

I have a lot of other stuff, including excellent reader contributions, that may also make it into the next edition. The supplements are usually finished when I get tired of typing. There’s never really a shortage of material.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: igam (Jun 15, 2007 09:40PM)
Amazing!!!! Elliott, the content in Switchcraft and the effortless download should be the new Gold Standard for all products to even be mentioned as being useful and for sale. I got my copy last night and didn't quit reading until I saw the sun coming up! Switchcraft is truly a monumental work. Once you learn this work, you could start a church or rule a nation. :>) Thanks, Elliott!
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 16, 2007 05:03PM)
Okay, Elliot, it's time to change your last name to Billet so you can still use the ElliottB anywhere. It seems like the new Billet King has arrived.

Greg
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 16, 2007 09:27PM)
Thanks igam!!!

If any of you guys want to send permission to use a quote for the site, I am certainly game.

Greg,

Stuart is already the Billet King.

But, I’ll take the tile of…

Billet Jester

or maybe…

Billet Secret Agent

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 16, 2007 09:29PM)
[quote]
On 2007-06-15 12:29, espmagic wrote:
Now we need a book on the how's and where's to read the information written on the billet! Hmm...Elliot?

Lee


[/quote]

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I will probably add at least one additional "read" technique to the supplement. Maybe two more. It all depends on how I want to break things up.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 20, 2007 09:00PM)
I tacked Silver Billet (typos fixed) onto the Switchcraft file and uploaded to Payloadz. The new file includes the following e-books:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet

For now, the price is still $19.95.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Jun 21, 2007 10:20AM)
Well Elliott, you've made it very difficult not to purchase.

I know I've hit the hill where I'll slowly roll down, gathering momentum until I reach the end where I click and purchase. I've been thinking on it a lot lol, so I've already emotionally bought it, now I just need to justify it with a wedding in two weeks and a new home.

You can't argue with the value, there's no doubt about that. I'm sure I'll be joining the list of fans soon!
Message: Posted by: churken (Jun 21, 2007 10:28AM)
I have to say that Switchcraft may be the best magic purchase I have ever made. Not only is the material excellent, but Elliott's dedication to his buyers is phenominal. I can't think of a single other time I have ever purchased a book that the author sent me supplements later. It's like, "Oh, by the way, here's some new ideas I have come up with. They go with your original purchase. No charge to you. Thanks." Who else would do that?

Elliott, THANK YOU! I will continue to study your works with great enthusiasim.

Paul
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 21, 2007 06:43PM)
Thanks so much Paul!!

I really appreciate your generous comments and am especially grateful that you posted them here. I’m fairly certain that your post translated directly into the book I sold today. That nets to an unexpected $16 in my pocket. THANKS :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 21, 2007 06:45PM)
Nathan,

Congratulations!!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Jun 22, 2007 08:25PM)
Thank you. :)

I am very excited! It's one of the best decisions of my life. She even likes my magic and mentalism (as she's had to see every one of my 'moves' and tricks throughout the last 4.5 years we've been together - and she hasn't left yet), so I know I picked a good one bless her heart.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 29, 2007 06:07PM)
Coming soon…

Summer Reading
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 11, 2007 11:27PM)
The draft is done. Summer Reading - Book 1 should be ready by Sunday night…I hope.

I also just got permission to teach an ingenious, but little known, “read technique.”

That technique will be part of Summer Reading – Book 2
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jul 11, 2007 11:33PM)
Oh Goodness. Too much fantastic material!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 13, 2007 12:02AM)
Thanks Tony!!

I hope so. We’ll certainly see soon enough.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 15, 2007 03:34PM)
Lift off is just hours away.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 15, 2007 06:32PM)
It's out the door.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jul 15, 2007 06:34PM)
Elliott

You are just too cool!

Thank you again.

Tony
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Jul 15, 2007 06:37PM)
Yup class act!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 15, 2007 11:22PM)
Thanks Tony and Grobbelaar.

Just a quick note...

I officially tacked Back from the Dead onto the Switchcraft file and uploaded to Payloadz. The new file includes the following e-books:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead

For now, the price is still $19.95.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 19, 2007 09:32PM)
Speaking of supplements, I may release the next one much earlier than I originally thought I would.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2007 12:13PM)
Here we go again. Almost ready...
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Jul 22, 2007 12:39PM)
I'm extremely excited!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2007 04:16PM)
Thanks Ken.

It's done. Check your email, folks.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Jul 22, 2007 04:43PM)
[quote]
On 2007-07-22 17:16, ElliottB wrote:
Thanks Ken.

It's done. Check your email, folks.

Elliott
[/quote]
I want to be the first to say "THANK YOU, ELLIOTT!!!"

Pier Luca
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (Jul 22, 2007 04:48PM)
Elliott

Thank you soooo much!

This just has to be the best value for money product I have ever bought. It just keeps growing and growing!

Top quality stuff, too!

I have to be honest, I wasn't much of a billet man before purchasing your book but you've certainly made a convert out of me!

Thanks again :)
Message: Posted by: Hoff Man (Jul 22, 2007 04:57PM)
Elliot,

Thank you, once again!!!

How do you do it?
You do sleep every once in a while … don’t you?

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2007 06:57PM)
Thanks Marcus and Steve.

Marcus, I personally struggled with billets for a long time before getting things down pat. So, it’s great to read that my experiences are helping folks learn billet work.

Steve, I do sleep now and then. I actually plan to take a few weekends off from writing, to clear my mind a bit.


Just a quick note...

I officially tacked Stack Master onto the Switchcraft file and uploaded to Payloadz. The new file includes the following e-books:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master

For now, the price is still $19.95.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2007 10:13PM)
[/quote]
I want to be the first to say "THANK YOU, ELLIOTT!!!"

Pier Luca



[/quote]

You're welcome, Pier. Sorry about the unintentional snub in my earlier comment. Somehow, my eyes glanced over your post. Maybe I spent too much time on the computer today.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Ed Mauve (Jul 23, 2007 10:35AM)
Your dedication to your art has bought beneficial to us all.

A big THANK YOU Elliott.

Aside from reading 13 Steps and Anneman's Practical Mental Magic. Your work has inspirited & provided me the opportunity to learn so much more regarding this area in a short period.

Looking forward to all your future works.

-Ed
Message: Posted by: JonWhite (Jul 23, 2007 12:06PM)
Just checked my hotmail to find a shiny new "StackMaster" supplement just sitting there quietly waiting to be downloaded.

Fantastic! I love nice surprises!

Many thanks once again Elliot.

Jon.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 24, 2007 05:18PM)
Thanks Jon and Ed. I had a blast writing the supplements and look forward to writing many more.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: illusioneer (Jul 26, 2007 01:14AM)
Here it goes - another time when I'm going to have to break out the ol' wallet and hand some up and coming genius a $20. LOL

I'll do it tomorrow (or today)... ;)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 26, 2007 07:31PM)
Thanks illusioneer,

I am very much looking forward to accepting your hard earned $19.95

It will be worth it, however, as Switchcraft will turn you into the next Derren Brown!!
























Legal Disclaimer: The above statement is a big fat lie.
Message: Posted by: Steve Haynes (Jul 26, 2007 07:52PM)
Top notch stuff and well worth the money.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 27, 2007 06:27PM)
Thank you very much!!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 30, 2007 09:04PM)
Hi,

Over time, quite a few people emailed me that they could not buy Switchcraft as they do not have Paypal accounts. Therefore, I just listed Switchcraft on Lulu.Com. I believe they take regular credit cards.

I also believe that I will be able to revise the file for any future upgrades, and that purchasers will have access to the upgrades.

There’s nothing fancy about the listing.

In fact, I pay a lower commission if you buy the book directly from my web site.

The Lulu listing is there to accommodate the folks who have been asking for it.

Of course, if anyone wishes to add a review on Lulu, I would certainly be appreciative.

Thanks so much,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 30, 2007 09:36PM)
By the way, I picked out a cheesy looking cover for the product page, but I can't tell if it gets included with the actual book or not. Then again, maybe folks are better off with just the normal text cover :). Still, I am curious. If anyone buys Switchcraft on Lulu, please let me know whether it comes with the new funky cover.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 12, 2007 02:24PM)
I got sidetracked on another board, but the next supplement is very much under way. It includes some contributions from top mentalists as well as some cool billet work of my own. There are both techniques and routines. Hopefully, I will wrap it up by next Sunday.
Message: Posted by: TheAmazingMrLucky (Aug 13, 2007 12:15AM)
Elliott

This is a great book! I just bought mine today, and was thrilled to see just how in depth and complete a resource it is! Given some of the other magic ebooks I've purchased over the net over the years I had low expectations with this one (despite its great reviews), and was very pleasantly surprised to find it lived up to what everyone said. I am very impressed! I look forward to many more days of happy reading.

FYI, PayPal allows you to pay with a credit card but WITHOUT creating a PayPal account, so I'm not sure why anyone would be having trouble with PayPal, maybe it's just a problem of perception, people thinking they still need an account to pay.

Lucky

P.S. - Please let the purchasers know how we can get the updated/additional supplement you are talking about!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 13, 2007 12:32AM)
Thanks Lucky!!

I usually just send the supplements to everyone on my mailing list. You're on the list, so you should receive it as soon as it's wrapped up; probably next week.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 13, 2007 09:22PM)
Another contributed technique & routine just came today. The contribution is from two mentalists we have all heard of. Looks like I’ll be busy for a while. Sweet!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 26, 2007 12:35AM)
Just turned some of my handwritten notes into eight pages of clear typed instructions. We're getting there. Although, for some reason, this one has been taking longer than usual.
Message: Posted by: Mental_Mike (Aug 26, 2007 08:39AM)
Hey Elliot, Will there be a book form of this coming?? Thanks!!

Mike
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Aug 26, 2007 10:04AM)
Its on lulu.com already I think? have a search around...

it's the best thing you'll buy, superb thinking, well explained, lots of routines, no waffle, no pie-in-the-sky handlings, simple, honest, deceptive work...its a rare old bird is Switchcraft...

Elliot, you should really stop with all the freebies and do a big old compendium in the new year or something...but I would say that, cos I've already got it..wooohahahaha
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 26, 2007 11:48PM)
Mike,

By “book,” I assume you mean something like an actual hardcover edition. That's a good question. The answer is… hopefully.

Right now, I am focusing on providing Switchcraft purchasers with as much solid new material as possible.

That said, at some point, the well will dry up and I will, no doubt, turn to the eventual twelve zillion page e-book and try and figure out what to do with it all.

That day had not yet arrived, so I am still focusing on pushing forward, instead of looking back.

Four things are for sure

1. Any hardcover will be more expensive than the e-book edition
2. It will be a long way down the road. I'd guess AT LEAST a year off
3. If someone is waiting for the hardcover, it's gonna be a long wait. I would just buy the inexpensive e-book now.
4. Due to cost constraints, there is a small possibility that a hardcover edition will actually contain less material than the ebook. I would hope not, but you never know.

Abraxus,

Thanks so much. I will do my best to maintain or exceed that level of quality going forward.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mental_Mike (Aug 27, 2007 04:26AM)
Thanks Elliot! Guess I'll have to get the ebook first.

Mike
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 28, 2007 10:57PM)
Thanks Mike!! I'm looking forward to spending your money :)

re: Supplement 6:

Finished typing the instructions for the final effect, and converted a contributed video file to WMV format.

Now, all I need to do is write an introduction, figure out the order of things and self-edit. It seems that I’ll most likely be mailing this out at some point on labor day weekend.

E.B.
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Aug 29, 2007 04:37AM)
Mike,
Get the ebook!!!!!!!! You'll be glad you did.
Nicholas
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 1, 2007 11:02PM)
Came up with a new easy technique that fits nicely with the rest of the supplement. I’m presently typing it up, but it is getting much too long for one supplement. We’ll see what the final product looks like, but I may decide to split the material up. Perhaps, I’ll include the special contributed technique and video together with the new one. Maybe a bonus routine or two…and save the rest for other supplements. We shall see.
Message: Posted by: Caspar (Sep 1, 2007 11:34PM)
Elliott,

If I were to purchase from the Lulu site would I still receive any updates?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 2, 2007 09:11AM)
As the supplements have been free and, more importantly, at least 50 email accounts block me as spam, I make no commitments that a Switchcraft purchaser will later receive additional free supplements.

That said, I have spent countless hours getting the free supplements to those 50 or so Switchcraft purchasers who's accounts block my mailings each time a supplement goes out.

Of course, most (thousands of?) supplements were received without a hitch.

If you buy from Lulu, you will receive an automated message with instructions on how to contact me to get on my mailing list.

The preferred mode of purchase, however, should be paypal / payloadz. In such case, I get your email address for my mailing list right away.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 2, 2007 10:26PM)
Finished the new technique, photos and all.

Cut it down from about 60 pages to about 35 pages, by pushing a lot of routines and ideas to future releases; otherwise I’d never get it out any time soon.

The trimmed down supplement will feature a contributed technique and video, but will also have bonus material including a second technique, an idea and a really cool billet routine.

On top of writing and shooting the second technique, I totally re-organized and trimmed the whole book. Therefore, I will need to give it a whole new self-edit.

I’ll, hopefully do that tomorrow…or maybe I’ll go to the movies instead :)
Message: Posted by: joanmonse (Sep 3, 2007 10:08AM)
Hi Elliott,
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS for your great ebook!!

Just to check if I received all the updates, please, confirm it.

1) SWITCHCRAFT The Billet Work of Elliott J. Bressler (1st electr. edit. nov.06)
2) SILVER BILLET (A Switchcraft supplement)(1st electr. edit. Jun.07)
3) BACK FROM THE DEAD (Summer Billet Reading - Book One) (1st electr. edit. Jul.07)
4) STACK MASTER (Summer Billet Reading - Book Two) (1st electr. edit. Jul.07)

Thanks in advance!
Best regards.
Joan
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2007 10:47AM)
Thanks Joan,

I just PM'd you and also sent a new download link, so you can get Billet Proof.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: joanmonse (Sep 3, 2007 11:32AM)
Great!!!!!
Thanks a lot, Elliott!!!
I received the link and downloaded the entire work.
Please, let me be updated on this great contribution to the Mentalism community.
Best regards!
Joan Monse
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2007 07:43PM)
Anyone here know how to secure a PDF so it cannot be changed, while still allowing the user to play an embedded wmv video?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2007 08:26PM)
Supplement 6 is complete. However, release is delayed as I need to figure out a way around the acrobat wmv difficulty. I'll keep you posted.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2007 08:47PM)
Got it!!!

We're getting close!!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2007 11:00PM)
Just made it.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2007 11:07PM)
Check your email and bulk mail folders, folks.

I'll have fairly limited internet access tomorrow, but hopefully most of you got it OK.

For the record, the Switchcraft file now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch

CT's Switch contains a short video clip. The video file is included with downloads purchased on my site, but was, unfortunately, not supported by Lulu.
If desired, Lulu customers can contact me separately for the small clip.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: andykean (Sep 4, 2007 03:53AM)
Amazing new supplement great video wow
thanks elliot
Message: Posted by: illusioneer (Sep 4, 2007 05:03AM)
Thanks a million for your continued devotion!

Look forward to soaking this in!
Message: Posted by: WilliamWard (Sep 4, 2007 05:26AM)
Wonderful work, I greatly enjoyed your ebook and know I am finally starting to see the potential for these little bits of paper.
Message: Posted by: JonWhite (Sep 4, 2007 01:17PM)
Fantastic!

And once again, cheers Elliot!!

Jon.
Message: Posted by: joanmonse (Sep 4, 2007 04:14PM)
Elliott,
the new supplement is simpli AMAZING.
The video is PERFECT!!!
Congratulations again.
Joan
Message: Posted by: joanmonse (Sep 4, 2007 04:15PM)
Elliott,
the new supplement is simply AMAZING.
The video is PERFECT!!!
Congratulations again.
Joan
(excuse my bad english...!)
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Sep 4, 2007 05:40PM)
Elliott is a pleasure to work with and is doing a wonderful job. I am very pleased the he has permitted me to be a part of his project and am happy to say there's more to come. Cheers all.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Sep 5, 2007 11:33AM)
What makes Elliott's work so valuable is that it enables readers to make up their own routines. I find myself going back to it many times so I can find just the right move that I need based upon my performing conditions and my type of presentation. This is becoming an encyclopedia that is giving a shot in the arm to a somewhat neglected art.

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 6, 2007 07:03PM)
Thanks Andy, illusioneer, William, Jon, Steve, Joan and Christopher.

I really appreciate your feedback.

Christopher, it was a pleasure working with you on the last supplement.

If you guys liked Christopher’s billet technique, you’ll definitely want to check out his new Outside the Conventional video.

Thanks again,

Elliott

PS Steve, I'm really pleased to read that you are creating your own routines as that was one of my goals with the book.
Message: Posted by: Y2John (Sep 6, 2007 07:14PM)
Wow... ive never really commented on Switchcraft but have thoroughly enjoyed it and it contains sooo much info, but on top of that we get sent supplements which add even more to what was already a great package.
After the newest supplement (which is amazing by the way) I just had to comment on this and say thanks for all the work which has gone into, and continues to go into this.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 7, 2007 05:41PM)
You’re very welcome, Y2John.

It isn’t really “work” at all, as I very much enjoy putting out these books.

Also, thanks so much for adding your comments to this thread. I really appreciate that.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 19, 2007 10:51PM)
Yes!! The Café is back!!!

For a moment, I thought I lost 8 months of reviews...
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Sep 20, 2007 02:09AM)
Yes, it is back. That was a big switchcraft.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 20, 2007 07:40PM)
Thanks Dynamike!!

I'd love to take credit for bringing this place back, but the real heroes are Steve Brooks, Gene and Mary.
Message: Posted by: TheGreatGalling (Sep 21, 2007 01:23AM)
Just wanted to add that Switchcraft is on my desktop and will remain there for years to come. Thank you for such brilliant work!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 22, 2007 08:19PM)
You’re very welcome. Thank you!!

I also keep those Switchcraft Folders on my desktop.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: John Nesbit (Sep 22, 2007 10:31PM)
After all that he has done with Switchcraft, I wouldn't put it past him. ;)

Proud of you Elliot.

All the Best

John
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 24, 2007 08:55PM)
Thanks John!!!
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Sep 25, 2007 11:21AM)
"I also keep those Switchcraft Folders on my desktop."

Don't we all?

Steve
Message: Posted by: magicorik (Sep 25, 2007 04:38PM)
I must admit that this work is very good.
If only I remember how difficult was 20 years ago when I started with billets: my only reference was Anneman and few other books........
With this ebook I think a serious mentalist can start in a very easy way and proceed in the right manner: but remember to be BOLD!
Yes BOLD.
Very well done!!
Orik
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 26, 2007 05:11PM)
Thanks Steve and Orik!!!

I think that, in addition to being bold, motivation is very important when it comes to billet work. All the sneaky business should be disguised by some sort of motivated action.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 29, 2007 07:22PM)
I just want to thank my friend, Christopher Taylor, for adding Switchcraft to his web site.

Christopher is the creator of the immensely popular Real Ghost, as well as the star of Outside the Conventional and the author of Inside Out and Unconventional.

He also contributed a very popular billet technique to the Switchcraft supplements.

Here’s the address for Christopher’s web site:

http://www.taylorimagineering.com/

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Sep 29, 2007 07:47PM)
By the way, I'd like to add that Switchcraft is now on my "regular read" list. I have certain books and pamphlets that I reread often and Switchcraft is now one of them. I just reread it last night and got another idea.
Make it a habit of rereading the good stuff and you'll keep finding treasures you once missed.

Thanks again, Elliot, for putting this out there.

Greg
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 30, 2007 03:12PM)
Thanks Greg.

I’m really honored that Switchcraft has made your short list. Also, thank you for sharing so many of your ideas with me.

Elliott Bresler
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 1, 2007 10:36PM)
Hi folks,

My Schedule’s been insanely busy since early September, and probably won’t let up until a day or two after October 15th.

Therefore, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wrap up a seventh supplement by the end of October :(

Instead, I’ll do my best (no guarantees) to type up a Spooky Billet email to send my mailing list at some point (ASAP) after October 15th.

If you are one of the few Lulu purchasers who did not reply to the automated email, you may want to do so before October 15th. The Spooky Billet email will not be available once the mailing goes out…at least not until next October.

That’s all for now. Hopefully, I’ll come through with something spooky before the big day.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 7, 2007 01:20PM)
Hmm…

Zero response via all mean of communication.

It makes me think that, perhaps, people would rather receive a full blown supplement, than an email with some spooky ideas etc.

October 15th is approaching, so here’s my question…

Would you prefer that, come October 15th, I work on a Spooky Billet Email to hopefully be delivered well before October 31; or would you rather I began the next supplement to be completed at some later date?
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Oct 7, 2007 02:03PM)
[quote]
On 2007-10-07 14:20, ElliottB wrote:

Would you prefer that, come October 15th, I work on a Spooky Billet Email to hopefully be delivered well before October 31; or would you rather I began the next supplement to be completed at some later date?
[/quote]
Hi Elliott!
I'm for the supplement...

Best,
Pier
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Oct 8, 2007 03:43AM)
Another vote for a supplement!

Barry
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Oct 8, 2007 08:58AM)
Another vote for the supplement!
Message: Posted by: Esjay Dee (Oct 8, 2007 10:44AM)
I'm loosing track of this monster, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger !
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Oct 8, 2007 10:54AM)
Supplement!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 8, 2007 09:01PM)
Then it’s unanimous. Cool.

I have a lot of material to choose from, both contributed and of my own. Right now, I’m leaning towards a very nice contributed piece. I guess I’ll decide for certain when I start putting things together next week.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 14, 2007 04:06PM)
Work has officially begun on supplement 7. It's moving along nicely.
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Oct 18, 2007 06:18AM)
So, there I was, on The Café and yet another mention of some pdf called 'Switchcraft'. I though to myself, "I gotta read that long topic in 'Penny for your thoughts' about this Switchcraft ebook by a guy called elliotb or something". So yeah I paid my $20 (this works out at £10.08 in UK money, the price of 3 gallons of diesel for the car)

OMG! What a mighty tome this is. I just printed a hard copy, yes all 217 pages!!! I could bearly lift this thing out the paper tray.

This is an awesome piece of work. The print is clear, consice and well written. The photographs are in full color, sharp and very helpful. The moves are extraordinarily clean and the routines are well constructed. Elliot J Bresler has put in one heck of a lot of time and effort in to this.

ElloiotB, I seriously hope you are rewarded for your efforts and that you receive the recognition you deserve for offering this to the magic community.
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Oct 18, 2007 07:27AM)
[quote]
This is an awesome piece of work. The print is clear, consice and well written. The photographs are in full color, sharp and very helpful. The moves are extraordinarily clean and the routines are well constructed. Elliot J Bresler has put in one heck of a lot of time and effort in to this.

ElloiotB, I seriously hope you are rewarded for your efforts and that you receive the recognition you deserve for offering this to the magic community.
[/quote]

Hi, kinesis!
Welcome to the "Elliot's World Fans Clubs"!
If all my purchases were like this... well, I always buy blindfolded.

Best,
Pier
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 18, 2007 08:00PM)
Thank you so much for your post, Derek.

I’m so glad you are enjoying the book, and look forward to adding to it in the future.

Elliott Bresler


[quote]
On 2007-10-18 07:18, kinesis wrote:
So, there I was, on The Café and yet another mention of some pdf called 'Switchcraft'. I though to myself, "I gotta read that long topic in 'Penny for your thoughts' about this Switchcraft ebook by a guy called elliotb or something". So yeah I paid my $20 (this works out at £10.08 in UK money, the price of 3 gallons of diesel for the car)

OMG! What a mighty tome this is. I just printed a hard copy, yes all 217 pages!!! I could bearly lift this thing out the paper tray.

This is an awesome piece of work. The print is clear, consice and well written. The photographs are in full color, sharp and very helpful. The moves are extraordinarily clean and the routines are well constructed. Elliot J Bresler has put in one heck of a lot of time and effort in to this.

ElloiotB, I seriously hope you are rewarded for your efforts and that you receive the recognition you deserve for offering this to the magic community.
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 18, 2007 08:01PM)
Thanks, Pier!!


[/quote]

Hi, kinesis!
Welcome to the "Elliot's World Fans Clubs"!
If all my purchases were like this... well, I always buy blindfolded.

Best,
Pier
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 19, 2007 04:44PM)
Quick update:

Things are moving along nicely for supplement #7. I typed rough instructions and obtained all necessary permissions. I made a number of adjustments to a very nice contributed routine, so I’ll need to test things out to make sure I didn’t spoil things. I’m pretty good at finding unsuspecting victims (I mean “spectators,”) so hopefully the wait shouldn’t be too long.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Oct 19, 2007 07:39PM)
Another vote for the supplement.
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Oct 20, 2007 03:19AM)
The thing about "Switchcraft", and I'm sure it's been said before, is that no other book on billet sw^^^^s makes the process so crystal clear. From the photos to the text, there are "blanks" for the reader to have to fill in on his own. Everything will be absorbed and comprehended. There are more complicated ways to accomplish this stuff- but why? The shortest difference between two points, I say. (and the alternative methods are not more effective)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 21, 2007 04:39PM)
Thanks gabelson,

I noticed that you wrote billet sw^^^^ , instead of the full word.

I’ve been thinking along those lines, and am considering changing the name of the book. In a nutshell, I don’t like how the method is part of the title. It’s a tough decision because there are scores of positive reviews listed under the original title. We’ll see…


Greg,

Your wish has been granted. The vote for the supplement was a unanimous 5/5. It’s kind of funny that out of all the people who bought the book, only 5 voted. In that sense, it’s kind of like American politics. The only people that count are the ones who vote.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Oct 22, 2007 07:53AM)
[quote]
On 2007-10-07 14:20, ElliottB wrote:
Hmm�

Zero response via all mean of communication.

It makes me think that, perhaps, people would rather receive a full blown supplement, than an email with some spooky ideas etc.[/quote]

Or it could mean that I hadn't been looking at the Café for awhile.

[quote]October 15th is approaching, so here�s my question�

Would you prefer that, come October 15th, I work on a Spooky Billet Email to hopefully be delivered well before October 31; or would you rather I began the next supplement to be completed at some later date?
[/quote]

Whichever is easier for you, Elliott. There are times I'm concerned that you're going to Switchcraft supplement yourself to death.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 23, 2007 07:01PM)
Well, it’s probably too late to do a decent job typing up the spooky billet stuff in time for the big day. I guess there’s always next October for that. On the plus side, I have been working on the next supplement and hope to make decent progress this weekend. It actually may be quite timely…almost perfect timing…but I won’t go into that just yet.
Message: Posted by: princehal (Oct 23, 2007 09:22PM)
I gotta say I like this book. A lot.

Add me as a fan, it is full of good advice, and very easy to read. I have been savoring it. I think it is the best money I have spent on anything I have bought for the stuff I am working on.

Rick
Message: Posted by: czero (Oct 24, 2007 05:53AM)
What Rick said.

I have never gotten SO MUCH for my money before. Elliott, you are The Man.

--Mike
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2007 06:59PM)
Thanks Rick and Mike,

By the way, I’m really looking forward to Phenomenon, which begins in 3 minutes. It’s looking like the next supplement will have a fairly indirect connection to the show.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Oct 27, 2007 09:36PM)
A paramount billet work! Thank you Elliott as your work spark my interest again and this time the study of billet work is actually fun and applicable to a wide range of mentalism effects.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 28, 2007 09:54PM)
Thank you evolve629!!!

Quick update: I’ve field tested the latest routine and am very happy with it. The core of the supplement is done. All I need to do is complete the “Thank You” section and edit the whole thing. I think it’s a safe bet to say it will be out within a week.
Message: Posted by: mindsynced (Nov 1, 2007 01:35PM)
I really enjoyed this work and have utilized some of the principles in random situations where I can use my business card to do something while giving it out at the conclusion. Works as a great advertisement. Can do this anywhere and anytime. Thanks for this helpful work!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 3, 2007 10:38PM)
Keith, thank you so much for your post.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 5, 2007 10:22PM)
A minor update...

I am experiencing technical difficulties which are making it difficult to update my google based web site. I have been working to resolve the problem and have enlisted some help. Once I can update my site, I will be in a position where I can release the new supplement.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2007 07:40PM)
The web site has been repaired. The supplement will go out to my mailing list either tonight or tomorrow night.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2007 09:37PM)
Check your email and bulk mail folders, folks.

I'll have fairly limited internet access tomorrow, but hopefully most of you got it OK.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site (and also Christopher Taylor's site) now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2

Lulu (as usual) had some difficulty with the upload and indicated that they will get back to me soon. In the meantime, the Lulu version does not include Q 4 U 2. However, in the interim, if a LULU customer responds to my automated email, I'll manually send it over.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2007 10:43PM)
Hmm. I mailed out so many free e-books that I reached google's sending limit. As a result, I am unable to send mail thru google for a limited amount of time...hopefully less than 24 hours. As such, I am temporarily unable to reply to the many emails I just received in my google account. Please don't think I am being rude by delaying my responses. I have no choice in the matter.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2007 10:49PM)
Well, as I can’t respond to my emails, I’ll hope most can see this thread.

Some of the emails (which I, unfortunately, can’t respond to at the moment) indicate that people did not get various prior supplements.

If you bought Switchcraft after a supplement was released, then the supplement came with your book…all in one giant pdf.

There are seven in total, and they are:

The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2

Hopefully, this helps some folks.

I’ll respond individually as soon as they let me send emails again.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Turk (Nov 6, 2007 11:00PM)
Elliott,

How many supplements will the manuscript ultimately have? Or, is this a work in progress and will be a never-ending projcect and labor of love?

Mike
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Nov 7, 2007 03:54PM)
Just got supplement #7 today. Keep'em coming.
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Nov 7, 2007 03:59PM)
Switchcraft is a fantastic work. Thank you Elliott for another excellent supplement - and the beauty of these supplements as well as what is in Switchcraft is that the ideas, routines and indeed switches can be adapted to suit your needs.

When reading the latest supplement, new ideas were already occuring.

If you do not yet have Switchcraft, it is something I - and so many others - heartily recommend.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 8, 2007 08:12PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-07 00:00, Turk wrote:
Elliott,

How many supplements will the manuscript ultimately have? Or, is this a work in progress and will be a never-ending projcect and labor of love?

Mike
[/quote]

Switchcraft is a complete work filled with a multitude of practical billet techniques, ideas and routines. People have publicly posted that it contains enough information for several books and that, by itself, it is very much under-priced. Before publication, I hired a professional editor to catch any typos. As such, I have not had to revise it much at all. It is not a work in progress.

Now, it just so happens, that I wrote seven additional booklets with even more practical techniques, routines and ideas. At the present, I am offering these booklets as a bonus to new Switchcraft purchasers and have also provided them, free of charge, as supplements, to everyone on my mailing list.

Of course, I make no promises that I will always offer eight books for less than the price of one. So, if you are on the fence, I recommend buying the books now, instead of waiting around for me to raise the price :)

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 8, 2007 08:14PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-07 16:54, Jerskin wrote:
Just got supplement #7 today. Keep'em coming.
[/quote]

Thanks Greg!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 8, 2007 08:15PM)
[quote]
On 2007-11-07 16:59, NeilS wrote:
Switchcraft is a fantastic work. Thank you Elliott for another excellent supplement - and the beauty of these supplements as well as what is in Switchcraft is that the ideas, routines and indeed switches can be adapted to suit your needs.

When reading the latest supplement, new ideas were already occuring.

If you do not yet have Switchcraft, it is something I - and so many others - heartily recommend.
[/quote]

Thanks so much, Neil. I’m really glad you enjoyed Q4U2, and that the books have jumpstarted your creativity. That was one of my top goals and I am always happy to read a post like yours.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Nov 12, 2007 01:27PM)
A pleasure Elliott, and rest assured my comments are shared by many. Who else can not be touched by a spark of creativity after discovering such useful and fooling sleights.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 15, 2007 10:47PM)
Thanks Neil.

I figured I’d place my thousandth post on this thread. I really need to stop posting, and write up some of the new stuff already :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 18, 2007 10:04AM)
So, I’ve officially begun (continued to an extent) work on the next supplement…the huge one that I referred to elsewhere. I think it will probably be completed at some point after April. Due to the scope of the project, I may also decide to release a few smaller supplements along the way.

I wouldn’t mind selling a few more e-books, so I’m considering taking out a small advertisement in the back of Genii or Magic. Of course, I’ll need to figure out how I’m going to submit the ad – it looks like I’ll need some sort of graphics program; and, more importantly, what the ad should say.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Nov 18, 2007 12:58PM)
Elliott: Be sure to include some of the quotes from here on the Café in the ad. Cheers.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Nov 18, 2007 01:04PM)
Man- you can NOT go wrong with an ad. I can't imagine it not doing well if you put in ad in one of those magazines. I wish you good luck but as your produt speaks for itself I know it'll do well. Keep us informesd.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 18, 2007 10:12PM)
Thanks Christopher and Nathan,

I’m thinking of a smallish ad to test the waters, so I probably won’t have many quotes in it. An eight of a page sounds good to me….just some text and my web site’s address, Now, I just have to figure out what to write.

I’m leaning towards, “Switchcraft - Billet Work Made Easy” or “Switchcraft-Learn Billet Work”

However, if anyone here thinks of a particularly catchy phrase for a Switchcraft ad, please let me know or just post it here.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: muse (Nov 19, 2007 11:20AM)
I got this, and it is really a wonderful piece of work. it's very direct and so clearly explained...if you don't have it and you're looking to find out more about billets, get it
Message: Posted by: muse (Nov 19, 2007 11:22AM)
And for the advert, for what it's worth I'd lean more towards the "billet work made easy" over the "learn billet work"
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 19, 2007 10:56PM)
Thanks muse!!!

Also, thanks to the fellow who PM'd me all that great advice, and my friend Shmuel, who is helping me design the ad.

I'm gonna go with Switchcraft - Billet Work Made Easy.

I think I may be able to fit in one testimonial that I think would look great in the ad. Just in case, I'll I contact the legendary mentalist who sent it to me, to make sure he is OK with it appearing in Genii too.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2007 10:39PM)
Hi folks,

Lulu has been giving me some trouble lately, and a few people emailed me that they could not successfully buy the book on Lulu.

After spending hours with Lulu support staff, the resolution was that the problems were caused by the fact that I had a password for editing the document and copy/pasting data. Apparently Lulu does not allow that, and my old document just slipped through the cracks.

Without going into detail, I am aware that material from my book was already rehashed several times in various formats. However, I feel that allowing copy/pasting makes life just a little too easy for potential plagiarists.

Therefore, until I decide otherwise, I removed my book from Lulu.

As of now, Switchcraft can only be purchased on my site:

http://ebswitch.googlepages.com/home

(and also Christoper Taylor’s web site)

Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: spinki (Nov 27, 2007 02:03PM)
I bought the book some days ago. To make it short- Its greate!-worth the price.
transparent, detailed , professional
thanks
Message: Posted by: mindsynced (Nov 27, 2007 02:34PM)
Elliot is the kind of fellow creator that is a credit to the art. Offering a quality product at a reasonable price and always willing to help his clients even more. That is the way to build a faithful following of clients. If you havn't purchased this work...stop reading any more posts and buy it now!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 28, 2007 08:02PM)
Thanks so much Keith and spinki.

I submitted the ad to Genii this morning…at the last possible minute.

I went without the testimonial for this one, as I have not yet heard back from the legend of mentalism who provided the original quote…he probably went on Thanksgiving vacation like many folks do.

I think the ad will run in the January issue. Woohoo!!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Nov 29, 2007 09:26AM)
Very exciting! I really hope the best for you!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 3, 2007 09:32PM)
Thanks Nathan.

With the advertisement on the way, I'm thinking of adding some non-lulu alternatives for people without paypal.

I searched the web and found something called "google checkout." Looking on their site, it seems they would just handle the transfer of funds, but not the distribution of the e-books. I guess manual distribution would be OK for the (hopefully) small handful of non-paypal orders...as long as they provide me with an email address to send the book to. Has anyone here tried Google Checkout?

Another site I found is called Clickbank. I haven't heard of them, though. Has anyone here tried Clickbank?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 4, 2007 10:36PM)
I'm sure most folks find this pretty boring, but I find it interesting.

After looking at the Payloadz site, it seems I will be able to hook Payloadz up to Google Checkout.

That theoretically means that Google Checkout orders would be automatically processed (just like the paypal orders,) instead of having people wait for me to manually send the books. I'll have to investigate this more over the weekend. Sounds promising.
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (Dec 5, 2007 02:21AM)
This book is a classic!

The price is absolutely OK! 10/10
And incredibly well written! 9,5/10
Also, the service is incredible! 10/10

I can recommend this book!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 5, 2007 09:02PM)
Thanks so much, Marc!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 8, 2007 11:41PM)
A quick note…

As requested, I just released an improved version with bookmarks to help people navigate the files.

Everyone on my mailing list should have just received the new file.

As usual, a few dozen emails bounced. If you did not get the mailing and really want those bookmarks, feel free to drop me an email.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Dec 9, 2007 03:06AM)
I've received my first Christmas' gift!!!

Thank you Elliott!!! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Pier
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 9, 2007 06:37AM)
Elliott,

Yes, it was like receiving an early Christmas gift. What a wonderful surprise!
What you've done with the bookmarks has really added to the value of this GRAND WORK. Thank you for your outstanding generosity and have a very Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year!
Message: Posted by: fishwasher (Dec 9, 2007 06:39AM)
I recently bought this after seeing all the great things said about it....and I agree with them it is great!


Thanks Elliot


:)
Message: Posted by: czero (Dec 9, 2007 09:31AM)
I swear, Elliot, you and your book are almost too good to be true. I've said it before, but I've never gotten so much for my money. Switchcraft is fantastic and your customer service is second to none. Thanks for this revision, and happy holidays to you and yours.

--Mike
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 9, 2007 03:22PM)
Thanks so much Pier, Nicholas, fishwasher, and Mike.

I hope you all enjoy the holidays and have a fantastic New Year!!

Incidentally, Google thinks I am a spammer again, so I am, once again, unable to respond to google emails for 24 hours. I used my Yahoo email for some urgent stuff, and will respond to the rest as soon as Google allows.


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mindsynced (Dec 9, 2007 03:54PM)
Got my update. Thanks Elliott...you are the man. After hiting the save button on my computer, I got the strong mental vision of new toner in my future. This one must be printed again since it now has the bookmarks and is a vital partner in my toolbox.

I sure wish every creater and dealer had the fairness and service of this fellow member.
Thanks again and Merry Christmas.
Keith
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 9, 2007 04:35PM)
Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, switchcraft is by far the best value for money purchase ever...

nothing else comes close...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 10, 2007 10:16PM)
Thank you so much Keith and Abraxus!!!


So, for unfathomable reasons, Payloadz began distributing a much older 271 page version of Switchcraft today. I sent emails to all very recent purchasers, including the proper 285 page PDF, where applicable. I also contacted Payloadz and they said it is an internal matter which they are working on. Hopefully they will resolve things soon, or have already done so. In the meantime, if you order the book overnight and get a 271 page document (missing Q4U2) instead of a 285 page document…have no fear. I will get the proper file to you via manual email at some point tomorrow. Hopefully, the first 271 pages will keep you busy until I get the rest to you :)


Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Dec 10, 2007 10:57PM)
Elliott

The only thing better than what you produce is how you conduct yourself.


Tony
Message: Posted by: mindsynced (Dec 10, 2007 11:17PM)
Amen.
Message: Posted by: JonWhite (Dec 11, 2007 10:23AM)
The original pdf and all the extra bonus supplements was always excellent.

To now unexpectedly receive the book compiled in it's entirety as one bookmarked volume is truly superb.

A real pleasure.

Many thanks yet again Elliot for all your hard work.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 16, 2007 07:49PM)
Thanks Tony, Keith and Jon!!!

Two other interesting developments…

1. The Genii Ad should be out any day now.

2. Another full review of Switchcraft hit the boards. Here's the link:

http://www.magicbunny.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=38048


Elliott
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Dec 24, 2007 04:35PM)
Elliott,

My wife was wondering what else she could get me for Christmas, and I told her about this ebook everybody was raving about. I've explored billets before and have read how if you are a mentalist you need to do billets. I've just read a few pages and am excited about the possibilities.

Thanks,

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 24, 2007 05:43PM)
Thanks so much Bobby!! Have a Merry Christmas!!



The ad in Genii came out very nicely. It's small, but I like it. It's on page 93.

I spent part of today working on the next supplement. I may even finish before things get busy for me in January. Only time will tell...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 26, 2007 07:03PM)
Yes, things are looking promising. The odds are very high that I will be able to send out the infamous "Zombie Chicken Read" prior to getting busy.
Message: Posted by: dunlop (Dec 27, 2007 06:24AM)
Thank you Elliott, you are the best!!!!!!!!!!


Nicolas.
Message: Posted by: Kurundur (Dec 27, 2007 09:25AM)
[quote]
On 2007-12-27 07:24, dunlop wrote:
Thank you Elliott, you are the best!!!!!!!!!!


Nicolas.
[/quote]

You are so right ;)
Thank you Elliott :)
Message: Posted by: princehal (Dec 27, 2007 11:32AM)
"Zombie Chicken Read"

I love the name!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 30, 2007 01:53PM)
Thanks Nicolas, Kurundur and princehal.

I've decided to add a little "Challenge Billet Work" to the supplement. It may take some extra time to write up. We'll see. I still plan to send it to my list in early January, though.
Message: Posted by: Erdnase27 (Dec 30, 2007 03:58PM)
Ok ive waited to buy it but then I did.
my rating: 10/10
why did I wait? I slam myself for my head now :D
Message: Posted by: teejay (Dec 30, 2007 05:49PM)
Can anybody tell me a product that is 10% as good as Switchcraft?
I'd love to buy it LOL
:)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 1, 2008 01:22PM)
Thanks Michiel and teejay!!

We are getting fairly close to lift off.

I included something called "Tiber Reborn" in the supplement.

Any day now...

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 2, 2008 07:45PM)
So, I'm finally editing the printed copy (as opposed to on-screen.)

There are way too many errors for this to go out tonight.

Unfortunately, I wrote chunks of this on very little sleep, and it shows.

Gotta do some serious editing.

It's either going out tomorrow night or at some point on the weekend.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 5, 2008 09:22PM)
Check your email and bulk mail folders, folks.

As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Hopefully most of you got it OK.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site (and also Christopher Taylor's site) now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Jan 5, 2008 09:38PM)
Elliott,

I was just referencing my copy of Switchcraft and put it down to check out the Café. Lo and behold I see your post tipping me off to a new supplement. It's Christmas all over again. Thanks so much.

I have to go now to see what's new. Thanks for your generosity.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: andykean (Jan 6, 2008 02:20AM)
Thanks for the latest supplement Elliot
this is best value magic book in twenty years
Message: Posted by: fishwasher (Jan 6, 2008 04:06AM)
Thanks for the supplement Elliot, I have just finished reading it.....very nice :)
Message: Posted by: Subgenial (Jan 6, 2008 05:16AM)
The gift that keeps giving.
No hype, no Hectoring, just solid product. Get it if you havn't.
Message: Posted by: Esjay Dee (Jan 6, 2008 07:06AM)
Yes, unbelievable generosity. I've never come across anything like it.
Top Quality work, thanks Elliot,
rock on.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jan 6, 2008 07:06AM)
..agreed, and to be honest, should be bought along side 13 steps and PME without any second thoughts at all...i would say its a modern-day classic...exceptional value for money...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 6, 2008 02:28PM)
Thanks Bobby, Andy, fishwasher, Subgenial, Esjay Dee, and abraxus!!

I really appreciate your posts.

I am, once again, temporarily blocked from answering my google emails. It's a 24 hour thing, so it should end soon.

One thing mentioned in some of the emails is that a few people are having difficulty opening the file. Due to the video in one of the supplements, you will need Acrobat six or later to open the PDF. If you have Acrobat five or earlier, the file will not open. Acrobat Reader is free, so I am hoping this won’t cause folks much trouble.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: CAROLINI (Jan 12, 2008 01:18PM)
Honestly don't know if I ever posted before re: Switchcraft, but having just finished reading it along with supplements I can only say thank you for a monumental production. It is in a class by itself. Congratulations, and what"s next? Just kidding!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 13, 2008 09:48AM)
Carolini, thank you so much for the feedback. I really appreciate it. Most people just send emails. It’s incredibly gratifying to receive several hundred glowing emails each time I release a supplement. However, I really owe a debt of gratitude to the people, such as you, who post on the boards. The board posts (especially as the search engine seems to be down) let interested people know that the book exists. I have already sold one copy since you posted :)

What’s next?

I have a bunch of unfinished billet manuscripts waiting on my hard drive. They are in rough format and need a lot of work to become publishable. Once April comes around, I will need to decide which ones get the full treatment.

I also have some contributed billet work from top mentalists. Some of these items are already in great shape and are just waiting for me to properly field test. I like to test-perform all contributed materials, as that way I know for certain that the moves/routines are practical and can be performed as written. My litmus test is that if I (being someone who is pretty bad at sleight of hand) can do it, almost anyone can.

Thanks again,

Elliott


Edit – I forgot to mention that I was invited by one of the legends in our field to participate in an exciting project. I am not sure of the extent of my involvement, but my work on the project should begin in late April.
Message: Posted by: AlexSem (Jan 13, 2008 11:08AM)
Elliott you truly are a gift to the community :) I liiike!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 13, 2008 02:39PM)
Thanks Alex.

Y'know right now, just out of the blue, I came up with a new easy way to read what someone wrote on a billet. When will it ever end?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 13, 2008 05:21PM)
Tested it out a few times and it works like a charm. Some more testing is in order, but I'm really tempted to place this in the first post April supplement. We'll see.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 13, 2008 05:37PM)
Yikes! While typing up some very rough notes, I came up with an even better Read. Gotta stop thinking so much. Maybe I’ll watch some more Battlestar Galactica, instead.
Message: Posted by: Lemniscate (Jan 14, 2008 06:59PM)
Yeah, that or... YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH US IMMEDIATELY.

Here is my big criticism of Switchcraft: It always leaves us wanting more. Not because there isn't enough good stuff but because there always seems to be MORE.
Message: Posted by: dylan magic (Jan 15, 2008 03:25AM)
This is by far the best value for money purchase I have ever had!!!!.
the newest supplement, zombie chicken read is worth the money alone, let alone the massive depth and knowledge shown in the switchcraft project so far.
so many ebooks have left me disappointed in their content or quality of material.
so called pro's could really learn a lot from switchcraft, when considering releasing ebooks.
usable, real world and well thought out.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.

enough ass kissing now, just buy it!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 15, 2008 10:04PM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-14 19:59, Lemniscate wrote:
Yeah, that or... YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH US IMMEDIATELY.
[/quote]

:)
Time's a bit tight for me these days. Things should definitely free up by mid-April. But you never know, I may catch a break somewhere along the way. However, it's not just about typing things up. Each supplement is immediately distributed to hundreds of professional, so there's no “taking things back.” Therefore, I spend a lot of time self-editing and making sure things flow and come together.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 15, 2008 10:05PM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-15 04:25, dylan magic wrote:
This is by far the best value for money purchase I have ever had!!!!.
the newest supplement, zombie chicken read is worth the money alone, let alone the massive depth and knowledge shown in the switchcraft project so far.
so many ebooks have left me disappointed in their content or quality of material.
so called pro's could really learn a lot from switchcraft, when considering releasing ebooks.
usable, real world and well thought out.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.

enough ass kissing now, just buy it!
[/quote]

Thank you so much!!

EB
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jan 15, 2008 11:34PM)
It's handy being a mind-reader. Through a combination of remote viewing and sponge bunnies, I've obtained a fairly clear readout of Elliott's method for what we'll call

THE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA BILLET PEEK

First, remove a pack of 5x8 index cards from your upper north pocket. Remove the rubber bands (at least two but no more than seventeen) from the cards and offer the stack to the person whose mind you will be reading (hereafter referred to as the PWMYWBR). Ask them to write (not print) the name of someone who is here, but is not close to them. Then have them fold the billet per its pre-folded folds which you pre-foldedly folded -- uh, previously foldered -- uh, fol-- ahem!

HERE IS THE SECRET!

You have previously folded this top index card, using your incredible orgami skills, into a bust shape of Lorne Greene. This leaves a gap behind Lorne's left eye, which you'll be using in a moment.

Have them put the folded billet on the table. (You did remember to bring a table, didn't you?) Pick up two of the rubber bands. Begin a spectacular presentation of the Crazy Man's Handcuffs, never mind what they might think of a mind reader who is now playing with rubber bands. While they are being stupified by the sight of rubber bands passing through each other, then passing through each other again, and again and again and again, you slip one of your shoes off. (It depends on whether you are right-footed or left-footed.)

THE MISDIRECTION IS HEAVY HERE, and you should have no problem with the following.

You have previously cut a hole in your sock, just large enough for your two largest toes to grasp the billet and unfold the left eyelid. Because of the heavy misdirection, you have all the time in the world to read this message, lower the eyelid, and place it back on the table.

Remember, presentation is 90% of this peek.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 16, 2008 08:23PM)
That's actually a pretty accurate write-up of the technique.

However, it is important to note that the bust is of Edward James Olmos, and not Lorne Green.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jan 16, 2008 09:06PM)
Well, I was Olmos correct.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 17, 2008 07:33PM)
Why didn't I see that coming? :)
Message: Posted by: geedubya (Jan 17, 2008 08:28PM)
Elliott,

Greg Arce was right, this is obviously a work of love! Lots of detail in the explanations and the production quality is top notch. It's easy to tell that you have a deep passion for your topic and that you have spent much time on the topic as well as the manuscript.

Thanks for sharing! Great stuff!

Gary
p.s. I'll say this, now that I have my copy. You should charge at least twice what you're charging now!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 19, 2008 06:17PM)
Thank you so much, Gary!!!!

Many people bring up the price in emails, posts etc.

I can’t guarantee that the price will always stay $19.95, but, for now, I am leaving it alone.

I think $19.95 is a respectable price; not too high or too low.

I priced the book by looking at the prices being charged for large works by Annemann, Baker, Cassidy, Richardson, Maven etc.

I lowered the price a bit because I am selling an ebook, and I am not a big name.

Then I raised it back up a bit as I am selling a specialty product with state of the art methods that will be very valuable to someone looking to study billet work.

The final price may be a drop on the low side, but I like to leave purchasers with the sense that they got more than their money’s worth for the information received.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Esjay Dee (Jan 19, 2008 06:22PM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-19 19:17, ElliottB wrote:
I am not a big name.
Elliott
[/quote]

I wouldn't be too sure about that. You are certainly making a name for your self, in more ways than one.

SJD
Message: Posted by: ashah (Jan 19, 2008 11:40PM)
Well, I haven't bought Switchcraft yet, but it's at the top of my list. I have a bunch of other things to keep my occupied for now, and I'll surely pick up Switchcraft when I'm ready for it.

That said... Elliott, if you ever do decide to raise the price or stop including the supplements, please announce it in advance! I'm sure you'll get a bunch of buyers like myself who want this gem of an e-book at such a great price.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 21, 2008 11:35PM)
Thanks SJD!!

ashah, have no fear. I don't think I'll be doing much with the book until mid-April, so the price is pretty safe until then. I'm not making any guarantees about the price, but I think you should be OK.
Message: Posted by: dunlop (Jan 22, 2008 07:22AM)
Elliott, just had to thank you again!
everytime I get an update in my mail, I just can't believe it!

Thanks!!!

Nicolas.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Jan 22, 2008 07:01PM)
I'm late to this - just finally ordered this as I'm stocking up on Billet techniques...

HOLY FRIGGIN' GENIUS!!!!

And for only $20!??????!?!

Elliot - this is worth WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY more...

Ok its already been said but I'll say it again:

Great production values!

Great clear photos!

Great Switch!!!!

Plus 8 extra books?????


Kudos... 5 Elder Signs!!!
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jan 22, 2008 07:19PM)
Elliott, don't worry... you've already put your name into the league of mentalists. Your tome has made the rounds and everyone is very pleased with it. The fact that you keep adding to it and perfecting it shows how much dedication you have to this field. You're way ahead of the game.

As many have said, you should charge much more for this much material. At least maybe a few bucks per update or supplement because they are well worth it.

And as I've told you before, any time you want to send something for me to test or play with, I'll be more than happy to help in any way.

You've given us a very big gift and now we should all return the favor.

Greg
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jan 23, 2008 02:34PM)
Can anyone point out a summary of the different suppliments that Elliot has provided?
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Jan 23, 2008 04:25PM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-23 15:34, HypnotizeAmerica wrote:
Can anyone point out a summary of the different suppliments that Elliot has provided?
[/quote]
Switchcraft... the beginning
...supplements:
- The Billet Machine
- Billet Proof
- Silver Billet
- Back from the Dead
- Stack Master
- CT's Switch
- Q 4 U 2
- The Zombie Chicken Read

Best,
Pier
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 23, 2008 08:50PM)
Pier,

Thank you for posting the book list for me.

HypnotizeAmerica,

It wasn’t clear if you are missing anything. A lot of emails bounced back, so it’s possible. Please feel free to contact me if you need anything sent your way. I have found that download links, as opposed to actual files, have a great success rate in getting through.

[quote]
On 2008-01-22 20:01, Dr Spektor wrote:
I'm late to this - just finally ordered this as I'm stocking up on Billet techniques...

[b]Holy Friggin' genius!!![/b]

And for only $20!??????!?!

Elliot - this is worth [b]wayyy[/b] more...


Ok its already been said but I'll say it again:

Great production values!

Great clear photos!

Great Switch!!!!

Plus 8 extra books?????

Kudos... 5 Elder Signs!!!
[/quote]
Thank you so much, Dr. Spektor!!

I really appreciate your kind comments.


[quote]
On 2008-01-22 08:22, dunlop wrote:
Elliott, just had to thank you again!
everytime I get an update in my mail, I just can't believe it!

Thanks!!!

Nicolas.
[/quote]
You're very welcome Nicolas!! Thank you so much for your post.

[quote]
On 2008-01-22 20:19, Greg Arce wrote:
Elliott, don't worry... you've already put your name into the league of mentalists. Your tome has made the rounds and everyone is very pleased with it. The fact that you keep adding to it and perfecting it shows how much dedication you have to this field. You're way ahead of the game.

As many have said, you should charge much more for this much material. At least maybe a few bucks per update or supplement because they are well worth it.

And as I've told you before, any time you want to send something for me to test or play with, I'll be more than happy to help in any way.

You've given us a very big gift and now we should all return the favor.

Greg
[/quote]
Thank you, Greg!!!

Also, thanks for your offer to provide more help with the project!! I’ll have to take you up on that. :)


Elliott Bresler
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jan 23, 2008 09:30PM)
Guys what I meant was an explanation of what the different supplements are - are they switches or acts, or effects, or what?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 23, 2008 09:45PM)
Oh. Each one is different.

At this point, they are not sold separately, so I'll just describe them all together.

The 8 published supplements include new switches, deceptive approaches to classic switches, new "read" techniques, new approaches to classic "read" techniques, new billet routines, re-worked classic billet routines and a funny billet gag.

Hope that helps.


I should have also mentioned that, in addition to text and photos, there is a short video contributed by the very generous Christopher Taylor.


I just ordered another advertisement; this time with Magic Magazine.

The ad will run in the April 2008 issue, which will be available in March 2008.

I'm using the same ad I ran in Genii, and am very curious about how the results of the Magic ad will compare to those generated by the Genii ad.

Only time will tell…


Place your bets!!


Hmm. The latest project I’ve been involved with is moving quite slowly. My end of things seems to be on hold…for now.

It looks like I’ll have some free time on Memorial Day weekend, so I’m considering picking up one of the supplements I started in the fall.

It’s inspired by those Milbourne Christopher “Tips on Tricks” booklets, only this one will be entirely devoted to billet secrets and subtleties.

Of course, I’m only including stuff not covered (or just glanced over) in the series so far. That’s the tough part.

So far, I have about 20 such items in my very rough draft.

Some are ingenious, but little known. Some are helpful and moderately well known; just not covered yet. Others may get cut from the final draft.

But I’m looking for more.

If you have a particularly cool billet tip for the supplement, please feel free to send it my way. If the tip is old, please try to provide the best credits you can.

Of course, I can’t guarantee that any particular item will make the final cut. Also, the publication date for the supplement really depends on whether or not I can complete it before my other project picks up again. Certainly, it will go out at some point, though.

Thanks,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: marky707 (May 23, 2008 01:48AM)
I got to say one thing... I bought the switch craft e-book from him a long time ago... and it has got to be one of the best investments I bought. I am constantly getting updates... it is like the gift that keeps on giving.

Keep up the good work Elliot.

Mark
Message: Posted by: ipe (May 23, 2008 02:51AM)
[quote]it has got to be one of the best investments I bought[/quote]

I agree, one of the best! Thanks Elliott :)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 23, 2008 04:19PM)
Thanks Mark and ipe!!

I just got an email that I MAY have some work for the other project on Memorial Day weekend. It’s looking like a 50/50 chance.

IF the project work comes in, then the supplement will get postponed a bit.

Of course, that translates to a possible extension of time for people to submit more billet secrets. A bigger book will mean a better book, so keep ‘em coming.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: lejon (May 23, 2008 05:36PM)
Exactly, one of the best ivestments.

that's why it hurts when I see ebooks going for 35 dolars with 1 routine in it.

Thanks a LOT Elliott.

Lejon
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 25, 2008 10:58PM)
Thanks Lejon!!!

I made some decent progress on the next supplement today.

I’m still hoping to get some more contributions from the folks at the Café, though.

I think the Christopher book had 100 tips, and I only have twenty something so far.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (May 25, 2008 10:59PM)
Elliott

It's difficult to come up with something that you have not already covered. ;)

Tony
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 26, 2008 10:10AM)
Yeah. That’s the tough part. I’ve covered many of the great billet ideas in the supplements so far. However, there are a lot of great ideas left. Annemann, in particular, has tons of them buried in his routines. So far, between Annemann, Baker and a few others, I’ve mined a little over 20 such ideas, but I want a lot more.

I’m thinking of calling the supplement “Secrets of the Masters.”

I’ll post something in “Inner thoughts” to give people an idea of what I’m talking about.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: NeilS (May 26, 2008 02:47PM)
For anyone who has stumbled across this thread and intrigued by Switchcraft, I just say GET IT.

It is a fantastic resource and the whole magic community owes a great deal to Elliott for this great work.
Message: Posted by: Allan Kardek (May 26, 2008 03:26PM)
I know it's probably been said before, but Elliott's customer support is immaculate! I'd just PM'd Elliott after I noticed I was missing a few of the supplements and withing a half an hour he emails a link to grab it.! Amazing!

After the countless dollars spending on crappy and so-so ebooks, Switchcraft and Safwan Papers are the best I've ever paid for!
Message: Posted by: marky707 (May 26, 2008 03:58PM)
I agree with NeilS you will love this work and all the supplements that come with it... so worth the money :)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 26, 2008 10:58PM)
Thanks Neil, tardoid7 and marky707!! I really appreciate your kind comments.

As far as the supplement is concerned, I made some great progress this weekend. There’s still a long way to go, which may be a good thing as it will allow me to receive additional contributions of “billet secrets.”

I keep on reading happy comments for The Safwan Papers.
Right now, I have five items on my immediate to-buy-list: The Safwan Papers, Mind Index, an ebook by entity (gotta remember the name,) the John Riggs DVD with that Mucking Peek, and the new Hilford booklet. From the comments I keep reading, it looks like The Safwan Papers will probably be the first of those purchases.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (May 26, 2008 11:11PM)
Elliott:

I'm still waiting on the Docc Hilford book, so no comment there.
John's DVD should have been subtitled, "The Bold and the Beautiful" A fantastic collection.
Mind Index is excellent. But what would you expect from the collective minds of Dr. Bill and Millard Longman?
Safwan Papers is fantastic. I can understand why you want that first. ;)
I don't know anything about the other item.

Tony
Message: Posted by: ipe (May 27, 2008 06:29AM)
[quote]
On 2008-05-26 23:58, ElliottB wrote:
an ebook by entity (gotta remember the name,)[/quote]

Any info about this ebook?
Message: Posted by: CENDRE (May 27, 2008 08:42AM)
OK, in one month I bought 2 ebooks, and how lucky I am, two wonderful ones !
- Safwan Papers
- Switchcraft

I wont talk about what you will find in theses books : it is very clearly described in their reviews. So it's a "generally speaking" comment I will do .

As I said : in one month I bought 2 ebooks, and to wonderful ones.
- Safwan Papers
- Switchcraft

I just insist on this point because I was, as many of us, often disappointed by tricks that create a big buzz and that don't worth half the price you put in.
I fact, an effect that you can't use doesn't worth anything... at all.
And even if I like to buid my own material, as many of us, I like to know if I can find something useful among the plethoric creation in magical field these past years. And IMHO there's a lot of crap, maybe it's hard but I think it's true.

But these 2 ebooks... they offer real life tools.

Can I say that I could have paid more for these books ?
If I knew what value I have found in them : yes, I could have paid much more.
But I didn't know if they really worth it. So I wouldn't have paid $50 for them.

But at $20... what can I say ?... I paid to know, so the price is good.

And I can only give my simple and direct opinion: they both well worth their price !
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 27, 2008 06:56PM)
Thank you so much, CENDRE!!!

A package arrived in the mail today concerning my top-secret collaborative project. Things are gonna get really busy for me…but GOOD busy!! :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: John Nesbit (May 27, 2008 07:47PM)
Watching and waiting.

Switchcraft is a real treasure.
Message: Posted by: Aubrey de Wet (Aug 22, 2008 04:28AM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-23 22:30, HypnotizeAmerica wrote:
Guys what I meant was an explanation of what the different supplements are - are they switches or acts, or effects, or what?
[/quote]

There is a description of the book and the supplements on this page.

http://online13steps.blogspot.com/2008/08/6-billets.html
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 24, 2008 01:03PM)
Thank you John (somewhat belated :) ) and Aubrey!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: OTTOEMEZZO (Aug 24, 2008 04:28PM)
Does anyone know if this will ever be available as a hard copy?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 24, 2008 05:31PM)
That’s a good question.

I plan to eventually release a hard copy, but not until I have released all the supplements in the queue.

I’ve been working on another project lately, which has indirectly kept me from working on supplements in-progress.

That, of course, further delays work on the eventual hard-copy. Unfortunately, I don’t expect to have a hard-copy available within the next 12 months.

Sorry about the delay,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Aug 25, 2008 01:21AM)
My Lexmark printer and Avery binder says Switchcraft is already available in hard copy.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Nov 6, 2008 07:18PM)
"Switchcraft" is a splendid eBook. I fell in love with it when I first opened it up (with Adobe). It has over 300 pages. I really like the true photos that are shown. That is a eBook you can't go wrong with.

Mentalist have falling in love with "Switchcraft" the same way Magicians have falling in love with "Switch." It does not show only 5 or 6 billets, it shows tremendously more.

When you see the price, don't let it fool you. You will see how that eBook got it's name when looking at the index.

I usually stay a lot on the Café helping others this time of night so I can see more smiles on members faces. But please forgive me but I will have to leave and study "Switchcraft." I'm so sorry.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2008 07:55PM)
Thank you so much Dynamike and Chet!!

A quick update on the supplements and other projects…

The “Secrets of the Masters” supplement is still in progress. I can’t believe it has been over a year since I started it last fall. It’s getting really big and I think it will be worth the wait. In a worst case scenario, I may split it up into several pieces.

A mentalist, author and fellow Café Member (all one great guy) sent me a brief description of his clever approach to billet reading. He generously offered to write it up as a contribution to Switchcraft. If all goes well, it will be the next supplement.

The other joint project is also still in progress. I keep on rotating between working on it and “Secrets of the Masters.”

Elliott Bresler
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Nov 6, 2008 08:22PM)
Elliott, at the risk of getting flamed by everyone on The Café, have you considered charging a small something for these supplements?
Even someone like me with my major leftist, socialist leanings is starting to get a little uncomfortable with these freebies. I never expected you to do this. I'm of course very grateful but it feels unfair.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2008 09:01PM)
Thanks Dan, I enjoy putting the material out.

A lot of people have recommended raising the price, charging extra for the supplements, etc.

While, I have no plans to do so at the moment (maybe I shouldn’t write that,) it does say on the web site that the price and free e-book offers are subject to change at my discretion…

So order your copy today!! :) :)
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 6, 2008 09:08PM)
Dan:

I agree with you 100% he is giving his life away for pennies instead of dollars. It is his choice but heck even if he just charged $1 per update (almost everyone would pay that for sure) he could make some money for his time instead of giving it away for free.

His choice. Flame away if you must.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2008 10:53PM)
This is starting to sound like that Sanctum thread :)

Pricing is my call. That said, feel free to send me as much as you like. I’ve never been one to turn down cold hard cash. A couple million would be really nice.
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 6, 2008 10:59PM)
I know pricing is your choice Elliott, that is why I said it was your choice. Course if my friends saw me doing something stupid like throwing money in a toilet and flushing it or working at a job for no pay then I'd hope they would say something.

Enjoy the praise and best of luck.

Tim

PS: I haven't been to the Sanctum in over a year, hell up until a week ago I forgot about this place again. But I got what I needed so off to the abyss for a while again shortly.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 6, 2008 11:24PM)
I was referring to the 7/26/07 Sanctum thread you started, titled “Why do we cheat ourselves?”, on this very subject.

I would not jump to assume that I am "doing something stupid."

I am building customer satisfaction and continuously adding content and value to the book.

I have no particular interest in making a couple hundred dollars selling little e-books for a few weeks at a time.

Ultimately, I plan to have a comprehensive product that people will still buy and read five years from now.

That’s not “stupid.” It’s long term planning.
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 6, 2008 11:52PM)
Actually E this thread isn't like that one - cause I didn't start it. Your customers are telling you to charge more and let them pay for updates, not me.

Look at Richard Osterlind. He charges for every update/addition of his product. No one thinks less of him for it. Hell I just dropped some serious money on his DVD series - all of them. And if I like them I bet I pony up for some of his ebooks, and if I like those then I'll buy more of his stuff. It is called a business backend and is where the real money is made in business.

He isn't giving it away, and you shouldn't either. You want to add stuff on, fine do it but get paid for your work.

Once you get the $20 then from that moment on you're working for free for the rest of the time in the relationship until you produce a new product to sell to them for more money.

Think about how many updates you've done on the book 5,10,20? Now figure out how many people have bought the book to date. Now set a price - say a buck per person who has bought the book and per update. There is the amount of money you have left on the table THAT OTHERS WOULD OF BEEN MORE THAN HAPPY TO PAY FOR. They all say you should charge more and charge for the update, not me.

Now I don't know if you're married or not but I know that if I take time away from my family money is involved. I don't do free shows and I don't sell my time with my family at a discount.

It's like going to McDonalds. They'll let you supersize your meal but it isn't free, everything extra cost. People expect it and don't have a problem paying for it.

I'm not going to convince you of this and that is your call. In fact I might have a better chance of getting the blind to see but I hope I can help someone else who is thinking of giving away their time and talent away for far too little or worse free.

Remember your worth.

Seriously E, best of luck. And good memory on the other thread, I had totally forgotten about that place and the thread. I wish you nothing but the best and I hope one day in your oceans of millions you can call me up from your yacht and tell me I was wrong.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Nov 7, 2008 12:15AM)
Can I take back my post?
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 7, 2008 12:18AM)
No Dan you can't this is all your fault ;-)
Message: Posted by: Jon Hackett (Nov 7, 2008 06:36AM)
Really, a simple gesture turning into someone lecturing a class act on how to run their own finances. And please, don't respond to this because I have no interest in arguing.

Elliott, the only work that is on the same standard of your in terms of an ebook in my opinion is the workers series, you are entirely right, I would be the FIRST to buy any of your future products.

There aren't enough gems in this ludicrously large magic world anymore, but Elliott is one of them.

Jon Hackett
Message: Posted by: muse (Nov 7, 2008 04:48PM)
Elliott determines the price, but we determine the value. Sometimes doing something just for the sheer professional pride in doing it is enough. Lucky us.
Message: Posted by: drswoboda (Nov 7, 2008 07:09PM)
I just purchased this eBook. It is a tremendous value and the author should pat himself on the back for a job well done.

-David
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Nov 7, 2008 08:54PM)
ElliottB - I just purchased SwitchCraft after reading all of this thread. I am looking forward to diving in head first. This is new ground for me and I beleive that your book is going to provide a most excellent road map.

Thank you for all that you have done here.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 8, 2008 06:47PM)
Dan, I wouldn’t want you to take back the post. It initiated a discussion, which kept this thread visible and helped me sell a few books. That is definitely a good thing.

David and Aaron, thank you again for purchasing Switchcraft and also for your kind posts. I very much appreciate it.

Jon and Muse, thank you very much. I appreciate both your kind words and support for my position that pricing is ultimately my decision.

HypnotizeAmerica, while I appreciate the economic advice, I will “stick to my guns” regarding my strategy for the supplements.

Thanks again.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 13, 2008 10:55PM)
I received a major contribution for “Secrets of the Masters” today from one of the top magicians around. Sweet!!
Message: Posted by: Jon Hackett (Nov 14, 2008 06:31AM)
Wow! Theres more material forth-coming, this is one of the best collections of mentalism - period.

Jon Hackett
Message: Posted by: Garrad (Nov 14, 2008 07:06AM)
[quote]
On 2008-11-14 07:31, Jon Hackett wrote:
Wow! Theres more material forth-coming, this is one of the best collections of mentalism - period.

Jon Hackett
[/quote]

I agree whole heartedly and don't even talk about value for money.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Nov 14, 2008 08:31PM)
I thought I had enough work on billets, but this topic is so positive about switchcraft AND Elliott I will order immediately and hope to become one of the satisfied customers that will buy whit thrust from him in the future too…
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Nov 14, 2008 08:54PM)
I´m glad I did…

:)
Message: Posted by: Magicsquared (Nov 14, 2008 09:54PM)
The book is an astonishingly good value. I agree he could charge a small fee for the supplements if he wanted. But the fact is every time he releases one this thread gets bumped and he presumably sells more copies of the full manuscript, so it's not exactly unsound business sense.
Message: Posted by: Lemniscate (Nov 15, 2008 02:19AM)
Magicsquared nailed this on the head
Message: Posted by: bob tripp (Nov 15, 2008 05:17AM)
A superlative powerful enough to describe the value of this offering is not available to me at this time,and may never be. I do wish it had a much higher price tag. Say, done on DVD at maybe $150.00 a whack. Although, I must say I do like it in printed form so I can study each illustration for as long as I like. BT
Message: Posted by: Mindtrap (Nov 15, 2008 12:16PM)
I think we've gotten so used to being ripped off and overcharged for plenty of stuff in this market, that we can't believe some people are still simply offering great products, at great prices. Could you rip us off a bit more please, that's what I'm used to now? More truthfully, the world of thrills in having highly-priced top-secrety stuff....mmm. Obviously, not so high that [i]I[/i] can't have it though, just not those Other riff-raff.

Of course "free" extras do build their own commercial value and customer appreciation which pays off in the long term (Cialdini again), even more so as having such a fine work with such fine supporting material in the first place. And who can price the professional satisfaction in having and developing a lasting work of lasting value that is out there, getting used by the community and firing-off even more ideas in the process (for the author, as well as us)? When the bills are paid, that's still what it's all about right? The love of it? In other words, enjoy this great product, support Elliot and [i]buy this[/i] if this is your area, but, without better info to the contrary, don't worry about dictating choices for someone else or assume this isn't selling like hot-cakes to happy cold campers.

An extra randomish thought - with Stephen King novels and itunes albums being counter-intuitively released for free, as donation-based buys, I wonder how commercially successful free/low charge items with donation buttons would be here and who would be brave enough to go there?

MT.
Message: Posted by: green4magic (Nov 15, 2008 05:13PM)
Elliott's SWITCHCRAFT is THE best value in Mentalism, period.

I have gotten more use out of what is offered here than in publications I've spent hundred's of dollars on.

If you want to make a living doing billet work - this is the Bible of Billets.

Elliott - perhaps a new title for the tome?
Message: Posted by: Darren Kidby (Nov 16, 2008 04:12AM)
Just wanted to say thanks Elliot,
This have really opened my mind.

Darren...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 16, 2008 09:38PM)
Thank you Jon, Garrad, Dr. Eamon, Magicsquared, Lemniscate, Bob, Mindtrap, green4magic and Darren. I really appreciate your posts.

Mindtrap, there was a book in 2006 called ZANDLAND that used the “pay what you think it is worth” approach. I remember the author mentioning he was disappointed in the number of downloads with no payment. Of course, as they say, “results may vary,” depending on timing, material, marketing etc.

green4magic, for two reasons, I sometimes consider renaming the book. However, at this point, I think it would just cause too much confusion. My favorite title from the series is “The Zombie Chicken Read.” It just has a good ring to it.

Magicsquared and Lemniscate, often your assessment is right on target. Bump

Elliott
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Nov 17, 2008 03:40AM)
I thought Allen Zingg's "Master Billet Course" was the definitive word in billet work. Until I read Elliott's manuscripts. If Zingg's is the "Master Class", Elliott's is the PhD program.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 17, 2008 06:20PM)
Thanks Gabelson!! Allen's Master Billet Course is a great, great product. I highly recommend the set.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Nov 17, 2008 09:25PM)
The problem with Zingg's Master Billet Course, is that it's hard to highlight and underline the good parts.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 17, 2008 10:36PM)
Very true :) . I guess there are pros and cons to video. If you prefer the printed format, Allen has also published “Billets Naturally,” another really great billet product. I actually like the “Billets Naturally" version of "Drive-In Movie," better than the one on the DVD.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 21, 2008 03:12PM)
[quote]
On 2008-11-06 20:55, ElliottB wrote:

A mentalist, author and fellow Café Member (all one great guy) sent me a brief description of his clever approach to billet reading. He generously offered to write it up as a contribution to Switchcraft. If all goes well, it will be the next supplement.

[/quote]

The above mentioned contribution was just received.

It is “Tel.” by the brilliant Alexander Marsh.

You can see more of Alexander’s work here:

http://alexandermarsh.psychomagic.co.uk

Stay tuned…
Message: Posted by: Charlie Justice (Nov 24, 2008 10:36AM)
I cannot possibly contribute more than what has already been mentioned of this superb work (in progress, no less) other than to place 3 great big exclamation marks behind each positive review.

Elliot, I am so very thankful to have finally purchased SWITCHCRAFT. It is exactly what I needed & wanted and so much more. Your crisp writing style and wonderful layout decorate the content and thus made it an absolute pleasure to read, re-read and refer back to again and again.

SWITCHCRAFT is by far the very best purchase I have made in a very long time and no doubt for a long time to come. Congratulations sir, I truly look forward to more. Thank you for the time you took in order to make my magic so much better.

peace, charlie
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 25, 2008 07:09PM)
Wow! Thank you so much, Charlie!!

That quote would look great on my web page. Can I put it on my site?

Elliott

PS. I plan to send out Alexander’s “Tel.” billet routine shortly before December 8th.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 1, 2008 06:32PM)
The launch date has been finalized. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it should go out to my mailing list on Sunday December 7th.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 1, 2008 10:30PM)
I started putting together a last minute bonus. I don’t think it will adversely affect the delivery date. Either way, the supplement will include the best mentalism genre drawing ever!!! You’ll see…
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Dec 1, 2008 11:17PM)
You Sir are an Awesome individual.
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Dec 2, 2008 06:20AM)
I also was one of the first to buy this book!
And is abslutely A MUST HAVE!!
There is EVERYTHING !! If you have this, you don't nedd to purchase anything else about the Billet Switch.
Thanks again Elliot!
Luca Volpe
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 2, 2008 10:31PM)
Thank you so much, Aaron and Luca. I really appreciate it.

I just completed putting the finishing touches on this one, including the last minute bonus. I still want to give it one more “look over,” but there is plenty of time before the Sunday mailing.

Thank you again to Alexander Marsh for contributing "Tel."

(by the way, Alexander has a new book coming out very soon called "Triptych")

Elliott
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Dec 2, 2008 11:05PM)
I just discovered this thread. I normally hate discovering a thread like this because I find myself compelled to purchase what everyone is raving about and generally there goes another $100 or more. What a pleasant suprise to find such a wealth of information on billet switches for such a reasonable price!

After ordering your pdf and downloading it, I must say this looks to be the best $20 I've spent in months!

Let me add my thanks to you along with everyone elses for your wonderful contribution.

Mike
Message: Posted by: lejon (Dec 3, 2008 03:27AM)
This is simply put, the best purchase one can make.

nothing to add to that.

quality... check
quantity.... check
price...check
customer service... check
reliability... check

it should be on any beginner's book list.
Message: Posted by: drswoboda (Dec 3, 2008 02:44PM)
Wow, more material soon! I'm stilling working on the 300+ pages already in the package... Thanks.

-David
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 4, 2008 08:09PM)
Thank you very much, Mike, lejon and David.

I finished work on the new supplement, converted it to a PDF, added it to the main Switchcraft file, and updated the bookmarks. I am very pleased with the final product. It will go out to the mailing list on Sunday.

After that’s done, I will update the file offered for sale on my web-site.

Elliott

PS. If someone buys the book (I can always hope) between now (Dec. 4 2008) and Sunday (December 8) he or she will also receive the revised version on December 8th. Normally, due to the bouncing of emails etc., I refrain from making such commitments. However, as the timeframe is so limited, I will do so in this case.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 6, 2008 08:46PM)
Okay. It’s about 10:00 in NYC, but I figure it must be after 12:00 (and thus December 7th) in large portions of the world.

I just updated my web-site and downloadable file. I will now begin the process of mailing the 9th supplement out.

I’ll let you guys know as soon as they all go out…
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Dec 6, 2008 10:16PM)
Awesome! It is not even Sunday yet and I already have it. I have not had a chance to read over the update but I did look over it and was rather excited to see my name. Elliot you are most certainly welcome.
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Dec 6, 2008 10:17PM)
I just opened my email to find Elliott's supplement waiting for me.
Marsh's Tel looks like a great addition to one of the best value's in magic.

thanks Elliott.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 6, 2008 10:25PM)
Thank you so much, Aaron and dmoses!!


Check your email and bulk mail folders, folks.

As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Hopefully most of you got it OK.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marshe’s Tel.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 6, 2008 10:32PM)
Received, read, and re-read (with a little testing with some billets) already. Elliott, you are far too kind to us! Folks, not just a marvelous routine and sneak by Alexander, but a bonus write up of the Temple Switch AND a little history of said switch. If you haven't picked up *Switchcraft* yet, what ARE you waiting for?

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 6, 2008 10:37PM)
Thank you so much, Chet!!

Oops I messed up. Is there any way we can delete the “E” from the word “Marsh’s”? I guess it’s after 11:00 and I’m a bit excited about getting this out. Sorry about that typo, Alexander.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 6, 2008 11:22PM)
Speaking of typos…I could have sworn I mentioned something, but it seems I forgot.

The mailing exceeded the limits for my gmail account, so I am unable to send any emails from that account for 24 hours. Sorry for the apparent rudeness. I’ll respond to all gmail correspondence once I can again send outgoing mail.
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Dec 7, 2008 03:14AM)
When I bought Switchcraft, two years ago, I thought it was a magnificent work, now I do not have more words ... just THANK YOU Elliott!

Pier
Message: Posted by: lejon (Dec 7, 2008 03:34AM)
Yes yes ...

in my country was st nicolas yesterday. but I live abroad now. so no st nicloas for me...

but thaks to Elliott, I got my st nicolas...

excited....

thanks.

ST nicolas in northern euro countries is 6 dec, and is the saint who brings the present to the kids. bigger than Santa.

St Nicolas=> Saint Nikolaus => Santa Klaus

thanks elliott
Message: Posted by: sleightofhander (Dec 7, 2008 03:53AM)
I received mine too Elliott. Thank you once again. Yes, one of my best purchases this year. Mark :xmastree:
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Dec 7, 2008 04:33AM)
Elliott, thanks for the supplement! Like Lejon, we also celebrate St. Nicolas, so I consider it for a present. :)
Message: Posted by: Alexander Marsh (Dec 7, 2008 07:46AM)
I received mine too!

... But I guess I don't really count as I already know the routine! :)

The Temple Switch is perfect for my "Tel." routine, thanks Elliot for adding that to the mix.

Also, it's a real pleasure to contribute to such a wonderful work! Thank you Elliot.

BTW, "Triptych" will be released as soon as it has been proof read... so hopefully by the end of this week.

Best,
Alex.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 7, 2008 08:38PM)
Thank you so much, Pier, lejon, Gabor and Mark!!

Alex, it was a pleasure collaborating with you on this.

I performed your "Tel." effect a bunch of times (in close-up situations) prior to release, and the reactions were excellent!

I did manage to get some ink on my fingers…but it was definitely worth it!

Thanks again for contributing "Tel."

I will be first on line to buy your "Tryptych."

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Dec 7, 2008 11:44PM)
Elliott:

Thank you again!!!

Tony
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 8, 2008 12:04AM)
Forever more I will call you Elliott the Billet. You're the man!!

Greg
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Dec 8, 2008 05:50AM)
Elliott,

You are remarkable!

Richard
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Dec 8, 2008 06:04AM)
I want to chime in and say that Elliot is one super-duper guy who loves the art and is offering so much info for pennies...

This has been THE best value for your money because once you buy - the material grows like magic beans... into a giant stalk...!!!

Bravo!
Message: Posted by: gaafman (Dec 8, 2008 06:52AM)
Great ideas once again. Man this is becomming better everytime! A superb read if you are willing to dive into the world of billets.
Message: Posted by: Cholly, by golly! (Dec 8, 2008 06:55AM)
After months of reading the raves about SWITCHCRAFT, I finally bit the bullet.

WOW!!!

I haven't been this thrilled with a book since I read the original PSYCHOLOGICAL SUBTLETIES.

A++++!
Message: Posted by: Torkova (Dec 8, 2008 07:49AM)
Elliott,

Let me also add my high praise to your continuing effort on this great work. I am familiar with most of the billet work out there and Switchcraft is certainly up there as among the best. Thank you for your generosity!

Torkova
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Dec 8, 2008 11:27AM)
Elliot,

This has been one fun journey. I just read the Alexander Marsh supplement and it is brilliant. Thanks again.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Dec 8, 2008 11:39AM)
Elliott,

Keep up with your good work!

The latest update is amazing as is amazing the constant thought and effort you put into this thing. :)
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 8, 2008 02:27PM)
Elliott,

As they say, "the devil is in the details." And that was one devilishly clever update. Thank you!!!

Nicholas
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 8, 2008 04:30PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-08 01:04, Greg Arce wrote:
Forever more I will call you Elliott the Billet. You're the man!!

Greg
[/quote]

I hereby move that pieces of paper (for purposes of mind-reading) to have the name changed from "billets" to "elliets."

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Dec 8, 2008 04:49PM)
Up to 350 pages!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 8, 2008 10:34PM)
Tony, Greg, Bruce, Paolo, Steve, Nicholas, Chet, and gaafman…Thank you very much for the kind words. I really appreciate it.


Cholly, I am so glad you like it.

Greg, we haven’t hit 350 yet; but that’s because I haven’t released “Secrets of the Masters” just yet. Soon…


Torkova, I figured you’d get a kick out of the drawing of Annemann using the "Temple Switch." A little revisionist history :)

Richard, thank you so much…and thanks for teaching me the Temple Switch via PM on Sanctum a long while back.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Dec 9, 2008 03:13AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-08 17:30, mormonyoyoman wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-12-08 01:04, Greg Arce wrote:
Forever more I will call you Elliott the Billet. You're the man!!

Greg
[/quote]

I hereby move that pieces of paper (for purposes of mind-reading) to have the name changed from "billets" to "elliets."

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
[/quote]

You're close. Just put his second initial in front and we have the new name: Belliotts


Greg
Message: Posted by: Alexander Marsh (Dec 10, 2008 11:49AM)
That sounds a bit like Billy Elliot... So maybe not.
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Dec 10, 2008 11:57AM)
Amazing amazing! Elliott and Switchcraft rocks! Great work Alexander! Its a s88t hot piece!

Well done lads.Best e-book purchase ever :)

Pete
Message: Posted by: drswoboda (Dec 10, 2008 01:11PM)
Elliot, the new additions are just fantastic. Thank you so much for putting out this eBook. As has been mentioned before by others, this is simply one of the best, if not "The Best" deal in the Mentalism fraternity. With the size of this project, have you ever considered offering a version via http://www.lulu.com self publishing? Just a thought.

-David
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 10, 2008 08:32PM)
Thank you so much, Pete. Alexander’s routine really is quite good.

Alexander, you have a very good point. “Billet Elliott” would be a funny name for a supplement, but I suspect it would be bad for my image.

David, Switchcraft was offered as a downloadable ebook on Lulu for a while. However, I stopped selling it on Lulu for three reasons that may or may not still be applicable.

At the time:

1. They did not allow for video footage in the PDF file.
2. They did not allow me to protect the file.
3. They would not provide the email addresses of purchasers, so I could send out bonus supplements. I asked if the prior purchasers would be able to download the latest version, and was told that they would only be able to download the version they purchased.

I think Lulu is fantastic, but I needed some additional flexibility that they were not offering at the time.

However, I definitely plan to use Lulu for the eventual printed edition of Switchcraft.

I will not be able to send out bonus supplements for the printed copy, so, at present, I have no intention of publishing a printed edition until either every planned supplement on my agenda (there are many more) is released, or I get tired of the whole project. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind.

Anyways, I encountered something odd with the book today, and was wondering if anyone encountered the same thing or, perhaps, knows why it happened?

I created the latest file on Acrobat 8, and tested it on Acrobat 8 and Acrobat 9. Everything worked fine. However, today I opened the file with Acrobat 6 and noticed something odd. There were strange lines on the two drawings on pages 322 and 323. I opened the file again with Acrobat 8 and 9, and the lines were gone.

So, I am wondering if anyone else got those lines on pages 322 and 323, and if so, which version of Acrobat were you using at the time?

Thanks again,

Elliott

PS. It may be relevant that those two images were created a little differently than the rest. I drew them, scanned them, pasted the images (which were BMP, instead of the normal JPEG’s) into MSWord, and converted the word document to PDF using Acrobat 8.
Normally, I just upload the JPEG files from my camera, and paste them into MSWord.
Message: Posted by: drswoboda (Dec 11, 2008 01:11AM)
Hey Elliott,

Yeah I was thinking about the hard copy side of things with Lulu. I just like to have something to hold (don't we all) and with Switchcraft being so large, a real book would be nice at some point since I work all day at my computer screen already.

-David
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 11, 2008 09:59PM)
David, I agree with you. I prefer printed books, myself.

A printed edition is my ultimate goal, but it is VERY far off in the future.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: rockwall (Dec 13, 2008 11:13PM)
I own a printed edition! After downloading this I took the time to print out a copy for myself, printing on both sides of the paper and putting it in a loose leaf binder. It's pretty hefty and took a while to do but I prefer reading it this way. What a great resource! Thanks again Elliott.

Mike
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 15, 2008 10:06PM)
You’re very welcome, Mike.

I finished my little break and have resumed working on the supplements in progress. Hopefully, I will have the next one done in a fairly reasonable timeframe.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 19, 2008 12:40PM)
[quote]
On 2008-11-13 23:55, ElliottB wrote:
I received a major contribution for “Secrets of the Masters” today from one of the top magicians around. Sweet!!
[/quote]

Quick update: The above referenced supplement is coming along really well. The routine was described to me on the phone, so I have been getting it down on paper, including assorted subtleties, tips and presentation options I noted when test-performing it.

I also just received a contribution of billet techniques and a routine from another internationally famous magician. I may release that after sending out Secrets of the Masters. Good stuff ahead.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Dec 19, 2008 01:03PM)
It is the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for all of your hard work.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 19, 2008 09:53PM)
[quote]
On 2008-11-06 22:01, ElliottB wrote:
So order your copy today!! :) :)
[/quote]
C'mom guys, you heard him, so order it now for yourself as a Christmas present.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 26, 2008 10:57AM)
Thank you Dynamike,

I just (literally) received permission to include a nearly self-working billet move that will make the next supplement twice as good.

It’s almost done, by the way. I’m thinking of releasing it at about New Years.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Dec 26, 2008 11:48AM)
I just re-read Switchcraft and this time around found an even bigger gold mine. Can't wait to check out the next update Elliott. I can assure you that there will finally be switching in my repertoire, my head is going crazy with new ideas.

Thanks again,

Mauricio
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Dec 26, 2008 12:22PM)
I just wanted to come back around, once again, and thank Elliot for the work he has continued to put into this masterpiece. I found the last suppliment particularly delightful. Finally, thank you for "switching" to the current format which makes all of the suppliments, etc. so easy to navigate. I understand where Mauricio is coming from as well. I get new nuggets out of each and every re-reading.
Thank you, Elliot.
Nicholas
Message: Posted by: Jerome Finley (Dec 26, 2008 12:35PM)
Switchcraft is easily the greatest value in mentalism today.

Elliot's work is passionate, well defined, infinitely useful and consistently good. The continuous supplements make purchasing this work a 'no-brainer' and both 'Switchcraft' and Elliot's efforts will go down in mentalism history.

Thank you again and again, Elliot. I'm looking forward to the new supplement!

Best,
Jerome
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 26, 2008 02:06PM)
Thank you Mauricio, and thank you also for the clever billet idea you sent, which will most likely appear in “Secrets of the Masters” (probably supplement 11, unless I finish one of the other supplements first.)

Thank you, Nicholas. It sounds like you are referring to the bookmarks. Those were added based on a suggestion by Huw Collingbourne, and make it really easy to navigate the document.

Thank you so much, Jerome. Your comments would look great on my web site. Can I place them on the site?

Thanks again,

Elliott

PS. Technically, the 10th supplement is done…including the excellent billet technique I just got permission to teach (I work fast.) All that’s left is to type up the “Thank You” section, print the book and edit it (the toughest part.)
Message: Posted by: Jerome Finley (Dec 26, 2008 02:18PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-26 15:06, ElliottB wrote:
Thank you so much, Jerome. Your comments would look great on my web site. Can I place them on the site?
[/quote]

Please do, your work has my highest recommendation.

-JF
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Dec 26, 2008 02:22PM)
Plus, the title itself... is pure genius! ;)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 27, 2008 05:21PM)
Thank you very much, Jerome!! I added the quote on my site.

Paolo, I thought the title was very clever when I came up with it, but have since wished I used one of the alternatives I came up with at the time. There are two reasons for that; the greater one being that I don’t like having the method so clearly spelled out in the title. If I could go back in time, I would use the name from the first supplement…Billet Machine.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Dec 27, 2008 06:09PM)
Why?

I think this name is fabulous.

Plus, you can even get orders from some esoteric groups who think this is some brand new system of witchcraft... The S-Witchcraft
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 27, 2008 07:12PM)
That’s actually the minor reason I wish I used a different name. It turns out there are a bunch of old tricks (and several companies) I wasn’t aware of that have that name or similar names. One of them is called S-Witchcraft. If I recall correctly, it may be by Eddie Joseph.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 28, 2008 12:02AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-08 17:49, Jerskin wrote:
Up to 350 pages!
[/quote]

So, I’m editing the latest e-book…and I suddenly remembered your post.

Wow!! You must really be psychic.

I’m gonna have to see if I can somehow add or delete a page, just so you don’t get overconfident in your abilities.
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Dec 28, 2008 08:22AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-27 18:21, ElliottB wrote:
Thank you very much, Jerome!! I added the quote on my site.

Paolo, I thought the title was very clever when I came up with it, but have since wished I used one of the alternatives I came up with at the time. There are two reasons for that; the greater one being that I don�t like having the method so clearly spelled out in the title. If I could go back in time, I would use the name from the first supplement�Billet Machine.

Elliott

[/quote]
When this thread first appeared I had not clicked on it for weeks, because I misread the title. I thought it was something to do with bizarre magick or Tarot cards. Is misreading a bad mentalist habit? ;)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 28, 2008 10:04PM)
Sometimes yes, sometimes no… :)

The supplement is done. Tomorrow, I will be traveling a lot and will not have computer access until late at night.

On Tuesday night, I plan to attach the book to the main Switchcraft file, update the bookmarks, and update my mailing list.

On Wednesday Night, New Years Eve, I plan to mail out the supplement.

Of course, things don’t always go according to plan.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: DT3 (Dec 28, 2008 10:22PM)
Keep on going guys! Maybe one day this thread will be 6% of the amount of pages of Switchcraft!

Seriously, I have been spending more time swimming thru Switchcraft lately...difficult to get too far because each entry springboards hours of exploration.

Love it.

D
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 29, 2008 10:31PM)
Thank you Don!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Dec 29, 2008 11:06PM)
Switchcraft clearly and brilliantly lays out a foundation of billet techniques upon which one can built an entire act. The material within these pages is priceless, and is as much of a "must-read" for the beginner as Annemann or Corinda. Elliott just keeps topping himself. Wow.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Dec 29, 2008 11:18PM)
Beginner? It is a "should read" for all. ;)
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Dec 30, 2008 12:00PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-30 00:18, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
Beginner? It is a "should read" for all. ;)
[/quote]

As Ed would say, "You are CORRECT, sir!" No matter what your level of experience in billet work, this will only help broaden your knowledge and improve your existing technique.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 30, 2008 06:59PM)
Thank you. It is almost there. If it were a rocket ship, I would start a countdown. Thankfully, it is just an ebook :)
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Dec 30, 2008 09:29PM)
Supplement 10 just arrived! Thank you very much Elliott, I hope you and everyone else have a wonderful new year. I'm off to read Psychologia now!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 30, 2008 09:40PM)
You're very welcome, Mauricio.

Check your email and bulk mail folders, folks.

As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Hopefully most of you got it OK. If not, please feel free to contact me (although, due to the Holiday weekend, please allow a little extra time for me to follow up.)

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia

Thanks again and have a Happy New Year!!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Athos (Dec 30, 2008 09:59PM)
I really liked that last supplement,
The effect thought is brillant, it's going right in my repertoire, thanks for taking the time to write it down and edit it!

Very clever stuff, I like it.
Max.
Message: Posted by: muse (Dec 31, 2008 02:54AM)
Thank you very much Elliott - yet more reading to do, but that's a good thing! I've read some good things recently, and I look forward to the latest instalment of Switchcraft. Best wishes to you for 2009.
Message: Posted by: AlienMind (Dec 31, 2008 03:18AM)
Supplement arrived here!
Elliott I wish you and everybody here a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Best,
Pier Luca
Message: Posted by: StuartNolan (Dec 31, 2008 03:30AM)
Woke this morning to find a beautiful frost covering the garden and the latest supplement in my inbox. Its like having a second christmas day!

Thanks Elliott. Happy New Year everyone.

s
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (Dec 31, 2008 04:55AM)
I am absolutely speechless!!!
An exciting, interesting and extremely good book!
And the unbelievable: It becomes larger and larger. Better and better. Unbelievably!!!
Mr. J. Bressler is really unbelievable!
I cannot describe I am as grateful.
I love SWITCHCRAFT. Everyone should buy it, it is a good foundation for all.

Thanks, thanks, thanks.
And a happy and peaceful new year.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 31, 2008 08:34AM)
It will happen. I PREDICT that in 2009, someone will print out the entire Switchcraft manuscript, place the manuscript on their kitchen table -- and the table will break.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Athos (Dec 31, 2008 09:18AM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-31 09:34, mormonyoyoman wrote:
It will happen. I PREDICT that in 2009, someone will print out the entire Switchcraft manuscript, place the manuscript on their kitchen table -- and the table will break.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
[/quote]

And in 2010 people will have to place more memory on their computer to read all the suplements :).

I wanted to print them, however it cost around 10 cents a page at staples, so 350 x 10 cents is about 35$ without taxes :lol:

Elliot if you ever make a hardcover version of this book, count on me :) but not on my kitchen table... :lol:

Max.
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Dec 31, 2008 01:44PM)
I just received my latest supplement.
I know it's been said before but seriously...

</hype>
This is the MOST RIDICULOUS VALUE IN MAGIC!

If for some reason you've been waiting to get it, do yourself a favour... put that latest must have gimmick on the back burner for a week and consider the sweet effects you will perform with a couple of pieces of paper, a pen and a copy of Switchcraft.

</end hype>
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 31, 2008 02:02PM)
It's not often I would ever interfere with the classics of mentalism, but for me - switchcraft should be studied alongside those classics...

I do hope you put all the supplements together, along with the original ebook and sell them as an entire encylopedia billetalia...
Message: Posted by: andykean (Dec 31, 2008 04:31PM)
WOW! Elliot yet another supplement.
This truely was/is outstanding value!
I would say this is perhaps the first classic ebook.
Happy 2009 to all
Best wishes
Andy
P.S If your New Years resolution is to study billet work buy this Ebook
Message: Posted by: Cholly, by golly! (Dec 31, 2008 04:44PM)
2008 goes out with a BANG!

Supplement 10 is great!

SWITCHCRAFT just keeps getting better and better!

Get it!!!

http://ebswitch.googlepages.com/home
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 31, 2008 05:41PM)
Thank you Athos, muse, Pier, Stuart, Marc, Chet, dmoses, Iain, Andy, and Cholly, by golly!

I am glad you guys liked Psychologia, and really appreciate your posts and recommendations.

Regarding a hardcover version: I do plan on eventually doing one. From a publishing standpoint, thanks to Lulu, it is fairly simple.

The hard part will be figuring out what to do with all those photos. Printing them in color would make the book ridiculously expensive (something I don’t want,) but I never liked the way black and white photos look in books. I may attempt to draw the photos or figure out if they can be easily converted to drawings via computer. Then, there is the question of Christopher Taylor’s excellent video footage. I really like it. But how do you get video into a printed book? It’s something that will require thought.

In any case, I have no plans to release a printed book until every supplement is out the door, so there is plenty of time to think things over.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 31, 2008 05:47PM)
You could always do the printed book, and then include a site address within it to a password protected site that has all the video clips.

Or just use black and white photos, but ramp up the contrast and dabble with the brightness!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 31, 2008 06:18PM)
Thank you Iain,

I will look into your ideas.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: shadowman (Dec 31, 2008 06:52PM)
Thanks for the Supplement, and a Happy New Year.

John from the Netherlands.
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Jan 2, 2009 05:22AM)
Thanks for the supplement! I enjoyed Psychologia, especially the propless variant.
Message: Posted by: LLL (Jan 2, 2009 05:39AM)
Thanks for sending the book out again to me Elliot, I have lost a lot of stuff, very nice of you to help me get something back. What a fantastic body of work this book is.

Thanks again

Andy
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Jan 2, 2009 06:20AM)
Also this supplement is something of GREAT VALUE!!
This book will make history!
;)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 4, 2009 01:54PM)
Thank you John, Gabor, Andy and Luca.

I really appreciate the feedback you left on this thread. Feedback on the boards generates awareness of the book, which is a good thing (at least from my perspective.)

Elliott

PS. Gabor, thanks again for the contributed bank night routine. It is the hidden gem of supplement ten (hey, that almost rhymes.)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 11, 2009 10:23PM)
Switchcraft is now also available at:

imentalism.com

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Mar 11, 2009 10:38PM)
[quote]
On 2008-12-31 18:41, ElliottB wrote:

But how do you get video into a printed book? It's something that will require thought.
[/quote]

By the time you stop issuing supplements, the technology will exist.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (Mar 27, 2009 12:48PM)
This is great, I mean 'really' great, and I understand what all the fuss was about now.
All the things people have said here are spot on.

I expected the moves to be easy (or certainly much easier than the classic switches), but not THAT easy! It made me smile reading that Elliot started this because of his problems with the sleights involved in the classics. I don't mean that in a vindictive way, I just mean it was so nice to know I'm not the only one with little hands that just won't cooperate when trying to pull of certain moves. That problem is now well and truly solved.

In the past I've been eager to try out some great sounding effects, only to discover that they involved billet work, which, depressingly, ruled them out for me there and then. Not any more! I can't tell you how delighted I am that I can do these moves now. Elliot, this is a wonderful book and I thank you not only for writing it but also for making it so affordable AND for throwing in all the extras.
Message: Posted by: zifferinolpm (Mar 28, 2009 02:35PM)
Again, a must have for anyone doing billet work. And that should be anyone envolved in mentalism.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 29, 2009 09:45PM)
Chet, I hope you’re right. I definitely look forward to finally revisiting the works-in-progress. My schedule should probably free up a bit (hopefully, not too much :)) in less than one month.

Paul, I’m happy that the book and supplements exceeded your expectations, and I also very much appreciate your post on this thread. Thank you so much.

Daniel, thank you again for your recommending the books.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 4, 2009 01:02AM)
Looks like I'm really gonna have to get this!
can anyone tell me if there is much suited for one on one work?
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (Apr 4, 2009 03:36AM)
Tangle,

The answer is yes. In fact, you can really use this stuff for so many routines for so many different types of audiences. Worth it's weight in Gold for me was Elliott's handling of Looch's Nod to Pocket Watch. Sheer genius!

I have to admit that I wasn't much of a billet man before. However, this ebook completely changed my view. I will also add my voice to the many, Elliott's after sales service is second to none.

My advice, just get it. This is one purchase you certainly won't regret.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Apr 4, 2009 02:25PM)
I have to concur. Every so often I get an unexpected email from Elliott, and when I open it, there is another installment of the eBook. Who does that? Nobody but Elliott, as far as I can tell.

Tangle, think of this as a toolkit, not a book of tricks. In your toolbox at home you probably have a hammer. can the hammer be used to drive nails into plywood? Yes. Sheetrock? Yes. Particle board? Yes. What if I want to nail boards together to make a birdhouse? Can I use the hammer for that? Yes. But what if I want to screw the boards together rather than nail them? Well, then I would put the hammer away and take out the screwdriver.

This is kind of how I see Switchcraft. There are different tools for different applications, and virtually all of those applications can be used in a variety of performing situations.

I hope that made sense...

Anyway, just buy it. You won't regret it.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 4, 2009 11:18PM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-04 04:36, Mark Roberts wrote:
Tangle,

The answer is yes. In fact, you can really use this stuff for so many routines for so many different types of audiences. Worth it's weight in Gold for me was Elliott's handling of Looch's Nod to Pocket Watch. Sheer genius!

I have to admit that I wasn't much of a billet man before. However, this ebook completely changed my view. I will also add my voice to the many, Elliott's after sales service is second to none.

My advice, just get it. This is one purchase you certainly won't regret.
[/quote]

Thank you so much, Mark. I am glad you liked Perfect Prediction. It’s one of my favorites from the series.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 4, 2009 11:19PM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-04 15:25, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
I have to concur. Every so often I get an unexpected email from Elliott, and when I open it, there is another installment of the eBook. Who does that? Nobody but Elliott, as far as I can tell.

Tangle, think of this as a toolkit, not a book of tricks. In your toolbox at home you probably have a hammer. can the hammer be used to drive nails into plywood? Yes. Sheetrock? Yes. Particle board? Yes. What if I want to nail boards together to make a birdhouse? Can I use the hammer for that? Yes. But what if I want to screw the boards together rather than nail them? Well, then I would put the hammer away and take out the screwdriver.

This is kind of how I see Switchcraft. There are different tools for different applications, and virtually all of those applications can be used in a variety of performing situations.

I hope that made sense...

Anyway, just buy it. You won't regret it.
[/quote]

Thanks for the kind words, Scott. I am a fan of your work.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 4, 2009 11:20PM)
[quote]
On 2009-04-04 02:02, tangle wrote:
Looks like I'm really gonna have to get this!
can anyone tell me if there is much suited for one on one work?
[/quote]

Tangle, I saw that you picked up the set.

You’re in luck, because, with a few exceptions, most of the material in the series is suitable for one-on-one work.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 6, 2009 12:40PM)
Mark, Scott, thanks for the encouragement!
wow this book rocks, I'm loving it and excited about using some of these soonish.
much of this is fairly easy, though I'm finding my coin background is leading to
a 'watch me smoothly do absolutely nothing with this card' type body language!
thanks Elliot.
Message: Posted by: Andreas S. (Apr 6, 2009 01:26PM)
I also would like to say Thank yoi.
I'm going to Berlin this week by train and I will take this book with me.
As far as I can say now, this is a really great book.

Thank you Elliot
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 13, 2009 10:56PM)
Thank you so much for your post, Tangle. I’m glad that you’re enjoying the book.
Your coin background has the potential for being a tremendous advantage when it comes to billet work. Many top magicians and coin workers use assorted coin switches and false transfers with billets and pellets. A very popular cross genre technique is the Shuttle Pass. Annemann, himself, describes a billet move very much resembling a Shuttle Pass on page 16 of Practical Mental Magic. So, you gotta know that those coin skills will come in handy.

Andreas, I very much appreciate your comments, and hope that Switchcraft makes your train ride enjoyable.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Apr 13, 2009 11:07PM)
Switchcraft is easily the best purchase I've made in a long, long time. I know it's been updated several times. The last supplement I have is "The Zombie Chicken Read". Has it been updated since? I bought it about a year and a half ago or so, and since then have changed e-mail addresses, so just wondered if I have the latest (and greatest).
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 14, 2009 01:52AM)
I believe there has been two more since the zombie chicken.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 14, 2009 12:11PM)
Hi Mr. Mindbender,

Thank you for the kind words.

You’re missing a great close-up billet reading technique by Alexander Marsh, a stage routine described to me by the nearly legendary Ken Krenzel, a description of the classic Temple Switch, a handling for Richard Osterlind’s popular lighter move…and, most of all, an original illustration of Annemann :)

I just sent you a PM. Hopefully, we’ll get you those two supplements fairly soon.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Daylite (Apr 18, 2009 12:16PM)
Hello Elliot:
I just got my copy of your wonderful e-book.

All I can say is WOW. :wow:

This has to be one of the best purcheses I'v made in the last 2 years.

All this for only 20 bucks. Man what a great deal.

Its great to see that in a world were a lot of people are just trying to get something for nothing by ripping others off with sub standered offerings for high prices there are still gentalmen that give you your moneys worth and more.

Daylite :readingbook:
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 19, 2009 10:38AM)
Thank you so much, Daylite.

I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the book.

One of my goals was to ensure that I gave purchasers their money’s worth.

I hope to add even more value in the future.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Apr 19, 2009 10:45AM)
[quote]One of my goals was to ensure that I gave purchasers their money’s worth.[/quote]
Elliott - You have certainly exceeded that goal.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 20, 2009 01:54PM)
Thank you Aaron, I very much appreciate your post.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 20, 2009 02:54PM)
Wow ive just somehow acquired the one handed annemann switch!
now ive just gotta routine covering the thing.
thanks again elliot.
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 20, 2009 03:53PM)
I have also finally realised that a square peice of normal paper folded a third time works well, I'm having a little trouble fitting business cards with my 'image' they are a little incongruent,anybody wanna share any useful ploys?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 20, 2009 10:10PM)
Hi Tangle,

As far as routine suggestions go, I think the Pusillanimous Billet Read, from the Billet Proof supplement, is a nice place for you to start. You get a full billet read and a double-punch effect, all from one easy move. If you are not using the Phenomenal Three Billet Alternative (see page 264 for an example,) you can incorporate the subtlety mentioned by Alexander Marsh in the Tel. Supplement (see page 316.)

Regarding paper, there are all sorts of options. I prefer using business cards, but not everyone does. Also, standard business cards may be too big or too small for a person’s hands. Index cards can be pre-cut to an exact match for your hands. You can use lined cards or double-blank cards. Blank business cards can also be used or cut to size.

I have, on semi-impromptu occasions, used wedding place cards as billets. They can be torn in half to get two business card sized billets. I have also used the receipts I get when I buy Long Island Rail Road Tickets. They are just the right size.

I like to use a quarter fold, but at least for the Annemann Switch, other options are certainly viable. Annemann, himself, used more folds, as described in his works and Practical Mental Magic. Stuart Cumberland is also a proponent of the Annemann style of folding a billet.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 21, 2009 04:08PM)
Wow I'm having a great time with this, learning lots daily!
Elliot thanks for the super helpful post.
and your blocking discussion in the book has really helped me, I was doing it badly even though I have unexpected.
the Pusillanimous Billet Read! actually that has been my choice to work on,(you mentalists just cant stop can you?),i love it, have thought of including a short reading using the symbols, with the revelaton almost as an afterthought.
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Apr 22, 2009 02:57AM)
Got to reiterate this is brilliant, went to print it all the other day and hadnt realised how long it had got with all the add ons
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 22, 2009 07:36AM)
Yeah, I just decided to print just a few bits and ended up with almost sixty pages
Message: Posted by: luxor07 (Apr 23, 2009 07:25AM)
Amazing body of work. Thanks again Elliot!
Message: Posted by: merlin1979 (Apr 24, 2009 04:24PM)
Well, I was a 'late adopter' of this, but it has been well worth the purchase. This is the clearest, most brilliant thing I have bought on mentalism in ages! The photos and clear explanations are the bees' knees and the book just keeps on growing. Thanks Elliot!
Merlin
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 25, 2009 08:20PM)
Thank you, Tangle, Paradise, luxor07 and Merlin.

I really appreciate your posts.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 26, 2009 12:50PM)
I updated the Inner Thoughts Thread pertaining to Secrets of the Masters.

Please keep those ideas coming!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 28, 2009 02:03PM)
Earlier this morning, a Café member granted me permission to include, in Secrets of the Masters, a diabolically clever billet idea he shared with me a long while back.

Keep those ideas coming folks!!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 28, 2009 03:55PM)
I just wrote the formal instructions for this contributed idea (based on my prior test performances.) It is one of the best ideas to date. Seeing it in print, makes me kind of anxious to finally release Secrets of the Masters. The thing is that there are so many more “Secrets” to go. One option I am considering, is breaking up Secrets of the Masters into several, more manageable, supplements.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 28, 2009 05:31PM)
So, I decided to break up “Secrets of the Masters” to make it easier to publish.

I plan to do several volumes, each containing 7 solid secrets.

The working title for the first volume will be “Secrets of the Masters Vol. 1” (a Google search revealed 198,000,000 hits for “7 Secrets,” and, at the moment, I feel no particular need to make it 198,000,001.)

I already selected the seven secrets for volume one, and copy/pasted them into a separate file.

That leaves some really great secrets for volume 2, but that’s the point of breaking things up.

In any case, the secrets in Volume One are rock solid…especially the last one, which is really, really good.

So, all that’s left to do for volume one is editing, the introduction, the Thank You section, contacting the people who I intend to put in the Thank You section, updating my mailing list and sending it out.

It shouldn’t be more than a week or two.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Apr 28, 2009 05:41PM)
Sounds like a good choice Elliott, it'll make us even more eager to receive every Secret of the Masters volume! Looking forward to it. Thanks again.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 28, 2009 05:45PM)
Thanks Mauricio. It just so happens that one of the ideas you sent me was selected for volume one.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Apr 29, 2009 01:48AM)
Looking forward to this new supplement
Message: Posted by: tangle (Apr 29, 2009 09:02AM)
Oooh exciting, this'll be my first update, you rock elliot!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 08:40AM)
Earlier today, I took some photos to make it easy to learn a very important billet move. I just put the photos in the document.

All that’s left is editing. I should have that done either today or Sunday. It looks like this will be ready for release much earlier than I originally planned.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: dmoses (May 1, 2009 09:28AM)
Looking forward to it Elliott!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 10:54AM)
I think you, especially, will like it very much, Dave.

Just finished self editing. Gotta convert to pdf, add it to the original file and update the bookmarks.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 12:10PM)
Begin countdown...
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (May 1, 2009 12:34PM)
I am like a kid waiting on Christmas morning.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 12:38PM)
Just sent out a bunch of them, but I managed to exceed the google mail limit. I need to see if I can get around it or use another account or something. I have about 50% to go.
Message: Posted by: tangle (May 1, 2009 12:41PM)
Watching my inbox....!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 12:48PM)
I tried cutting the size of the second mailing, but Google already seems to have locked my sending rights.

At this point, only about half the supplements went out. For the most part, the mailing list was in chronological order, so the early purchasers got it, but the email to the more recent purchasers was blocked by Gmail.

Hopefully, I will have access to my Gmail account on Sunday, so I can send out the rest.

Sorry about the technical difficulties. I have to find a better way to distribute these files...

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (May 1, 2009 12:55PM)
Now I feel like they just changed the date of Christmass.

The wait will be worth it though.
Message: Posted by: r1z08 (May 1, 2009 12:56PM)
It's like Christmas all over again! Thanks Elliot!

-rob
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 12:56PM)
I remember someone mentioned something about a free file distribution service, but, unfortunately, don’t remember any specifics. Does anyone have any thoughts on how I might get the rest of the books out?

I suppose, in a worst case scenario, it won’t be more than a day or two before gmail restores my access.
Message: Posted by: wordSMITH (May 1, 2009 12:59PM)
http://senduit.com is good, but temporary. The file will only last for a week, but in the interim might be worth considering?
Message: Posted by: dmoses (May 1, 2009 01:00PM)
Hey elliott

PM'd you.
Message: Posted by: Paradise (May 1, 2009 01:02PM)
Mine has landed ok, looking forwardto a weekend of reading
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 1, 2009 01:23PM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-01 13:59, wordSMITH wrote:
http://senduit.com is good, but temporary. The file will only last for a week, but in the interim might be worth considering?
[/quote]

It looks good, but it seems I may need to mass email the link...which I can't do until I get my gmail send rights back.

I was going to head out in a few hours anyways, so I will probably end up waiting a day or two to get my gmail back.

I'm definitely going to look into these services for the next supplement, though.

This one did not go according to plan.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (May 1, 2009 02:43PM)
YAY! It was Christmas after all.

If for some reason you have not bought Switchcraft now would be a good time. You will not regret it.
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (May 1, 2009 02:48PM)
Got mine :) Great work as always! Switchcraft is simply amazing!
Message: Posted by: andykean (May 1, 2009 05:41PM)
What value !
Thanks Elliot
best wishes
Andy
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (May 2, 2009 11:15PM)
Got mine, as well. Thanks Elliot!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 2, 2009 11:27PM)
Thanks Guys!!

I finally resolved the mail issues, and got them all out, so check your email and bulk mail folders.

As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Most of you look like you got it OK, though. If not, please feel free to contact me.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One

Special thanks goes to Banachek, Dave and Mauricio for their great ideas and permissions.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (May 3, 2009 12:12AM)
Elliott-

Thanks for the update.

I just noticed the part in your book where you mentioned that your copy of the "Art of Mentalism" is inscribed "To Marcello." You should feel honored to have that. It was the copy that belonged to the late Marcello Truzzi, a man whose fame spread far beyond the magic/mentalism community. He was a dear friend of mine and was Chairman of the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan and the original editor of the Zetetic. Do a Google on him and you will be amazed at the breadth of his accomplishments.

Also, you frequently mention in the book that you haven't been able to get in touch with me via email for certain permissions, etc. Well, that's no longer the case, so ask away and update the next edition!

Best-

Bob
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 3, 2009 11:20AM)
Thank you so much, Bob.

I wondered who Marcello was, and I’m honored to have his copy of the The Art of Mentalism. It’s an amazing book filled with incredible ideas.

One idea that really made an impression on me was the way you obtain misdirection for the Annemann style switch, as described in the instructions (pages 30-31) for The Final Version of the Three Envelope Test.

It’s so simple, but works so well! I have used your billet switching idea many times (especially when I was testing "Back from the Dead,") and also have a handling addition for the occasional troublemaker.

Anyways, I was wondering if I could have your permission to describe your excellent idea in a forthcoming Switchcraft supplement?

Thank you so much,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (May 3, 2009 11:35AM)
I just can't imagine a better resource for this stuff. None. This is [i]the[/i] tome to have with you. Thanks Elliot.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 3, 2009 12:16PM)
Thank you very much, Nathan.

Bob Cassidy has generously granted me permission to include an amazing idea in a forthcoming supplement.

You guys are in for a real treat.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 4, 2009 12:03PM)
I just received another contribution for the next supplement.

Keep them coming...

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (May 9, 2009 08:33PM)
Got the new supplement. Thanking you kindly, Elliot!
Boy, if this thing weren't good enough to begin with, it just keeps on getting better and better :D
If you haven't already got Switchcraft, you NEED to own a copy - seriously!

I've also been discussing a few things with Elliot via PM and may I say he is the most polite and friendly guy in the universe! An absolute pleasure to talk to and deal with and I know that anyone who's spoken to him before will know exactly what I mean.
Message: Posted by: Kim (May 10, 2009 06:59AM)
I am still waiting for the latest supplement.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 10, 2009 11:20AM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-09 21:33, Paul Spaniels wrote:
Got the new supplement. Thanking you kindly, Elliot!
Boy, if this thing weren't good enough to begin with, it just keeps on getting better and better :D
If you haven't already got Switchcraft, you NEED to own a copy - seriously!

I've also been discussing a few things with Elliot via PM and may I say he is the most polite and friendly guy in the universe! An absolute pleasure to talk to and deal with and I know that anyone who's spoken to him before will know exactly what I mean.
[/quote]

Thank you so much, Paul. I really appreciate your kind words.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 10, 2009 11:26AM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-10 07:59, Kim wrote:
I am still waiting for the latest supplement.
[/quote]

Hi Kim,

I can get that sorted out right away.

A bunch of supplements bounced due to file size, or were deemed spam by assorted email providers.

However, I have some viable alternate means of distributing the files.

Just send me your name and email address via PM.

I'll find you on my mailing list and get you the latest edition ASAP.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 18, 2009 09:51PM)
I just received another contribution for the supplements. It is really, really good, and from one of the top names in billet work.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: lostpoet (May 19, 2009 02:07AM)
Unbelievable…
Thanks for everything Elliott!

Ron
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 19, 2009 01:11PM)
You’re welcome, Ron.

I just received permission to include an incredible billet technique in the forthcoming supplement. Between the technique and routine just contributed (and all the other stuff within,) it may turn out to be the best supplement ever.

Now, if I could only get a few people to buy the book…
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (May 19, 2009 04:40PM)
I'm willing to rebuy the book. Anyone else?

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (May 19, 2009 04:50PM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-19 17:40, mormonyoyoman wrote:
I'm willing to rebuy the book. Anyone else?

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
[/quote]
Count me in

Sven
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 19, 2009 05:45PM)
Thank you so much for the sentiment Chet and Sven.

There is, of course, no need to re-buy the book.

I was just sort-of wondering out loud about the recent drop in sales.

I suspect it is due to one of two things (or, maybe a combination of the two):

1. Possibly, most people in the community have already acquired the book. I know it must be a small market, and, personally, I can only think of about five mentalists who don’t have Switchcraft yet. I wonder just how many mentalists and serious mentalism hobbyists there are in the world?

2. The instability of the economy might also be having an effect. I know that I, personally, used to buy anything and everything to do with mentalism. Nowadays, I have cut back tremendously. No doubt, many others are doing the same. I’d bet that, except for new releases, mentalism product sales are down across the board.

Still, there is usually a short sales boost accompanying the release of each supplement, as they generate good PR and recommendations from satisfied purchasers to friends. It’s good motivation to complete the next one faster :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 24, 2009 03:47PM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-18 22:51, ElliottB wrote:
I just received another contribution for the supplements. It is really, really good, and from one of the top names in billet work.

Elliott
[/quote]

I gave this contribution some test runs today. To say they went well would be the understatement of the century. This is gonna be great.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (May 24, 2009 04:48PM)
Switchcraft is the equivalent of helping a pretty lady with her shopping once, only to be told by her that she will "visit you at night, whenever you want, for as long as you need"...

that, ladies and gents is easily the worst analogy you'll ever read...

but I do think, that if anyone reading this hasn't yet bought this book (well, now encyclopedia really) is really missing out...and for the price...by annemann's switchy fingers - it's pretty much the best investment in mentalism...pound for pound, dollar for dollar...
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (May 24, 2009 05:28PM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-24 16:47, ElliottB wrote:
I gave this contribution some test runs today. To say they went well would be the understatement of the century. This is gonna be great.
[/quote]

Now you've got me looking forward!
Iain, you've just given me nightmares as I pictured a frail old lady at the start of your analogy (somehow completely missed the 'pretty' bit) :(
Message: Posted by: rickreation (May 24, 2009 06:23PM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-24 18:28, Paul Spaniels wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-05-24 16:47, ElliottB wrote:
I gave this contribution some test runs today. To say they went well would be the understatement of the century. This is gonna be great.
[/quote]

Now you've got me looking forward!
Iain, you've just given me nightmares as I pictured a frail old lady at the start of your analogy (somehow completely missed the 'pretty' bit) :(
[/quote]

Haha, I did the EXACT same thing.

Elliot, this sounds great.

That being said, if you haven't bought Switchcraft by now, shame on you. This is a gold mine, and Elliot is one of the most generous creators in the world of mentalism. $20 is a joke, it should sell for hundreds.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 25, 2009 06:38PM)
Thank you so much, Iain, Paul and rickreation.
Paul, you won't be disappointed with the routine. I performed it a few more times today. It's so powerful and so easy, that I am certain that most will immediately add it to their repertoires. It may become a classic.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (May 25, 2009 11:30PM)
Elliott -

Ok I finally broke down and put my money where my mouth is. I have your book cued up for reading this week with many questions to follow. Can't wait to see the videos either.

Looking forward to learning.

Tim
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (May 26, 2009 08:16AM)
[quote]
Thank you so much, Iain, Paul and rickreation.
Paul, you won't be disappointed with the routine. I performed it a few more times today. It's so powerful and so easy, that I am certain that most will immediately add it to their repertoires. It may become a classic.

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliot this sounds awesome!
Who needs Christmas any more when you've got Switchcraft lol!
Seriously, I'm really excited and intrigued about this.
Thank you buddy, can't wait.
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (May 26, 2009 08:07PM)
Paul Spaniels is a funny name. It sounds like Paul Daniels.
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (May 26, 2009 09:50PM)
Elliott -

Any idea when this new supplement will be ready? I only have 344 pages to go on the first Switchcraft book and all the supplements so I need something to do this weekend ;-)

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 27, 2009 09:22PM)
Thanks, Paul. It is awesome. I'm working extra hard on the forthcoming supplement, because I want to do the material justice. The particular combination of "easy" and "powerful" is hard to beat. Once it gets released, everyone will be performing the material within...which isn't necessarily a good thing, but you can't have your cake and eat it too...unless you get two slices or have some sort of eating disorder, but I digress.

Tim, I am glad you bought the book. The twelfth supplement will not be ready this weekend(although, I realize you were just joking.) I haven't even worked out how I plan to distribute it. I'm probably going to use one of those sites that were recommended last time.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (May 27, 2009 11:03PM)
Elliott-

Forgive me for being late to the party but what issues are you having with distribution? Feel free to shoot me a PM, maybe I can recommend some stuff to help you out since I won't have anything else to do this weekend ;-)

Seriously, let me know.

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 30, 2009 10:08PM)
I was away for a few days, and just got back. The distribution issue was a result of the way I've been sending out the ebooks. I've been using my gmail account, which limits the number of emails you can send in a day. The result was that I ended up sending the last supplement over several days. It's not the end of the world, but I was looking into alternative means of distribution.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (May 30, 2009 10:51PM)
Elliot,
As a web master and lecture coordinator for an IBM ring, I send a number of "mass mailings." My service provider cut me off, thinking that I might be a spammer. All it took was a phone call to explain what I was doing and the service provider increased my mailing capacity. I'm not too familiar with the ins and outs of gmail, but perhaps they would do the same for you.

Incidentally, I can't imagine anyone reading this thread not already being a purchaser. I would recommend a new topic on "latest and greatest" each time a new supplement is released. You can provide a link to this thread in each of the new topic posts to provide testimonial on how much we (your customers) love your product.

My two cents...

Best regards,
Evan
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 31, 2009 07:56PM)
Thank you so much, Evan.

I checked the Gmail site. They had common questions and answers. Based on the answers, it did not look like they would raise the sending limit. I'm sure it won't be tough for me to find another viable option.

Your "latest and greatest" idea sounds like a good way for me to sell more books, as it will make a new market aware of the product. I believe that it would be against Café policy for me to announce each new supplement in a new thread, and also provide a purchase link. I am very careful about adhering to the board's rules. That is why the original Switchcraft was unknown on the Café until, the month following release, someone on this board purchased it and posted their positive feedback. That said, there are no Café rules to prevent satisfied customers from creating as many Switchcraft threads in as many locations as they please. I strongly encourage all of you to do so :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 31, 2009 10:20PM)
I just shot a short video for the new supplement. Logistically, it was an interesting experience, but it manages to convey the point I wished to demonstrate...
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (May 31, 2009 11:53PM)
Elliott-

Stop teasing us man, when are we going to get our hands on it?

Hope all is well.

Tim
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jun 1, 2009 01:08AM)
Well, it's a PDF so unless we print it, we WON'T get our hands on it...

*jeep!
--Virtual Grandpa
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 1, 2009 05:43PM)
Good point, Chet.

Tim, it's taking me a little longer than usual because I don't have much free time these days, and I want to make sure I do the material justice. I also need to revisit some of the old supplements and edit certain comments that are no longer applicable.

That said, I cannot imagine that it will not be out by the end of the month, probably earlier.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jun 2, 2009 12:23AM)
(gun hammer unclicking)

Whheeeewwwwww. Ok Elliott, I guess I can wait.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 2, 2009 10:16PM)
That was close!! :)

Of course, if you are interested in Russian Roulette, you can always adapt "The Fortune Telling Game" to your needs.


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 4, 2009 08:08PM)
I just got permission to include two very useful billet ideas in the forthcoming supplement. This will, without a doubt, be one of the best supplements released so far.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 5, 2009 06:12PM)
It's hard to believe, but I just got something else for the next supplement. I also shot a second video the other day.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: andykean (Jun 5, 2009 06:17PM)
Switchcraft is the best value ebook ever!!
Keep those supplements coming Elliot
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Jun 5, 2009 06:21PM)
Thank you Elliot. I look forward to the next release.
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (Jun 5, 2009 06:27PM)
[quote]
On 2009-06-05 19:17, andykean wrote:
Switchcraft is the best value ebook ever!!
Keep those supplements coming Elliot
[/quote]

Absolutely agreed!
Elliott you're making me will the clock forward lol. I really can't wait for this.
Message: Posted by: Bartelli (Jun 7, 2009 04:57PM)
[quote]
On 2009-06-05 19:17, andykean wrote:
Switchcraft is the best value ebook ever!!
Keep those supplements coming Elliot
[/quote]
Indeed! I'm also looking forward to the next supplement. Maybe sales are dropping because people don't believe it is possible to put something of this value on the market for such a low price. I cannot imagine the work you keep putting into this.
Thank you.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jun 7, 2009 05:20PM)
Finally printed out all the pages to Switchcraft yesterday, bound them, and put the whole thing on my bookshelf.

The bookshelf broke.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 9, 2009 04:53PM)
Thank you Andy, Aaron, Paul, and Bartelli. I really appreciate your posts.

I have been making good progress on the next supplement.

You guys will not be disapointed.

There is a routine that is so good, that I can almost guarantee that everyone owning the book will perform it at least a bunch of times.

Bartelli, I think the drop in sales may be partially due to the limited size of the mentalism buying market. There are only so many people in the market, and I have already reached most of them. Still, I'd like to get the last few :)

Chet, I am sorry to hear about your bookshelf :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jun 9, 2009 05:57PM)
Such a tease Elliott! Can't wait for the next supplement.
Message: Posted by: moualb (Jun 10, 2009 07:12PM)
I keep returning to/rereading Switchcraft and , every time , I find something new that springs many new ideas to work with.

You may have heard this kind of comment when people talk about a reference book : this is what your work has become.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 11, 2009 11:22PM)
Thank you, HypnotizeAmerica and moualb!

One minute ago, I finished writing the content of Secrets of the Masters Volume Two.

It clocks in at a little over 40 pages (although I haven't edited it yet,) but it is the quality of the content that really amazes me. You'll see soon enough what I'm talking about.

Now, I just need to write the intros and thank you section; self edit; update the mailing list, update the bookmarks, figure out how I'm gonna edit out some comments made in one or two prior supplements, and figure out how I'm gonna distribute this thing.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jun 12, 2009 12:18AM)
Elliott:

Forgive me for asking because I am a little confused. Is this going to be part of the Switchcraft supplements or something totally separate?

Can't wait to read it.

Tim
Message: Posted by: Kim (Jun 12, 2009 05:26AM)
[quote]
On 2009-06-05 19:17, andykean wrote:
Switchcraft is the best value ebook ever!!
Keep those supplements coming Elliot
[/quote]

Absolutely correct!
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Jun 12, 2009 10:09AM)
Awesome Elliott, really looking forward to this next supplement. I'm a very happy customer like everyone else here!

How many volumes do you have in mind for the Secrets of the Masters series?
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Jun 12, 2009 11:15AM)
[quote]
On 2009-06-09 17:53, ElliottB wrote:

Bartelli, I think the drop in sales may be partially due to the limited size of the mentalism buying market. There are only so many people in the market, and I have already reached most of them. Still, I'd like to get the last few :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliott,maybe it's time for a new book. You could call it Peekaboo.

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 12, 2009 04:16PM)
Hi Tim,

The current plan is to release the new e-book as a supplement to Switchcraft. It may be the largest supplement released so far. I plan to send complimentary copies to everyone on my mailing list at the time of completion.

Thanks again,

Elliott




[quote]
On 2009-06-12 01:18, HypnotizeAmerica wrote:
Elliott:

Forgive me for asking because I am a little confused. Is this going to be part of the Switchcraft supplements or something totally separate?

Can't wait to read it.

Tim
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 12, 2009 04:18PM)
Thanks Steve,

I like that, and may use it one day.

Maybe "Peekabook" (if it hasn't already been done...I'd have to double check, as I remember there being something like that from Peek Performances.)

Thanks again,

Elliott


[quote]
On 2009-06-12 12:15, Steve Suss wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-06-09 17:53, ElliottB wrote:

Bartelli, I think the drop in sales may be partially due to the limited size of the mentalism buying market. There are only so many people in the market, and I have already reached most of them. Still, I'd like to get the last few :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliott,maybe it's time for a new book. You could call it Peekaboo.

Steve
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 12, 2009 04:19PM)
Thank you very much.

[quote]
On 2009-06-12 06:26, Kim wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-06-05 19:17, andykean wrote:
Switchcraft is the best value ebook ever!!
Keep those supplements coming Elliot
[/quote]

Absolutely correct!
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 12, 2009 04:22PM)
Thank you, Mauricio.

I do not like to make promises, but the current plan is for MANY volumes.

Elliott

[quote]
On 2009-06-12 11:09, Mauricio Jaramillo wrote:
Awesome Elliott, really looking forward to this next supplement. I'm a very happy customer like everyone else here!

How many volumes do you have in mind for the Secrets of the Masters series?
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 14, 2009 08:59PM)
I just gave the book a proofreading. I ended up re-writing much of it in the process. I think the moral of the story is don't write the first draft at an hour when you would normally be asleep. One good thing did come out of it. As long as I was doing all this extra writing, I decided to throw in one of my most favorite billet techniques. You'll recognize it by its sheer coolness, but just in case, I'll give you the initials...T.S.E.A.A.A.B.B.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 16, 2009 01:28PM)
I have been considering removing the A.A.A. component of the name, as I do not wish to infringe on Marc's A.A.A. series. I may substitute the word "Impromptu."
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 17, 2009 05:16PM)
Yeah, I think I'm definitely gonna get rid of the "AAA." I don't want to invite any controversy.

Ultimately, it's the technique itself that will have a tremendous impact (don't believe me? Well, you'll see...)on how people do billet work. Still, it would be nice to have an equally cool name. I'll need to give this some thought.
Message: Posted by: Torkova (Jun 17, 2009 06:05PM)
Very much looking forward to it, Elliott.

Torkova
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (Jun 17, 2009 06:53PM)
Elliott, you are the man, you really really are.
Can. Not. Wait!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 17, 2009 10:09PM)
Thank you Torkova and Paul. I think I will use "Extemporaneous" instead of AAA. "Extemporaneous" has more syllables, so I may cut back on the rest of the title to compensate. In any case, you won't be disappointed with the actual material. That's for sure.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 17, 2009 10:13PM)
The new initials are T.E.B.B - I like it.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 18, 2009 11:02PM)
I completed another edit (over 50 pages...no wonder it took so long.)

The supplement itself is pretty much done. I'll have time to work on it again on Sunday, and should be able to wrap up then. I am not terribly concerned about the mailing. In a worst case scenario, I can always mail it over a few days, like last time.

The only unknown factor is that I have no idea how I'm going to edit certain comments from prior supplements. Changing them in Word is not an option, as I have no idea which file is which (I literally have hundreds of Switchcraft related files on my computer) and, even if I could figure that out, I'd need to re-bookmark the entire thing from scratch.

That leaves Acrobat. I tried typing over the existing text, but it kept on messing up margins or coming out odd looking.

I'll figure something out.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jun 18, 2009 11:17PM)
50 pages!!! Great Googa Mooga!! Can't wait for this one.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 20, 2009 10:04PM)
Dan, you won't be disappointed. I just converted the final word file to PDF, and inserted the videos. It is an amazing supplement. Now, I just need to take care of a few other matters, as mentioned earlier, and it should be good to go.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 21, 2009 12:09AM)
It's done. I uploaded the book to payloadz and updated my website.

It's about 1 in the morning, and I'm about to turn in.

Tomorrow (really today)the first batch (assuming I may be prevented from mailing them all at once) of supplements will be emailed to my list.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: jcroop (Jun 21, 2009 08:30AM)
Elliott,

Thank you...Thank you...Thank you.

In addition to the wonderful updates, each update prompts me look at Switchcraft again and learn something new.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 21, 2009 08:39AM)
Elliott:

Thank you, what a Father's Day gift, better than any tie. :)

Tony
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Jun 21, 2009 08:51AM)
Just received my Switchcraft Supplement 12.
I only can say WOW. Great reading for this Father's day.
Thanks a lot Elliott.
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Jun 21, 2009 08:57AM)
Switchcraft is a monumental treatise and thanks to Elliott (and to a bunch of kind contributors) keeps growing and growing ad infinitum. :)
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Jun 21, 2009 09:39AM)
What a wonderful surprise, and I had already planned on dedicating several hours today to billet practice. :)

Thanks again Elliott.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 21, 2009 10:05AM)
Thanks Guys!!

I really appreciate your posts, especially as they help get the word out about the series.

I came up with a last minute fix for the email issue, and sent all the supplements, so check your email and bulk mail folders.

As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Most of you look like you got it OK, though. If not, please feel free to contact me.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two

Special thanks go to Millard Longman for his amazing contribution to this supplement.

Additional thanks goes to Bob Cassidy, Allen Zingg, Richard Osterlind and Matthew Mello for their great ideas and permissions.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Jun 21, 2009 10:08AM)
I thought I'd be first to respond but apparently am late for the party. I guess everyone is as excited as I am about this new release. What more could be said but thanks Elliott and keep up the great work!

Steve
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Jun 21, 2009 11:11AM)
Ahhhh many thanks for those updates...what an amount of value you deliver... I am speechless!!

Eric
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Jun 21, 2009 12:30PM)
Many thanks (again!!) for another fine supplement. I haven't gotten through all of it, but some of the thinking around the Frixion is fantastic.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jun 21, 2009 12:45PM)
Happy Father's Day! Most excellent, Elliott. Much thanks.
Message: Posted by: charlesgmorgan (Jun 21, 2009 01:48PM)
I got it this morning!!! Thanks so much ... YOU DA CHAMP!

Cheers ..... Charles
Message: Posted by: AlluTallu (Jun 21, 2009 02:15PM)
Just got the latest :) Can't thank you enough Elliott!

-Aleksi
Message: Posted by: Andreas S. (Jun 21, 2009 04:20PM)
I was sitting in my working room and did some writings for my forthcoming show, when I received another E-Mail from Elliot.
When I bought the book, I didn' know what I would get. Everyone here was talking about this book and everyone said, that it was worse the price, so I thought I could try it. It's just 20 dollars.
I didn't expect, I would buy an e-book flatrate.

The new supplement is really cool and I believe that a lot of people would still recommend Switchcraft, if it would just contain these 52 pages. I would recommend it.

A huge thank you for doing this.
This support is outstanding.
Message: Posted by: sleightofhander (Jun 21, 2009 05:24PM)
What a Father's Day present! Thank You Elliott. Unbelievable the amount of information in this supplement.

Mark
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 21, 2009 06:43PM)
You’re welcome, Steve, Eric, Magiguy, Dan, Charles, Andreas and Mark.

A while back I hinted at receiving a contribution that provided tremendous reactions, but was very easy to perform. Now, I can finally say that I was referring to Millard’s Acidus Novus Healing. If you carefully study the instructions and patter together with the discussion of safe angles (see pages 402 and 403,) I think you guys will be very pleasantly surprised by the results. It’s a really great routine.

The “favorite” technique added on a whim at the last minute was “The Extemporaneous Backup Billet.” It’s my all time favorite “out” for when things go wrong with a center tear (not that things go wrong very often...I just like being totally covered for if they do.) I even occasionally perform it by itself. As I mentioned on another board, the method used to ring in the billet, is also usable for all sorts of popular prediction effects we all know.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 21, 2009 08:09PM)
I just received an email from a mentalist who could not play the videos. I am trying to solve that problem, but am curious whether others were able to view the videos or had trouble? There are two videos in SOTM V2; one on page 390 and the other on page 400. I tested them on my Windows XP computer with Acrobat 7 and windows media player. Ideally, they should play when clicked on. Were you guys able to play them?

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 21, 2009 08:28PM)
I'm thinking Elliott's tome must have reached Iran. How else could the switch so many billets? :rotf:

Anyway, more fantastic work from Elliott. Lots of great stuff in this never-ending tome.

Greg
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jun 21, 2009 08:51PM)
Elliott has created the Bible of Billets, and he'll be sitting with Annemann, etc, when it's all said and done. It just keeps coming. What an amazing assemblage on a single subject.

Thank you Elliott.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Jun 21, 2009 11:00PM)
Elliott:

I tried click the movie files, I got a message that "the media requires an additional player", so I click on the menu item that says "Get Media Player" and my browser opens, goes to the Acrobat website, but then I get this message...


"Adobe Acrobat

We're sorry, but the third-party media player required to play the selected media file in your Adobe PDF document isn't available for your system. No media player will be downloaded at this time."



I have an iMac, running 10.5.7, I run the latest Mac version of Firefox, and 8.1.1 Acrobat Professional.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Jun 21, 2009 11:12PM)
Follow up on my previous post...

I ran VMware Fusion on my iMac so that I could run a Windows environment. I coped Switchcraft over to it and opened it up. The movies worked just fine in that situation, so, as is many times the case, it's a Mac thing.
Message: Posted by: DrTodd (Jun 22, 2009 12:07AM)
Excellent update! Wonderful new material alongside already classic handlings. EB has done it again!
Message: Posted by: Andreas S. (Jun 22, 2009 12:36AM)
On my system (Windows Vista, Adobe Reader 9), the videos work.
Message: Posted by: hornet (Jun 22, 2009 03:10AM)
I'm running a Mac also and can't get the video to play, I'll try Mr Mindbenders solution though.

Small price to pay for the best value purchase I've ever made!!! Thanks Elliott
Message: Posted by: Daylite (Jun 22, 2009 04:30AM)
Thank you Elliott

I realy can't think of a better value in the Mentalism market place than Switchcraft.

Secrets of the Masters Vol.Two alone is worth the price of the whole book.

I know that this has been siad about many effects in many books, but in this case it is true. At a time when people are looking for value for thier money you come along and give us a work that not only gives us what we paid for, but so much more.

Thank you again Elliott.
This has turned out to be one of the finest works in modern day Mentalism. IMHO. :nod:

Daylite :readingbook:
Message: Posted by: andykean (Jun 22, 2009 05:01AM)
Amazing great stuff
What value!
Thanks Elliot
Message: Posted by: Nicholas (Jun 22, 2009 03:37PM)
I have to agree with Daylite in terms of the value of this one suppliment, alone. It's hard to believe that they just keep coming. I've said it before, but I'll say it again...Thanks, Elliot!!
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Jun 22, 2009 04:11PM)
... although there are so many have stating it already - thank you, Elliot! Jan
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 22, 2009 08:02PM)
Greg, no doubt they used The OM Ballot Switching Box :)

Tom, I guess I better never get done, as I would prefer not to sit with Annemann anytime soon :)

Thank you Mr. Mindbender, Andreas, and hornet. It seems the video problems are occurring exclusively on Macs. Mr. Mindbender, your solution is a lifesaver. I will pass it along to Mac owners looking for guidance.

Daylite, Nicholas, Dr. Todd, Andy, and Jan…thank you so much. I definitely agree that SOTM V 2 alone is worth the full price of admission. Millard’s routine is just amazing, and The Extemporaneous Backup Billet is sort of a stealth powerhouse. In fact, it totally saved my hide earlier today. I did a Center Tear and pulled out all the stops, even using an advanced Millard Longman subtlety (you’ll need to buy Millard’s CD for that) that should have made it physically impossible to misfold the card. Well, the card was misfolded anyways. Nevertheless, thanks to The Extemporaneous Backup Billet, I was able to bring the effect to a stunning conclusion. On the spot, I even came up with a neat little patter twist (I wish I thought of it before releasing the supplement) that played very well for the particular circumstances. The load used for that sequence is also very versatile, as it can be used with all sorts of well known prediction effects. Of course, there’s all the other stuff too. I know that most of us are very much familiar with the lower right quarter handling for Acidus Novus. Still, I have already heard back from people who were not. They love it. I’ve waited for years to include the Cassidy style misdirection sequence. Try it out in a one-on-one situation and you’ll see that it really works. And then there’s still more. This is definitely one of my favorite supplements released so far.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Jun 23, 2009 02:03PM)
Thank you Elliott! I love having video in there, it's just way too cool. :)
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (Jun 23, 2009 07:02PM)
Elliott,

Haven't had chance to read it all the way through yet but..thanks again for another top notch supplement!

I've said it before but I'll say it again, this has to be the best investment in mentalism ebooks I've ever made. A very reasonably priced Ebook and one that keeps growing free of charge year after year!

If you haven't picked this up yet....just do it!

I'm not one for hype but this will definitely be the best investment in billet work that you'll ever get.

Keep up the good work Elliott.
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jun 23, 2009 10:05PM)
I just had a chance to look over the latest supplement and it is so great I am going to try it out tomorrow. Thanks for the tip Elliot and it is so great that you can get everything you need at the corner office supply store.

Guys if you haven't got Elliott's book you're missing out. One day he is going to get smart and raise the price or even better split all this stuff up for $20 each instead of getting it all for this low price.

Elliott how do you setup your camera and video cam to capture the stills? Also how did you put it in the book?

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 24, 2009 03:37PM)
Thank you so much, Nathan, Mark and Tim.

Tim, putting video footage in a PDF is a painless process.

I used my cheap digital camera and an even cheaper tripod to shoot the videos.

I started shooting, swung my hands around the tripod, and performed the techniques.

Then, I uploaded the files to my computer, edited out the portions where my hands swung around the tripod, and saved the files.

I prepared the Instructions in MS Word and left blank spaces for the videos.

I printed the word file to a PDF. Then, I went into the PDF file using Acrobat 7 and inserted the Windows Media Player videos using Acrobat's Movie Tool.

The only downside is that video files in a PDF use much more memory than photos. So, if you include too many, then your document will get cumbersome.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (Jun 24, 2009 03:50PM)
Thank you so much!!! The book becomes thicker and thicker! WOW! With distance, the best ebook purchase! So good information and techniques! I thank Elliott much for it!

I was very pleased (HAPPY) about the new e-mail!

THANKS!!!
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jun 24, 2009 10:04PM)
Guys just to let you know I was able to buy the stuff Elliot this afternoon. I tried it out and it made me think - hey this is *** cool. Bottom line, this effect alone is worth the $20.

Let me also remind you that I am doing everything I can to get Elliot to raise the price July 1st so this might be your last chance to get this book for only $20.

I get nothing for recommending this book but I will say that this is the best $20 I have spent to date.

Tim
Message: Posted by: mrdane (Jun 25, 2009 12:29PM)
Just wanted to add... This Ebook is the best value I've purchased in a while. These techniques are applicable to so many other routines and can even make them easier as well as more amazing!

If you do not have this yet you need to get it!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 25, 2009 08:44PM)
Thank you so much, Marc, Tim and mrdane.

Tim, I will consider your suggestion concerning raising the price.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jun 25, 2009 09:03PM)
I have to add my thanks. This latest installment is amazing. I'm always looking for practical, commercial material, particularly for stroll around, and Elliott just dropped some A-list effects in my lap.
I won't bring up the "He needs to charge more for this" topic. Last time I did caused a fire storm.
I will humbly just say, "Thank you, Elliott. I will use these." I can think of no higher praise.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 26, 2009 06:10PM)
Thanks Dan,

It’s really great to hear that you will be adopting some of the material from “Secrets of the Masters Volume Two” into your repertoire.

In fact, the material is so easy and powerful, that I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to try it out :)

I hope that we’ll hear even more on this board once other café members learn the material and obtain the necessary items.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jun 26, 2009 07:35PM)
I'm all in favor of Elliott raising the price on this -- for everyone except me, of course!

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet (Who knows a good thing when he finds it!)
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jun 26, 2009 10:37PM)
Guys I have been vocal about him raising the price because he needs to charge what this ebook is worth. I mean if you were to land one crappy gig using this material alone what would that be worth to you?

What is it worth to you to make your coworkers faces drop when you do one of these routines.

I am all for value but even Wal Mart needs to make a living.

I think I have Elliott talked into stripping the ebook down to it's original format for $20, then every couple of supplements would be an additional volume for a small charge.

So fair warning I am not stopping until he raises the price. If you want it for cheap it is now or never.

Oh and I am even trying to talk him into a video course.

Yeah us.

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 28, 2009 11:05AM)
Thanks Tim,

I think I have reached a point where 90% of the mentalism e-book buying population already owns “Switchcraft.” So, even a large and tremendously well received supplement like “Secrets of the Master Volume Two,” which took over a month to write, resulted in less than $100 of new sales.

I haven’t made up my mind just yet, but am considering several options.

In the meantime, I would like to thank the people who posted feedback about "Secrets of the Master Volume Two."

Tony, Mind_Magic, Paolo, Mauricio, Steve, Eric, Magiguy, Charles, Aleksi, Andreas, Mark, Greg, Mr. Mindbender, DrTodd, hornet, Daylite, andykean, Nicholas, Jan, Nathan, Mark, Tim, Marc, Dan and mrdane…

PM me your email addresses, and I will send you a special manuscript on billet work.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: daghank (Jun 28, 2009 12:49PM)
I am ashamed to say that I got Switchcraft just yesterday. I wasnt a fan of billet work at all and the only thing that I perform with billets was Name/Place routine of Bob Cassidy. I read a tiny tiny part of Elliot's awesome work and it already changed my opinion about billet work, I only read 4 switches so far and liked 2 of them very much,started practicing and even better, Elliot's work even changed the workings of the only billet routine I perform. Great work, this will take sooo much time to absorb all. Lovely.


( for those who are wondering, I will use E.B Tear in my Name/Place routine once I feel comfortable doing it,just started practicing today)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 29, 2009 03:23PM)
Thank you so much, daghank.

I am glad you already found several moves you will use.

Hopefully, in time, you will come across even more techniques that suit your style, and maybe some routines too.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Jun 30, 2009 02:28PM)
I have been having so much FUN playing with the latest ideas in the newest supplement. Wonderful ideas!

Now granted, my son got a kick out of me writing "you're not dumb!" then watching the magic happen to "not" (thank you Office Max) and giggling like crazy.

But this is some great stuff.

It just needs to be said, this last one alone is more than worth the investment.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Jun 30, 2009 02:36PM)
[quote]It just needs to be said, this last one alone is more than worth the investment.[/quote]
I agree completely. I really cannot begin to explain just how much I have gotten out of Switchcraft. The only reason I use billets today is because of this book. The knowledge it holds and the motivation it provides is worth much more to me than the price.

If you have not purchased it because you do not have an interest in billet work then you are really missing out. Switchcraft WILL change your mind on what you can do with a little piece of paper.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 1, 2009 08:51AM)
Thank you so much, Nathan and Aaron.

Early this morning I thought up an insanely good billet technique.

I’ve tested it on almost every single person I’ve met today, and it rocks!

It’s so good, so foolproof and so easy to execute, that I am confident it will be adopted into the repertoires of 100% of the people who spend the necessary five minutes to learn it. There will be no exceptions.

I’ll begin writing the instructions tomorrow night. I’ll also need to research a bit to see if anyone else has tried it. Frankly, it seems unlikely that anyone else is doing exactly what I came up with, or else everyone and their kid brother would already be using this.

“Secrets of the Masters Volume Two” just came out and has not yet come close to generating the volume of sales I had hoped. However, I am so excited about the new technique, that I will release it to my mailing list the moment I sell just 10 new copies of Switchcraft, starting now (assuming, in all likelihood, that this does not occur until after I have finished writing the instructions.)

So, please feel free to recommend Switchcraft to 10 friends.

Trust me, you won’t regret it and neither will they.


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jul 1, 2009 09:58AM)
Can we buy extra copies to get to the 10 purchases required?

Tim
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Jul 1, 2009 11:11AM)
Tim, not a bad idea! :)
Message: Posted by: daghank (Jul 1, 2009 11:45AM)
I really think there should be a place for the switchcraft users to share ideas,routines. I already have a few already that I'm excited about.
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (Jul 1, 2009 11:49AM)
Well I finally got hold of the needed items and have been busy practicing in front of the mirror. Going to try it out today and looking really forward to the reaction I know I'm going to get. LOVE LOVE LOVE Switchcraft! Elliott, you weren't understating how outstanding this effect is, it was WELL worth all those months of teasing us :D Thank you!
Message: Posted by: Paul Spaniels (Jul 1, 2009 11:50AM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-01 12:45, daghank wrote:
I really think there should be a place for the switchcraft users to share ideas,routines. I already have a few already that I'm excited about.
[/quote]

What a great idea! I wonder if something could be done on imentalism? Mr Luke? :)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 1, 2009 01:41PM)
Thank you so much, Paul. Regarding angles, using Millard’s original handling, allows you full control of one participant’s angle in relation to you. That said, especially for your first performance, I recommend the modified handling also included in the instructions. If you tilt your body a drop to the left, you will have a very good angle. Also, I winged the patter the first couple of times I performed the trick, but later came to the conclusion that Millard’s patter is very powerful, and should not be passed up. Finally, a week or so ago, I noticed that I forgot to mention one thing in the instructions; the index cards I use for the trick are white on both sides.

A board sounds like an interesting idea. I would be a little concerned about Switchcraft methods and routines being exposed to people who are not legitimate purchasers or owners, so there would need to be some sort of membership approval process. I have a complete and up to date mailing list, so that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Regarding the other matter, duplicate sales don’t count, so please don’t buy Switchcraft more than once. There were two sales today, so there are only 8 more to go.

Incidentally, I’ve been using the new technique all day today, and it’s playing spectacularly.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Jul 1, 2009 03:24PM)
Elliott -

A private membership board would make people buy for sure. It is easy to do something like Stuart Cumberland is doing and it can be setup in a matter of days.

- Think about it - videos of performances, being able to openly talk about it, etc.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Jul 2, 2009 10:37AM)
I just ordered this and look forward to reading through it!
Message: Posted by: Nathan Alexander (Jul 2, 2009 03:17PM)
Elliot - I'd love to help with the site. Membership plugins for WP are easy to install, and free.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 2, 2009 09:36PM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-02 11:37, rowdymagi5 wrote:
I just ordered this and look forward to reading through it!
[/quote]

Thank you Rowdymagi5,

I hope you find some techniques and routines you like.

If not, Secrets of the Masters Volume 3 is very much in progress (I've given up on selling the 10 books, and am just proceeding with the supplements as usual.)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 2, 2009 09:38PM)
Thanks Nathan and Tim.

I am not particularly tech savvy. How does one go about creating a board?

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jul 2, 2009 10:54PM)
Elliott, consult with Tony Blake. He's the master of that technology.

Greg
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jul 2, 2009 11:46PM)
Elliott, the best way to create a board is to take a piece of lumber, saw it down to the size you want (example: 3' x 4'), then sand it to a smoothness.

But it's quicker to just buy the boards in the sizes you want.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Jul 6, 2009 07:14AM)
When I opened my mailbox this morning, I noticed a surprise. Suplement 13! Thank you, Elliott!
Message: Posted by: Bartelli (Jul 6, 2009 08:39AM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-06 08:14, Gabor wrote:
When I opened my mailbox this morning, I noticed a surprise. Suplement 13! Thank you, Elliott!
[/quote]
Again something to look forward to. Checking my mailbox about every 5 minutes. :yippee:
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Jul 6, 2009 11:07AM)
Best mentalism purchase ever.
Message: Posted by: Daylite (Jul 6, 2009 11:29AM)
This has turned out to be one of the best investments I have ever made.

Thanks again Elliott :thumbsup:

Daylite :readingbook:
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 6, 2009 02:25PM)
Thanks Elliott.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 6, 2009 03:12PM)
Thanks, Elliott. "Switchcraft" means a lot to all of us.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 6, 2009 08:14PM)
Thanks Gabor, Bartelli, Pete, Daylite, Landmark and Dynamike.

I really appreciate your posts.

It’s been a crazy couple of days (I’m starting to think “13” really is unlucky,) but I am finally formally announcing, “Playing with Blocks,” the supplement that was released yesterday.

As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Most of you look like you got it OK, though. If not, please feel free to contact me.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 8, 2009 08:23PM)
Today has been a good day for future supplements.

I came up with something, and tested it a few times. So far, it is playing rather well.

I also got permission to include a technique briefly referenced, but not taught, in Secrets of the Masters Volume Two.

Finally, a cool idea was sent my way.

Good times ahead!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 8, 2009 08:27PM)
Excellent, Elliott, I am glad to read that.
Message: Posted by: Detlef (Jul 9, 2009 03:04AM)
Thank you for "Playing with Blocks". Exellent!
Regards
Detlef
Message: Posted by: Pierre Emmanuel (Jul 9, 2009 07:19AM)
Ok, I was reluctant to buy a PDF, as they have a price .. but no value : after you buy them, it's over, and I like real paper !

Buying a 20$ pdf was a big effort for me, but when I see the big amount of work behind this, ok, it does worth the price ! like 400 pages ? with tons of usefull stuff ..
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 9, 2009 11:07PM)
Thanks, Dynamike and Detlef!

Pierre, thanks for buying Switchcraft and also for sending the material. I'll read it this weekend.

Interestingly, today I had another really great billet idea. I haven't had a chance to test it in actual performance yet, but I have a good feeling about it.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: CAROLINI (Jul 11, 2009 10:21AM)
Switchcraft is second only to Corinda and Annemann. Many thanks Elliott.
CAROLINI
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Jul 11, 2009 05:01PM)
When I bought Switchcraft over a year ago I learnt a lot from it - but this massive work just keeps growing and with each installment containing new delights.

The latest is an absolute gem. Thank you Elliott.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 12, 2009 02:43PM)
Carolini, thank you so much for placing Switchcraft in such prestigious company.

Neil, I am very glad to hear you like July’s “Playing with Blocks.” I had a blast performing one item from that supplement for anyone and everyone I could find. It played really well.

June’s “Secrets of the Masters Volume Two” also has some top notch stuff, like “Acidus Novus Healing,” the classic “Acidus Novus,” and the “Extemporaneous Backup Billet.”

May’s “Secrets of the Masters Volume One” had tons of cool ideas, but my favorite item was “A Super Perfect Prediction.” As noted in “Secrets of the Masters Volume Two,” there are several ways to perform that trick without using an envelope or an extra billet. I plan to elaborate on one such approach in a future supplement

I think that I’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of quality content in the last three months, and look forward to continuing the trend over the months ahead.

Speaking of which…

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun performing some of the not yet released stuff that will be featured in forthcoming supplements. I hope to have the next one done for August.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 16, 2009 10:36PM)
So, I performed the stuff from the August supplement a few more times today. The material plays well.

Many of you know (as I wrote as much in SOTM V2) that I plan to eventually discuss "Billet to Shoe" in the Switchcraft series (maybe in a September or October supplement,) and I have already received permission from the fellow who first used card-to-shoe in a similar “billetish” context.

I have a few very viable methods in my arsenal, but I think card magic experts will know much more about FOLDED card (essentially a billet) to shoe than I ever will

So, I'll pose the question to the Café.

What are the best un-gimmicked methods for FOLDED card to shoe?
(By "BEST," I mean the best combination of deceptiveness and ease of execution)

Who are the originators of these methods? How can they be contacted?
What books or DVD's teach these methods?

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 17, 2009 04:32PM)
No responses? I wondered if I should have posted this on the card board (pun not intended, but I like it anyways) instead of in "penny"
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 20, 2009 10:24PM)
The forthcoming supplement is moving along nicely. Today, I got permission for one thing and requested permission for a related thing, which, once my email is read, I am sure I will get.

Surprisingly, I was denied permission for something else today. I hate it when that happens, but that’s life.

The shoe thing is moving slow. I have become familiar with quite a few folded card to shoe methods, but want to see them all before deciding which I think is the best.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jul 20, 2009 10:49PM)
Elliott, it's not that we didn't want to answer you, but (a) We're too ignorant and (b) my isp has been spotty, at best, in its performance.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jul 21, 2009 08:34PM)
I'm not sure there are that many card to shoes out there. There are just so many ways to do it and most involve a well known card fold.

The one that immediately comes to mind is from "Simply Devastating" by Michael Paul. I don't believe SD is available anymore but I think the card is folded. The method is ungimmicked.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 21, 2009 10:46PM)
Thank you, Dan and Chet.

Dan, there are actually quite a few ways to get that billet out of the shoe. Some, I like better than others. I just purchased the Michael Paul ebook. At first glance, it looks like money VERY well spent. Thank you so much for recommending it.

Now, I just need two people to buy Switchcraft, so I can recoup my research costs :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jul 21, 2009 11:23PM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-21 23:46, ElliottB wrote:
Thank you, Dan and Chet.

Dan, there are actually quite a few ways to get that billet out of the shoe. Some, I like better than others. I just purchased the Michael Paul ebook. At first glance, it looks like money VERY well spent. Thank you so much for recommending it.

Now, I just need two people to buy Switchcraft, so I can recoup my research costs :)

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliott,

You're more than welcome and I'm glad you found a copy.

I meant that I wasn't aware of many billet/card from shoe effects in print, at least not in the standard texts. But I'm thinking that, as an example, just about any billet from matchbox method would work for a shoe. And there are a lot of methods in print for that effect.

Of course it's impossible these days to keep up with everything. Looking forward to that supplement.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jul 22, 2009 12:41AM)
Elliott,

Just found this doing a search here. It might have something you could use. I have to say that with the exception of Shoe't, I'm not familar with any of them. But a few sound promising.


http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=281278&forum=2
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2009 04:38PM)
Thanks Dan,

Here’s what I’ve purchased so far, researching “Card to Shoe”:

John Rigg’s Pocket Writing book, Kicker, Pocket Power, Expert Card Technique, Michael Paul’s Ebook, and Joshua Jay’s book (with Rock to Shoe.) I’ve also ordered Mac King’s lecture notes, but they seem to be lost in the mail or something.

Here’s what I haven’t seen yet, but want to know more about…

Get Bent by Doug Brewer
Johnny Ace Palmer #3
Ed Ellis' "Magic Castle Performance Live!"
KORT
Unspecified version by Dan Harlan
Derren Brown's version from The Devil's Picturebook
Derek Hughes version on the coach edition of Celebracadabra.
Tommy Wonder’s version
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2009 08:47PM)
I found the "Unspecified" Dan Harlan trick. It's on his "Stand Up With Cards" DVD.
Of course, I don't own it, so it's not much help.

OK. I just need another 30 people to buy my book, so I can justify making these purchases :)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 22, 2009 10:12PM)
Just found a few more DVD’s with Card to Shoe.

So, the new list of Card to Shoe Routines to investigate is:

Get Bent by Doug Brewer
Johnny Ace Palmer #3
Ed Ellis' "Magic Castle Performance Live!"
KORT
Stand up With Cards Dan Harlan
Derren Brown's version from The Devil's Picturebook
Lennart Green's Green Magic - Volume 3 – DVD
Incredible Magic At The Bar - Volume 4 by Michael Maxwell – DVD
Beautiful Moves (2 DVD set) by Michael Boden – DVD
Stand Up and Deliver by Jeff Blum – DVD
Party Animal

If anyone hear can commen to an any of these Card to Shoe routines, please drop me a PM

EB
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Jul 22, 2009 11:14PM)
Whew! More than I imagined. And I'm a little embarrassed since I have Party Animal, Lennart Green and The Devil's Picture Book. I must have an aversion to the trick. (There's a card to shoe in the Devil's Picture Book!?)

You may be able to eliminate Standup and Deliver. It has a Card in Sox where the card winds up in a rolled up rubber banded pair of socks. I can't find any mention of a card to shoe.
Message: Posted by: HusssKarson (Jul 23, 2009 08:13AM)
For the swtichcraft, is there any 'pre-show' involve? Or could it be perform with no setup?
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jul 23, 2009 11:22AM)
...almost 32,000 views so far. Is this a record for the Café?

Huss...no preshow involved unless that is part of a certain included routine. Spend the money.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 23, 2009 04:10PM)
Tom’s right. There’s only one effect in the book involving pre-show. I wonder if I’m jumping the gun, getting all excited about “A Shuper Perfect Prediction,” when I haven’t even released the supplement that’s supposed to come out beforehand?

Maybe I’ll send out the other one a little early, just so I can get it out of the way.
Message: Posted by: CALENIG (Jul 23, 2009 04:40PM)
Purchased Switchcaraft a few weeks ago from Elliott's site.

Just a qucik note to say Thank you to Elliott for making this great book available. Bravo!!!!
Message: Posted by: merlin1979 (Jul 23, 2009 04:47PM)
Still only about halfway through the supplements and I still can't believe what good value this is! I've had the first parts bound for easy reading now.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 24, 2009 12:38PM)
Thank you Lee and Merlin.

The new supplement is done. I just need to edit it. I will probably release it next week. Possibly on Sunday or Monday night.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 25, 2009 10:17PM)
Finished the first edit.
Message: Posted by: AnDraíodóir (Jul 26, 2009 07:40AM)
Just want to add that I also purchased this some time back, and must say it was a very wise decision. This is some great and very generous work by Elliott! I'll be one of the many to also recommend it.

Phil
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Jul 26, 2009 01:50PM)
Phil, throw me in too because I also highly recommend it. I see it better than a DVD because it has so many photos. You don't have to worry about a "pause" button.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jul 26, 2009 09:34PM)
Yet another fantastic supplement to the ever-growing opus.

Creative and generous are two words to describe Elliott.

Thank you Elliott, and I hope you are feeling well.

Tony
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Jul 26, 2009 09:39PM)
CRAP! I have been thinking about getting this printed up and making it a BIG book that I can sit and read, BUT I keep on getting more and more! WHAT THE HECK! LOL

You are Da Man Elliott!


Best
RAy
Message: Posted by: Detlef (Jul 27, 2009 02:44AM)
Another great supplement,
thank you for this.
Hope you´re recoverd from the medical treatment.
Regards
detlef
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 27, 2009 04:24PM)
Thank you so much, Phil, Dynamike, Tony, Ray and Detlef!!
I really appreciate your comments.
I should have clarified that anesthesia comment in my email. It was just a minor test where they “put you out.” Nothing to worry about.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 27, 2009 04:26PM)
Oops. I forgot to announce "Secrets of the Masters Volume Three," the supplement that went out yesterday.


As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Most of you look like you got it OK, though. If not, please feel free to contact me.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Sandstar (Jul 27, 2009 10:51PM)
Just amazing. I am always stunned when yet another new supplement comes in. This is far and away the best value that I've ever seen in magic or mentalism. Thank you.
Message: Posted by: aldiamo (Jul 28, 2009 12:03AM)
Im about to buy this. Hope it is worth.
Message: Posted by: martin king (Jul 28, 2009 12:53AM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-28 01:03, Taboo wrote:
Im about to buy this. Hope it is worth.
[/quote]

As someone who does billet work, believe me, it's more than worth it!!!

Plus, Mr Stuart Cumberland, whom I consider to be (excuse me to use the title of one of his dvd's) 'The King of Billet's' recommends Switchcraft too.
Message: Posted by: Bartelli (Jul 28, 2009 04:15AM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-28 01:03, Taboo wrote:
Im about to buy this. Hope it is worth.
[/quote]
You can't go wrong with this one. I also think Elliott should start charging money for the supplements. If only to stay motivated to continue the work.
btw: Does anyone know of any other (magic) e-book that keeps adding supplements?

On his website it still says introductory price = $19.95. Switchcraft is now way beyond introduction. It's value has been proven and confirmed over and over again. I think al of us who purchased Switchcraft recognise the value and wouldn't mind paying for the supplements.
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Jul 28, 2009 05:16AM)
Thank you for this supplement, too. Maybe it's time to buy a watch. :) Those who have read the latest supplement know what I mean.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 28, 2009 06:34PM)
Thank you so much, Sandstar, Martin, Bartelli and Gabor.

Taboo, if you decide to pick up the series, I hope you end up feeling that it was worth it. I can't make any guarantees, but I did my best.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jul 28, 2009 11:49PM)
I recently received yet another draft of Switchcraft. This was version number 24 !!! This is the GOLD standard for exceptional value.
Elliot, I would have gladly paid for the updates. Please stop...you are spoiling me and the rest of the industry can not keep up.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jul 29, 2009 02:58PM)
[quote]
On 2009-07-28 19:34, ElliottB wrote:
Thank you so much, Sandstar, Martin, Bartelli and Gabor.

Taboo, if you decide to pick up the series, I hope you end up feeling that it was worth it. I can't make any guarantees, but I did my best.

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliott may not be able to make any guarantees, but I can.

If you can come out here, look me in the eye, and honestly say you didn't get much more value from *Switchcraft* than the few bucks you paid into it -- I will refund your money. But I will also strongly suggest you are lying.

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 30, 2009 06:59PM)
Thank you so much, Chet and hbwolkov.

I’m starting to shift my attention back to the hopefully forthcoming “A Shuper Perfect Prediction” Supplement.

And that means I need to get back to my research on the Shoe Load. I’m looking for the very best impromptu load in existence.

So far, I have seen the shoe loads from John Rigg’s Pocket Writing book, Kicker, Pocket Power, Expert Card Technique, Michael Paul’s Ebook, Joshua Jay’s book and Mac King’s Lecture Notes.

I have also seen a video of Derek Hughes performance of folded card to shoe, and ruled out the version from Party Animal.

That leaves the following Card-to-Shoe sources for me to know more about:


Get Bent by Doug Brewer
Johnny Ace Palmer #3
Ed Ellis' "Magic Castle Performance Live!"
KORT
Stand up With Cards Dan Harlan
Derren Brown's version from The Devil's Picturebook
Lennart Green's Green Magic - Volume 3 – DVD
Incredible Magic At The Bar - Volume 4 by Michael Maxwell – DVD
Beautiful Moves (2 DVD set) by Michael Boden – DVD



If anyone here can comment on any of these Card to Shoe routines, please drop me a PM

EB
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Aug 1, 2009 10:31PM)
Elliott,
I look forward to your next effort.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 3, 2009 02:43PM)
Thank you very much.

It is in progress, but there is a while to go.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 9, 2009 05:53PM)
Something cool has been sighted and is on the horizon.
Message: Posted by: Scott M (Aug 19, 2009 09:44PM)
I have read enough reviews of this and got it in and can not believe I waited so long.

I have skimmed most of it and now I am 1/3rd of the way through it and am amazed at how much information is in this ebook. Thoughts, ideas, recommendations, many contributers, etc.

I have used billets in a few situations and in a couple of routines over the years and this has my brain going nuts with what I am going to do and how I can improve what I have done in the past and will do very soon.

I would say that this ebook is meant for every mentalist to learn more than what is obvious, but for what is not obvious. I read this and follow along and find a deeper meaning than I did previously...hey, billets are not everday for me...until now.

There is a lot of content here, but to me what is important is the process. Many ways to get information and this is helping me to find out what fits me naturally. Not having a mentor, this is the next best thing.

Elliott, thanks for a great product!

-Scott M.
Message: Posted by: spinki (Aug 20, 2009 02:32PM)
Switchcraft
one word: GREATE
outstanding updateservice!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 21, 2009 09:19AM)
Thank you so much, Scott and spinki. I really appreciate your comments.

Scott, I hope you enjoy the next 2/3's of the book as much as the first third. There's some really great stuff for you to look forward to.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Aug 21, 2009 04:04PM)
Let me add something which hasn't been noted.

You may not use billet switching, and you may think Switchcraft has nothing for you.

You are wrong. I keep coming back to the Osterlind Perfect Center Tear, and I have learned an ENORMOUS amount about how to handle MYSELF through Switchcraft.

I have been getting better and better at cold reading, and I have learned even more about how to handle my audience and myself through Switchcraft.

Like Tarbell, there are lessons underneath the instructions. I think it's even possible that Elliott doesn't realize how much he's been teaching.

*jeep!
-Grandpa
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 23, 2009 10:59AM)
[quote]
On 2009-08-21 17:04, mormonyoyoman wrote:

I keep coming back to the Osterlind Perfect Center Tear, and I have learned an ENORMOUS amount about how to handle MYSELF through Switchcraft.
[/quote]

Thank you so much, Chet. You’re absolutely right.

Much of what is discussed in the series, especially in the four 2009 supplements released so far, can be applied to the center tear. Over time, I have given much thought to my center tear performances in order to minimize the likelihood of something going wrong, make certain that every action is perfectly motivated, and ensure that, in the unlikely event that something does go wrong, I have ironclad backup plans.

Some of the ideas I use are included in the Switchcraft supplements released so far, and I posted some of the others on various boards, although some are just hinted at. Who knows, I might just put some in a future supplement.

Of course, I’ll never have the Center Tear knowledge and expertise of Richard Osterlind, who, aside from being instrumental in the development of the modern instant-read Center Tear, probably does more Center Tears in a week than I do in a year.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: jjsanvert (Aug 28, 2009 09:57AM)
I am really impressed with this pdf. If you are interested in mentalism, this is just a must-buy. And the good news is that the supplements now deal mostly with new effects (or new twists on classical effects) - I think that we have enough techniques in the litterature to secretly learn the spectator's thougts. The descriptions are very clear, and there are a lot of informations and subtleties on billet work (which is in my opinion the epitome of mentalism). Now, if you don't trust me, consider this: you get 462 pages for your 20 $: you can't go wrong with this - and my prediction is that some further supplements are coming...
I want to say a big "thank you" to Elliott for his work. Buy this before he realises that he is a fool to sell it for 20 $.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Aug 30, 2009 10:09AM)
Thank you so much, J.J.

I really appreciate your comments.

Your prediction regarding future supplements will most likely be proven correct, as several are in progress.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Aug 30, 2009 06:18PM)
Y'know, we each love you Elliott, but you might never know it the way we each keep calling you a fool. (Myself included.)

Oops!

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 1, 2009 11:24AM)
I’ll happily take comments like “He’s crazy for giving this away for $19.95”

They're a lot better (at least, from my perspective) than “You’d be crazy to buy this for $19.95” :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Sep 15, 2009 02:16PM)
Elliott -

Got any more updates coming?

tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 15, 2009 09:54PM)
Thank you for asking, Tim.

In fact there are several supplements in progress. It’s a busy time of year for me, but I have not stopped working on the series.

I recently posted a 9 page billet related article on a private forum. That and some other in-progress material are expected to be in the next supplement.

Aside from my own work, I have received several contributions of material, including a full billet peek.


Elliott
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Sep 15, 2009 09:56PM)
Which forum, Elliott? :bg:
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 16, 2009 02:37PM)
It is in the new Switchcraft section of the Alchemy Moon forum. I previously asked a moderator to grant you access to the Switchcraft area, so you should be able to check it out. That said, you might want to wait for the article’s appearance in a future supplement, as the formatting was totally butchered when I pasted it from my MS Word file to the board . In its present state, it is hardly readable.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 17, 2009 09:06AM)
Paolo, I changed my mind.

The discussion regarding the first article is getting really interesting. We have some great, easy and powerful multiple revelation billet sequences.

The formatting problem is a little annoying, but the content is getting really good. You may want to check it out after all.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 17, 2009 09:37PM)
The discussion regarding the first article keeps getting better. We've come up with a nice six punch billet test.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 21, 2009 06:11PM)
I posted a second billet related article in the Switchcraft area of Alchemy Moon. The article describes a good peek you may want to check out.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (Sep 21, 2009 07:31PM)
[quote]
On 2009-09-21 19:11, ElliottB wrote:
I posted a second billet related article in the Switchcraft area of Alchemy Moon. The article describes a good peek you may want to check out.

Elliott
[/quote]

Hi Elliott,

Where in Alchemy Moon is the Switchcraft area. Can't seem to find it
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Sep 21, 2009 07:39PM)
You need the admin to allow you access, as it is a hidden room Mark.

Luke
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 21, 2009 08:41PM)
Hi Mark,

I sent a PM to the board administrator, indicating that you (and Dan) own Switchcraft. Hopefully, you will be given access to the Switchcraft section in the very near future.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (Sep 22, 2009 06:21AM)
Aaah! that explains it.

Thanks Elliott and Luke :)

I can't wait to have a peek!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 23, 2009 09:44AM)
You're welcome, Mark.

You'll get a "peek," in the literal sense, as both articles deal with peeking. I should have a third article up soon. In the meantime, I started a thread where contributed material can (and hopefully will) be posted.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 6, 2009 10:16PM)
Sorry about the delay regarding the previously mentioned third article. I should have it up within the next few days. It is already 90% written (and has been for ages.) I just need to find an hour or so to clean it up.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 7, 2009 05:29PM)
I finally did manage to post that third article.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 7, 2009 11:06PM)
If it was not for "Switchcraft", I would probably be homeless right now. I do not know how to thank you, Elliott.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 9, 2009 08:38AM)
You're very welcome, Dynamike.

Elliot
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Oct 9, 2009 10:02AM)
Let me say again publicly that I think Elliott has provided the mentalism community with one of the most outstanding offers ever with "Switchcraft."

I am continuously amazed with each supplement I receive and the wealth of material in the whole package.

What is most important to me is that he is obviously a person who loves the art of mentalism and does what he does for that reason.

Richard
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 9, 2009 01:38PM)
Thank you so much, Richard.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2009 09:27PM)
Those of you who have signed up at the Switchcraft section of Alchemy Moon should stop by.

A special Halloween themed billet sequence has been posted.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 2, 2009 04:26PM)
I’ve been getting a lot of PM’s for the link to the Alchemy Moon registration page. The link can now be found on my web site (EBSwitch.com)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 17, 2009 04:48PM)
Three amazing contributions were offered over the last few days.

I guess it would be negligent of me not to issue a new supplement at this point :)

Expect one within the next few weeks.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Nov 18, 2009 10:17AM)
I can't wait.
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Nov 18, 2009 01:20PM)
Wonderful!! What a tome...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 20, 2009 09:33AM)
Thanks guys,

All three contributed items are from the current acts of professional performers.

I gave one of the items, a routine, a few tries this week, and it played really well.

It will be the feature item of the next supplement, which I plan to release before Thanksgiving.

Like Millard Longman’s recent contribution and many others in the book, I think this routine will ultimately become a classic.

I am really pleased that I was given the opportunity to include it in Switchcraft.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 23, 2009 07:51PM)
The supplement I was going to release this week may be delayed to a completely unforeseen complication. We'll see.
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Nov 23, 2009 09:31PM)
Elliott,

I hope you are able to overcome this complication. I am looking forward to it. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Do you have any other projects on the horizon?

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 23, 2009 10:10PM)
Thank you, Bobby.

I just did some rewriting and deleting. Part of the supplement also needed to be moved to the next edition. It's a long story, but it's done now, and I just need to re-edit it.

It looks like I will probably have it out this week, after all...maybe a day or two later than planned.

Regarding other projects...all pending projects relate in some way to Switchcraft.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: The Futurist (Nov 23, 2009 10:18PM)
Elliott, chalk me up as another very happy purchaser! The clarity of the writing in Switchcraft makes it a joy to read; I devoured it in one sitting and now am going to read it again in a more fine-tooth-comb, studious way.
Message: Posted by: Alel (Nov 24, 2009 07:42AM)
WOW, Elliot.

Agian, its seems that Im not finishing the book soon. Just when I thought I'm nearing the end, here comes another supplement. :D

Excellent!
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Nov 24, 2009 11:56AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 20:51, ElliottB wrote:
The supplement I was going to release this week may be delayed to a completely unforeseen complication. We'll see.
[/quote]

Would a real mentalist HAVE an unforeseen complication? Next time, have your unforeseen complication written down on a billet and put it in this sealed envelope...

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 24, 2009 05:26PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-24 12:56, mormonyoyoman wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-11-23 20:51, ElliottB wrote:
The supplement I was going to release this week may be delayed to a completely unforeseen complication. We'll see.
[/quote]

Would a real mentalist HAVE an unforeseen complication? Next time, have your unforeseen complication written down on a billet and put it in this sealed envelope...

*jeep!
--Grandpa
[/quote]

We can't look too perfect. Otherwise people won't believe it's real. :)

It's done and edited. Tonight, I plan to combine it with the existing book, update the pdf's bookmarks, check it over, upload to payloadz, run a test download and check it, update my web site, and update my mailing list.

Assuming there is time left, I plan to begin sending it out.

My email issue (the number of emails I can send in a 24 hour period is limited) gets worse, as my mailing list grows. Therefore, the supplements will probably go out over several days, beginning either tonight or Wednesday night.

The mailing order will be somewhat random (I can't go through the list and pick people out...I'd just end up inadvertantly insulting people that way,) so please have patience. They should definitely all go out within one week.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 24, 2009 08:59PM)
Uploaded the book to payloadz, and updated my web site.

Now for the hard part...figuring out how I'll distribute this.

I'll get started on that, but I need to hit the sack pretty soon, so I can't say for sure how many copies will go out tonight, if any.
Message: Posted by: Scott M (Nov 24, 2009 09:04PM)
Thanks for all your hard work and contributing to our art Elliott.

-Scott M
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 24, 2009 09:04PM)
Elliott -

PM sent to you with a possible solution.

Tim
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Nov 24, 2009 09:12PM)
Elliott - Thank You! I certainly appreciate all that you do for us.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 24, 2009 09:49PM)
Thanks guys.

Tim, I decided to just spread them out, based on my email capacity.

Approximately 500 complimentary ebooks were just delivered.

I did not look at the names, but just highlighted my list and counted down to 248. Then I did it again.

Tomorrow night, I hope to mail slightly less than 500 again.

Then I'll wrap things up late Thursday night.

(Hopefully, there will be at least 490 new posts here tomorrow :) )

Elliott
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 24, 2009 10:01PM)
Elliott -

Your choice of course but the way I suggested allows you to upload in a few minutes and blast out the link with a single email.

Of course it's your choice however you want to do it. Figured you might want to save some time and headache.

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 24, 2009 10:06PM)
I don't understand. Wouldn't the limit on the number of emails I can send per day still apply? It sounded like it would just be a link, instead of an attachment.
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Nov 24, 2009 10:07PM)
For those who came in late:

Switchcraft is the one-stop everything you could want to know bout billets and if you want to know more, then you must have mastered everything in Switchcraft already and that's just not possible. Not in one lifetime.

If you don't know what a billet is or you think billet work is passe -- move on. You're no mentalist.

If you've not heard of Switchcraft yet, go back and read this entire thread. It's worth your time.

The latest supplement and fullest version yet of Switchcraft is hitting the airwaves even as I type. Just received mine, and - not only is the file fatter than ever, it downloaded quicker than ever. Don't know if this was Elliott's doing, but I'm grateful.

There's a slightly newer version of a classic Orville Meyer effect, and it seems to work fine and dandy -- It'll be up to you if you want to do this version or the original of Tervil. And then there's Elliott's advice on how to get a good peek at a billet.

And a tantalizing tease of what may be coming in the Very Near Future.

I really doubt anyone here hasn't picked up Switchcraft yet -- but if you haven't, for goodness' sake, WHY NOT??

*jeep!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 24, 2009 10:10PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-24 23:06, ElliottB wrote:
I don't understand. Wouldn't the limit on the number of emails I can send per day still apply? It sounded like it would just be a link, instead of an attachment.
[/quote]

Not the way we would do it. People would sign up for the notification of the new supplement. When there was one we'd hit a button and let everyone know at the same time with a link to the new supplement and a way to protect it as well.

Tim
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Nov 24, 2009 10:12PM)
[quote]I really doubt anyone here hasn't picked up Switchcraft yet -- but if you haven't, for goodness' sake, WHY NOT?? [/quote]
I agree completely. I have learned so much from Switchcraft that I consider it one of the core textbooks of Mentalism.
Message: Posted by: Tony Miller (Nov 24, 2009 10:25PM)
Thank you so much Elliot.
I purchased Switchcraft yesterday based on this thread and now there is already a supplement. Woohooo!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 24, 2009 10:32PM)
Thank you so much Chet, Aaron, Tim and Tony.

Just a note: If you didn’t get it yet, have no fear. Over 50% still need to go out, and delivery will resume tomorrow night.

Chet, that version of Orville Meyer’s Tervil is by Alex Tyuluman.

He posted it on a private forum in early August, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

I dropped some hints and sat back for a while, hoping it would come in as a Switchcraft contribution. Over time, my hints started getting less subtle, and I even offered $100 bucks for the routine on the board…it’s that good! (Thankfully, I don’t think Alex read that post :) )

Finally, I just PM’d Alex and asked for it.
Message: Posted by: jcroop (Nov 25, 2009 04:43AM)
Thanks!....He did it again. Did it again.

Sung to...well, you know.

There is already a lifetime of magic in this tome. And the HITS just keep on coming! One of the threads on the Café asked about being on a desert island with just one book....I guess I"ll need to find a solar powered device.

Thank you Elliott.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Pete Legend (Nov 25, 2009 07:27AM)
Hey Elliott,

Thanks very much for yet another supplement..the amount of material within this e-book is other worldly! :D Now only is the quanity amazing but the quality of material is top notch! Well done and thank you!

Best,

Pete
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Nov 25, 2009 11:23AM)
Just got it and haven't yet had the time to read it but I would like to thank Elliott for moving the ball forward in the field of mentalism. His efforts will help our art for a long time to come. Thanks.

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 25, 2009 06:25PM)
Thank you so much, Jim, Pete and Steve. I really appreciate your posts.

I just got home, and will soon proceed with the second phase of the mailings.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 25, 2009 07:13PM)
Just sent out another 250. 31 bounced. Yikes.
Message: Posted by: luxor07 (Nov 25, 2009 07:23PM)
Elliot, I just received mine. Thanks again! What an increduble value.
Message: Posted by: HypnotizeAmerica (Nov 25, 2009 07:31PM)
Got mine. Off to Las Vegas for a few days. Will look it over once I return.

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 25, 2009 07:58PM)
Well, I just managed to lock two email accounts, and can’t send much more from the third account without locking it.

On the plus side, I got them all out…over a thousand complimentary e-books.

At least 40 bounced, though.

I think I’ll wait until Friday to formally announce the supplement, as it looks like many people aren’t around.
Message: Posted by: The Futurist (Nov 25, 2009 08:39PM)
Cheers, Elliott! Just received the supplement -- great material as ever :)
Message: Posted by: seadog93 (Nov 25, 2009 08:43PM)
Holy Cow!
I just got the supplement, thank you so much!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Nov 25, 2009 08:57PM)
I got mine too. Thanks buddy.
Message: Posted by: Tony Miller (Nov 25, 2009 09:22PM)
Just received the supplement.
Easily the best magic/mentalism investment I've made this year.

Thank you very much.
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Nov 25, 2009 09:56PM)
Elliott,

Thanks for the supplement. I look forward to seeing your latest offering.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for being so giving with your supplements.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: The Futurist (Nov 26, 2009 12:36AM)
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
And so say all of us!
And so say all of us!
And so say all of us!
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
And so say all of us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ieCUL0OFDw

([i]molto rubato![/i])
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Nov 26, 2009 05:14AM)
Elliott, I cannot thank you for starting of the season of goodwill so early. You could have waited a few days until December at least. But many thanks for the latest supplement. I have a lot of travelling to do in the next few days and look forward to deepening my Switchcraft skills en route.

Anthony
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Nov 26, 2009 06:03AM)
Got mine yesterday. Tervil Extra Bold is a very nice solution for the force free triple prediction fans. :) Thank you, Elliott!
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Nov 26, 2009 06:38AM)
Elliott - you're a freakin' genius, as ever...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2009 09:01AM)
Thank you so much seadog93, Dynamike, Tony, Bobby, The Futurist, Anthony, Gabor, and Iain. I really appreciate your posts on this board.

I got a bunch of PM’s from people who may have had bounced deliveries, or who changed their email addresses. I have been working on those deliveries this morning.

However, there is one important thing: Please always remember to provide your full name, so I know who you are and can check and/or update my mailing list.


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2009 09:42AM)
Yikes. I keep getting PM’s without last names, or with names and email addresses that are not on my mailing list.

Folks, I am doing my best to get every complimentary copy delivered.

First, I am working on the requests, where I have been provided the information I need to get things out. Those are going out as I get them.

Requests with insufficient information are being moved to the bottom of the stack. Eventually, I will probably follow up on them, assuming I find the time. But you will get that free ebook a lot faster if you give me your full name, or the name of your girlfriend who bought you the book etc.
Message: Posted by: Mnemonimage (Nov 26, 2009 09:55AM)
I still can't believe how much value I've gotten for the original purchase price. Man, I wish all ebooks, hell I wish all BOOKS gave this much excellent, continuous service and additional benefits. Thanks so much Elliot. Happy Thanksgiving, I know what I'm thankful for!!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2009 12:49PM)
Thank you so much, Mnemonimage!!

I just noticed that at least 80% (maybe more) of the bounced emails were sent to Hotmail accounts. It's very odd. I wonder if any Hotmail emails went through?
Message: Posted by: sleightofhander (Nov 26, 2009 03:25PM)
Another home run. Thanks Elliott.

Mark
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 26, 2009 04:09PM)
Got mine, cheers Elliott!

And I dropped a suggestion on how to send out your mails on the 'moon'. It works!

:)
Message: Posted by: andykean (Nov 26, 2009 04:14PM)
Brilliant best mentalism value ever!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2009 08:01PM)
Thank you so much, Mark, Luke and Andy.

Luke, I saw that post, but I did not understand how that computer program would allow me to bypass Yahoo and Google's limitations on the number of allowed emails per day.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 27, 2009 12:48AM)
I'm unsure what you mean. Your SMTP server is what defines how much mail is allowed to be sent from you... Email me sometime and we can discuss it further. I've had to learn a lot about this recently.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 27, 2009 01:02PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-27 01:48, Luke Shield wrote:
I'm unsure what you mean. [/quote]

I mean that, for instance, in the case of Yahoo email, "outbound email messages are limited to 500 per day. Each message can be sent to no more than 100 recipients at once, and each recipient of a message counts as one email toward the 500 email limit."

A old friend has contacted me with a viable solution.
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Nov 27, 2009 04:51PM)
Ah ok. Well that software would have worked then.

Glad you found a way to do it!
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Nov 27, 2009 07:27PM)
Elliott

Thanks again. I've been doing a version of Tervil for awhile... and silently cursed when I saw your latest supplement.

But I'm happy in the knowledge that it's so bold not too many will try it.

Congratulations again, Elliott, on bringing out another edition of one of the greatest values in mentalism.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 28, 2009 11:56PM)
Thank you, David.

Well, I hope somebody tries it :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Garrad (Nov 29, 2009 02:16AM)
This thing is just mind boggling, it goes on and on and on, but in a good way. I have cleared a whole shelf on the bookcase for it, cause you know its going to fill it in time. Incredible. Just Incredible.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Nov 29, 2009 11:01AM)
I just got this yesterday...why did I wait??? The best deal in mentalism...hands down!

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Nov 29, 2009 12:03PM)
Yep, he did it again.

Thank you Elliott!

John
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 29, 2009 02:36PM)
Thank you very much, Nathan and John. I really appreciate your posts.

I've been waiting for Monday or Tuesday (when, I assume people will return from vacation,) to formally announce the new supplement.

In the meantime, I just tried sending download links to a bunch of addresses where the original mailing bounced. Unfortunately, many of those download links bounced too.

Therefore, when I make the announcement, I'll just add the usual comment about contacting me if the supplement didn't make it.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 30, 2009 12:40PM)
I figure that people are starting to come back from vacation, so now is a good time to formally announce “Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff,” the supplement that went out last week.


As usual, a bunch of emails bounced back. Most of you look like you got it OK, though. If not, please feel free to contact me.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Nov 30, 2009 02:13PM)
Elliott, simply amazing, thanks again, what a body of work! Jan
Message: Posted by: Daylite (Dec 1, 2009 07:56AM)
Elliott, I just checked my e-mail and man was I happy to see the newest addition to your ever growing book.
At one time this year I thought this was the best Mentalism purches I had made all year, Now I'm not so sure. This is turning out to be my best Mentalism purches EVER.

Thanks again

Daylite :readingbook:
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 2, 2009 05:12PM)
Thank you so much, Jan and Daylite. I really appreciate it.

I've been working pretty hard on the next two supplements. Hopefully, I'll be able to get one or two more out by year end.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 3, 2009 12:12PM)
I was just informed that Payloadz, the guys who process the sales of Switchcraft, seems to be down, so orders can't go thru. Hopefully, they will be up again soon.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 3, 2009 12:54PM)
They are back up.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 5, 2009 04:53PM)
The next supplement is very much in progress. I have to say that it may be the best one yet.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Dec 5, 2009 08:42PM)
:)

Nathan
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 6, 2009 04:20AM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-05 17:53, ElliottB wrote:
The next supplement is very much in progress. I have to say that it may be the best one yet.
[/quote]

That's quite a scary prediction to make, considering the quality of past supplements.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 7, 2009 03:11PM)
Thanks, Chet.

Hopefully, it will live up to to the prediction.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 9, 2009 05:35PM)
Effective now, the Switchcraft board has officially moved here:

http://www.mysteryperformers.com/


I’ve been busy with the forthcoming two supplements, so I haven’t posted anything of substance yet. I haven’t moved the old articles there either. However, in due time, I certainly will. I also plan a major Switchcraft forum tie-in for the next supplement.

You will definitely want to sign up.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 9, 2009 06:14PM)
OK. I moved the most popular article..."The Detective's Peek."
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Dec 10, 2009 04:43AM)
Please read the sign up instructions too guys - it will make life sooooo much easier for us. :)
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Dec 10, 2009 05:50AM)
I am having trouble loading the site?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 10, 2009 08:44AM)
Hi
I love Switchcraft which I wisely bought long ago. One question--I'm on an iMac, OS 10.5.7, and I am not able to get the videos to play. Any suggestions?

Thanks
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 10, 2009 11:50AM)
Hi landmark,

Thank you so much for your post.

The videos were created in a Windows environment, and there is a big bold note (under the caption, “IMPORTANT”) on my web site indicating that Windows Media Player is required to run the embedded videos.

That said, several Mac Owners reported workarounds where they were able to run the videos anyways. I rummaged through this thread and found this post from Mr. Mindbender:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search_post.php?topic=188442&forum=15&post=6154201

I hope it helps.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: landmark (Dec 10, 2009 02:47PM)
Thanks, Elliott. Sorry I missed that post. That definitely is one way to go.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 11, 2009 12:26PM)
You're very welcome, Landmark.

Incidentally, why haven't you all signed up at Mysteryperformers.com ?

Once, I get the next supplement out, I plan to post tons of content in the Switchcraft section of that site.

Don't miss out :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 11, 2009 04:08PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-11 13:26, ElliottB wrote:
You're very welcome, Landmark.

Incidentally, why haven't you all signed up at Mysteryperformers.com ?[/quote]

I did! I did! I'm hoping I crossed all the "i"s and dotted all the "t"s!

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Caliban (Dec 11, 2009 04:31PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-11 13:26, ElliottB wrote:
Incidentally, why haven't you all signed up at Mysteryperformers.com ?
[/quote]

It says on the site that you can only apply if you have an invitation to join from an existing member. How does that work for the Switchcraft forum?
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Dec 11, 2009 05:18PM)
I would also lIke to know aswell Elliott.

Daren
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Dec 11, 2009 08:59PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-11 13:26, ElliottB wrote:
Incidentally, why haven't you all signed up at Mysteryperformers.com ?

Elliott
[/quote]

I registered, and sent the info they requested in a separate email, but have not heard back yet. How long does it usually take?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 12, 2009 05:07PM)
Hi folks,

It’s looking to be a cool board, but I don’t run the place. That’s a good thing, as running the place is A LOT of work

The admins are working really hard and reviewing each application individually, so you need to give them at least a few days, especially in this busy holiday season…I’m about to head to a party myself. (Good billet fun ahead.)

Just make sure to CAREFULLY follow the registration instructions. In conjunction with my release of the new supplement, I will do my best to get everyone on my mailing list registered. Although, you may want to register now and beat the mad rush.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 13, 2009 11:57AM)
I finished the next supplement, and just need to edit it.

The core sequence - the one I have been performing - is in the supplement.

However, in my notes, I have dozens of alternate routines that accomplish all sorts of cool things.

My notes are pretty much gibberish (sometimes, even I can't even figure out what I was thinking,) but I plan to translate the notes for each routine into formal instructions, and to post the instructions, one routine at a time, on the Switchcraft board.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: magicFreak2 (Dec 13, 2009 12:10PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-10 12:50, ElliottB wrote:
Hi landmark,

Thank you so much for your post.

The videos were created in a Windows environment, and there is a big bold note (under the caption, “IMPORTANT”) on my web site indicating that Windows Media Player is required to run the embedded videos.

That said, several Mac Owners reported workarounds where they were able to run the videos anyways. I rummaged through this thread and found this post from Mr. Mindbender:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search_post.php?topic=188442&forum=15&post=6154201

I hope it helps.

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote]

I would try installing Windows media player via either Crossover Mac or PlayOnMac. :)

On Linux the codecs install themselves :D
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 13, 2009 12:36PM)
Thank you very much.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 13, 2009 09:46PM)
The 16th supplement is done. Several of the related board articles are also done.

The only thing left is administrative stuff. I'd be very surprised if it does not go out this week.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Dec 13, 2009 09:53PM)
You Rock Elliott!
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Dec 13, 2009 10:02PM)
Awesome!

Nathan
Message: Posted by: jcroop (Dec 14, 2009 10:01PM)
Version 25 downloaded like a charm. Hopefully this makes it easier for Elliott. Thanks!

Jim
Message: Posted by: Detlef (Dec 15, 2009 03:31AM)
Hi Elliot,
thank you very much for the Version 25 download.
It is very much appreciated.
Regards from Germany
Detlef
Message: Posted by: The Futurist (Dec 15, 2009 04:12AM)
Yay! 2.5 in my inbox :) Cheers, Elliott! I just looked over the new material, and, as ever, my mind is racing with the exciting possibilities.
Message: Posted by: andykean (Dec 15, 2009 04:12AM)
Fantastic stuff the best value ebook ever!
Thanks Again Elliot
kind regards
Andy
Message: Posted by: Caliban (Dec 15, 2009 04:40AM)
Great supplement Elliot ... although probably not the best timing for your line: "like Tiger Woods - I just do it".
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Dec 15, 2009 06:41AM)
I got it! I forgot mine comes to my "other" email address...

Nathan
Message: Posted by: Daylite (Dec 15, 2009 08:02AM)
Thank you once again Elliot.
I just checked my e-mail and there was your unexpected new addition to you wonderful
book. Great stuff and great thinking.

HOW CAN WE EVER REPAY YOUR KINDNESS ?

Daylite :readingbook:
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Dec 15, 2009 12:35PM)
Elliot-

Excellent work! Thank you.

Best-

Bob Cassidy
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Dec 15, 2009 01:22PM)
Elliot,

Right now I don't think anyone wants to do anything like Tiger Woods(except hit a 400 yard drive). But I really like this supplement. Thanks again.

Steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 15, 2009 05:07PM)
Thank you so much, Nathan, Aaron, Jim, Detlef, The Futurist, Andy, Caliban, Daylite, Steve, and especially Bob (I feel honored by your comment.)

I really appreciate your posts.

If you like the material in the supplement, then, when you have a chance, you may want to check out the addendums at Mysteryperformers.com

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 15, 2009 05:09PM)
Gotta post the official update...

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Dec 15, 2009 11:33PM)
Elliott,

Thanks for the update. I recently celebrated a birthday and with some of the money I received, I was looking to purchase an ebook. Now, I was smart enough to purchase Switchcraft either last year or the year before. I was intrigued by another billet book I saw. It was 10 pages and $20. I think the book is worth it, but ultimately I decided not to make the purchase. However, it made me think of what a great value your book is: 483 pages for ... what is it, $19.95? Have you increased the price?

Thanks for everything.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 16, 2009 06:56PM)
Thank you, Bobby. For now, the price is still $19.95.

Incidentally, as approximately two days have elapsed, I will remove the link very, very, soon.

Folks, if you snooze you loose. Get it when you can.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 16, 2009 10:16PM)
Ok. The temporary link I set up for my list was open for 48+ hours.

I finally took it down a couple of minutes ago.

Hopefully, most/all of the people on the list successfully downloaded the supplement.

Thanks again for participating in this experiment, and don't forget to recommend Switchcraft to your friends :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 16, 2009 10:25PM)
Wow! That didn't take long...

Human nature is a funny thing.

I think I'm gonna need to go back to attachments next time :)
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 17, 2009 02:59AM)
I say that if people don't take advantage of a link while it's up and running, swat them with a rolled up newspaper and then rub their nose in it. But that's just me. And the voices in my head.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 17, 2009 06:06PM)
I sent them all out.
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Dec 17, 2009 06:18PM)
Elliot: I received it!
Thanks!

Again, this is the best e-book ever...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 18, 2009 08:55AM)
Thank you, Mind Magic.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: The.Amazing.Boy (Jan 2, 2010 10:15AM)
It looks great, this is the kind of book I was looking for to leap into mentalism. but I've got a last question before purchasing, I don't want to misunderstand so what exaclty is "billet magic" ? is it a piece of paper used as a prediction on it's own or does it involves some king of notepad (in that case I'm not interested) ? thanks a lot !
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Jan 2, 2010 10:26AM)
It does not require a special notepad. Switchcraft is the best mentalism purchase I have ever made.
Message: Posted by: The.Amazing.Boy (Jan 2, 2010 11:29AM)
So this is just (I'm talking about the effect the spectators see) a random piece of paper with a pen ? thanks for your reply
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Jan 2, 2010 11:34AM)
Correct. Switchcraft is an encyclopdeia of skills and effects utilizing a pen and a little piece of paper, business card, napkin, scrap paper, etc...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 2, 2010 08:04PM)
Aaron, thank you so much for the excellent recommendation. You got me a sale!

The.Amazing.Boy, I hope you enjoy the book. There is also some extra bonus material over at Mysteryperformers.com

I sent you an invitation to mysteryperformers via email, in case you’re interested in checking that stuff out.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 4, 2010 02:43PM)
I posted a quick full billet peek over at Mysteryperformers.com

(In all honesty, it is angle sensitive and the duration of the peek is relatively short.)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 7, 2010 09:44AM)
Anyone else having trouble getting on to Mysteryperformers today?
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jan 7, 2010 09:52AM)
I've been fine getting in elliott...

and please, put the price up of Switchcraft...people do deserve to get paid for their hardwork y'know...$50s is a tiny drop in the ocean when you actually use this stuff for gigs...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 7, 2010 10:16AM)
My password doesn’t work anymore. Maybe I’ve been booted or something. My only concern is the 30 or so pages of material I posted in the Switchcraft section. Some of that isn’t saved anywhere else.
Message: Posted by: Bartelli (Jan 7, 2010 02:25PM)
Same problem here, I was able to log on yesterday. Today nothing... :(
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 7, 2010 02:39PM)
Luke is working on it now. Everyone is having the same problem so I contacted him.

Best-

Bob
Message: Posted by: Nathan Pain (Jan 7, 2010 02:45PM)
Hmmm, weird...I've been able to get in just fine all day...guess I'm special.

Nathan
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 7, 2010 02:48PM)
You and Iain! It must be some sort of conspiracy :)
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jan 7, 2010 02:54PM)
Luke is working with the hosting company right now trying to sort out the problem.

Best-

Bob
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 7, 2010 03:01PM)
Thank you so much for posting the update.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Jan 7, 2010 03:16PM)
Sorry guys, as Bob mentioned - I'm working on it. All will be well later tonight, and don't worry Elliott I have backed up all the switchcraft info, along with the rest of the posts!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 8, 2010 09:18AM)
The login troubles at the forum appear to be resolved. Thanks Luke!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 10, 2010 10:20PM)
I posted some Valantine's Day routine ideas over at the Switchcraft section of Mysteryperformers.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Jan 11, 2010 09:48PM)
Am I the only one that can't seem to find any of the Switchcraft posts on the Mysteryperformers site?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 11, 2010 10:18PM)
Huh? I'm very confused right now.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 12, 2010 12:12PM)
I gave it another shot. I think I may have messed up the original PM, as it is not showing up in my sent box.

Anyways, since you posted your difficulties on the public forum, please let us all know when you get access.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Jan 12, 2010 12:38PM)
Elliott,

any plans to release the posts on the mystery performers site in ebook form?
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Jan 12, 2010 10:33PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-12 13:12, ElliottB wrote:
I gave it another shot. I think I may have messed up the original PM, as it is not showing up in my sent box.

Anyways, since you posted your difficulties on the public forum, please let us all know when you get access.

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote]

Ahhh... now I see the private area that wasn't there before. Now I understand why I wasn't able to find the posts. :)

Many thanks, Elliott!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 13, 2010 12:58PM)
Excellent! I’m glad to hear you got access.

Paradise, the answer is “yes.” I try not to make promises regarding future releases, however, I would certainly like to turn some of the cooler posts into future supplements.

Last year, I got six out. We’ll see how things go for 2010.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 1, 2010 04:07PM)
A very nice billet presentation has been posted in the contribution section of the Switchcraft forum.

You might want to stop by and check it out.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 3, 2010 09:39AM)
Hmm. The appearance of my web site (especially the heading) changed a bit after Google moved it to Google Sites. I will need to investigate that when I can. Hopefully, it will be possible to clean it up.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 11, 2010 06:22PM)
I did the best I can to fix the appearance of the web site.

Additionally, some nice contributions for future supplements have arrived in recent weeks. Gotta find some time to work on that.

Finally, a new full review of Switchcraft was posted here:

http://themagicnetwork.com/component/content/article/51-mentalism-books/195-switchcraft-by-elliott-j-bresler

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 30, 2010 10:09PM)
45% out. 55% to go. I may wrap up on Monday.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (May 30, 2010 10:23PM)
Let me be the first to say thank you for another great gift to the fraternity. Thank you, Elliott.
Message: Posted by: andykean (May 31, 2010 12:58AM)
This is the best value for money PDF ever
thanks Elliot

However back story by Ben Harris up there!
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (May 31, 2010 02:22AM)
I checked my E-mail and WOW!

Elliot, you are amazing putting this e-book together like you do!

This book is a must for a mentalist to read and study.





Ray
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (May 31, 2010 02:44AM)
500 pages!!
Wow!!
Many thanks Elliot!
:)
Message: Posted by: JanForster (May 31, 2010 05:08AM)
Elliot, thanks a lot again! Unbelievable and what a pleasure to read... and not only to read ... :) Jan
Message: Posted by: skilldini (May 31, 2010 07:18AM)
I have a wooden easel for jumbo cards that has a piano hinge in the middle which allows it to fold in half. 12" tall and 25" wide. green on the front surface. well made of wood. very well made actually.
I understand it is part of a ted lesley effect with jumbo cards. does anyone have any info on this?
thank you tim with tim@skilldini.com
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (May 31, 2010 08:47AM)
Another fine supplement to the most important volume on billet work ever published. Elliot, you continue to amaze me.
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (May 31, 2010 09:12AM)
Received it too!
Wonderful supplement.
Message: Posted by: kinesis (May 31, 2010 09:35AM)
500 pages of quality, what a bargin!
Message: Posted by: Kim (May 31, 2010 09:37AM)
A bargain indeed,thank you again for this wonderful entity known as Switchcraft.
Kim
Message: Posted by: gmeister (May 31, 2010 12:25PM)
This is one of the few purchases that just keeps on giving! I don't now whether Elliot's a martyr or a masochist (or both) but, as Lincoln said of Grant, "find out what he's drinking and send a barrel to each of my generals!"

Thanks, again, Elliot, for one of the best buys and most extraordinary resources available!

gary
Message: Posted by: Mark Roberts (May 31, 2010 12:35PM)
I still marvel at the value of an ebook I purchased years ago at great value (even then) that keeps growing year on year at no charge!

Thanks again, Elliott for a wonderful source. And, yes, you can quote that :)

PS Matt Townsend...that is a superb justification (if you should need one) for Acidus Novus. Fantastic!

Mark
Message: Posted by: The Futurist (May 31, 2010 12:46PM)
Awesome, thanks so much Elliott. Switchcraft 2.6 arrived in my inbox today :D - what an incredible, ever-growing resource. Now at 500 pages (!) for the low low price of $19.95, this is a must have for anyone interested in billet work!
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (May 31, 2010 03:30PM)
Elliott,

THANK YOU again and again and again and again... :)
Message: Posted by: Anansi (May 31, 2010 03:52PM)
This is like pure Busch Hypno-relationships.
I feel you all.(expecting comments on that one :smile: )
Enough already!
I'm buying, I'm buying!
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (May 31, 2010 03:54PM)
Elliott, thanks again my friend. :)
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (May 31, 2010 04:09PM)
Elliott does it again! Wow! Great job!

Greg
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (May 31, 2010 04:34PM)
Muchas gracias amigo!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (May 31, 2010 06:54PM)
Thank you so much, Tom, Andy, Ray, Eric, Jan, Magiguy, Luke, Mind_Magic, Derek, Kim, Gary, Mark, The Futurist, Paolo, Luke, Greg, and Mauricio.

I really appreciate your posts.

Skilldini, I have no clue.

Anansi, I look forward to spending your $20.


For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special
Three

Special thanks to Matthew and Jordan for their contributions to the latest supplement.


Elliott

PS. I noticed that some files bounced. If you are on my list and did not get the latest edition, please let me know, and I will do my best to take care of it in the coming week.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (May 31, 2010 07:32PM)
Thanks again Elliott!! This is really great!!!
Message: Posted by: Anansi (May 31, 2010 07:39PM)
It's there to spend, Snr. Elliott.

Thank you sir!

looking forward to looking forward.
Message: Posted by: Amirá (May 31, 2010 07:42PM)
Thanks Elliot!!!
Message: Posted by: insight (May 31, 2010 07:54PM)
Just got supplement 17 in my email inbox, can't wait to read it!
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (May 31, 2010 08:06PM)
Thank you, generous one
Message: Posted by: miker50 (Jun 1, 2010 12:44AM)
Hey Elliot, I have never tried billet work before but I am considering purchasing. Is this a good start for someone brand new to billet effects? Don't want to get in over my head from the start. Do you need some experience to get started with your work?

Thanks,
Mike
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Jun 1, 2010 03:08AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-01 01:44, miker50 wrote:
Hey Elliot, I have never tried billet work before but I am considering purchasing. Is this a good start for someone brand new to billet effects? Don't want to get in over my head from the start. Do you need some experience to get started with your work?

Thanks,
Mike
[/quote]

Mike

Get this! It's full of beautiful color pictures, taking you through each move step by step. loads of techniques are explained in depth. There are a huge amount of ideas routines, subtlties, thoughts, tips, suggestions. This is the Billet Bible. When you print off the pdf make sure you use gilt edged paper. After you've marveled at the content, post here and let Elliot know what you think.

Derek
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Jun 1, 2010 06:16AM)
Thank you, Elliott! Köszönöm! :)
Message: Posted by: vinnymac (Jun 1, 2010 08:35AM)
I received my new version and just read it. Thanks Elliott, the ideas you've added with this supplement are great. Thank you for including me in the "Thank You" section of this supplement too!
Message: Posted by: insight (Jun 1, 2010 09:07AM)
Just read it. This is good...really good!

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Jun 1, 2010 09:10AM)
My reaction is similar to Mark Roberts. It is hard to imagine I am still receiving the latest updates for a purchase I made years ago.

I always thought Elliott should start a Volume 2 and charge accordingly. I once read a sign in a radiator shop that said "Nothing is the only thing we can do for free and still break even." Apparently, Elliott has never seen that sign.

Incidentally, I made the purchase because I was interested in adding billet work into my routine. I am not a full-time professional, but in the spirit of Gene Anderson, I am a part-time professional. I have not added billets into my routine, but I did use a billet s****h I learned from Elliott in Switchcraft to do an in your face serial divination, which went over well at a recent show.

Thanks again, Elliott.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: miker50 (Jun 1, 2010 10:43PM)
Okay guys....I am going to take the plunge. With all the great reviews, I feel like an idiot for not getting it sooner.

Mike
Message: Posted by: insight (Jun 1, 2010 10:49PM)
This is the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, Elliott!

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: Oyama (Jun 2, 2010 02:34AM)
I am getting close to making this purchase.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 4, 2010 05:50PM)
Thank you so much, guys.

Mike and Oyama, thanks for your purchases. Enjoy.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Oyama (Jun 4, 2010 05:54PM)
No problem Elliot!

So far...I REALLY like the section on Q and A. Simplicity at it's best.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 4, 2010 08:00PM)
Thanks again, Elliot. It keeps getting better and better.
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Jun 6, 2010 05:12AM)
This has to be one of the best investments in mentalism. Not only does Switchcraft keep growing into an amazing resource but every so often Elliot treats us to new delights. And with each update it is a great reminder how good the contents really are and with the latest excellent effect helping to inspire further billet effects.
Absolutely brilliant.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 7, 2010 06:11PM)
Thank you so much, Neil and Landmark.

Oyama, it is good to hear that you are enjoying the book.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 25, 2010 02:35PM)
Is Mystery Performers down, or is it just my computer having the trouble?
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (Jun 25, 2010 04:26PM)
I'm having trouble as well.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 27, 2010 12:40PM)
Two kind fellows PM'd me the solution.

This link will work for now:

http://www.mysteryperformers.com/forum/
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 15, 2010 02:28PM)
A new supplement will probably be distributed to my list prior to Halloween.

At least that’s the goal…
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Oct 15, 2010 03:04PM)
Wow, Elliott--thanks for making Halloween an early Xmas!
Message: Posted by: DekEl (Oct 15, 2010 03:20PM)
Just wanted to comment briefly on SwitchCraft. Not only is it well documented and depicted in countless pictures; but its not just about switching. I guess I would have to call it the most comprehensive work on billets that I've seen to date. Plus, Elliot includes extras. Oh yes, did I mention the hundreds and hundreds of pages of extras, not just variations and presentations, but methods to other similar effects.

So for $19.95, you get an ebook made up of ideas of close to a dozen superb performers and thinkers of our day on billet work in general, an uncounted amount of images showing you EXACTLY how to fold, tear and switch from multiple angles. And this isn't just a 30-50 page ebook either. Its a 500 page book, almost half the size of the Bible, chock full of goodness. Just thinking of the incredible amount of time and work it must have taken to make and compile boggles the mind.

I normally don't like it when I see people say "this should be sold for so much more", but I don't have much of a choice with SwitchCraft. Its such an incredible value, and contains everything one could ever wish to do with billets, for less than $20.

I highly recommend it to any of you who haven't heard of it/haven't purchased it. Its so inexpensive its almost like a gift. Save yourself hundreds of dollars on billet related work and get yourself a copy of SwitchCraft.
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Oct 15, 2010 03:56PM)
What he said!
Message: Posted by: chrismatt (Oct 16, 2010 12:19AM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-15 16:20, DekEl wrote:
Its a 500 page book, almost half the size of the Bible....
[/quote]

It IS the bible...to billet workers.

CM
Message: Posted by: NeilS (Oct 16, 2010 04:30AM)
And encycleopedia.
Message: Posted by: PWRIS (Oct 16, 2010 11:55AM)
Take Switchkraft add a little bit of "IMAGINE-nation" ;) and you have a miracle.
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Oct 17, 2010 08:39AM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-15 15:28, ElliottB wrote:
A new supplement will probably be distributed to my list prior to Halloween.

At least that’s the goal…
[/quote]

That will be a real TREAT for the "holiday"...can't wait!
Message: Posted by: Scott M (Oct 17, 2010 09:02AM)
I have been working on and creating 2 routines with billets and Elliott's masterpiece is what I go to for ides, inspiration and WORKABLE methods.

Thanks again Elliott!

-Scott M.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 22, 2010 11:38AM)
Thank you very much, gmeister, chrismatt, Neil, PWRIS, tmoca and Scott.

It has been progressing nicely, and I hope to meet my self imposed Halloween deadline.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Oct 22, 2010 09:55PM)
Elliott,

I cannot wait to see what else is in store. My advice, and I know you are not asking, is to start Vol. 2.

I know Chubby Checker made a living out of one song, but you do not get royalties when you send out updated books, unless you pick up new sales.

Anyway, thanks for your generosity. I will be eagerly anticipating the new arrival.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2010 05:05PM)
Thank you, Bobby.

I like keeping things in one mega sized book; although, with each supplement, there is the hope that the newly created goodwill and buzz will generate some new sales.

As far the deadline is concerned; something important just came up that will require a lot of my free time for the next few weeks.

I don’t give up easily, though, and am still going to try for Halloween.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 27, 2010 04:37PM)
It does not appear that 18th supplement will make a Halloween release. That other thing is just eating up all my free time. Hopefully, I will have it ready soon enough, though. Sorry about the delay.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Nov 25, 2010 11:50AM)
One of the things I am thankful for: Switchcraft (and Elliot Bresler's generosity).
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 25, 2010 11:31PM)
Thank you, sir. That means a lot to me.

Incidentally, the thing that has been eating up my time is 90% resolved, so I will hopefully make progress on the supplement in the near future. It mostly features a large contribution from a Café Member (who is probably wondering what on earth is taking me so long.)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Nov 26, 2010 04:15AM)
Hmm. Have no idea if my copy of Switchcraft is up to date.
Message: Posted by: Maddened (Nov 26, 2010 06:50AM)
How do we get any future supplements? Or will these be sent to us? Oh and yes, is there a way to check whether my copy of Switchcraft has the latest updates?

Marvelous work by the way. Thank you so much for it!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2010 12:01PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-26 05:15, bevbevvybev wrote:
Hmm. Have no idea if my copy of Switchcraft is up to date.
[/quote]

Hi Julian,

The last supplement to go out was “Three.”

I always update my web site immediately prior to mailing a new supplement.

So, if people ever wish to verify if they have the latest edition, they can get an instant and accurate answer by visiting my site.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 26, 2010 12:07PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-26 07:50, Maddened wrote:
How do we get any future supplements? Or will these be sent to us? Oh and yes, is there a way to check whether my copy of Switchcraft has the latest updates?

Marvelous work by the way. Thank you so much for it!
[/quote]

Hi Maddened,

My web site lists the supplements released so far.

So, that is the quickest way to check the status.

Regarding distribution: I have been experimenting with different approaches. In the past, I mostly used email.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Bartelli (Nov 26, 2010 05:08PM)
Hmm... I don't see three in my latest version. The latest version I have is Switchcraft v25 which does include the holiday special supplement, but not the three supplement. Seams like I'm one behind. (could be useful)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 27, 2010 11:43PM)
Hi Bart,

You are definitely on my mailing list, so the only thing I can think of is that “Three” either bounced or got lost in spam. I just sent you a new download link, which will hopefully get delivered (please check spam, just in case it goes there.)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: cpbartak (Dec 18, 2010 09:34AM)
Well, it sounds like Elliott, once again, has another supplement on the way for this never ending tome...

I figured I'd bring this thread back to the top for those of you who are new to the forums here, or mentalism in general. It saddens me that newbies are being seduced by the ad copy for 'The Revelation Effect', a poorly performed rip off of Acidus Novus, when they could be led to Switchcraft instead--containing an "authorized-before-release" version of Acidus Novus (the best case scenario seems to be that Millard agreed to sign off for release of The Revelation Technique after it was produced, which certainly isn't a very professional way for those people to go about doing things), along with a billion other billet techniques for the same price as you can get the Revelation Technique for.

If you are new to mentalism and have been tempted by the ad copy for The Revelation Technique, do yourself the favor of buying Switchcraft for yourself instead--a book needing no fancy ad to increase sales, as it's value is in its pages and is spread by word of mouth, 4 years or so now after its initial release.

If you are a veteran of these forums and haven't bought this for yourself yet, what are you waiting for? It really is one of the best resources available to give yourself an endless toolbox of billet techniques. It would make for a wonderful, affordable gift to give yourself this holiday season for those times you need an excuse to escape from family.
Message: Posted by: duanebarry (Dec 18, 2010 12:01PM)
I just bought this.

It's staggering -- 500 pages! This'll keep me busy for a while...
Message: Posted by: DekEl (Dec 18, 2010 12:10PM)
@cpbartak, I agree. Why get a little movie that may or may not have the permission of the creator of the effect that ONLY teaches that effect to some unknown level of quality when you could get the same thing, plus just about every other peek and tear you could ever wish for and applications for them all for the SAME price. No matter how long Xavier could have stretched out his video, there's no matching 500 (and ever growing) pages of goodness.
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Dec 18, 2010 12:47PM)
I've just about run out of words to describe how wonderful SWITCHCRAFT is, so I'll leave it to others to comment.

I'm off to watch "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" again to see if there are any hints on how we can find the Grail so Elliott can drink from it and keep on providing his unbelievable FREE (which is almost as unbelievable as the things they contain) supplements for eternity!!
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Dec 19, 2010 08:03PM)
Hey Elliott-

Just checked out your site. I don't think I got "Three" either. (The last I have is v.25.)

Oh, for those who don't have this yet, Switchcraft is the most comprehensive work on billets extant. My only criticism is that it's priced way too low!

Good thoughts,

Bob
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 19, 2010 08:23PM)
Thank you so much guys!

I have been working on supplement 18 non-stop, since I found out that orders on the Secret Impressions Charity Project are due by the end of this week. I wanted to be able to plug that project in time for it to make a difference.

I edited at super-speed this time, but hopefully, things came out OK.

I just sent out 500 copies, and have many more to go…

Will be back soon…

Elliott

PS. Bob – Thank you so much. The latest edition is forthcoming and has everything to date.
Message: Posted by: stevie1 (Dec 19, 2010 09:14PM)
Checked my emails this morning and what do I find but a new Switchcraft supplement..seems I'm the 1st in to thankyou Elliott...
Hope you and your family have a really happy and safe xmas..thanks once more Elliott..your a champ the way you keep on giving..
Best wishes mate..steve
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 19, 2010 09:21PM)
Thank you very much, Steve!

I finally mailed them all out. This one was a bit of a race against the clock, as, for the reason mentioned above, I made a commitment to myself to get it out today. Just in time to hit the hay (not Henry Hay.)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: andykean (Dec 19, 2010 10:55PM)
Thanks Elliot

Switchcraft must the best value in magic ever!

merry christmas
Message: Posted by: S.WARD (Dec 20, 2010 04:37AM)
Received the Switchcraft supplement. Many thanks and have a great Xmas
Message: Posted by: Kim (Dec 20, 2010 07:11AM)
What a great surprise to see a new supplement in my email this morning.Switchcraft just gets better and better.
Message: Posted by: Kim (Dec 20, 2010 07:19AM)
What a great surprise to see a new supplement in my email this morning.Switchcraft just gets better and better.
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Dec 20, 2010 08:31AM)
I just received it too.
It will be a grat reading for christmas.
Thanks again Elliot!
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Dec 20, 2010 09:35AM)
I never quite thought of a computer as a Xmas Stocking until I saw the new supplement deep in its bowels this morning.

Wait--I think it's starting to snow!
Message: Posted by: PWRIS (Dec 20, 2010 11:37AM)
Many thanks Elliot, you have made a lot (!) of people happy this Christmas. I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a peacfull (Switchkraft) New Year ;)
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Dec 20, 2010 11:45AM)
Thanks so much for the update Elliot. It's appreciated more than you know.
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Dec 20, 2010 12:05PM)
Happy Holidays! The New Supplement is here!

Thanks, Santa!
Message: Posted by: blackESP (Dec 20, 2010 01:28PM)
Thanks once again Elliot. In a business full of shysters, you are one of the good guys.

If you have enough money to be buying magic stuff on a regular basis, and don't have Switchcraft, there's really no excuse. There's a few careers' worth of stuff in there.
Message: Posted by: The Futurist (Dec 20, 2010 02:00PM)
Once again, thank you for your kindness and the work you do for the community, Elliott. Really enjoying the latest supplement.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 20, 2010 09:59PM)
Thank you so much guys.

Special Thanks goes to (Café member) Christopher Matthewson for contributing ConFab Four. I especially liked Christopher’s ingenious envelope related material.

Additional thanks goes to Derek and Andrew Renfro, co authors (with me) of “You Will Believe.”

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special
Three
ConFab Four and More!



Elliott
Message: Posted by: Aaron E (Dec 20, 2010 11:54PM)
Got mine. The envelope work is AWESOME! I also like the imp pad routine.

Thanks Elliott!!!!
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Dec 21, 2010 08:43AM)
I can't believe that there are so many out there who still haven't bought it. Go get it!

Thanks Elliott!
Message: Posted by: Steve Suss (Dec 21, 2010 08:43AM)
Elliott, Always good ideas. I've been doing my own Confab routine for years. Although I won't switch, this supplement gave me some great ideas. Thanks again.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Dec 21, 2010 08:53AM)
Got it as well, thanks Elliott!

Luke
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 22, 2010 10:34PM)
Thank you, Cozmo, Gabor, Steve and Luke.

Luke, I just noticed something interesting about the name "Sid Helkule" :)
Message: Posted by: WDavis (Dec 23, 2010 01:47PM)
Elliot pm'd you
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 23, 2010 05:11PM)
Thank you, Isidore.

I responded to your PM, and also sent an additional copy of the supplement to your new email address, as requested.
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Dec 23, 2010 05:23PM)
Dear Elliott,

many thanks for the update!
Your tome is a pillar of mentalism!
Have a great christmas time!

Best wishes
Eric
Message: Posted by: JAlenS (Dec 23, 2010 05:29PM)
Elliott, the update is great as expected. I especially like the confabulation workings. Great stuff!!!!

Have a great and merry Christmas :)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 27, 2010 11:05AM)
Thank you, Eric and JAlenS! I am glad you enjoyed the latest edition.

Have a happy new year!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Dec 28, 2010 12:34PM)
Elliott:

Thank you very much for the latest supplement. Your work on this is incredible and overly generous.

Happy New Year my friend!

Tony
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 1, 2011 07:12PM)
Thank you, Tony.

Have an amazing New Year!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: H2Odesign (Jan 1, 2011 08:49PM)
Elliott
Every time I get an email from you I know it's another great supplement to Switchcraft.

This one with You Will Believe is an excellent holiday present!

Thanks again for such a fine update, Happy New Year!
Larry
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 6, 2011 02:13PM)
You’re very welcome, Larry.

Have a great weekend (and belated happy New Year.)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Eddiep1960 (Jan 7, 2011 08:16AM)
Wow. 32 pages for this topic. Sounds like a great material. I love the works with billets (also known as billits).
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 20, 2011 02:56PM)
Thank you, Eddie.

If 32 pages is great, then you’ll love the actual book, which has nearly twenty times as many pages :)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 2, 2011 05:42PM)
Alex posted a review in the Ebook section.

Here’s the link:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=401125&forum=159&4

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Feb 2, 2011 07:53PM)
It's been almost two weeks, and we still have only 32 pages. There MUST be someone who hasn't bought Switchcraft yet!

*jeep! and God Bless!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Sid Helkule (Feb 3, 2011 04:30PM)
[quote]
On 2010-12-22 23:34, ElliottB wrote:
Thank you, Cozmo, Gabor, Steve and Luke.

Luke, I just noticed something interesting about the name "Sid Helkule" :)
[/quote]

:)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 4, 2011 09:35AM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-02 20:53, mormonyoyoman wrote:
It's been almost two weeks, and we still have only 32 pages. There MUST be someone who hasn't bought Switchcraft yet!

*jeep! and God Bless!
--Grandpa
[/quote]

Chet,

You must be prophetic, as I did have a sale yesterday (finally – sales have been very slow lately.)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Feb 4, 2011 05:16PM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-04 10:35, ElliottB wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-02-02 20:53, mormonyoyoman wrote:
It's been almost two weeks, and we still have only 32 pages. There MUST be someone who hasn't bought Switchcraft yet!

*jeep! and God Bless!
--Grandpa
[/quote]

Chet,

You must be prophetic, as I did have a sale yesterday (finally – sales have been very slow lately.)

Thanks again,

Elliott
[/quote

That's because the entire population of the Earth (with the possible exception of the Middle East and Greece right now) already have a copy of Switchcraft. That's one page for every person who's ever bought the book.

*jeep! and God Bless!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 3, 2011 08:56PM)
Thank you, Chet.

One of the advantages of Labor Day weekend is that I will finally have some free time on my hands. I have started working on the next supplement in earnest now, and hope to make some significant progress over the next few days.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Sep 3, 2011 10:12PM)
Wow! What really great news! Go Elliott!!!
Message: Posted by: merricksforge (Sep 4, 2011 02:28PM)
I got this a few weeks ago...amazing work.
Message: Posted by: DekEl (Sep 4, 2011 03:06PM)
Funny, just yesterday and today I've taken the book out for another read. After this, I've changed my favorite to the Pusillanimous Billet Read. The justification and possible uses for this are very good and very strong. It would play in nicely with a reading for a one on one QA.
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Sep 4, 2011 03:14PM)
Before reading Switchcraft, I would only use this classic technique on stage since I felt it was too bold to do close up in a practical manner. I now use this just about every day in all types of situations and scenarios, it's that good.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 6, 2011 04:25PM)
Thank you, gmeister, merricksforge, DekEL an Mauricio!

So, over the weekend, I completed a first draft for a very cool mind-reading billet trick. I’ll probably self-edit it this Sunday.
Then, I’ll need to figure out whether to release it (as a supplement) by itself or together with other material.
There are pros and cons.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Sep 6, 2011 04:29PM)
Stop giving away your hard work Elliott...

I hope you stop, and release switchcraft in paperback, in 5 volumes...

I'd buy 'em...

I'll even design you the covers and help out with the setting up of it all...
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Sep 6, 2011 04:29PM)
Hi Elliot!

This is great news indeed. Did I tell you that I intend to include Switchcraft in my 39 Steps when I update it. It is easily of of the most valuable mentalism resources to be published in the last decade. (And, yes, you can quote me on that.)

Good thoughts,

Bob
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 6, 2011 06:54PM)
Thank you so much, Bob I really appreciate your quote and placement on the 39 steps. I will definitely update my web site either tonight or tomorrow.

Iain, thank you again for your generous offer to help with the cover and formatting. I expect to take you up on it when I finally do a hard copy. Speaking of your work on books with cool covers…I read “Mannerisms” doing the hurricane we had in New York. It was pretty cool (the book – not the hurricane) and I never thought of doing Q&A like that. I have not tried making the envelope(s) yet, but plan to.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Sep 10, 2011 06:33AM)
With all these praises, I just pulled the trigger on it myself. I am relatively new to the world of mentalism and trying to build a solid foundation of knowledge and this massive work looks like it will be a corner stone. Having only had a chance so far to quickly skim the contents, I have a feeling I will be learning from this book for years.

David J
Message: Posted by: Simon (Ted) Edwards (Sep 10, 2011 07:24AM)
You won't be disappointed.
Message: Posted by: DekEl (Sep 10, 2011 08:08AM)
[quote]
On 2011-09-10 07:33, Jinx13 wrote:
With all these praises, I just pulled the trigger on it myself. I am relatively new to the world of mentalism and trying to build a solid foundation of knowledge and this massive work looks like it will be a corner stone. Having only had a chance so far to quickly skim the contents, I have a feeling I will be learning from this book for years.

David J
[/quote]

You definitely will. It's been over a year since I got my copy, and I'm still digging up new things. It's almost as big as the Bible and growing all the time.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 12, 2011 03:08PM)
Thank you so much, David, Simon and DekEl!

David, I appreciate your purchase and hope you find a lot of usable technique and sequences, as you make your way through the book.

On Sunday, I edited my routine and added an additional effect generously contributed by David Numen in January.

I’m not 100% sure, but the final product still looks a little short, being the only supplement issued since last December. It may need one more item. I’ll need to give that some thought.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 14, 2011 12:01PM)
It was a rough decision, but I decided what the “one more item” would be. I have an existing rough draft of the routine and plan to clean it up on Sunday.

Of course, if someone contributes a really awesome item between now and then, I may go with that and save my routine for a later supplement.

We will see…
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 16, 2011 10:50AM)
I've been working on this every night. It's gonna be awesome!! Wait and see...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 17, 2011 09:35PM)
I have a new trick for the supplement and it’s totally awesome!

Assuming you have or can get business cards and a pencil…It’s AAA – (meaning it can be done impromptu and in many performing environments.)
It’s super easy. There’s one easy move with no heat and the rest is just handling.
It plays really strong!! (Or it least it has, so far, in my test performances. It is still in the testing phase. I probably just jinxed myself and will get busted next time I try it out)
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Sep 17, 2011 09:48PM)
Sounds promising. I am looking forward to it, Elliott.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 18, 2011 12:56AM)
Thank you, Bobby. I was about to hit the sack, and was struck by an amazing idea. It hardly hurt all :)

The upshot is that the above mentioned AAA routine got twice as awesome.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 18, 2011 09:46PM)
And that idea just led to another one!

Everything is still totally AAA. Still Easy. Yet more powerful. Sweet!
Message: Posted by: Sir. Mind Reader (Sep 19, 2011 06:44AM)
Elliot - Would you consider doing a hardback version of switchcraft? I've been wanting to buy it for years because it always gets good reviews AND you get a lot of words for your money. But the size is what has always put me off. I can't imagine me reading hundreds of pages at a computer.

Obviously a hardback couldn't be "updated" - but it would still be nice.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 20, 2011 12:28PM)
Thank you. I understand your concerns, and very much prefer physical books, myself.

I think it is a matter of doing what you enjoy. I love putting out new supplements, but think putting together a hard back edition would be a tremendous pain in the neck. I will do it eventually, and Iain has even offered to help with the formatting and cover. But I keep pushing it off.
Message: Posted by: duanebarry (Sep 20, 2011 01:33PM)
Correspondingly you have legions of fans who are filled with delight each time you send out a new supplement. Switchcraft is an incredible act of sustained generosity.

Thank you, Elliott.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 21, 2011 10:13PM)
Thank you so much, Sir.

Your post means a lot to me.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Sep 21, 2011 10:47PM)
[quote]
On 2011-09-20 14:33, duanebarry wrote:
Correspondingly you have legions of fans who are filled with delight each time you send out a new supplement. Switchcraft is an incredible act of sustained generosity.

Thank you, Elliott.
[/quote]

Absolutely!

There have been a few times when I haven't been keeping up and, as a result, find a new supplement announcement in my email. Any day that happens is Xmas and further convinces me that Elliott is, indeed, Santa Claus. (Come on now--who among you has even seen them together?)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 22, 2011 05:36PM)
Thank you so much, gmeister.

A near final draft is complete. All that is left is the final self edit and the Thank You section. I hope to finish both of those early next week.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: AWESOME (Sep 22, 2011 05:41PM)
Will this be available in PDF or hard copy?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 25, 2011 09:12PM)
It will be a PDF.

I am rewriting two routines to reflect a superior handling. I finished one today, but will need to edit it tomorrow tonight, and then get started on rewriting the other one.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 27, 2011 01:06PM)
I finished the supplement last night, and just need to convert to PDF, attach to the main Switchcraft document, add bookmarks, upload to Payloadz and DPD, and mail it out. This week is very busy, so I probably will be able to do all that on Sunday.
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Sep 27, 2011 08:50PM)
You don't buy Switchcraft. You [i]subscribe[/i] to it. Every subscription starts with chapter one and every chapter is more exciting than an old time Saturday matinee serial.
Message: Posted by: Marqus (Sep 28, 2011 07:20AM)
Switchcraft is the ultimate billet learning machine!

Elliott, keep up the awesome work!
Message: Posted by: PWRIS (Oct 2, 2011 01:36PM)
What can I say, have just received the new update. At the begining of this thread it was 122 pages it is now 575 !!! and he is still working on it, this WILL become / IS one of the classics. This work IMO is Monumental to Mentalism.

If you do not have this then ...

Many thanks Elliot and keep up the Great work.

Paul
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Oct 2, 2011 01:50PM)
Got the update!
what a tome!!
:)
many thanks!!
Message: Posted by: merlin1979 (Oct 2, 2011 02:49PM)
Thanks a lot Elliot for your unsurpassed generosity in continuously rewarding those fortunate enough to own Switchcraft with new material of such quality! Thanks to you, and Bob Cassidy, billets are no longer a difficult technique but open so many doors to impromptu (and other) performances.

Merlin
Message: Posted by: David Numen (Oct 2, 2011 04:23PM)
I too have received the update of which I am deeply honoured to be a very small part. Excellent work, this will keep billet work going to the NEXT century!
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Oct 2, 2011 04:40PM)
The update has found its way into my inbox as well. Thank you Elliot for your continued work on this ever expanding resource.

David J.
Message: Posted by: DekEl (Oct 2, 2011 04:42PM)
SwitchCraft is the gift that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 2, 2011 04:55PM)
Thank you so much, Rocketeer, Marqus, Paul , Eric, David J., DekEL and Merlin.

Also, special thanks to David for contributing “Chiber;” the featured item in the latest supplement.

The supplement includes a special bonus section with “Still Dead,” “Deader,” “A Test of Power RevisiDEAD” and “Is that a Dead Guy in your Pocket?”

It also includes some discussion on how turn older sequences from Switchcraft into Living & Dead Tests or give them spooky themes.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special
Three
ConFab Four and More!
Chiber & Other Cool Stuff


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: EricDraven (Oct 2, 2011 05:01PM)
Definitely one of the best purchases I did!
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Oct 2, 2011 06:17PM)
WOW, it is like a GOOD case of VD that keeps on coming BACK! :rotf:

Switchcraft is in a class all by itself when it comes to billets!

I am so glad that I bought this because I am ALWAYS finding new ideas and routines.

Thanks once again Mr. ElliottB



Best
Ray
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 2, 2011 10:40PM)
Thank you so much, Ray!

I just posted some additional Living and Dead Test Ideas on the Switchcraft board.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 3, 2011 01:04AM)
I was thinking about updates for Switchcraft last week. I was telling myself there can't be any more updates because everything is already covered from A to ZZZZZZZ. I was proven dead wrong once Elliott sent more updates yesterday to those who have purchased Swithcraft previously. Wow, Switchcraft is more than a miracle to me. It will be a treasure to me for the rest of my life.

Elliott, to be honest with you, you forgot to send me my bill for the previous updates and the present update, Supplement #19 of Switchcraft. I finally regret I did not notify you any earlier I was receiving all the updates for free after I purchased the first one. How much do I owe you for all the updates I have been receiving because of the technical problem?
Message: Posted by: andykean (Oct 3, 2011 01:26AM)
Fantastic best ebook value ever
Thanks
Andy
Message: Posted by: jjsanvert (Oct 3, 2011 02:51AM)
This is THE BIBLE of billet work, and no one will never thank Elliott enough for his gigantic work. At the age of electronics, it is very refreshing to find so many pages of very clever stuff - for almost nothing. Just incredible.
Thank you very very very much Mr. Elliott...
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Oct 3, 2011 03:54AM)
Elliott, many thanks, it's simply incredible! Jan
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Oct 3, 2011 01:13PM)
Elliot,
This work continues to amaze and impress me. You should have earned your PhD with this by now. Many thanks for the latest update!
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Oct 3, 2011 02:02PM)
I wondered why my laptop felt so much heavier this weekend!

Will Elliott's wonders never cease?! (Let's all hope not. This guy could be calling each of these supplements a new edition and we would all willingly buy them. Hey, keep it to yourselves: if we're lucky the poor fool will never find out!)
Message: Posted by: Last Laugh (Oct 3, 2011 06:26PM)
Another great addition. "Chiber" is great, as is the thinking in Elliot's takes on the L & D.
Also, every time I open Switchcraft, I seem to find a great idea that I had skimmed over in the past. It is definitely one of the most useful books I own.

Cheers,
Matt
Message: Posted by: Mauricio Jaramillo (Oct 3, 2011 08:14PM)
Thank you once again Elliott! Always a gem in each update, I'm already planning to try out Numen's ode to Canasta this weekend.
Message: Posted by: Damon Reinbold (Oct 3, 2011 09:28PM)
Thanks so much Elliott! You have done it again and Switchcraft beomesthe best reference in the library.
Great material and I am amazed and impressed with it all. Wha more can I say.

the best,
Damon
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 3, 2011 10:24PM)
Thank you, Mike, Andy, JJ, Jan, Magiguy, gmeister, Matt, Mauricio and Damon.

I should add that about 50 copies bounced as undeliverable. So, if anyone did not receive their copy, please feel free to email or PM me and I will take care of it.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Gabor (Oct 4, 2011 08:28AM)
For those who are still sitting on the fence. Consider this: one could make a complete show depending entirely on the techniques and routines in Switchcraft.
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Oct 4, 2011 02:13PM)
The new material is, as always, ever more amazing. I really think Bresler will be thought of at the level of Annneman and Corinda.

Many decades from now, mentalists will be poring over this book like Talmudic scholars to study some of the great thinking in mentalism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Oct 4, 2011 02:15PM)
I heard the rumor that Switchcraft will be used as Bible in Moldavia.

hahahaha


Thanks Elliot !
Message: Posted by: danramsden (Oct 4, 2011 02:43PM)
I've only just joined the Switchcraft club - the quality of this is simply unbelievable. Thanks Elliott.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 4, 2011 02:51PM)
Thank you so much, Gabor, Rocketeer, Amira and Dan.
Amira, that’s blaspheme. There is only one billet king of Moldavia and it’s not me.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Oct 4, 2011 03:07PM)
You could be the Jack of Lyons...

another quality update from you elliott - I wish you'd stop it and make them into nice paperbacks and charge more...
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Oct 4, 2011 03:36PM)
UPDATE FROM MOLDAVIA:

From the [i]Moldavian News Bee[/i] 3 October 2001:

[quote]The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bob, Billet King of Moldavia, in recognition of his most worthy and voluminous tome [i]Switchcraft[/i], has appointed Elliott Bressler, Esq. to the position of Official Custodian of the Moldavian Billet Repository. His duties shall include the preservation of all billet related materials past, present and future, as well as all tasks traditionally associated with Moldavian custodians.[/quote]
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Oct 4, 2011 03:54PM)
I always knew Elliot was destined for greatness.

David
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Oct 4, 2011 03:56PM)
Re: Elliott's appointment. Never has so much been repositoried so often by so few.

*jeep! and God Bless!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Oct 4, 2011 04:04PM)
CORRECTION

I have been advised that the Moldavian News Bee's announcement of the Bressler appointment was NOT precognitive and that the correct date of the article should be 3 October 2011 (not 2001 as initially reported). Additionally, the Billet King has announced that, due to budgetary cuts, suppositories will no longer be stocked in the royal repositories.
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Oct 4, 2011 04:13PM)
[quote]
On 2011-10-04 17:04, mastermindreader wrote:
CORRECTION

Additionally, the Billet King has announced that, due to budgetary cuts, suppositories will no longer be stocked in the royal repositories.
[/quote]

So much for a difficult but highly creative billet switch.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Oct 4, 2011 04:28PM)
[quote]
On 2011-10-04 17:04, mastermindreader wrote:
CORRECTION

I have been advised that the Moldavian News Bee's announcement of the Bressler appointment was NOT precognitive and that the correct date of the article should be 3 October 2011 (not 2001 as initially reported). Additionally, the Billet King has announced that, due to budgetary cuts, suppositories will no longer be stocked in the royal repositories.
[/quote]

Must...not....make....that...joke.........got...to...hang...on. ARRRGGHHH.....
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Oct 4, 2011 04:45PM)
Go on David! I gave you the perfect set-up line!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 4, 2011 09:43PM)
Thank you, Bob! And Iain, David, gmeister, and Chet too.

David, the suspense is unbearable.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Oct 4, 2011 09:46PM)
Will....get...banned for life..........noooooooo....got to....hang on.........

David
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Oct 4, 2011 10:13PM)
David-

Are you saying you're just going to pack it in?
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Oct 4, 2011 10:21PM)
Bob,

I figured David would take a crack at it. He needs to hurry up because he's getting behind and the moon is on the rise. Perhaps he doesn't get out the house much, who knows. But, then again, maybe he is picking up some cheese at Heini's Cheese Chalet: http://www.heinis.com to get some half moons of cheese: http://bit.ly/rfkq5L

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 6, 2011 05:00PM)
I just spotted a typo on page 556.

6th paragraph from the top of the page. End of 3rd line - It says, “from the left pocket.” But it should say “from the inner right jacket pocket.”

Oops. That’s what I get for self editing.

I’ll fix it for the next edition.
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Oct 6, 2011 07:18PM)
[quote]
On 2011-10-04 17:28, David Thiel wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-10-04 17:04, mastermindreader wrote:
CORRECTION

I have been advised that the Moldavian News Bee's announcement of the Bressler appointment was NOT precognitive and that the correct date of the article should be 3 October 2011 (not 2001 as initially reported). Additionally, the Billet King has announced that, due to budgetary cuts, suppositories will no longer be stocked in the royal repositories.
[/quote]

Must...not....make....that...joke.........got...to...hang...on. ARRRGGHHH.....
[/quote]

Bummer!
Message: Posted by: psyclops (Oct 11, 2011 09:18PM)
Your generosity knows no end! Thanks again, and again... Im still trying to catch up on all of the other updates! BTW, I know the PDF bookmarks have always been there, but thanks for taking the time to index... makes referencing a breeze.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 16, 2011 06:48PM)
You’re very welcome, psyclops.

I am pleased that you noticed the bookmarks. They take a little extra time, but are definitely worth the effort.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 18, 2011 11:10PM)
A customer just reported difficulties downloading the file. I sent the file manually and will contact the processor in the morning to make sure things go smoothly in the future. But, in the meantime, if anyone has any trouble purchasing or downloading the file, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or PM.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 19, 2011 11:33AM)
The instant download problem appears to be resolved and all is back to normal.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 23, 2011 11:58AM)
I received an email from a recent purchaser who was unhappy about the difficulty he had playing the 3 videos from complimentary supplements 6 and 12 on his Mac. I resolved the matter to his satisfaction, but will try to investigate ways to make the three videos more Mac friendly.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2011 04:57PM)
So, I’ve run into some technical difficulties and am hoping that someone on the board can help me find a solution.

The e-book currently includes three video files embedded in the PDF. I would also like to include three extra Mac friendly files.


I have two hurdles to overcome:

1. I no longer have the original video files on my hard drive. So, I have to somehow extract them from the Switchcraft PDF. But I can’t seem to figure out how to do that.

2. Once I extract the files from the PDF, I need to figure out how to convert them to a Mac Friendly format.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice on these matters?

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Oct 24, 2011 05:58PM)
I have one of the files extracted, that is no problem. I am currently working on locating a good piece of software to convert to MOV format which should be Mac friendly
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2011 07:21PM)
Wow! You're fast!

I just PM'd you (before seeing this post.)

Thank you so much for your efforts.


Elliott
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Oct 24, 2011 07:24PM)
I don't know about the videos but in case any Mac users have complained about viewing the PDF in the Mac preview app tell them to try Adobe Reader. Worked for my company.

Rocky
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2011 07:33PM)
Thank you so much, Rocky. It is only an issue for the three videos. I was told that everything else runs fine on the Mac.

Mr. Mindbender posted one solution for the videos here:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search_post.php?topic=188442&forum=15&post=6154201

However, my customer felt that the solution required the use of too much hard drive space. So, I would like to just bundle in some Mac friendly videos.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Oct 24, 2011 08:13PM)
Elliott, you should have all the videos waiting for you in your email...
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2011 09:27PM)
Thank you so much!!!

I just sent the files to a Mac owner for testing.

I really appreciate your help!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Oct 25, 2011 06:27AM)
I'm mac all the way and have to use Adobe Reader to see the embeds. It's not a big deal because AR is free.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 25, 2011 11:59AM)
The email I got from the Mac user said he definitely couldn’t watch the videos on pages 247, 390 and 400 (without using Mr. Mindbender's fix.)

I’m confused. If I had the extra cash, I would buy a Mac.
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Oct 25, 2011 12:15PM)
Hadn't found those ones! (You can lose a small child in there)

So I can confirm they don't work for me either, even in Adobe.
Message: Posted by: Allan Kardek (Oct 25, 2011 12:19PM)
If the videos are in WMV format, Mac users might need to install Flip4Mac for quicktime plugin http://download.cnet.com/Flip4Mac-WMV-Player/3000-13632_4-87679.html

If that doesn't work, you can convert the videos to Flash (FLV) and it should work on a Mac with Adober Reader v9 and up

Hope this helps,
Allan
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 25, 2011 12:27PM)
Thank you, Allan. I was told that Flip4Mac would not work for files embedded in a PDF. My tentative plan is to deliver the Switchcraft book as usual, but accompanied with three additional Mac friendly video files, possibly in MOV format. Once it is set up, I’ll notify existing Switchcraft owners, just in case any Mac owners want the videos. At least that’s the current plan.
Message: Posted by: Allan Kardek (Oct 25, 2011 12:28PM)
What version of Acrobat are you using to embed the videos? If it's version 9 and above, the flash video will work for both PC and Mac
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 25, 2011 12:32PM)
Unfortunatlely, I think it's version 7.
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Oct 25, 2011 12:37PM)
To be honest, I'd prefer that the movie files were separate anyway, because no matter what reader you're using it makes the pdf file huge and a bit clunky. I think there's a way you can link to the files from the pdf that live in the same directory, so you can simply 'launch' them from the pdf.
Message: Posted by: Alan M (Oct 25, 2011 12:49PM)
Hi Elliott,
Thanks for taking the extra steps to make the videos available to us Mac users,
Alan
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Oct 25, 2011 05:21PM)
Elliott, if you would like me to send you the the WMV files I extracted just let me know. Perhaps sending all 6 movies (3 MOV and 3 WMV) along with the PDF could work. This would then make it easier if anybody is reading Switchcraft on an ereader. Just a random thought

David J
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 25, 2011 09:24PM)
Thank you so much, David.

I could definitely use those WMV files (although I will probably leave them embedded in the PDF, as I think they are pretty cool that way.)

Thanks again.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Paradise (Oct 27, 2011 01:06PM)
Hi Elliot I have always had a problem with the videos as I don't use acrobat, is it possible to have them as a separate file?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 27, 2011 09:42PM)
You’re welcome, Alan (sorry about missing your post earlier.) If you’d be interested in testing the MOV videos, I’d be happy to send them your way (although I will need your contact info.) One Mac user tested them so far, and reported that they work.

Paradise, yes you can have them as separate files. Just send me your purchase info, an email address and whether you need WMV or MOV format?

The MOV videos will probably be made available to all Mac users next week.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: johne (Oct 28, 2011 10:38AM)
I was also having trouble viewing the videos. I'm not sure when the trouble started as I remember being able to view them in the past. At any rate, I did sent Elliott a quick e-mail and he was quick to reply. His suggestions was enough to get me to the solution...I will provide a link here to anyone using Adobe Reader X... In a nutshell the program (by default) runs in protective mode. Of course there was not much hint of the problem with the file itself...only that it would not play and gave no error code.

At any rate, I had a look at the version I was using as suggested by Elliott and then clicked on the "about Adobe Reader X" link. It was here that the hint of my problem was discovered and resolved. Thanks for the help Elliott...I appreciate your quick turn around with my technical question, and I hope this follow up may help someone else in the future.

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/reader/using/WS4bebcd66a74275c3-7d28390112a81b3ebff-8000.html
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 29, 2011 08:21PM)
Thank you very much, John. I am glad to hear you got the videos to work on your PC.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 1, 2011 05:40PM)
OK. Several people have tested the Mac MOV video files and claim that they work. So, I uploaded the Mac videos to my processor and they now come bundled with every Switchcraft purchase as three separate files in addition to the main book(s.)

Of course, the PC WMV videos are still embedded in the PDF.

If any existing customers need the Mac video files, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Part of me is a little nervous that the extra three files will cause unnecessary confusion. If that happens, I guess I’ll play things by ear.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Nov 4, 2011 06:07PM)
Elliott, I am glad to hear the videos are working. Not running a Mac, but I was pretty sure they would work without issue. As an added benefit any PC users with itunes (or quicktime) installed should be able to view the MOV files as well

David J
Message: Posted by: VernonOnCoins (Nov 7, 2011 12:08PM)
Unsure what took me so long but I just ordered. This looks amazing
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Nov 7, 2011 12:24PM)
[quote]
On 2011-11-07 13:08, VernonOnCoins wrote:
Unsure what took me so long but I just ordered. This looks amazing
[/quote]

When you get it is far less important than making sure you get it!

You're in for some great reading, my friend, and some seriously fantastic effects!
Message: Posted by: VernonOnCoins (Nov 8, 2011 04:25PM)
What a fantastic tome this is. Absolutely fantastic.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 8, 2011 09:15PM)
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your purchase and your posts, and am very pleased to hear that you are enjoying the book.

Gmeister, thank you very much for your post.

David, thanks again for your help extracting and converting the videos. You are a lifesaver.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Billy-one (Nov 8, 2011 09:19PM)
Ugh,

Why do I keep forgetting to get this! It was going to be my only mentalism purchase and yet I keep neglecting my intentions....perhaps I should invest in a mem technique book as well.

Respect,
Billy
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 10, 2011 11:42AM)
Thank you for your interest, Billy. Should you ever make the purchase, I hope that you find your money was well spent.

On another note, I received a nice contribution for a future supplement yesterday.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Nov 14, 2011 06:39PM)
I was just replying to a comment on my Safwan Papers thread about it "having legs."

Now THIS post has legs! FIVE Years, 36 pages, and still an incredible value that only gets better with each Supplement.

Nice, Elliot!

BRyn
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 15, 2011 09:28PM)
Thank you, Bryn!

Here’s hoping for 36 more.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 27, 2012 07:06PM)
I just received 2 excellent never-before-published contributions (a technique and a routine) from a member of the Café.

If I combine those two items with an unpublished billet presentation of mine (that recently had a significant impact on my life,) I will get a pretty nice sized 20th supplement.

I plan to begin putting it together in September.

If anyone has any amazing techniques or routines that they would like included in the 20th supplement, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Jun 27, 2012 08:27PM)
Elliott,

Good to hear from you. I was wondering how you were doing.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: domclarke (Jun 28, 2012 04:23PM)
I still concur with my orignal post!!
Cheers once again Elliot.

Dominic
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 28, 2012 07:28PM)
[quote]
On 2012-06-27 21:27, robwar0100 wrote:
Elliott,

Good to hear from you. I was wondering how you were doing.

Bobby
[/quote]

Thank you, Bobby.

I’ve been doing alright.

It’s hard to believe that I left this thread alone for eight months, but I’ve been pretty busy. First there was the article in Mind Blasters USA. Then I wrote two supplements for Mind Blasters USA. Then I started writing another book (unrelated to magic or mentalism.) And then I got engaged. The wedding is scheduled for August and my free time has been filled with lots of wedding related matters.

That being said, I do plan to start putting together Switchcraft supplement # 20 in September.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jun 28, 2012 07:30PM)
[quote]
On 2012-06-28 17:23, domclarke wrote:
I still concur with my orignal post!!
Cheers once again Elliot.

Dominic
[/quote]

Thank you so much for starting this thread, Dominic. You and Doctor Landman (another early customer who started a review thread) are two of my favorite people.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Sicorace (Jun 30, 2012 05:54AM)
OFF TOPIC

congratulations for your wedding!

ON TOPIC

and thanks for your huge work on switchcraft! much much appreciated!
Message: Posted by: LoveKey1988 (Jun 30, 2012 07:43AM)
Mr. Elliot I have buyed Switchcraft recently so I don't know. Will the people that already buyed Switchcraft get the new supplement?

Regards, Marian
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jul 1, 2012 10:10PM)
Congratulations on the upcoming wedding, Elliott!! Can't wait 'til she's sick of small pieces of paper being all over the place?

*jeep! & God Bless!
--Grandpa Chet
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 2, 2012 12:25PM)
Thank you, Chet and Sicorace!

Marian, I guarantee delivery of whatever I am currently offering on my web site at the time of purchase. I prefer to not make promises regarding material I have not even written, so any bonus e-books beyond what is offered on my web site are provided solely at my discretion. That being said, over the last 5 to 6 years, I happened to email each person on my Switchcraft mailing list up to 19 supplemental e-books, free of charge.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Jul 2, 2012 01:02PM)
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials Elliott.

Ray
Message: Posted by: maxnew40 (Jul 2, 2012 02:17PM)
I really need about 6 months off from work so I can read and study everything I have purchased.

-Max
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Jul 2, 2012 02:36PM)
Best buy in mentalism.
Message: Posted by: timlic (Jul 3, 2012 12:08PM)
I agree with Jerskin - This is a steal, especially with the continuing supplements! I can't keep up!

And, CONGRATULATIONS Elliott!
Message: Posted by: C.J. (Jul 4, 2012 07:30AM)
I just printed my copy. There was too much to navigate on a screen. This is what I ended up with after about an hour of printing (the pages are double-sided!!)...
[img]http://www.connorjacobs.com/Switch2.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: boydy (Jul 4, 2012 10:40AM)
What version is this up to now V29?
Message: Posted by: Sicorace (Jul 5, 2012 01:44AM)
@C.J. : you could have bought an Amazon kindle with all that printing!
Message: Posted by: C.J. (Jul 5, 2012 08:02AM)
True, but I'm the kind of guy who likes to write in the margin, highlight, cross-reference, etc.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 10, 2012 05:17PM)
Thank you, Ray, Max, Jerskin, and timlic!

(Also, sorry for not replying sooner. Between work, the wedding and the new place, I’ve been pretty swamped.)

Boydy, I think version 29 is correct.

C.J. – It’s really cool that you printed the whole thing. The photo looks great!

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Sicorace (Jul 11, 2012 05:34AM)
@CJ: don't want to start the flamewar between epaper/book, cd/vinil, mp3/cd so for and so forth, but the latest version of the apple ebook reader has all of those feature (another good one for pdf's on the ipad is called "GoodReader"... you can actually draw on the page! have a try, it's much much more easy once you get the hang of it
Message: Posted by: C.J. (Jul 11, 2012 06:14AM)
Thanks for the heads up. But I don't regret my decision to print it.
Message: Posted by: Sicorace (Jul 11, 2012 10:07AM)
You shouldn't! of course it IS much more emotional this way!

it's the same as music... I go mp3, but if I really like an album I go with the physical thing. that's in my opinion how technology should help us!
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Jul 11, 2012 10:17AM)
Congratulations and blessings for your forthcoming marriage, Elliott!

May your love, joy and happiness be as abundant and as everlasting as Switchcraft and, like Switchcraft supplements, may you both continually discover new dimensions and delights in each other, often when you least expect it!!
Message: Posted by: Simon (Ted) Edwards (Jul 11, 2012 10:43AM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-10 18:17, ElliottB wrote:
Boydy, I think version 29 is correct.
[/quote]

I received #19 in Oct last year so if you're up to #29 now then you've been VERY busy!

Congrats on the wedding, also.

T.
Message: Posted by: Tony Miller (Jul 12, 2012 10:23PM)
Congrats on the marriage!
Message: Posted by: Tim Zager (Jul 13, 2012 01:47PM)
[quote]
On 2012-06-27 20:06, ElliottB wrote:
I just received 2 excellent never-before-published contributions (a technique and a routine) from a member of the Café.
[/quote]

Elliott, Did I send you the routine themed around the Survivor TV show. Seems like I did but can't remember.

Tim
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 13, 2012 04:18PM)
Thank you so much, gmeister, Ted, and Tony!

Ted, you are correct that only 19 supplements exist. The file name is V29, as I had 29 versions along the way.

Tim, thank you so much for reminding me about your routine. I found it and will most likely include it in the next supplement.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Jul 13, 2012 10:30PM)
Wait - I have only V28, from October. You sure you're up to V29?? Really?? My hard drive is already complaining to me, saying it can't possibly hold a file bigger than V28!!

*jeep! & God Bless!
--Grandpa Chet

PS: Aren't you on your honeymoon yet?
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 14, 2012 09:18PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-04 11:40, boydy wrote:
What version is this up to now V29?
[/quote]

Oops. I goofed big time. I should have checked my site before answering. The latest published version is actually V28, not V29.

Sorry about the mix up.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jul 14, 2012 09:20PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-13 23:30, mormonyoyoman wrote:

PS: Aren't you on your honeymoon yet?
[/quote]

The wedding's in a few weeks.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Sicorace (Jul 24, 2012 01:40PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-14 22:20, ElliottB wrote:
[quote]
On 2012-07-13 23:30, mormonyoyoman wrote:

PS: Aren't you on your honeymoon yet?
[/quote]

The wedding's in a few weeks.

Elliott
[/quote]

why don't you come to italy? ;)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Sep 6, 2012 09:20PM)
I didn’t make it to Italy. Maybe on an anniversary…

As promised, I’ve begun work on the next supplement. I just finished writing the instructions for a routine that is dear to my heart.

I also received several contributed items that I will start working my way through.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: duanebarry (Sep 6, 2012 10:37PM)
Woot!
Message: Posted by: Sicorace (Sep 25, 2012 11:08AM)
OFFTOPIC
waiting for you over here :)
Message: Posted by: peculiarone (Sep 26, 2012 12:14PM)
Looking forward to the new addition to an already outstanding piece of work.

Thanks Elliot for Switchcraft.

Po
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 24, 2012 04:41PM)
Thanks, duanebarry, Sicorace and peculiarone.

It has been almost two months since my last update, so I figure another one is due.

So far, I have about 40 pages of material in the forthcoming supplement, including two techniques and three routines.

Another technique is being worked on by a Café member, and will possibly be included, depending on when it is ready.

I also received a few additional contributed items that I am in the process of evaluating for potential inclusion. The key criterion is that I have to be able successfully perform a contributed item – so, sometimes, they take time to evaluate (especially as I am bad at sleight of hand.) I may end up returning to some of these items later.

Anyways, since the supplement includes mindreading and prediction stuff, I was thinking of calling it: “How to Read Minds and Influence People.”

However, an internet search revealed that the title is already the name of a working mentalist’s act.

So I need another name for the supplement.

Any suggestions?


Elliott


PS. If I use your suggested name, you will be credited for it in the supplement (unless you don't want to be.)
Message: Posted by: seamagu (Oct 26, 2012 04:12AM)
Hi Elliott,

Given the time of year a halloween theme could be used such as:

The wicked switch of the west

or

Switch Hunt

or my favourite:

Trick and Treat

regards,

Sea.
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Oct 26, 2012 05:09AM)
Hi Elliott

How about "How to Read a Person Like a Book"? That is the title of an existing book but it's nothing to do with mentalism.

Barry
Message: Posted by: innercirclewannabe (Oct 26, 2012 12:32PM)
How about, “How to Read People and Influence Minds!.”
Message: Posted by: Jinx13 (Oct 26, 2012 12:37PM)
Elliot,
How about "Unfolding the Future"

David
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Oct 26, 2012 06:12PM)
Know Way
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 27, 2012 07:19PM)
Thanks guys! Those are some good names.

I was worried I would have to call it “The Supplement without a Name” (like the Annemann book.)

As far as progress goes, some items fell through due to (lack of) permission issues. However they were replaced with more items that I will sort through.

Thank you again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 7, 2012 06:44PM)
Almost done. I really just need to edit it and pick a name. It looks like it will include 6 excellent billet techniques, 2 routines and some very useful subtleties. The current draft is about 50 pages.

There is some material that was supposed to go into this one, but will probably be pushed off for a later supplement.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 7, 2012 09:18PM)
I think I missed the boat for Halloween (although I really liked “Trick and Treat”)

We just had our presidential election in the USA. In the spirit of democracy, my wife came up with:

Cast Your Billet

That has a nice ring to it.
Message: Posted by: seamagu (Nov 8, 2012 06:19AM)
'Cast your Billet' very good!
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Nov 9, 2012 10:57AM)
Can't wait for the update Elliot!
Message: Posted by: nique (Nov 9, 2012 09:20PM)
Looking forward to your updates!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 11, 2012 03:14PM)
Thanks guys!

I edited it for several hours last night and all day today. I must have read it at least 10 times by now. It’s really interesting and all, but I think I’ve edited it enough for now. I’m going to convert it to a PDF on my old computer (it has the full version of Acrobat,) add it to version 28 and create the new bookmarks. Then I’ll upload it, update my web site, update my mailing list, and begin to send it out.

If I am lucky, it may go out today or tomorrow night (at least partially – my email providers limit how many emails I can send at once.)

Elliott
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Nov 11, 2012 03:27PM)
This is exciting news!

d
Message: Posted by: Rocketeer (Nov 11, 2012 06:20PM)
Is there any precedent for what Elliott has done with Switchcraft?

I bought my copy more than [i]five[/i] years ago! Elliott could have sold at least two or three more volumes since then. I had no idea what a good investment I was making. Even a mentalist couldn't have seen that coming.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Nov 11, 2012 07:11PM)
I know I haven't posted in a long time... except recently to sell some stuff I was cleaning out... but we all should band together and throw Elliott a bone here. C'mon! Really! This has become the biggest bargain of this century... even including the last one. What if we all promise to just send in $5 when this new addition comes in? We spend that much on designer coffees.

Let's pledge that Elliott gets another $5 from all of the owners. It's not going to hurt anyone's pocket to send that. This guy is doing a lot of work and giving out a lot of freebies. Let's cast your BILLS for Elliott!

Greg
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Nov 11, 2012 07:25PM)
Just got the most recent supplement.
Message: Posted by: Amirá (Nov 11, 2012 07:26PM)
Elliot, you are truly a good man, and reading this line "I used the above routine to propose to my wife in May 2012", tells me that you are also blessed.

Excellent new supplement, this work is truly a gem.


Best
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Nov 11, 2012 07:45PM)
I'm definitely looking forward to your latest supplement. I enjoy everything you write.

Ray
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Nov 11, 2012 08:11PM)
Elliott,

I have mine. Thanks so much.

I am working on a new show, and now I have to peruse this to see if anything will fit into it.

Appreciate your generosity.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: GDGrey (Nov 11, 2012 08:41PM)
Thank you so much Elliott, and - what a nice way to propose. All the best to the happy couple!
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Nov 11, 2012 09:27PM)
[quote]
On 2012-11-11 20:11, Greg Arce wrote:

Let's pledge that Elliott gets another $5 from all of the owners. It's not going to hurt anyone's pocket to send that. This guy is doing a lot of work and giving out a lot of freebies. Let's cast your BILLS for Elliott!

Greg
[/quote]

What's his Paypal address?
Message: Posted by: GDGrey (Nov 11, 2012 09:47PM)
This second book, referred to in Elliott's sig, is also fantastic https://sites.google.com/site/mindblastersusa/
Just got mine and am scanning through it now. I recommend it highly, I'm really inspired by everything I've seen so far.
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Nov 12, 2012 04:02AM)
Thanks again, Elliott!

Barry
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 12, 2012 04:24AM)
Thank yo Elliott!
Message: Posted by: kinesis (Nov 12, 2012 04:26AM)
SwitchCraft = 625 pages of practical material. This book is legendary.
Message: Posted by: phillsmiff (Nov 12, 2012 05:09AM)
It continues to be epic and remarkable. I can only assume that Elliot is some kind of benevolent millionaire to keep working on this the way he has.
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Nov 12, 2012 05:33AM)
It's made its way over to Germany, too.
Outstanding work!
Message: Posted by: Funnybaldbloke (Nov 12, 2012 05:43AM)
Thanks for the great update Elliott.
The way this project continues to grow means it will always be one of the most important books in the history of our craft.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Nov 12, 2012 06:41AM)
Elliott's paypal address is Elliott006@yahoo.com

He deserves every cent we send his way.

Greg
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Nov 12, 2012 07:40AM)
Dear Elliot

Please stop sending me updates to Switchcraft. I no longer need any more switches, or cool peeking paper type mentalism methods.

And it's taking up too much of my valuable time.

Cheers

Bev

PS Not really
Message: Posted by: nique (Nov 12, 2012 08:25AM)
Awaiting the update! Hopefully my turn comes soon - can't wait!
Message: Posted by: Steven Keyl (Nov 12, 2012 08:38AM)
Don't know why everyone is always gushing over Mr. Bresler. By my count, he's only released 19 updates to Switchcraft since it's initial release. If he gave away this original release for free, then you're all paying OVER $1.00 for each update.

You're getting taken!
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Nov 12, 2012 08:57AM)
Greg,

Thanks for your wonderful suggestion and making it so simple I did not even have to look for Elliott's Paypal email address.

My advice to Elliott long ago was to quit sending out updates and supplements and start working on compiling Switchcraft Vol. 2. Obviously, he did not take my advice. In light of his stubbornness, you offer the best alternative. So simple, why didn't anyone else think of it before. I am glad you popped up to encourage this.

And Elliott, if you are lurking about, thank you.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Nov 12, 2012 10:12AM)
My e-mail got bounced back. I had to delete a few older e-mails. Send it to me again! LOL

This is an e-book that gets my vote for the best book ever of this subject!




Ray
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Nov 12, 2012 12:42PM)
Just received my update from you Elliott. Great stuff as usual. Looking forward to taking the time to read and digest the volume of information yuo put into this. Thanks again.

Ray
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 12, 2012 05:09PM)
Thank you so much, Dave, Rocketeer, Greg, Jerskin, Pablo, Ray, Bobby, GDGrey, Tom, Barry, Tony, Derek, Phill, Nicolino, Funnybaldbloke, Bev, Steven, Bobby, Ray and Ray!

I’d also like to thank the people who bought Mind Blasters USA from me and those who sent me $5.

The 20th supplement, “Cast Your Billet,” went out last night.

It includes a center tear, five billet switches, two billet presentations, and lots of great tips and ideas.

Special thanks go to Barrie Richardson, Mauricio Jaramillo, Tim Zager and Millard Longman for contributing (or allowing me to include) their excellent techniques, routine and ideas.

Copies went out to everyone on the Switchcraft mailing list. Some emails bounced (mostly due to file size) and I have attempted to contact all of those people, so that I can get the supplement to them. If you are on my list and have not received the supplement and have not been contacted by me, please do not hesitate to let me know.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special
Three
ConFab Four and More!
Chiber & Other Cool Stuff
Cast Your Billet


Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Nov 12, 2012 11:02PM)
The new supplement is terrific!
Thanks again, Elliott!

d
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Nov 18, 2012 06:23PM)
You’re very welcome, Dave.

I started working on another supplement for Mind Blasters USA.
Message: Posted by: nique (Nov 18, 2012 08:36PM)
Elliott, thanks so much for the supplement. There've been loads of folded pieces of card all over my desk ever since I bought Switchcraft.

~ Nique
Message: Posted by: Relick666 (Dec 17, 2012 10:48AM)
Hello everyone.

I'm Andreu. I've been interested in Mentalism as an art from about a year ago.

Haven't really had enough time to become an expert at this fantastic craft..
I'm not a pro performer by any means but I assure you, I'm trying to get there everyday. :)

I just finished reading Switchcraft, I promised Elliott I would do a review of his book, so here is the result:

_______________________________________________

*** Switchcraft by Elliot Bressler - Review ***

After days (and nights) of reading Switchcraft, I'm ready to say that this is indeed one of the best Mentalism books I've ever read in my life.

Although I'm a very visual person (I tend to learn easily by watching videos and not descriptions) I think this book really excels at being clear with the instructions for the easiest switches I have ever known, and at giving you everything you need for surprising friends or family with some great routines...

The ideas taught here are invaluable, I think I've grown a lot as a performer (and in general) from reading this fantastic book... I can't recommend this highly enough, it teaches you fantastic stuff like creating your own routines, Switchcraft will get your imagination running wild, and will make you feel very comfortable as a performer..

Even though I'm not as oriented to close-up mentalism and I have always prefered Stage, this book is filled with fantastic routines that you can instantly use or adapt to any setting, reading this will get you in a very creative state of mind, expanding your reality like never before.. :)

I find this book absolutely wonderful, can't praise it highly enough.

I may contribute some of my work very soon, I have even developed some new personal switches and ideas...

Cheers!

PD Thank you very much Elliott for this fantastic journey of 625 pages, they are worth gold !!! :D
_______________________________________________

Thanks to everyone for reading my review,


Andreu.
Message: Posted by: Dorianmagic (Dec 17, 2012 11:37AM)
[quote]
On 2012-11-18 21:36, nique wrote:
Elliott, thanks so much for the supplement. There've been loads of folded pieces of card all over my desk ever since I bought Switchcraft.

~ Nique
[/quote]
Ditto Nique.
The only problem I have with this dedicated work is trying to remember all the information it has to offer. Just when I get close deciding on a few favorites, in comes the next update! As others have said, the photo illustrations are perfect. Aside from the Rice encyclopedia this is the most comprehensive work on one subject I've ever seen. Thank you again and best wishes for the holiday season Bob D
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Dec 17, 2012 11:43AM)
[quote]
On 2012-11-12 08:40, bevbevvybev wrote:
Dear Elliot

Please stop sending me updates to Switchcraft. I no longer need any more switches, or cool peeking paper type mentalism methods.

And it's taking up too much of my valuable time.

Cheers

Bev

PS Not really
[/quote]

HaHa!

Prediction:

In 2024 this book will be 103,324 pages.

Bryn
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 18, 2012 10:04PM)
Thank you so much for the review, Andreu!!

Bob and Nique – I very much appreciate your comments. Nique, I hope the mess on your desk was worth it.


Bryn, I hope you’re right!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: nique (Dec 19, 2012 08:08AM)
Certainly Elliott! I've put together a sequence (a mixture of the handlings in Switchcraft) which I've used on many an occasion, and they play as strongly as other routines of mine which use expensive gadgetry.

~ Nique
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 28, 2013 06:10PM)
That’s great to hear, Nique!

Elliott
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Jan 29, 2013 04:31AM)
Hi Elliot
We look forward of a HUGE. Hardcover bible of your book!
:)
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 11, 2013 06:45PM)
Thank you, Luca. There will most likely be a printed version at some point in the future.

In the meantime, a 21st supplement for Switchcraft and my 4th supplement for Mind Blasters USA are both in progress. I’ve been working on both at once.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 2, 2013 08:42PM)
I am almost done with the writing portion of Switchcraft supplement # 21. Then I will need to edit it and update my Thank You section.

The Mind Blasters USA supplement is also coming along nicely.

I can't believe so much time elapsed since my last post on this thread. I guess these supplements take time to write.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 3, 2013 08:56PM)
Ah. That’s why the link on my site did not work. I’ll have to fix it later. It was fun being in the “Penny” section while it lasted. I did not realize the moderators were moving threads dating back as far as 2006.
Message: Posted by: nique (Mar 3, 2013 10:14PM)
Looking forward to it Elliott!!!

~ Nique
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Mar 5, 2013 10:14PM)
This is the most value added ebook in magic. A great accomplishment.
Message: Posted by: John Locke (Mar 6, 2013 02:06PM)
Elliot's updates to Switchcraft are a true labour of love.
How great it is to have someone whose focused knowledge is used to inspire and to increase our knowledge of mentalism!

John McLachlan
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 11, 2013 09:38PM)
Thank you, Nique, hbwolkov and John.

I completed the first draft of the next Switchcraft Supplement. It is called Flashes of Inspiration - Volume One.

Volume two, which is in progress, will be the next Mind Blasters USA supplement.

Then, I plan to hopefully go back for another Switchcraft volume, and then another Mindblasters USA volume. Then probably some more. At least that’s the current plan. I have not done my due diligence yet on all of the material.


But first I need to wrap up Flashes of Inspiration - Volume One, which means more editing and also updating the thank you section.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 13, 2013 05:14PM)
Supplement # 21 has been submitted for proofreading.

In the meantime, I am working on Switchcraft supplement # 22 and Mind Blasters USA supplement # 4.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: C.J. (Mar 15, 2013 04:56AM)
(Not sure if I like the fact that this topic has been moved to Mentally Speaking since I last looked, but there's nothing I can do about that).

I was honoured to be selected by Elliott to proofread his latest supplement. Owners of Switchcraft can look forward to receiving (soon) another 30 pages of ideas, applications and methods relating to the most magical of mentalism props.

In all honesty, Living & Dead tests have never been of sufficient interest to me to cause any sort of thoughts on ever adding one to my repertoire. That's all changed in the last 48 hours as I perused my advance-copy of the latest ElliottB supplement, [i]Flashes of Inspiration Vol 1[/i]. It's not that the methods are at all groundbreaking - many of the details and moves have already been covered in the earlier 550-odd pages of Switchcraft - but the application, context and presentation ideas are what makes this so fun. I am not sure if it is the new way of approaching the classic effect (teaser: with an option to slightly twist one of our most beloved Max Maven concepts), or simply the trademark clarity and passion that underlie Elliott's writings, but whatever the cause, I find myself wondering for the first time ever if [i]Living & Dead[/i] is something I might like to experiment with. No, scratch that. Not wondering. I have decided that I do want to play with the ideas that Elliott proposes.

He is up front and honest with readers by stating openly that not all of the ideas in this supplement have been tested in the real world at this stage, but you would be hard pressed to argue that any of his suggestions are unworkable. I am sure that Elliott would expect his readers to adapt his ideas, improve, twist, season and spice them, and yet he has faithfully provided HEAPS of material in this simple supplement so as to leave nobody behind. At one point, where I might perhaps have offered one key presentation idea and one alternative, the ever-generous Mr Bresler lists SEVEN different suggestions!

I find it hard to believe that anyone could continue to give so generously as to provide hundreds of add-on pages to a work published a half-decade ago at no extra cost. No matter how many times I mention the need for a price rise, he has never listened to me! If you don't have it yet, you can find a purchase page via the first link in ElliotB's signature above this post.
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Mar 15, 2013 09:25AM)
[quote]
On 2013-03-13 18:14, ElliottB wrote:
Supplement # 21 has been submitted for proofreading.

In the meantime, I am working on Switchcraft supplement # 22 and Mind Blasters USA supplement # 4.

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliott you are a true gentleman. Thank you for all your hard work and generosity!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 17, 2013 11:23AM)
Thank you so much for your excellent and speedy work, Connor! I will finally be back on my computer this afternoon (posting from my phone).

Hopefully, I'll be able to wrap this up today.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 17, 2013 06:37PM)
I'm working on the edited copy right now. Connor did a phenomenal job, making things very easy for me. Thank you!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 17, 2013 08:30PM)
It's just about done, but I won't be able to get it out tonight. It's looking like tomorrow night is the time.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 18, 2013 07:12PM)
It's done. I uploaded it to my processor and updated my web site.

Now, I will update my list and start emailing it out.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: THB (Mar 18, 2013 08:22PM)
:)
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Mar 19, 2013 03:42AM)
Thanks a lot, Elliott! What a joy again :). Jan
Message: Posted by: andykean (Mar 19, 2013 03:49AM)
Best value PDF ever
Thank you Elliot
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 20, 2013 07:00PM)
Thanks guys!!

Connor. I’m not sure why the thread was moved either. It pre-dates the “Mentally Speaking” sections by years and years. Many, many review threads from 2006 (and presumably even later) are still in “Penny.” It’s odd that this thread was singled out, and the activity on the thread has definitely declined since the move. But there’s nothing I can do about that.

Anyways…

The 21st supplement, “Flashes of Inspiration – Volume One”, went out a few days ago.

It includes a subtlety to make almost any force seem incredibly fair, a method for spirit writing, 7 Living & Dead Test ideas, a modification for two billet switches, a great utility item and Dave Arch’s “Place Setting” routine.

Special thanks to Dave Arch for graciously contributing his excellent effect.

Additional thanks to Connor Jacobs for the incredible job he did editing the supplement. Connor made what is normally the toughest part of the process remarkably easy.

Copies went out to everyone on the Switchcraft mailing list. Some emails bounced. If you are on my list and have not received the supplement, please do not hesitate to let me know. However, due to my crazy schedule this time a year, please allow me some extra time to get back to you.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
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 – Volume One

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Alwow (Mar 21, 2013 12:18PM)
Purchased this out of pure curiosity based on the number of discussions here regarding your book. Simply based on the volume of effects this will likely be a valuable purchases.

Your hard work is appreciated.
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Mar 21, 2013 12:37PM)
Thanks Elliot, great job as always!
:)

p.s. We need to do a HUGE hard copy of this!!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 31, 2013 11:31AM)
Thanks Guys!

On another note, last week, I sent a bonus e-book to everyone on my Mind Blasters USA mailing list by 3/23/2013.

It contained approximately 17 variations on Oriville Meyer’s Dead.

If you were on my Mind Blasters USA mailing list on 3/23/2013, but did not receive the bonus e-book, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 10, 2013 05:09PM)
Speaking of the above mentioned bonus:

I’ve decided to formally add it to the Mind Blasters USA supplements available on my Web Site:

https://sites.google.com/site/mindblastersusa/

So, at present, those who buy Mind Blasters USA from me will receive:

Mind Blasters USA

Jheff’s Journal of the Mind – Volume 4, Issue 24 (featuring me)

Supplement # 1 - Advanced L&D

Supplement # 2 - Beating a Living & Dead Horse

Supplement # 3 - The Infallible Billet - A Method for Impossible Predictions

Supplement # 4 - Flashes of Inspiration Vol. 2

If you purchased Mind Blasters USA from me, but did not receive any of the above bonuses, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Apr 22, 2013 09:06PM)
I should probably mention that another supplement, “The Rock Paper Scissors Manuscript,” went out to my MB USA mailing list last week. An additional bonus was also offered, and was mailed to everyone on my MB USA list who requested it.

So, at present, those who buy Mind Blasters USA from me will receive:

Mind Blasters USA

Jheff’s Journal of the Mind – Volume 4, Issue 24 (featuring me)

Supplement # 1 - Advanced L&D

Supplement # 2 - Beating a Living & Dead Horse

Supplement # 3 - The Infallible Billet - A Method for Impossible Predictions

Supplement # 4 - Flashes of Inspiration Vol. 2

Supplement # 5 - The Rock Paper Scissors Manuscript

If you purchased Mind Blasters USA from me, but did not receive any of the above bonuses, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks again,

Elliott

PS. Additional Switchcraft and MB USA supplements are in progress
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Oct 16, 2013 08:10PM)
So, it’s been over 5 months since I updated this thread. Things have been busy, but I did manage to send some additional bonus notes to whichever Mind Blasters USA customers replied to my email offer.

I have re-started work on another supplement. I can’t make any guarantees at such an early stage of development. However, if things proceed according to plan, it will probably go to both mailing lists.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Mar 11, 2014 01:02PM)
[quote]
On Mar 6, 2013, John Locke wrote:
Elliot's updates to Switchcraft are a true labour of love.
How great it is to have someone whose focused knowledge is used to inspire and to increase our knowledge of mentalism!

John McLachlan
[/quote]

Labor of love, indeed! And what a marvelous book Switchcraft is. So rare for someone to be so dedicated to teaching quality material where updates and new releases are included with the original purchase. Does other author in the mentalism community do that?

Thank you Elliott!
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Mar 11, 2014 01:04PM)
[quote]
On Oct 16, 2013, ElliottB wrote:
So, it’s been over 5 months since I updated this thread. Things have been busy, but I did manage to send some additional bonus notes to whichever Mind Blasters USA customers replied to my email offer.

I have re-started work on another supplement. I can’t make any guarantees at such an early stage of development. However, if things proceed according to plan, it will probably go to both mailing lists.

Elliott
[/quote]

Elliott, have you considered releasing a DVD set demonstrating some of your favorite routines in Switchcraft?

I for one would find it hard to resist purchasing such a DVD, or perhaps a series of DVDs.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Mar 13, 2014 01:15PM)
The thread is over 5 years old, and about 40 pages of replies.....

Well played, Sir...well played....

(Again, congrats, Elliot!)

Bryn
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Mar 16, 2014 10:28AM)
I was late to this party, but I, too, have to give the highest recommendation to this work. It is (to me) the most cost effective learning tool for practical mentalism techniques. It only becomes more impressive to me (another CPA) when I consider the time commitment from Mr. Bressler as very busy accountant. Well done, sir! I applaud you!!

:applause:
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 17, 2014 08:47PM)
Thank you, Enotskcalb, Bryn, and Jeff!

Life's been so incredibly busy (in good ways) this past year that I haven't had sufficient opportunity to participate much, or keep up with the latest happenings in the world of magic/mentalism. I've missed this place a lot.

Anyways, I've been writing for a few minutes each night, and just completed the next Switchcraft supplement (although I still need to edit it).

I've also been working on my next Mind Blasters USA supplement. I plan to send out both supplements at once - probably over the course of a few evenings next week.

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Dec 18, 2014 07:55AM)
Always exciting news to hear of the updates/supplements from Elliot. Switchraft is a true tome of knowledge and Elliot is a true gentleman.

Looking forward to both updates!
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 19, 2014 10:54PM)
Hooray!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 21, 2014 10:55PM)
Thanks guys!

The MB USA supplement was completed and sent out today. The Switchcraft supplement is almost ready to be sent out.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: sjrw (Dec 22, 2014 06:13PM)
Wow!

I can't believe we are getting another switchcraft supplement!

Thanks Elliott!
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Dec 23, 2014 08:18PM)
Elliot's work is the gift that keeps on giving.....

Bryn
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 23, 2014 09:27PM)
Thank you!

I sent them all out.

I also made some corrections, clarifications, and elaborations to the MB USA supplement I sent out on Sunday. So, if anyone on the MB USA mailing list wants the slightly updated version, feel free to drop me an email.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: gypsyfish (Dec 24, 2014 02:25AM)
Thanks for both, Elliot. Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!
Message: Posted by: Nestor D (Dec 24, 2014 06:13PM)
I still have a few hundreds page to go but I have to attest that this book is a huge pile of ideas, inspiration and love for this art and that the author deserve respect and gratitude :)
Message: Posted by: innermind (Dec 25, 2014 05:42AM)
The timing of the Switchcraft update makes it a pleasant Christmas gift!

Thanks for the supplement!



Merry Christmas!





David
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Dec 25, 2014 11:22AM)
Elliot, thank you soooo much. And a very merry Christmas to you!
Message: Posted by: AngeloR (Dec 25, 2014 07:49PM)
Elliot, thank you for your hard work.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Dec 27, 2014 10:16PM)
Thank you, Gentleman!

I hope you all had a happy holiday, and have a wonderful new year!

I sent out all the supplements earlier this week, and updated the files on my web sites.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my Switchcraft site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special
Three
ConFab Four and More!
Chiber & Other Cool Stuff
Cast Your Billet
Flashers of Inspiration – Vol. 1
Holiday Special 2014 – Vol. 1


And The Mind Blasters USA files on my Mind Blasters USA site now come with:

Mind Blasters USA
Advanced L&D
Beating a Living & Dead Horse
The Infallible Billet - A Method for Impossible Predictions
Flashes of Inspiration Vol. 2
The Rock Paper Scissors Manuscript
Holiday Special 2014 - Vol. 2
Jheff’s Journal of the Mind – Volume 4, Issue 24 (featuring me)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 1, 2015 08:23PM)
I received some really excellent contributions for the next Switchcraft supplement. I am very excited about it.
Message: Posted by: David Bilan (Jan 1, 2015 09:48PM)
Thank you for your labor of love. Have a Happy New Year!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 4, 2015 06:30PM)
You're welcome, David. Happy New Year to you too.

I did some work on the next Switchcraft supplement today.

I will also soon update the crediting on the last MB USA Supplement for something I was unaware of at the time, but am now aware of. I will send out replacement copies of the MB USA supplement once the extra credit is added.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 10, 2015 07:52PM)
I'm making great progress on the next supplement - and also figured out exactly what is going in it, and what will be in the one after that.

I also came up with 14 exceptional routines and ideas, which I recently contributed to someone else's project.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Jan 10, 2015 10:53PM)
Exciting stuff!

Keep us posted on all your projects!

(And, as ever: Thank you, Elliott.)
Message: Posted by: tmoca (Jan 11, 2015 05:27AM)
[quote]On Jan 10, 2015, ElliottB wrote:
I'm making great progress on the next supplement - and also figured out exactly what is going in it, and what will be in the one after that.

I also came up with 14 exceptional routines and ideas, which I recently contributed to someone else's project. [/quote]

Wow!!! You never cease to amaze me with your dedication and generosity Elliot.

Thank you!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 17, 2015 07:15PM)
Thank you.

Almost done with the next one.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 18, 2015 03:10PM)
I finished it. Just need to do one last edit. Then convert to PDF, and index, etc.
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 20, 2015 09:34PM)
Sent it out.

I’ve got lots more material, which will hopefully eventually go in Switchcraft or my supplements to Mind Blasters USA. Then there are the 14 or so (depends how you count) items I contributed for a another work. Really looking forward to that too.

My supplements to MB USA have some new credits. Everyone on my MB USA list will get a revised copy as soon as I send out another MB USA supplement. However, if you are on my MB USA list and want a properly credited copy now, please let me know, and I will provide one.
Message: Posted by: Nestor D (Jan 21, 2015 02:30AM)
I have not yet finished switchcraft, I have one hour a week dedicaced to reading it and taking notes but I have now reached the conclusion that I might not be able to finish it while Elliott is still alive and writing...

Thank you :)
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Jan 21, 2015 04:48AM)
Thanks, Elliot, received it and I must say again and again it is incredible, no you are! Jan
Message: Posted by: Dr. JK (Jan 21, 2015 02:11PM)
Let me reiterate: Switchcraft is a fantastic resource and one of the best purchases I've ever made. Certainly the best bargain I've ever bought!

I also feel the need as a fellow CPA to again thank Elliott for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to continue to write, update, and distribute this fantastic information. Thank you, Elliott!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Jan 22, 2015 09:17PM)
Thank you, Nestor, Jan, and Jeff.

I really appreciate your posts.

I would also like to thank Sean Waters and Mauricio Jaramillo for contributing their excellent material for inclusion in the supplement.

All the emails went out earlier this week. Since I sent the whole nearly 10 meg file, many emails bounced back as undeliverable – I think more than 50.

If you are on my list and didn’t get it, please email me or, even better, PM me here. I plan to go through all those emails and PM’s this Sunday.

For the record, the Switchcraft file available on my Switchcraft site now includes:

Switchcraft
The Billet Machine
Billet Proof
Silver Billet
Back from the Dead
Stack Master
CT's Switch
Q 4 U 2
The Zombie Chicken Read
Alexander Marsh’s Tel.
Ken Krenzel’s Psychologia
Secrets of the Masters Volume One
Secrets of the Masters Volume Two
Playing with Blocks
Secrets of the Masters Volume Three
Tervil Extra Bold and Other Cool Stuff
The Switchcraft Holiday Special
Three
ConFab Four and More!
Chiber & Other Cool Stuff
Cast Your Billet
Flashers of Inspiration – Vol. 1
Holiday Special 2014 – Vol. 1
Slip of the Mind

And The Mind Blasters USA files on my Mind Blasters USA site now come with:

Mind Blasters USA
Advanced L&D
Beating a Living & Dead Horse
The Infallible Billet - A Method for Impossible Predictions
Flashes of Inspiration Vol. 2
The Rock Paper Scissors Manuscript
Holiday Special 2014 - Vol. 2
Jheff’s Journal of the Mind – Volume 4, Issue 24 (featuring me)

Thanks again,

Elliott
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Jan 27, 2015 03:34PM)
I just called the police and told them to cancel the search for Elliott.

What a wonderful surprise, Elliott.

Thanks so much.

Bobby
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Feb 18, 2015 09:33PM)
You are very welcome, Bobby. I have a lot more material just waiting for me to write about.
Message: Posted by: nique (Mar 1, 2015 03:15AM)
Can't seem to PM you here Elliot! Don't think I managed to receive your latest update though. Love Switchcraft; going back to it every now and then always seems to give me something new to think about!

~ Nique
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 1, 2015 11:23AM)
Thank you so much, Nique.

I just sent you a download link for the latest edition.

Elliott
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 1, 2015 11:25AM)
That reminds me…

My Switchcraft and MB USA sales are fully automated.

However, I email the supplements manually.

Due to email volume and file size, a number of supplements bounce back as undeliverable, and then need to be dealt with individually. Another growing issue is changing email addresses. I get several email address change requests per week, which I keep track of manually, but sometimes forget about if I get home particularly late at night. Overall, it’s been a lot of work for the approximately two e-books I sell per month these days. So I am looking for some inexpensive of free way to automate the whole supplement mailing process.

Anyone have any ideas?

(Aside from all that, I am working on the next supplement.)
Message: Posted by: RCP (Mar 1, 2015 07:32PM)
This is probably the single best value, not to mention the incredible material, in all of mentalism. Repeated updates at no charge. Thank you sir!!!!!
Message: Posted by: ElliottB (Mar 15, 2015 08:41PM)
Thank you very much!

Another supplement, this one mostly about impromptu mentalism is in the works.

It's coming together in a unique way, to say the least.
Message: Posted by: PsiDroid (Mar 15, 2015 11:37PM)
Elliott remember all of us who bought your magnificent work !! :goof:
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Mar 16, 2015 09:19AM)
[quote]On Mar 1, 2015, ElliottB wrote:
That reminds me…

My Switchcraft and MB USA sales are fully automated.

However, I email the supplements manually.

Due to email volume and file size, a number of supplements bounce back as undeliverable, and then need to be dealt with individually. Another growing issue is changing email addresses. I get several email address change requests per week, which I keep track of manually, but sometimes forget about if I get home particularly late at night. Overall, it’s been a lot of work for the approximately two e-books I sell per month these days. So I am looking for some inexpensive of free way to automate the whole supplement mailing process.

Anyone have any ideas?

(Aside from all that, I am working on the next supplement.) [/quote]

Doug Dyment has a way of getting updates from his website using a password given when originally purchasing. The onus is then on your customers to check for updates.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Mar 16, 2015 06:25PM)
[quote]On Mar 1, 2015, ElliottB wrote:
That reminds me…

My Switchcraft and MB USA sales are fully automated.

However, I email the supplements manually.

Due to email volume and file size, a number of supplements bounce back as undeliverable, and then need to be dealt with individually. Another growing issue is changing email addresses. I get several email address change requests per week, which I keep track of manually, but sometimes forget about if I get home particularly late at night. Overall, it’s been a lot of work for the approximately two e-books I sell per month these days. So I am looking for some inexpensive of free way to automate the whole supplement mailing process.

Anyone have any ideas?

(Aside from all that, I am working on the next supplement.) [/quote]

i have an idea...one you're probably bored of...

but! stop giving away the supplements for free!

and put switchcraft out in volumes, because it DESERVES to be in a proper printed edition...and charge a lot more for it, whilst still keeping it reasonable...
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Mar 29, 2015 02:50AM)
Iain, why you don´t mind your own business and let Elliott generosity shine like the sun in a splendid summer day?
Message: Posted by: C.J. (Mar 29, 2015 03:52AM)
[quote]On Mar 29, 2015, Lord Of The Horses wrote:
Iain, why you don´t mind your own business and let Elliott generosity shine like the sun in a splendid summer day? [/quote]

Because that's not how the mentalism market is supposed to work. There are supposed to be pre-orders and review copies and hype and pricing levels that keep things out of the hands of the merely curious! We have traditions to protect, you know.
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Mar 29, 2015 09:40AM)
I don't have time right now to read all 40 pages...but Bob Cassidy has me started on studying Billet work. This book is one I should acquire. Thanks guys! :)

Doug
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