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I'm loving this little utility device...I already have a bunch of presentations and ideas for it! I might have missed this, but does anyone know when the follow up call is?

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Thanks for the wonderful reviews David and Jheff. I think this is wonderful addition to the work in this area and a worthwhile purchase, however, I think that Docc is too cheeky and splits hairs with his advertising.
Still a worthwhile purchase at the reduced price, in my opinion.
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Just finally watched the video - wow.

I had an inkling of what was happening before wqatching but it is actually much cleaner and more clever/easier than what I was thinking.

I am impressed - winner. Will use this for sure - thanks Docc.

BTW I love the video productions with all the 60's retro vibe, surfer grooves - kinda "reefer madness" meets the Mentalist.
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It's another be-yoo-tay from Docc. A very deceptive, versatile and powerful billet technique.

And the 60s grindhouse/exploitation vibes are just a groovy bonus baby.
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On May 4, 2014, CL wrote:
Thanks for the wonderful reviews David and Jheff. I think this is wonderful addition to the work in this area and a worthwhile purchase, however, I think that Docc is too cheeky and splits hairs with his advertising.
Still a worthwhile purchase at the reduced price, in my opinion.


"CHEEKY" IS DOCC'S PERSONA - THAT IS THE KINDA GROOVY CAT THAT MAKES DOCC DOCC.

Persona is an important part of being a Mentalist & performer is it not?
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On May 6, 2014, saysold1 wrote:

Persona is an important part of being a Mentalist & performer is it not?


Wherever did you get that idea? Smile
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Amazing review
Thanks David Smile
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So a little more in depth review of Switchblade...first off understand that I used an old Docc Certificate and recieved it for only $25, which I am grateful for, though I would have gladly paid the full ammount. So what irratates me more than anything is hearing other performers wanting "routines"...since I was a young padawan learner just entering magic, I always loved the pieces of the routines, but seldom cared to perform someone elses in it's entirety. What we need are tools, not routines because we need to come up with that ourselves, based on our personalities and if you don't agree well...it's a matter of personal opinion and I'm not offended...more fun for people like me, but I digress...

So if the implication isn't there carved in cold hard computer code then this is a tool that can be used to create a routine and in my humble opinion, a very good one. It starts clean, ends clean, can be performed essentially surrounded if you're a seasoned performer with audience management skills and you get a full read, which I say is a total winner based on those characteristics alone. Add in the fact that it's in the shape of an adorable little envelope that you can create a plethora of ideas on that feature alone. Maybe you want to have a Living and Dead Test (one is taught in the package) or even do something normal like a name reveal...how does this tie in? It's up to you to figure out, but if I was using a tiny envelope in a Living and Dead I would reframe is as a "message to be sent to the other side" or as a name reveal maybe it's a "letter to a friend" and you can be creative to how you can push these simple reframes further to get more information.

This is great and I haven't even shared how I use it in the real world...plus it's pretty darn simple and cool to use one of the most underutilized sleights we all know in magic to make it look amazing. You might be on the fence about this, which if you don't think it's for you then that's cool, but I feel like this IS something for me and don't be ****ed if one day I fool you with it in a touching little routine. Thanks Dan and Docc for another amazing product, they are always winners!

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The following is a piece of business and presentational tidbit that I've used for several years now with great success. Its appearance here seems fitting for "Switchblade" users and the discussion at hand...enjoy!

“Mark Twain, in an article printed several years ago, spoke of a plan that he had frequently practiced, i.e., that of writing a letter to a person upon some subject, then addressing the envelope and inserting the letter, and then tearing the whole thing into pieces instead of sending it. He stated that in a large percentage of such cases he would receive within a short time a letter from the person to whom the destroyed letter had been addressed, answering the questions asked, or else speaking along the same lines as those of the destroyed letter. We have known of this experiment being tried on people thousands of miles away from the writer, and also in cases in which the other person had not been heard of for many years. There is a field open for experiment along these lines which some of our students might investigate with profit and satisfaction.”- (“Practical Mind Reading”).

;)

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I think that Docc is too cheeky and splits hairs with his advertising.


Whatever are you talking about? All of Docc's advertising is written from the audience's perspective. Meaning what the audience perceives. And isn't that all that really matters? I occasionally hear people talk about truth in advertising and that we should get back to when magic was advertised more truthfully. They apparently didn't grow up when I did. It used to be really tricky to read through an ad. I'm sure Bob will back me up on that.

That said this is a fun technique with many applications. If you didn't get to hear the free preview call jump on it. More good info in there than in most current releases. And it is free. But I am biased. Those of you who purchased still have a followup call coming and it will have plenty of helpful information.

Free preview call:

http://stme.in/rzM27dAoi

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On May 8, 2014, Jerome Finley wrote:
The following is a piece of business and presentational tidbit that I've used for several years now with great success. Its appearance here seems fitting for "Switchblade" users and the discussion at hand...enjoy!

“Mark Twain, in an article printed several years ago, spoke of a plan that he had frequently practiced, i.e., that of writing a letter to a person upon some subject, then addressing the envelope and inserting the letter, and then tearing the whole thing into pieces instead of sending it. He stated that in a large percentage of such cases he would receive within a short time a letter from the person to whom the destroyed letter had been addressed, answering the questions asked, or else speaking along the same lines as those of the destroyed letter. We have known of this experiment being tried on people thousands of miles away from the writer, and also in cases in which the other person had not been heard of for many years. There is a field open for experiment along these lines which some of our students might investigate with profit and satisfaction.”- (“Practical Mind Reading”).

;)

JF.

This is a beautiful framing for Switchbade, thanks for sharing.
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I'm going to run this up the flag pole and see who salutes.

Has anyone thought about mocking up some matchbook covers to use in place of the billets? Because that's the first thing I thought of after practicing with the switchblade billets...that they looked suprisingly like little matchbooks. If you were to add a little brown strip to the cover side print, you would get the illusion of the striker pad. Add a remnant from an actual matchook with only couple matches left on the strip with a couple glue dots so that you can "tear" the matches out and give them something for them to write on.

Granted it's more prep work than most people are willing to put in, but it "appears" more impromptu than having some pre-folded billets in your pocket.
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On May 8, 2014, Moderncelt wrote:
I'm going to run this up the flag pole and see who salutes.

Has anyone thought about mocking up some matchbook covers to use in place of the billets? Because that's the first thing I thought of after practicing with the switchblade billets...that they looked suprisingly like little matchbooks. If you were to add a little brown strip to the cover side print, you would get the illusion of the striker pad. Add a remnant from an actual matchook with only couple matches left on the strip with a couple glue dots so that you can "tear" the matches out and give them something for them to write on.

Granted it's more prep work than most people are willing to put in, but it "appears" more impromptu than having some pre-folded billets in your pocket.


My feeling is that pre-folded billets present only as much heat as you provide them (magician's guilt).

However, with that said, I like your idea very much. I believe that it would play very well.

Best wishes,

Scott
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Since getting this I have also experimented with index cards and pay envelopes but, for me, plain business cards are easily the best as well as possibly least suspicious.

I like the move and handling so much, I have several prefolded cards about the house and have a quick practice every now and again. The moves are now second nature and with everything so smooth and sneeky - or should it be p**ky?
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Jerome,
That is a wonderful premise for a presentation, I like it very much.

Neil,
I've been doing exactly the same for the last couple of days, maybe we need to form a support group?

Alan
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Docc himself will admit that many of his products are inspired by traditional methods that have been in the literature and often ignored in favor of "what's new" and trendy. Naturally the ads for these products don't say this, but even so, Docc is especially good at taking a basic methodology or concept and breathing new life into it.

I've bought a lot of Docc's stuff over the years. In the beginning, I was disappointed ("Oh, that's the secret?"), and I began to read his ads trying to determine what traditional method was *not* listed in the bullet points ("It says no tearing, no switching, no magnets... ah -- it must be the old Left-Handed Skyhook move."). As I grew in the art, however, I learned to appreciate the genius behind what many would overlook as "Oh, it's that old move". Case in point would be "E'voque", which is light years ahead of any of the thinking that has been published for that particular technique.

The bottom line is that I've never regretted any purchase I've made from Docc, and Switchblade is something I've been looking for for a long time.

Will it replace any of the methodologies I currently use? Absolutely.

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B Morrison: I have to agree. The billet with a flap has been used before (it's in Peek Encores), but I never liked Bush's handling of it, and so I never revisited it and used other methods that looked more natural. Docc had completely changed the handling in a way that makes the movements much more realistic.

Do I use everything I bought from Docc? No. But I use some of his stuff all the time. E'voke, Boudoir Bill, etc. Have I every regretted any of my purchases? Not once. Even if I don't use an effect, there is ALWAYS something that I take away and use.
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On May 9, 2014, Moderncelt wrote:

Do I use everything I bought from Docc? No. But I use some of his stuff all the time. E'voke, Boudoir Bill, etc. Have I every regretted any of my purchases? Not once. Even if I don't use an effect, there is ALWAYS something that I take away and use.


Agreed!
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Some of the best methods use the simplest and most organic natural moves and gimmicks. This fits that bill to a T and that is why it will be a fooler.
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