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Topic: The Dr's Billet Tear
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 8, 2016 07:54AM)
Anyone interested in The Dr's Billet Tear can currently find it for half off in Penguin's Cool Box at:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3429

Best Of Thoughts,

Dr. Bill
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Jul 8, 2016 07:57AM)
This is a great tear with a huge peek area. This is quite a deal at half-off. I got it full price, and it's just great to know.
Message: Posted by: bevbevvybev (Jul 8, 2016 07:58AM)
Definitely one of the best peeks out there. Get it!
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jul 8, 2016 08:04AM)
Get it, my favourite one that's been released...
Message: Posted by: John C (Jul 8, 2016 08:36AM)
[quote]On Jul 8, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
Anyone interested in The Dr's Billet Tear can currently find it for half off in Penguin's Cool Box at:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3429

Best Of Thoughts,

Dr. Bill [/quote]


Do we only get half a pdf?

If I didn't already own it I'd buy it. Thanks Bill.
Message: Posted by: RexDeash (Jul 9, 2016 03:24AM)
Yup, it's highly recommended. It's quite brilliant.
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Jul 9, 2016 08:43AM)
Quite possibly the most deceptive, instant access CT in existence. And surprisingly easy to do, after learning and practicing the method.
Message: Posted by: Ray Pierce (Jul 9, 2016 11:06PM)
This is one of my favorite go to tears.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 10, 2016 12:16AM)
Thanks all, truly flattered by your praise for TDBT. I think the sale is coming to a close soon. Sales exceeded my expectations.
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (Jul 10, 2016 04:24AM)
By a large margin the best center tear on the market
Message: Posted by: gypsyfish (Jul 10, 2016 08:26AM)
My favorite CT.
Message: Posted by: Robb (Jul 11, 2016 09:50AM)
A good center tear is one thing I'm missing from my arsenal. I picked up The Dr.'s Center Tear and I'll say that I'm surprised at the simplicity of it. I'll be practicing it for awhile but I think this is a tear I'll finally use.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 11, 2016 10:00AM)
Thanks for the kind words, Sven, gypsyfish and Robb. I'm humbled that so many people are using TDBT and finding it meets their needs so well.

Officially the Cool Box sale at Penguin says "sold out" but I think if you click the link it is still giving the half off price. If not, so long as it shows TDBT in the Cool Box, I'll honor the discount, just drop me a line.
Message: Posted by: Briz (Jul 11, 2016 10:53AM)
I agree with Robb, I also took advantage of the sale and am really pleased I did so. The written instructions are very clear to follow, they're well illustrated and there's also accompanying videos.
I'd struggled with the PCT in the past, in that I could never get it to appear natural, so I never used it.
I'm happy I got it at the price that I did, but if anyone's sitting on the fence about buying it I'll just say that I'd be just as pleased with what I'd bought if I had paid the regular price.
Message: Posted by: Robb (Jul 12, 2016 04:00PM)
I am still working on my handling, I experimented with "steps" but realized they didn't help (or hurt either). Timing is really key with this, as far as when to look.
Message: Posted by: E.E. (Jul 12, 2016 04:26PM)
[quote]On Jul 12, 2016, Robb wrote:
Timing is really key with this, as far as when to look. [/quote]

Robb, just ask your participant to hold out his hand as you mimic that action with your own (left) hand.
It's only natural to look down at your hand while you do this.

However, it's only going to look like you are looking at your hand but in reality you are looking at the info, which is in your right hand.

It's really simple and really deceptive. I think this is called the archer's glimpse (although I might be completely wrong on this)


Best,
Ever
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 12, 2016 06:02PM)
Thank you Briz, much appreciated.

Robb, which variation are you focusing on? E.E.s advice works fine for the basic and delayed methods and is pretty much one of the suggestions I offer in the "Justifying Your Gaze" section. Though I've never heard it called the archer's glimpse. Do you have a source for that E?

With the Flip variation, I break all the rules. I don't go as far as in the ad of course but there's a hint of that process. I know, I know but it works very well and no one will be watching your eyes.
Message: Posted by: Robb (Jul 12, 2016 09:42PM)
You know what? I have to confess I didn't finish the book yet! I got so caught up with the basic handling and playing with it, I forgot there was more to read! ;-)
Message: Posted by: E.E. (Jul 12, 2016 10:54PM)
[quote]On Jul 12, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
Do you have a source for that E? [/quote]


Not really, Bill.

I don't know why but I somehow think that's what it's called but I don't remember where that name came from.
Nor I remember reading it... Maybe I'm fooling myself. That's why I said I might be completely wrong on this one.

Best,
Ever
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jul 13, 2016 12:19AM)
[quote]On Jul 12, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
I've never heard it called the archer's glimpse. Do you have a source for that E?
[/quote]
I first encountered that phrase in Jas Jacutsch's manuscript with his center tear. I would expect anyone putting out a tear would have familiarized themself with his work on the CT. And I believe it is called the Archer's Gaze, but I could be mistaken as it has been decades and my manuscripts are not with me at this moment in time.
Message: Posted by: dan the man (Jul 13, 2016 06:55AM)
[quote]On Jul 12, 2016, E.E. wrote:
[quote]On Jul 12, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
Do you have a source for that E? [/quote]


Not really, Bill.

I don't know why but I somehow think that's what it's called but I don't remember where that name came from.
Nor I remember reading it... Maybe I'm fooling myself. That's why I said I might be completely wrong on this one.

Best,
Ever [/quote]

You've probably heard it in Oz Pearlman's second Penguin lecture, where he demonstrated it with the perfected center tear. I think he referenced Jas Jakutsch for that!
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 13, 2016 10:35AM)
Tom, you have a better memory than I do, lol! It has been many, many years since I read Jas Jakutsch's CT and accessing the mss. would be tricky at the moment. If I get lucky and it is toward the top of a box, maybe I can clear this up.

Dan, thanks for the more current reference to the reference. That would explain the Millennial Mentalists being familiar with the term (just teasing Ever, I actually have no idea what your age is).

And, Robb, if you still have questions after you finish TDBT, please let me know.
Message: Posted by: E.E. (Jul 13, 2016 10:49AM)
[quote]On Jul 13, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
(just teasing Ever, I actually have no idea what your age is).[/quote]

Nobody needs to know that :eek:

And yes, I do own that lecture so that would be mystery solved. Anyway, it's a great way to peek at the information and the one I always use.

By the way, Bill, your CT it's one of the best I've ever seen. it's been my favorite method since I first learned it.

Best,
Ever
Message: Posted by: Mindipulator (Jul 14, 2016 03:24AM)
Missed the sale but just ordered from Bill's site.

With all the amazing feedback I had to have this.

Dale
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 14, 2016 12:46PM)
Thank you Ever and thank you for your purchase, Dale.

And...I found it! The method we've been trying to recall is "The Archer Technique" by Jas Jacutsch. Richard Osterlind teaches a very similar approach in terms of not moving your eyes. That's all I'll say here other than I'm very glad this came up right now as I'm preparing Suggestabilities for release in print via Lulu. I'm providing "Afterthoughts 2016" for the four essays (two of which had Afterthoughts 2008") and "Aftereffects 2016" for the three effects. I want to explore this approach in "Justifying Your Gaze," so much appreciation to all who prompted me to seek this out.
Message: Posted by: senno52 (Jul 16, 2016 09:39AM)
Hi Bill,

I always love using the Dr's Billet Tear and I've always loved the Suggestabilities booklet, a lot of great stuff in there and a fun read. I'm looking forward to the updated Afterthoughts.
Message: Posted by: bofx (Jul 18, 2016 09:02AM)
TDBT is very (very) good. Highly recommended!
Message: Posted by: Mifune (Jul 18, 2016 09:34AM)
It is recommended as the first approximation to tears or is better to learn another first?
Message: Posted by: E.E. (Jul 18, 2016 11:30AM)
[quote]On Jul 18, 2016, Mifune wrote:
It is recommended as the first approximation to tears or is better to learn another first? [/quote]

In my very limited experience, I can say the Dr's tear is the easiest tear I've seen so far.

You are only tearing the billet once, and that's all. You can (and should) do one more tear but it's really not necessary. You'll see what I mean if you decide to buy this.

The only downside is that your participant needs to write something down on the billet (business card) while it's in portrait orientation, which seems a bit unnatural... but it doesn't represent a real problem.

I've tried to do this tear using a square billet (3x5 index card cut in half) and it works just the same... this way there's no sense of orientation (since it's square, duh)
Message: Posted by: Mifune (Jul 18, 2016 11:41AM)
Gracias Ever, that's what I wanted to know.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 20, 2016 09:11AM)
Senno52, bofx & E.E., thank you for your kind comments. And E.E., thanks for sharing your tip about eliminating any concerns regarding landscape vs. portrait orientation with TDBT for those troubled about having participants write on the card/paper in portrait position. Excellent thinking!

And some good news; not only TDBT but starting today ALL OF MY EBOOKS are on sale at http://www.lybrary.com/ for one week with the same 50% discount. When the books are placed in the cart, the discount is applied. Thanks go out to Chris Wasshuber for making this happen!
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Jul 20, 2016 10:37PM)
Bill's one of mentalism's quiet geniuses. The true pros turn to him for advice. His Billet Tear is a great example of why. But why stop there, especially when Chris is offering a fantastic, but time-sensitive, half price deal. Hard to recommend what to grab (Trybil is a personal favorite)but you can't go right no matter of what you choose.

As for me, well since I have to complete canon I'm just going to have to wait, impatiently, for Bill to enrich our art with some new offerings for which I'll gladly pay full price.
Message: Posted by: Godzilla (Jul 20, 2016 11:19PM)
I'm going for Rhyme Time Sublime to add to my Dr. Bill collection.
I always need more impromptu ...
At 1/2 price, it's a gimme ! :-)

Thanks, Dr. Bill & Chris
Message: Posted by: gmeister (Jul 21, 2016 09:07AM)
Obviously, before someone points it out, I meant "you can't go wrong" in my above post . Computers still haven't mastered mindreading!
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 22, 2016 06:29PM)
Thanks guys! That was pretty funny, Gary!

Here's a link I never knew existed until Millard posted it: http://www.lybrary.com/advanced_search_result_sphinx.php?keywords=Bill+Cushman&search_in_description=1&searchin=author

It takes you directly to a complete list of all my works at lybrary.com. You'll also find Companionage, which I still "manage," lest a fantastic collection fade into complete obscurity.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jul 25, 2016 12:10PM)
Try this link:
http://www.lybrary.com/advanced_search_result_sphinx.php?keywords=Bill+Cushman&search_in_description=1&searchin=author
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mindbender (May 6, 2017 08:36PM)
[quote]On Jul 18, 2016, E.E. wrote:
[quote]On Jul 18, 2016, Mifune wrote:

The only downside is that your participant needs to write something down on the billet (business card) while it's in portrait orientation, which seems a bit unnatural... but it doesn't represent a real problem.

I've tried to do this tear using a square billet (3x5 index card cut in half) and it works just the same... this way there's no sense of orientation (since it's square, duh) [/quote]

Reviving an old thread, but wanted to share how I've been using it the past few months. When I have a participant write one word, I use T-Rex, when I have them write two words, I use R2D2, and when I have the participant draw an image, my favorite technique is Dr. Bill's! The presentation I use justifies both the portrait orientation as well as a reason for writing something down...

I hand a participant a business card in portrait mode (it's been pre-folded and opened back up) and ask them to draw a simple image, then fold the card up. Once they do so, I have them hand me the folded card and ask them if they feel like I have influence them in any way. The participant usually says "no", sometime they might hesitate and say "I don't think so". But I reply with a smile, "Of course I influenced you!" "First, I asked you to draw a simple image, so I'm guessing it's not something like the Mona Lisa, right?" "More importantly, I subtly controlled the kind of image you thought of because I asked you to draw it in portrait mode."

While I talk about this I begin to nonchalantly rip up the card, as though it doesn't even matter.

"You see, when people draw in landscape mode, they tend to fill out the space, so they draw things like long cars, or rivers. But most people asked to draw in portrait mode tend to draw things like faces, trees, images that are taller versus wider. Make sense?"

By this time, I know what they've drawn and I can adjust what I tell the. If indeed, they have drawn a tree, smiley face, or something like a building or rocket, then the idea of being influenced makes sense. On the other hand, if they happen to draw something that's more appropriate to a landscape image (which, but the way, isn't that often), you can adjust what you say along the lines of "Most people draw things like faces or trees or tall images...BUT, I get the sense that you aren't like most people..."and then you can continue to reveal what they have drawn.

So, that's the presentation angle -- using the portrait mode for a reason...justifying the orientation and the fact that you had them draw on the card in the first place.

Hope that makes sense.
Message: Posted by: Max Wells (May 9, 2017 03:26PM)
That's a good idea MindBender.

I prefer using Square billets when using this tear. It solves the problem and frees me up on the presentation.
Message: Posted by: Mobius (May 9, 2017 04:08PM)
Never really had a problem getting the spectator to draw in portrait mode.
I took the suggestion of drawing a gravestone on the card (Seven Deadly Sins) and changed it to a very quick sketch of an easel with a canvas on it. The canvas is square and fills the appropriate area of the card. The legs of the easel come out below the canvas and the end of the easel sticks out the top. There is not enough space to draw this in landscape, so it has to be done in portrait. Makes a nice visual pic on the card for the spec to work with and it is drawn in front of the spectator which I like - for no particular reason.
Could see that there may be an issue with words but this could be easily got around with pics of thought bubbles, computer screens, a notice board etc.
Message: Posted by: Karli (May 11, 2017 08:21PM)
Whats is the recommended paper for using this tear?
Message: Posted by: j100taylor (May 11, 2017 09:35PM)
Business cards
Message: Posted by: pacozaa (May 12, 2017 12:04AM)
[quote]On May 11, 2017, Karli wrote:
Whats is the recommended paper for using this tear? [/quote]

The thicker the better.

From my experiment 250 grams up is the best.

Dr.Bill used Rischard Osterlin pad.
Message: Posted by: pacozaa (May 12, 2017 12:14AM)
[quote]On May 12, 2017, pacozaa wrote:
[quote]On May 11, 2017, Karli wrote:
Whats is the recommended paper for using this tear? [/quote]

The thicker the better.

From my experiment 250 grams up is the best.

Dr.Bill used Rischard Osterlin pad. [/quote]

Sorry for confusion.

I mean Dr.Bill has used variety of cards for TDBT over the years such as Business Card,Richard Osterlind's pad for PCT,paper in Parapad.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (May 24, 2017 08:58AM)
I almost missed this! I appreciate all the thought and work everyone continues to put into TDBT, my most successful child to date.

I'm in the process of launching another half-off sale but anyone reading this thread and interested in The Dr's Billet Tear please feel free to contact me via PM and I'll apply the discount immediately.

With The Best Of Thoughts,

Dr. Bill
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (May 26, 2017 08:08AM)
As promised, from now through 5/31/17 there is a "Half-Off Sale" at Lybrary.com on all my ebooks:

http://www.lybrary.com/dr-bill-cushman-m-74277.html

With The Best Of Thoughts,

Dr. Bill
Message: Posted by: Mobius (May 26, 2017 02:19PM)
Thanks for the heads up regarding the Half Off Sale. Has nothing to do with this topic but the discount has finally allowed me to buy Subliminal Squares (despite a crappy exchange rate). Love subliminal square from PS2 so really looking to reading this.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (May 27, 2017 07:50AM)
Enjoy Mobius, let me know what you think
Message: Posted by: Dandin (Dec 30, 2017 06:42PM)
[quote]On Jul 13, 2016, Tom Cutts wrote:
[quote]On Jul 12, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
I've never heard it called the archer's glimpse. Do you have a source for that E?
[/quote]
I first encountered that phrase in Jas Jacutsch's manuscript with his center tear. I would expect anyone putting out a tear would have familiarized themself with his work on the CT. And I believe it is called the Archer's Gaze, but I could be mistaken as it has been decades and my manuscripts are not with me at this moment in time. [/quote]

It has been called The Archer Technique and it can be found on page 8 of Completely Mental vol one.