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Andreas S.
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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
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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
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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).
tangle
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I believe there has been two more since the zombie chicken.
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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 Smile

I just sent you a PM. Hopefully, we’ll get you those two supplements fairly soon.

Elliott
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Hello Elliot:
I just got my copy of your wonderful e-book.

All I can say is WOW. Smile

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 Smile
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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
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One of my goals was to ensure that I gave purchasers their money’s worth.

Elliott - You have certainly exceeded that goal.
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Thank you Aaron, I very much appreciate your post.

Elliott
tangle
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Wow ive just somehow acquired the one handed annemann switch!
now ive just gotta routine covering the thing.
thanks again elliot.
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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?
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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
tangle
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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.
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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
tangle
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Yeah, I just decided to print just a few bits and ended up with almost sixty pages
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Amazing body of work. Thanks again Elliot!
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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!
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Thank you, Tangle, Paradise, luxor07 and Merlin.

I really appreciate your posts.

Elliott
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I updated the Inner Thoughts Thread pertaining to Secrets of the Masters.

Please keep those ideas coming!!

Elliott
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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
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