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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
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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
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Supplement # 21 has been submitted for proofreading.

In the meantime, I am working on Switchcraft supplement # 22 and Mind Blasters USA supplement # 4.

Elliott
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(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, Flashes of Inspiration Vol 1. 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 Living & Dead 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.
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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


Elliott you are a true gentleman. Thank you for all your hard work and generosity!
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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
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I'm working on the edited copy right now. Connor did a phenomenal job, making things very easy for me. Thank you!
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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.
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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
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Thanks a lot, Elliott! What a joy again Smile. Jan
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Best value PDF ever
Thank you Elliot
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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
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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.
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Thanks Elliot, great job as always!
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p.s. We need to do a HUGE hard copy of this!!!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


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!
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