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The Game
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What is the best billet routine you have come across?
By "best" I mean - reactions of audience and fun to perform. Please don't include a "regular" CT or swami writing for one person (I don't say it isn't strong, I am just looking for something else). I am asking for multiple thought reading/ prediction/ coincidence effects, which includes at least one switching and/or handling of billets.

Thanks.
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All together 1,2,3 ELLIOTTTTTT.
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Failing that the Name/place routine by bob cassidy is very good,also see practical mental effects loads in there.

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I don't know if it migth be regarded as a billet trick,
But '' Great minds thinks alike ''

I believe it's from PUNX in 13 steps, I migth be wrong, but I'm too lazy to go upstairs and check.
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Have you heard the sales argument that folks don't buy drills, they buy quarter inch holes?

In other words, while people DO indeed buy drills, what the goal is (or what they really want is)... holes.

You're focusing on the drill.

Wrong approach.

What you are really looking for is presentations.

Want a really, really STRONG presentation that they'll remember forever?

I'll tell you. But, if you're like most, you'll go "ohhhh, that's so old..." and will likely walk away.

Then again... maybe you won't.

Knock, and the presentation door shall be opened....

SC
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Switchcraft!
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I've gotten several PM's... I meant for people to "knock" on the forum! Smile

A really most memorable routine is one that has meaning to the spectator. With that in mind, I highly recommend Annemann's Question & The Answer.

Spectator thinks of a question mentally. You answer it. Exactly.

Strong.

Want another? Bert Reese's routine. A knock-out.

They'll remember you.

And don't forget Al Baker's advice: learn a billet move and then... stop searching!

Oh. And everyone is talking about Elliot B's Switchcraft... I was one of the very first to promote it. It's awesome. But it's not about billets. Check out the killer ROUTINES.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention http://www.KingOfTheBillets.com ... 8-)

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Quote:
On 2008-04-08 05:37, bear trees wrote:
All together 1,2,3 ELLIOTTTTTT.


I don't see what E.T. has do with his question.
Besides he's gone home.
My work and the Mtangulizi here http://kannonsworks.weebly.com featuring work on drawing duplications, a fiddle-free billet tear, bar mentalism, pendulums
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LOL!!

It’s true. It seems Elliott isn’t a very common name these days.

Lately, I have been getting a lot of jokes associating my name with a certain, now infamous, New York politician named Elliott. The kid from E.T. is probably an improvement.

The other Elliott
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Thanks bear trees, Mr.Crebar and Stuart!!

Stuart, that’s a really great compliment…especially coming from someone who teaches and expertly performs the best billet routines ever devised.

Of course, I’m talking about:

Dead Name Duplication
On the Wire
The Question & the Answer
A Day in the Life
The Bert Reese Routine
The Telephone Drama
Telepathy Plus and
Test of the Tiber

All of those brilliant classics are masterfully taught in Stuart’s fantastic King of the Billets, and the Annemann ebooks.

In my ebook, I don’t teach many of the classics as they were meant to be performed.

I do borrow heavily from the classics, but almost everything in the book is tweaked to meet my particular performing needs (primarily one-on-one and close-up.)

It’s not a question of being selfish. There’s just no point in teaching stuff I don’t do.

As far as the routines (so far) included in Switchcraft go, my top seven are:

COINfabulation
The Fortune Telling Game (all sorts of presentations)
A Question and the Answer Times Two – Path One
The Pusillanimous Billet Read
A Perfect Prediction
Test of Power Revisited
Q4U2

If I were to pick two additional Switchcraft favorites, they would probably be “Stackmaster” and “Q&Everyone” (with just a handful of revelations.)

Thanks again,

Elliott
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Why do mentalists insist on calling tiny pieces of paper "billets"? I can somewhat understand when talking with other magis, but it sounds so horrible on stage. You might as well say "Hey! Burn my hands for the entire routine!"
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It’s “shop talk.”

I’ve seen some disagreement, but most people would not use that word in actual performance.
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Thanks guys for the wonderful recommendations.
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