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JohnWells
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I was raised Southern Baptist, and dearly beloved, the spirit is moving, so I feel the need to testify!

Switchcraft is, in my opinion, the single best bargain in the history of digital products in the field of mentalism. The current update is nearly 500 pages, has more useable material than the entirety of the rest of my ebook collection, and all for $20. Though I've tended to use the Center Tear as my principle billet tool, as I've worked more with switching, I find my self opening the file over and over again. If, as some assert, that all mentalism is really billet reading, then Elliott Bresler may become as significant a name as Annemann, with respect to his lasting and worthy contribution. Simply marvelous.
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Switchcraft is a fantastic collection of work. It's a great resource when creating new material. Highly recommended.

-rob
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Signed and certified
blackESP
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Elliot Bresler made a believer out of me.
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Agreed! This is a MUST have treatise for billet work, and is certainly up there with what I believe to be the best material on the subject. Outstanding material, and at the price .. well, its foolish not to get it.
"Opportunity may only knock once, but temptation leans on the doorbell."
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Thank you so much, gentlemen.

I was wondering why I sold a copy yesterday Smile

Elliott
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Yes.

(throws hands up)

Lordamercy.

It is true, E's work is SOLID.

If you ain't got it... you need to.

(nods)

for real.

MD
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My opinion:

Whether or not you use billets in some form (and you SHOULD), Switchcraft represents a set of techniques that will make your life easier, your effects more versatile, and your performances more impactful.

Example: I use a dismemberable zombie doll (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/ac4a/) for my take on Patrick Redford's excellent Impossible Object effect from Mendacity. He offers a perfectly good method for one small portion of the effect. However, my method uses the clip switch from Switchcraft (p. 20 of 483!) and I think it is simply ideal.

JUST-GET-THIS-THING.

Ok, that's my piece so I will only add that I paid for my copy way, waaaay back. Do not know the author, have never met the author, and do not even know if I know anybody who knows the author personally. I have nothing to gain for my recommendation and want nothing. This is simply that good, not even taking the price into consideration.

PS- Am I a freaking idiot, how did I miss that Square is available for purchase on Patrick's site?!?!?!
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Yup...one of my biggest pieces of entertainment is from Switchcraft.

It hits them deep and is a joy to perform as well, what more can one ask for?!

-Scott M
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Lemniscate,

No idiot! It has been on pre-order for a few months and just went live officially today. You haven't missed anything! It's been hush, hush, about Square but I don't wish to high-jack this thread away from the amazing product that is Switchcraft!

Switchcraft is an amazing resource and well worth the asking price and then some.
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Yeah, Switchcraft is absolutely superb! Elliott has a real talent for exposition and there is a lot of great material in there; it is the mentalist bargain of the 21st century.
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Thank you so much, guys. I really appreciate your posts. I’ve received a bunch of great contributions for future supplements, but have been remiss on getting them out due to my usual busyness at this time of year. That said, I think I will start releasing them in April or May.

Elliott
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I finally broke down and printed mine out. It is fantastic, and the supplements are awesome. They just kept comming so I never wanted to print them out, but I wanted a hard copy to peruse and practise with.

Seriously the bible of billets. Now I have found an LPI I am just itching to try it out using the ideas in Switchcraft.

Tony
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Switchcraft changed my mind about the possibilities. I used to think of billet work as something to use in the mechanics of an effect where now, I'm thinking in terms of an entire set or two or more with nothing but billet work. I should print it out also.
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My endorsement of this magnificent work has a major caveat. IF YOU ARE ADD PRONE (as I am) DO NOT GET THIS. You will try to do everything in it -- and go slightly crazy. There is too much good stuff and making choices of which to learn and to use confounds the rational mind, bringing out the worst case of "I have to try this one" I have ever suffered.

Then - just when the flashes of insanity passed -- Elliott sends a supplement with more ideas and moves than a politician on the campaign trail ---- I wanted to move to a deep mine and just try everything to perfect it before striking out into the world in a quest for dominance... or maybe stay in the cave guarding the many, many secrets contained just in the supplement.

When I first purchased Switchcraft I was not prepared for such a thorough and practical study in the art. Now it is expanded to a D-Ring max notebook and I fear I shall never be worthy of trying each and every idea advanced.

So sadly -- I commend Elliott Bresler for this master-work -- and I beg magicians who are not serious students of mentalism to avoid buying this tome. It is made only for those of us who would be masters of this most essential and power tapping correlation of technique and tricks ever compiled and published . I feel it should be required reading needed for anyone asking to be deemed "Wizard."

Just my humble opinion though.
Gregg (C. H. Mara) Chmara

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NeilS
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I echo all the praise. Switchcraft is an utterly fantastic and growing resource and full of so many workable ideas.

For mentalists it is a must buy.
ElliottB
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Thank you Tony, JAlenS, Gregg and Neil.

I really appreciate your posts.

Elliott
Kim
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True, Switchcraft is an amazing deal.
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Switchcraft has so many subtleties that you will use in your presentations, it's just amazing. Even if you do no billet work, you will derive great value from reading about the way in which presentations can be enhanced. The thinking behind the effects is so detailed, it's a fantastic read! Thanks for this one, Elliott.

Regards,
Mike
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Having just picked up a certain thick hard-backed volume at a ridiculously low price, I was moved to consider again magic's "best buys". Switchcraft still has to be number one on the list.

Barry
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