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dan the man
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On Jul 12, 2016, E.E. wrote:
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On Jul 12, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
Do you have a source for that E?



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.

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Ever


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!
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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.
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On Jul 13, 2016, Bill Cushman wrote:
(just teasing Ever, I actually have no idea what your age is).


Nobody needs to know that Smile

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.

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I shall see you on the other side.
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Missed the sale but just ordered from Bill's site.

With all the amazing feedback I had to have this.

Dale
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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.
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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.
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TDBT is very (very) good. Highly recommended!
My mentalism books: Mental Sweets 1 - Mental Sweets 2
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It is recommended as the first approximation to tears or is better to learn another first?
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It is recommended as the first approximation to tears or is better to learn another first?


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)
I shall see you on the other side.
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Gracias Ever, that's what I wanted to know.
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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!
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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.
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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 ! Smile

Thanks, Dr. Bill & Chris
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Obviously, before someone points it out, I meant "you can't go wrong" in my above post . Computers still haven't mastered mindreading!
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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_r......n=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.
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One of my favorite quotes: "A critic is a legless man who teaches running."
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[quote]On Jul 18, 2016, E.E. wrote:
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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)


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.
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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.
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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.
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Whats is the recommended paper for using this tear?
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