I've recently been in contact with Allen Zingg and his DVD dream project "Allen Zingg's Master Billet Course" is finally a reality. He's hoping to start sending them out in about three weeks.
There are four volumes, thoroughly examining billet work of every kind. This set is so thorough, that four volumes will require either five DVDs or Volume Two will be a double-sided DVD. There is a total of 8 hours of material, including 30 techniques and 40 routines.
Contributors include myself, Millard Longman, Richard Busch, Barrie Richardson and Kenton Knepper. Also, Docc Hilford's Dance of Shiva is included with Docc's permission and modifications by Allen to make it even more accessible and powerful.
The DVDs include real world performances in a variety of venues. Three cameras were used so every angle and close ups of essential details will all be covered. I haven't seen them yet but based on Allen's description, and like most of us he is his own worst critic, they came out great.
These DVDs are not intended to be viewed once and then the material immediately performed. They will require, and deserve, study and practice to get maximum impact out of the methods and routines included.
From Allen, "As a working mentalist, Ive featured billet work for many yearsfrom informal, on-the-spot performances, to walk-around gigs, and in formal shows before large audiences. Earlier in my career, like many, I studied billet work, and just wasnt satisfied. Something was missingand certainly, a great deal of misdirection was needed.
NO MORE! Ive redesigned classic techniques, created original moves, and developed seamless routines to show you just how powerful and entertaining mentalism with billets can be. Ill teach you step-by-step with performances in a variety of settings, detailed explanations and some amazing close-ups so that you get everything you need.
And, no more, Look Ma, its Superman! misdirection. They can burn you, and theres nothing to see, or even suspect.
If youre only looking to learn some great mentalism routinestheyre here! Not only quick and hard hitting routines, but mind-boggling reputation making routines that can be features in your act. Just choose the volume or volumes that interest you most. And, if you want to become a master billet workerpurchase the complete set, and the volumes will guide you in building block fashion to your goal. Im thrilled to be able to provide the best in this powerful area of mentalism! Remember, with billet work, you always have a method."
I know Allen has been putting heart and soul into this project for quite a while now. He wanted everything to be just right and he sets himself very high standards as in everything he does. Those of you who are fortunate enough to own his Limited Edition Zingg Wallet and the vast accompanying documentation will know precisely what I mean.
Regular retail is $145 plus postage. Those who order from Allen directly will get a discount; in the U.S., $120 with postage and overseas, $130 including postage.
I can't wait to see these. Allen and I have been corresponding about this project for quite a while and he wouldn't go ahead until everything was just right. I'm proud to have contributed two of my own ideas and flattered that Allen found them worthy to include among the "A list" mentalists listed above and his own, intensive, work. I'll update any and all information I receive until the formal launch takes place.