Switchcraft by Elliott Bresler

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Postby The Quill » 04/17/12 03:05 AM

First off, a brief disclaimer:

I do not know Mr. Bressler personally or professionally, and I have not been paid to write this review. And I say that because I want you to know that my opinion hasn't been tainted or influenced in any way, and that's important given what I am about to say.

Having devoured most (if not all) of the major material related to billets, switches, and peeks (including the work of Annemann, Cassidy, Longman, Corinda, Bellon, Busch, Osterlind, Zingg, and on and on) there is no doubt in my mind that Elliott Bresler's Switchcraft is the single most thorough (and undoubtedly most expansive) work of it's kind. It is so comprehensive in fact, I simply do not have the space to provide even a merely adequate or truncated review of its specific contents. But let me just say this:

After swimming though a sea of absurdly overpriced and overhyped ebooks and manuscripts for many years--all of which had promised (yet repeatedly failed) to provide me with very little, if any, tangible, real-world/real worker value--I had the great fortune of discovering Switchcraft...and I have never looked back.

Switchcraft is simply the best work of it's kind, bar none. In fact, it's not merely the best work of its kind, it is also the single best mentalism-related material I have ingested in the last ten years. And Im not pulling any punches by saying that; it truly is that exceptional.

Other reviewers have pointed out that Switchcraft is under-priced, but at the risk of repeating that assertion and at the risk of sounding a bit too hyperbolic, I must say that I not only agree, but I think its worth at least 20 times his current asking price. And at that price, I would still consider it a bargain.

Buy this manuscript. You wont regret it.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 04/17/12 01:04 PM

Probably be the next hand wringing topic among the mentalists the way Obsidion Oblique was when that was discovered online some time ago.
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Postby ElliottB » 04/19/12 06:25 PM

The Quill, Thank you so much for your review. I really appreciate it.

Jonathan, I am not 100% sure what you mean, but Ill take any publicity I can get. :)

Thank you again,

Elliott

PS. I actually had a reasonably active account here several years ago. Thanks to Mr. Kaufmans kind assistance, I am back.
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Postby The Quill » 04/20/12 01:21 AM

I'm not entirely sure what you mean either, Jonathan. Care to explain that comment any further?
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Postby The Quill » 04/20/12 01:24 AM

Your welcome. But you don't need to thank me. I'm the one who should be thanking you for your all you hard work and obsessive dedication to the topic. It's quite extraordinary.
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Postby DonB » 05/22/12 12:26 AM

And one amazing aspect of Elliott's tome is that every time he updates it, he sends that update along FOR FREE to anyone that has purchased it in the past.

I also agree with The Quill, in that Switchcraft is incredibly extensive, and if you were to print it out it would be a HUGE book, filled with moves, ideas and working routines submitted by folks that regularly use billet switches in their work.

Elliott has put a lot of time into Switchcraft, and I would highly suggest everyone get it that has an interest in billet switching, and it's many, many uses.
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Postby Elliott B » 11/13/12 11:08 PM

Thanks guys!

Speaking of updates, the 20th supplement, Cast Your Billet, went out on Sunday.

It includes a center tear, five billet switches, two billet presentations, and lots of great tips and ideas.

Special thanks go to Barrie Richardson, Mauricio Jaramillo, Tim Zager and Millard Longman for contributing (or allowing me to include) their excellent techniques, routine and ideas.

Copies went out to everyone on the Switchcraft mailing list. Some emails bounced (mostly due to file size) and I have attempted to contact all of those people, so that I can get the supplement to them. If you are on my list and have not received the supplement and have not been contacted by me, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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 Marshs Tel.
Ken Krenzels 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


Thanks again,

Elliott
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Postby Elliott B » 03/20/13 08:59 PM

The 21st supplement to Switchcraft, “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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