Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Come and let everyone know a little about yourselves

Moderators: Lady of Mystery, nickj, Mandrake, bananafish, support, Rob

UK's Online Magic Tricks and Jokes Shop offers kids and beginner magic tricks and jokes. Playing Cards for Magicians Sorcery Shop - Home of the ITR Aeternum Servare Secreta Manufacturer of modern & unique magic apparatus! World-Of-Magic, Suppliers of quality Magic Worldwide

Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby kevmundo » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:55 pm



I tried learning the guitar,I tried learning the piano, then I had a go at Italian. Basically I discovered that when my wife was watching soaps, reality TV or some other mindless soul-sucking pap, I had to find a distraction other that alcohol. Three years ago I read a book called 13 steps to mentalism and it changed my life. I then did what I guess most people in my position do - I spent a fortune on trying to buy success.

Of course, I soon learnt that most dealer items lead to misery. Undeterred, I decided that (not unlike a mechano set) I was interested solely in the METHOD and not the trick itself. I then became obsessed with method rather than the effect. For the last three years I've been lying to myself saying that eventually I'll go semi-pro and eventually offer myself for coprorate do's/weddings etc. I haven't practiced enough to be any good. What I have done is to read an innumerable amount of material to the point that I feel I can watch any magic show and reverse engineer it without too much effort.

That doesn't make me a good magician, it just makes me a bit of a tool!!! And a geeky tool at that!!

Yesterday, I was tinkering with some cards and I thought of (what I think are) two completely new effects. I realised that magic being what it is, some other sod would have thought of it already and I really needed a group of like-minded people to talk to so I didn't make a complete ass of myself. I searched the internet and I stumbled across TM. I'm late to magic (I'm 34), but over the last three years I've only done a three day week so I've studied it to the point where I think my wife is trying to leave me??

I love billet switches, and all things mentalism. I also love spending about £1oo per month on disappointment. Having become obsessed with magic/mentalism, I know I'm in the right place!!

Pip-pip

Kevmundo

kevmundo
Senior Member
 
Posts: 651
Joined: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:04 pm
Location: Huntingdon & London

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Stephen Ward » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:00 pm

Welcome to Talk Magic

Stephen Ward
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 5848
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:21 pm
Location: Lowestoft, UK (44:CP)

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Mandrake » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:01 pm

Hi and welcome!

No doubt you've seen Switchcraft, the ever expanding definitive work on billets? Check out ftopic15147.php for some discussion, tips, hints 'n stuff.....

User avatar
Mandrake
.
 
Posts: 27044
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:00 pm
Location: UK (70:AH)

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby kevmundo » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:19 pm

Yes indeed! I've read Elliot Bresler's work and he's become something of a hero of mine. His explantions are clear, concise, and what I would always call 'stripped of method.' I recently bought his 'Mind blasters USA' which I thoroughly recommend to any any other billet obessessed individuals.

What my personal issue is (and I'll search it lest I repeat a post) is pocket management. I feel that I am literally bursring with effects and could happily do a two hour show! But I am really struggling with pocket management in trying to construct a decent stroll around mentalism demonstration for a corporate/wedding presentation? I'm confident with most billet/envelope work, basic card sleights etc. I like minimalism, but I don't want to turn up with a missive case and 15 packs of cards? I hope this make sense. Any suggestions welcome! I have an idea for a forty minute set if anyone is intereted in listening to it?. I'm lucky in that I know I could get a regular forty minute gig with one phone call - I just have very small balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pip-pip

Kev

kevmundo
Senior Member
 
Posts: 651
Joined: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:04 pm
Location: Huntingdon & London

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Barefoot Boy » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:19 am

Welcome, fellow Corinda lover!

Blessings on thee, little man
Barefoot Boy with cheeks of tan...
Outward sunshine; Inward joy,
Blessings on thee, Barefoot Boy!
User avatar
Barefoot Boy
Senior Member
 
Posts: 611
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:11 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada (44:CP Mentalist)

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby DrTodd » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:09 am

Great intro!

Welcome to TM.

Dr Todd

User avatar
DrTodd
Elite Member
 
Posts: 2196
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:44 am
Location: East Bergholt

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Lady of Mystery » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:53 am

Hiya Kev, welcome along to TM :D

Foodie chat and recipes at https://therosekitchen.wordpress.com/
User avatar
Lady of Mystery
Senior Moderator
 
Posts: 8846
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:30 pm
Location: On a pink and fluffy cloud (31:AH)

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby MiKo » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:37 am

Hi Kev. I feel I have taken the same road as you (that is, reading tons of material on methods and wasting money on disappointment), but I am far behind you (I have started only a few months ago). Welcome to TM, likeminded one :)

User avatar
MiKo
Senior Member
 
Posts: 365
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:18 am
Location: Liège, Belgium (34:AH)

Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby kevmundo » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:40 pm

Many thanks for your welcomes, and Miko, I wish you all the luck in the world - and a bottomless wallet to go with it!

kevmundo
Senior Member
 
Posts: 651
Joined: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:04 pm
Location: Huntingdon & London


Return to Introductions

Best prices around! A web site set up to sell my book, THE STRIPPER DECK, and future magical/mentalism titles. Web Design for Magicians Visit Magicbox for all the latest and best effects! Best prices around! Dude That's Cool Magic MagicWorld Magic Shop for Magic Tricks

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests