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Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby kevmundo » Aug 16th, '12, 21:55



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!!

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Stephen Ward » Aug 16th, '12, 22:00

Welcome to Talk Magic

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Mandrake » Aug 16th, '12, 22:01

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.....

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby kevmundo » Aug 16th, '12, 22:19

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Barefoot Boy » Aug 16th, '12, 23:19

Welcome, fellow Corinda lover!

Blessings on thee, little man
Barefoot Boy with cheeks of tan...
Outward sunshine; Inward joy,
Blessings on thee, Barefoot Boy!
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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby DrTodd » Aug 17th, '12, 03:09

Great intro!

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby Lady of Mystery » Aug 17th, '12, 09:53

Hiya Kev, welcome along to TM :D

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby MiKo » Aug 20th, '12, 10:37

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 :)

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Re: Billet obsessed non-semi-pro!

Postby kevmundo » Aug 20th, '12, 18:40

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

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