First, full disclosure, I was sent this billet course by Julien and for free… although I kept trying
to pay for it, but he wouldn’t take it.
Now, having said that, I would have gladly paid
for this course. Here’s the thing: You always hear the idiom “There’s nothing new under the sun”…
well, Julien apparently has found a new sun to be under. He has developed some great techniques with
billets. And you can tell that he uses them constantly.
On top of all that, he is an
excellent teacher, covers all the angles, has a sense of humor and is just a great thinker.
Hands down a great buy. You’ll be treated to some wonderful NEW ideas. Loved it!!!
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Julien has made significant advanced to billet work. This video course contains what I consider to
be real breakthroughs. If you are proficient with classic peeks and switches and are looking for
next level techniques, this video course has what you are looking for.
and highly recommended.
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Great stuff from Julien, once again.
A wonderful addition to his previous work on Switches (also
available at Penguin), although these techniques for reading a billet are applicable to ANY switch
you may currently perform.
Not necessarily very easy to perform, most moves will require some
practice, and in a few cases angles will need to be monitored closely.
About a year ago, during
one of his stops in Paris, Julien had shown me what was to become UMOS. At the time, the technique
was not as polished as what we see in this download. This shows how dedicated Julien is to
If you are into classic mentalism, based on billets use, you NEED to get this. To my
knowledge, it is the BEST source of information on how to read a billet after a switch.
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Here are some specific thoughts pertaining to each of the main items taught in the download:
This BEAUTIFUL move is my favorite of the download. I absolutely plan on putting in
the work to make this smooth (that's not to say that it's difficult, just want to be 100% confident
in execution). This reminds me of Richard Busch's "Zen Billet" (sort of), though Julien's handling
is much more efficient and requires less finger movement - mainly because the work is split between
both hands. "U.M.O.S." also boasts better angles than the "Zen Billet". There is no switch in play
here. You can view the entire surface of the card though I'd only be comfortable using this for
drawings due to the speed of the peek (a lot of people have atrocious handwriting).
a 'hat guy', but for those who are, the variation using a hat as cover is wonderful. I feel like the
box variant is best suited for a bizarre presentation (perhaps where the box is used to house a
special 'relic' or similar).
Palm Reading Peek Plot
First of all, the switch that
Julien uses to get into position is SO good! Unfortunately, he doesn't teach it in this project.
Looks like I'll be picking up the "[S]Witch" download (available on Penguin). Not to worry though,
most classic switches (Annemann, Baker, etc.) will work as long as the billet ends in a certain
finger position. The choreography is best suited for palm reading (which I don't do) so I won't be
using this one. The angles on this are solid though. You do, of course, have to switch in AND out if
you want to hand the billet back so it's less direct than U.M.O.S..
Julien also shares a
variation that doesn't require a switch but rather a wallet for a steal. To be honest, if I'm going
to introduce a wallet I'd rather just use it to get the peek directly. Personal preference though.
Hold My Wrist Peek
This shares a very similar handling to the previous technique but
the choreography doesn't require a Palm Reading premise. This one I might use - it's GREAT, but the
directness and naturalness of U.M.O.S. is hard to beat. Unlike the previous technique, though, you
aren't switching billets so, in my eyes, that's a plus. Coin guys/gals will smile at a few of the
moves used in this one.
Through a Glass Reading?
Pretty self-explanatory name. This is
a classic way to get a motivated peek. I've often seen this used by Docc Hilford and Barrie
I Need to Focus Peek
So... I don't much care for this handling. Even in
Julien's hands the move used to open the billet feels "off" and unmotivated to me. My other qualm
with this is the way the billet is held in the hand - it just feels unnatural.
Focus after a Switch
This one appears more natural than the previous technique but I still
struggle to justify using this over U.M.O.S. because, again, you have to switch the billet in and
out. If you're proficient with the necessary moves (and can appropriately motivate them) this is a
solid strategy though. I simply prefer more direct peeks.
CLOSING THOUGHTS - Although I
plan to only practice/use 2 of the 5 main peeks taught, I'm still extremely impressed by this
download. I'm VERY much an advocate for learning from books (in most cases), but the timing and
choreography required of billet work lends itself better to video instruction. It was a joy to see
ALL of the moves in Julien's (extremely capable) hands. For me, $30 is fair for two new techniques
to perform direct mind reading using nothing more than paper and a pencil/pen.
Julien - it's a fantastic project!
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I love this release and i have the chance to know Julien.
Is it worth $29? The questions I
would ask myself are :
- If i already have a method that works do i need another
publication on this subject ? the answer is no.
- Do i like the billet work and want to
get variations for real-time reading with someone who has been thinking about a ton of use for a
number of different scenarios (chiromancy / joint use with SUC, etc.) and have already read most of
the stuff on the subject including switchcraft obviously ? then, the answer is YES.
I regret my purchase because the content is bad/not workable and I've been fooled by reviews from
creator's friends who put good reviews on each other products without even having read/watched the
content, put on sale the products of their own site with a commission ? the answer is no.
Everything is clearly explained, it doesn't go too fast and we have the different viewpoints.
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I'll start of by saying that I don't know Julien personally but we had a brief conversation online
which led me to this product. Boy oh boy am I glad I purchased this. The techniques are perfect IMO
and all the actions are justified, nothing looks dodgy to the spectators, even the angles are pretty
solid. This will take practice to get down so its second nature but the effort is worth it. Overall
a solid release making some old handling even better!