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Mind Index
by Dr. Bill Cushman


(2 reviews, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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Mind Index by Dr. Bill Cushman

Showcasing eight mind bending effects with index cards from Dr. Bill, the creator of Mirabill and co-creator of The Witches’ Almanac. This innovative ebook includes a reprint of Millard Longman’s original Acidus Novus as well as an instructional video of Acidus Novus in action taught by Millard.

Song & Dance teaches you how to divine both a participant’s cell phone number and ring tone as verified when the phone rings, playing their song.

In Heart2Heart you tell a participant if a past love was reciprocated or unrequited as well the secret name of the object of their desire.

In 7 Deadly Sins, Dr. Bill shares one of his most cherished presentations and teaches The Cognitive Shift, a “sleight of mind” method that transforms a basic experiment in mind reading into a journey inside your participant’s imagination.

Free Willy is a unique, single question Q & A stressing the sitter’s influence over the answer to their question.

Epic Index introduces a testing kit from Duke University and recreates test condition experiments, culminating in the “subject” overcoming odds of 3000 to 1.

School Dazed, in collaboration with Millard Longman, takes your guest back to memories of their first days of school. The intensity of the method makes for a powerful mind-to-mind connection that will be remembered for a long time to come.

The title effect, Mind Index, directs the participant to make up a set of personalized word cards. He concentrates on any one, creating a mental image and exploring it with all of his senses. You depict the sensations in startlingly vivid detail as they occur and ultimately reveal precisely what is being imagined. Via Dr. Bill’s Guided Imagination Process © you get into the guest’s head and describe his very thought processes.

In Mentalink you borrow a pen and draw the five Zener symbols. An audience member chooses one of the signs and it promptly disappears!

Shh…this next revelation is a secret! All the effects in Mind Index can also be performed with business cards. Some can be accomplished simply with paper. Dr. Bill just really liked the title Mind Index!

Many of the principles found within have multiple applications and will stimulate your creativity as you find ways to create new effects and enhance those already in your repertoire. This is especially true of The Cognitive Shift and The Guided Imagination Process ©.

"Read Mind Index over a couple of times. It contains very thoughtful (that's a joke son) and well constructed performance pieces built around established methodology that well versed mentalists are familiar with, but all too often don't explore deep enough to extract maximum entertainment value. With no freaky looking apparatus, and using the simplest of materials you have presented a fine assortment of mysteries for the minimalist that are well thought out and professionally presented." - Larry Becker

"Bill, what a delight to find an eBook containing superb material with practical applications. That it is well-written is a bonus. Congratulations. Regards," - Lee Earle

"I have read through this great e-book more than once. The first time as a performer and I was smiling because these are all fun and entertaining routines that I knew would play well. The next time I read through I put myself in the mindset of an audience member and imagine how they would feel being on the receiving end of these routines... again a quality feeling came over me. In times where many are looking for a better method then and effect, Mind Index offer you what you really need, entertaining, fun, and mysterious presentations. Thanks for this Bill." - Andrew Gerard

"I liked the Epic Index routine and I really liked the ideas behind School Dazed. The title effect, Mind Index, is also a stand out inspiration. Song & Dance... loved it as I did the 7 Deadly Sins routine. Mentalink is nice and I know many that will love this idea. I really liked Mind Index and I'm sure it will do well. There are lots of great ideas and routines and thinking behind all the effects." - Greg Arce

"I've never been disappointed with Dr. Bill's material and this one certainly shouldn't disappoint you, either. It's well worth ordering." - Jheff

1st edition 2008; 54 pages + short instructional video.

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 09 March, 2017

You might think to yourself after reading the description of Mental Index by Dr. Bill that it is overpriced by about $10--eight effects for $40. But I'm here to tell you that it's not. In addition to those eight clever routines using only index or business cards, you get a reprint of the original instructions for Acidus Novus written by Millard Longman as well as a very short video of Longman himself showing you the move. Now any mentalist should know how to do Acidus Novus because it allows for some good impromptu routines. I know and use the move, but Longman's instructions taught me a few small nuances. In addition, there is a fairly clever one-ahead Mental Epic routine as well as a one-behind one too. Overall, this is a well written little manual on a universally applicable utility technique. I liked it a lot.

Reviewed by Bill Dekel
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 06 April, 2011

Mind Index is probably the most practical and comprehensive eBook on billets (short of SwitchCraft) that I have ever read. I have no other words to say other then pick this up if you don't already have it.