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The Dr's Billet Tear
by Dr. Bill Cushman


(2 reviews, 4 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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The Dr's Billet Tear by Dr. Bill Cushman

"I use my own Perfected Center Tear all the time. But I have to tell you this; I use a piece of paper from my pad. When I saw how clean Bill's version looked with a business card, I had to learn it too. It is smart to have a variety of methods at your disposal. Dr. Bill's Billet Tear is top notch and as good as it gets. If it means anything from a guy who has been ripping paper up for most of his life, take my advice and get this!" - Richard Osterlind

What should you look for in a Center Tear? As little as possible! On that note:

"Here's a word I think describes the pinnacle of billet work of all kinds, MUNDANE. Do not be afraid or disappointed. By mundane, I mean that it is an everyday looking occurrence. Harmless, normal, simple and honest looking it IS only WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. And that's what you see with the good Dr.'s tear. Seeing someone use it looks mundane. Like they are doing exactly and precisely nothing but ripping up small folded pieces of paper or card. The technique involved is as simple as can be, honest looking and gives you plenty to look at! I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and using this - it's taken the place of the other CTs in my repertoire." - Iain Dunford

A piece of paper or card holding a secret thought folded safely within, is torn straight down the middle, once in each direction. Tear a third time if you wish. The peek may be instant or delayed. Your choice.

"The Dr's Billet Tear gets my highest recommendation and final endorsement as the best, most practical and undetectable center tear in history. Yet another amazing addition to the new generation of ultra-smooth billet work, this one is simply too good to miss! I've been using TDBT exclusively in my own private shows and public performances and several months in I'm still unable to find even a single fault in its psychology, timing, construction, execution and nearly infinite applications to everything I do." - Jerome Finley

Use business cards, index cards or paper. Whichever you choose, it is simply folded in quarters; no steps, no flaps, now worries. TDBT is versatile. While in essence an "instant access" CT, there is a small variation allowing for a delay that you will find very useful in many performing situations.

"The tear that I have been using for years has been moved to second in my arsenal. The Dr's Billet Tear is now my first choice." - Tony Razzano

"The Dr's Billet Tear really caught me by surprise! I was fortunate enough to get to experiment with this for several months and it has replaced all the other tears I used in my shows. I have to admit I never would have believed a tear could be this quick and practical, I thought the concept had been pretty much explored to death and then Dr. Bill comes up with this! What a great way to improve upon a classic idea." - Mauricio Jaramillo

The sequence itself is taught in 10 pages, including 18 "ParaLab style" illustrations by Thomas Heine, and embedded videos, making everything crystal clear and classy. This may not only be the best, but the easiest tear you will ever learn and perform. In its simplicity lie its strengths.

"Ahh, Dr. Bill has been at it again. I believe I've been with him on this since the first tear and all the way to the final peek. Now don't take that wrong.... I didn't create this tear in any way, but I was there as Dr. Bill worked on The Dr's Billet Tear, confirming its ease and utility in my own performances with it. The ride has been a lot of fun and, in the end, I now have a great tear that I use regularly. Dr. Bill has created the type of tear I like: simple, to the point, and with very little to go wrong. You can learn this one quickly and easily. You get a real nice chunk to peek and it happens in an instant. Or feel free to delay your peek if that's what the situation calls for, another fine feature of Dr. Bill's method. I'm sure many will grab onto TDBT and make it part of their arsenal. It's one of those tears that once you do it a few times it seems to be locked into your memory. In the past I've learned many tears, but only two have stuck with me. I used those sparingly and for specific situations. The Dr's Billet Tear is so robust I use it in ANY situation. Congratulations to Dr. Bill and his new contribution to the field of mentalism!" - Greg Arce

Dr. Bill has also included a section on his ideas about what to peek. Among other things, you will learn how to limit the range of choices while appearing to increase them! There is also a section on practice tips that includes concepts many of us know but don't use to our full advantage. His effect 7 Deadly Sins is taught in its entirety, newly choreographed for use with TDBT. When first printed in Mind Index, he had to say "use your favorite tear." No more.

Besides being Dr. Bill's favorite thing to do with a CT, 7DS is a lesson in the art. You will no longer have to worry about why you are having something written down, why it is being torn up soon after or making sure the writing is large, legible and just where you want it. All this is accomplished without having to be directive and can be applied to a variety of different kinds of routines. Many of these principles apply to any kind of peek you may need to take.

Finally, as a bonus, Bill has included his essay, "Justifying Your Gaze," originally printed in his ebook Suggestabilities, offering even more peak peek techniques.

"I've been lucky to become friends with most of the world's full-time performing mentalists, through my Conversations With Mind Readers interviews. To a man, all the pro's favor simplicity and practicality of method over almost anything else. When they are in the heat of performing, the last thing you want to be using is technique that, unconsciously, you know damn well looks suspect or is prone to mistake. That is why I love Dr. Bill Cushman's Center Tear. It meets all the criteria of the working pro mentalist: It is easy. Practical. Looks natural, since the peek is done in the tearing "action." And, it's something you will have confidence doing, therefore you reduce the chance of wreaking with "magician's guilt" when performing it. I've been using Bill's center tear since the first day he shared it with me. I am pretty sure that YOU will be using it immediately too, once you are exposed to its method. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." - Ben Cummings

1st edition 2013, 34 pages (illustrated and embedded videos).
word count: 10427 which is equivalent to 41 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Christian Fisanick (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 27 May, 2017

Here is another instant peak center tear technique for business cards. Whether you need another one of these in your arsenal is up to you, but this one is fairly straightforward and easy to learn. There's one caveat: The spectator has to write or draw with the card in profile rather than landscape orientation. This seems weird to me as the natural inclination is to allow someone to use the larger landscape area on the card. But if this doesn't bother you, give this a whirl. Compared to a couple of other techniques that I use--the Osterlind Perfected Center Tear and Ran Pink's Think Pink--this one is probably easier and will take less practice. But in my opinion, the UBT (Underground Bottom Tear) is still the easiest, most reliable center tear for business cards, with Think Pink being the best one for index cards, and the PCT for random scraps of thin paper.

Reviewed by Craig Browning
★★★★★   Date Added: Monday 30 December, 2013

Bill has always been an amazing source of ideas but this Tear technique is pure genius; I've officially dropped the other techniques that I've used over the years (with exception to AN) for this one, it is simply the best! It's cleaner and less suspicious than any other tear out there. It's bloody simple! Why so many missed this for so many years is beyond me, but Bill found it and was gracious enough to share it with us all.