Review: Open Billet Box by Steve Pelligrino VS Clear Choice by Thinking Paradox

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Today, I am going to review two methods of forcing billets. Both have its advantages  and not many disadvantages.

Let’s start with Steve Pelligrino’s open billet box. The concept is quite simple spectators drop up to 50 folded up billets in an open box one spectator takes a billet and you know instantly which one they took. After this you can reveal it in a way you seem fit.

The effect is only US$9.95 and you will get a PDF on how to make a billet box. You still need to buy a box and have a bit of DIY work which is really simple. This is a really clever box everybody can look inside and will not find nothing. The fact that it is open will deduce any suspicions that there is a switch involved.

Next I am going to talk about Clear Choice by Thinking Paradox. The effect goes like this: For example, the audience members are asked to think of a celebrity and write it down on a piece of paper and roll it up into a tiny ball.

Everybody places their information into a wine glass and the mentalist hands the wine glass to a spectator. The spectator mixes it and drops out a single billet into the mentalist or the specators hand. There are no switches in this routine it is really clean and has a method that will drop your mouth open.

The method I would give a 10/10 this is something I was flabbergasted by. The fact that you use a wine glass which is always into full view the spectator can even shake the paper balls in the wine glass and still you will be able to know information on the billet.

Some people will be mad at me but I do not like the fact that you have to uncrumble a bill. With the billet box you have a billet that is folded into quarters and when you open it you will be able to show the answer in my humble opinion more clearly.

This is the thing I do not like the price for this download at Pengiun is double of the price of the billet box. But you do not need to buy a box so if you buy this billet box it is almost the same price as clear choice.  

In today’s market so many products are being released which all have the same goal force this piece of information. The only thing most magicians care about is this something that looks clean and is impossible to backtrack. I think magicians should also think about the how the reveal will look like is uncrumpling a rolled up piece of paper more interesting than unfolding the piece of paper.

Which of these reveals looks better on stage you as a mentalist should think about this. Both methods are really clever I really urge you to use one of these methods into you act because it involves audience participation.

You can find more about these products here:

The Open Billet Box from

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and Clear Choice by Thinking Paradox from Penguin Magic

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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