REVIEW: SIBYL by Phedon Bilek
RATING: 9.5 out of 10
LINK TO REVIEW: http://straighttalkmagicreviews.com/?p=1544
PRICE: $50 (and worth every penny)
SIBYL is Bilek’s follow-up project to his book Proteus. It is a single DVD that last three hours and forty one minutes. In this very powerful project Bilek teaches how to connect to an individual’s inner soul. It is propless mentalism (excluding the paper) that has the potential to touch your spectator deeply. Quite frankly, this is scary stuff and has the potential to be used improperly. Bilek teaches how to use the taught methods and have the spectator feel better and happier after a quick session.
The ad copy states:
“With Proteus, Phedon demonstrated the place propless methods hold in the way he views mentalism. With his new release, Sibyl, he now throws in what he calls the "Alpha and the Omega": Connecting with your sitter at a level never reached before.
Imagine touching someone's soul, using nothing but your words. Anytime. Anywhere. Knowing things about them, sensing their very feelings. Sibyl redefines "emotional mentalism" and will open a new dimension in the way you interact with your spectator.
You will learn Phedon's unique ways to tap into someone's emotions and his original methods for revealing and answering a sitter's questions and concerns. With De Profundis and S.C.R.E.W.E.D., Phedon gives away two of his most cherished routines which will get you as close to being "real" as you have ever been. Both propless and relying on a mechanical method, they are impromptu and surefire.
With Caffeine-Free, you will be able to tell a complete stranger things about her personality, her past, her present and her future-with nothing but a sheet of paper-in an engaging, mysterious, conversational style. Even the pen is optional!
With Delphi, Phedon shares his way to reveal not only a name, but also facts and personality traits of a thought-of person that no one could have known. So much so that the revelation of the name is just the cherry on top.
Hermes will allow a friend of yours to become a psychic over the phone, making hit after hit before, if you want, revealing the name of the person your spectator is thinking of. This is absolutely surefire-as long as your friend picks up the phone.
Along with these routines come the techniques and subtleties that make them so unique and so potent. For the first time, Phedon shares his concept of PRISM, which will literally set you free if readings are scaring you. He goes into all the details explaining his journeys, which turn a reveal into a novel, mysterious, magical and unforgettable experience, touching your sitter's very soul.
Subtleties such as the Blank Piece Disconnect and Wait-a-Second, techniques such as Under-the-Radar and his personal handling of the Acidus Novus peek will make their way straight into your arsenal, as they already have for other professional performers who have been introduced to this material.
No stone has been left unturned; every move, action and process is justified, and host Titanas has made sure everything is thoroughly explained.”
One thing that you should know is that this is not easy stuff. You cannot watch this DVD and start doing readings. You need to be very well versed in the taught methods and routines and most of all you need to practice. I would say that your journey in mentalism and cold readings will result in hits and misses and this DVD will steer you in the direction of more hits. There are no guarantees, but this will increase your effectiveness in reading the minds of your spectators.
To be successful with Bilek’s methods, you need to believe what you are doing is real. You need to be able to roll with the punches and you needs to know when to slow down and speed up. This all comes with practice. Bilek’s routines are structured in a way in which he very quickly gets to a point where you have a hold over your spectator and can help them release past pain and inspire them in the future.
The DVD starts off with Bilek conducting three one-on-one readings with different individuals. You can see how Bilek uses the same structure, but how they are all very different. You can see how Bilek is able to reach the individuals and create an emotional atmosphere in which they let down their guard. In one of the readings, one spectator almost burst into tears before Bilek turned it around and explained how a painful experience was a positive event in her life.
After the three readings, Titanas and Bilek explain and review the routines in detail. Even though the DVD is almost four hours, I would daresay that I could easily have watched ten hours of Bilek performing and explaining how he navigated the routines with different spectators. When you see bad cold reading it is really horrendous. But, when you see something as skilled and practiced as Bilek’s routines, it is truly awesome. The only negative that I can point out is that Titanas is not properly hooked up with a microphone so his audio is very low.
Also on the DVD is a 57 page PDF that is a very useful tool to use with the DVD. It outlines the routines and is a good quick reference guide.
I was utterly impressed and inspired by this project. I’m hooked!
Interested in purchasing this masterpiece? Check out any Murphy’s Magic dealer and a big thanks to Murphy’s for requesting that I review this DVD.