Sibyl - Phedon Bilek
This is another wonderful Phedon Release. First posted two years ago.
You may know Phedon from his first release to the mentalism community: “Proteus” featuring “MindPeek” — the propless drawing duplication. I was lucky enough to get to know Phedon through that release, and I am now privileged to call Phedon a close friend. He is an incredible human with a big heart and an immense love for this craft.
“Sibyl” is a new release of his which will be coming out very soon. Admittedly, it’s a little different to Proteus; it is much more in tune with Phedon’s thinking. You can look at it this way: Proteus was just a sliver of Phedon’s mind. Sibyl is a full exploration of his outlook on mentalism.
If you thought Proteus was good, just wait until you’ve seen “Sibyl.” I will be totally honest, I was scared for Phedon after he released Proteus; I was afraid he released his best effect first, and he would never able to top it.
This, my friends, tops Proteus by leaps and bounds.
Sibyl is a collection of emotional mentalism which will leave a long lasting impact on your participant. In this project you won’t find anagrams, starsigns, or playing cards. Rather, this project teaches you how to do things that look, feel, and practically ARE real. There are no pipe dreams here—just fool proof, mind to mind communication taught through a 3 1/2 hour long dvd and an accompanying pdf file.
What you’re learning here is an entire system which teaches you everything you need to know literally from beginning to end. This is emotional mentalism of the highest caliber; it allows you to connect to your participant on a deeper level than simply, “is this your card?” or “is this your number?”
This release made me reevaluate what is important about mentalism. In so many mentalism releases, the focus is entirely on how to retrieve the information, and there is no emphasis placed on how to reveal said information. This project is different. This project explores how to reveal that information in the most meaningful way possible which connects you to the participant in a profound way. I’ll briefly go through some of the stand outs of the project.
“Caffeine-Free” is a system that allows you to tell your participant things about themselves that they have never told anyone. In some ways, it’s a reading system, but in many ways, it is so much more than that. It is casual, conversational, emotional, and seems scientific rather than metaphysical. As someone who has never been fond of giving “readings,” I will be using this system. It is absolutely incredible and uses nothing but a blank piece of paper (and for added effect, you can use a pen as well, but it isn’t required.)
“S.C.R.E.W.E.D” is genuinely one of the most moving and powerful pieces I have witnessed. It creates a visceral emotional response within the participant and confirms events from their past which would be impossible for you to know. It pairs perfectly with the next technique taught: Phedon’s Journey.
“Phedon’s Journey” is a technique you can implement (especially in SCREWED) which allows you to reveal information you’ve harvested in a very theatrical, and yet totally personal and private way. This is what emotional mentalism is all about. This also leaves the participant with very visual images which I truly believe will resonate with them for months or even years to come.
The “Wait-A-Second” ploy is genius. In certain situations, it will hit and it will hit big. When it does, you get an inexplicable hit without any prior information and without any extra work. If it doesn’t hit, it disappears completely. Note: it doesn’t miss. It’s difficult to explain, but essential this is a line which will either hit and hit very hard, or be non-existent. It can never miss.
“Prism” is a system which allows you to reveal information you’ve harvested without worrying about hits or misses. This basically allows you to give a reading about the participant without having to worry or fear being “wrong.” With this system, it is literally impossible for you to be wrong. It will connect with the participants on an impossibly deep and guttural level. Combine this with some of the techniques taught earlier, and you are looking at something so strong, it could start a religion. This is the ultimate system, and I will be using it. This is also perfect for those who are wanting to do a Q&A routine, but are scared about answering the questions. With this system, you can answer questions without fear. This is gold, and it should not be overlooked. This is worth the price of the project, no doubt.
“Hermes” is a wonderful effect which is actually taught quite quickly. Blink, and you’ll miss it. It allows you to perform a “wizard” type effect with a friend over the phone, but this is totally justified and way more potent. In this version, your friend on the phone is able to pick up the name of the person someone is merely thinking of. It is fabulous.
“Delphi” is Phedon’s way to reveal a thought of name. This uses all of Phedon’s subtleties, but the real value here are the lines Phedon uses to guarantee hits every step of the way. You can quite literally learn the structure of this name guess, memorize the lines, and go out and perform emotional mentalism that will hit people right between the eyes—allowing you to reveal incredibly detailed and accurate information about someone they are merely thinking of. These lines are INCREDIBLE. They are some of the strongest lines I’ve ever seen. Really, these lines are used throughout the entire project. In fact, they are used in almost everything mentioned above, but his name reveal is a wonderful way to get the most value out of these lines. I believe people will walk away remembering all of the other things you revealed just as vividly as the name itself.
I can’t recommend this project enough. If you’ve ever wanted to take your mentalism to the next level, this is precisely what you need. It is truly inspiring. Watching the multiple performances on the project opened my eyes to what strong mentalism can be. I realized how much I’m missing out on by not incorporating these types of emotional moments in my work. This is what genuine human connection looks like, and you cannot doubt its effectiveness; in fact, you can visually witness the effect these techniques have on the participant in each and every performance.
When I saw the price of this project, my jaw hit the floor. My heart broke a little to know that material which is this powerful is going to be made THAT available. $50 is a steal of a price for a lifetime of work.
This is the type of project which is destined to become a classic. I have said it many times, but I’ll say it again. I believe we are in the golden age of mentalism. Sibyl proves my point. Phedon is pushing the boundaries of what we define as mentalism, and I have a feeling if you learn this work and use it, it will be difficult for you to turn back to your old ways. Again, this gets my highest recommendation.
I didn’t think Phedon could top Proteus, but he just has. The only trouble is... there’s no way he’ll be able to top Sibyl.
As I said in the review, this is one of the best sources for learning how to give powerful readings. You can genuinely use the info from this one release to earn a living as a reader. It is phenomenal and it is a release I have watched from beginning to end probably a dozen times.