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As founder and manager of The Magic Café it is my honor and priviledge to welcome the one and only Eric DeCamps as our very special guest of honor for the month of October. Smile

Eric,
I first saw you lecture years ago at an A-1 Convention in California, then again at the SAM convention held in Boston, Ma. back in July. It is obvious to me that you really care about your magic and it definitely shows.
That said, I am quite confident that our Café faithful will certainly enjoy hearing your point of view concerning the world of magic. Welcome aboard Eric! Smile
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It is a real pleasure to have Eric DeCamps here at the Café.

Eric is a true master of sleight of hand and a wonderful entertainer. I've been a fan of his since I first saw him at New York City's late, great Mostly Magic nightclub.

Eric's coin work is first rate. He's fried me more than once with his Coins Across, especially when the last coin magically appears on a table several feet from where he's standing.

Eric helped produce a tribute to Mostly Magic at the 100th Anniversary SAM convention in 1991, where he performed alongside Mark Mitten, Margaret Steele, Meir Yedid, Bob Torkova, Joe Devlin, our Dean George Schindler, Peter Maloney and the owner and frequent performer at the club, the inimitable Imam. I was many in the audience who were weeping because of the emotion of the occasion.

A great guy and a true talent -- welcome Eric!

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Hello Sir,
after you do a double lift and bring the card to the top, if you were to do a top change, how do you do it? Are there any ways to easily make an eye contact with them? What kind of patter should accompany it?
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Steve:

Thanks for the welcome and kind words. I have really been looking forward to being your guest here at The Magic Café and interacting with the members.

I was not aware that you attended my lecture in Sacramento. That lecture and show was a lot of fun. One of the best times I ever had at a magic convention. I fondly remember subsequent wonderful article and review that the Sacramento Bee wrote about the convention.


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Hey Buddy! How are things in London?

Mostly Magic was a lot of fun and to be honest I really miss that place. The camaraderie and good times all of the acts had while performing there was extremely special. As you recalled at the at the SAM Centennial Convention in 2002 I helped organize tribute show. All of us working together again was one of the highlights of my career.

It’s amazing that you remember my old coins across routine! That routine was really cool to do there. When you can misdirect/redirect 100+ people as if they were one was always quite a wonderful rush for me.

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Belgarion88:


That’s an interesting question. The particular technique that I use for the top change is one that I have been using for over 25 years and is explained in detail in my Stars of Magic Video, “Eric DeCamps The Magic Classics”. However, there are many other great techniques in print. I suggest that ypou might want to investigate the following resources: Hugard and Braue’s book Expert Card Technique or Roberto Giobbi’s Card College books.

As far as accompanying things to say while executing the sleight that really depends on the effect you are trying to create in your spectators minds at that particular time.


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Eric,

One of the things that makes the Café' so special is having Guests of Honor stop by and sharing history, tips and love of Magic. Thanks for taking the time and being here.

John
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I met Eric about a year and a half ago at a lecture by Bob White. I found out that Eric was a fan of wrestling, the old school guys in particular. Since I work in the wrestling industry, I realized that aside from magic, we had another common interest. I then began a great relationship with Eric - I would bother him with newbie/amateur questions, and he would humor me with a response. I thought to myself, “maybe he is just being nice to me, because he wants to score some wrestling tickets from me.” Then I thought to myself, “cool, works for me!”

In all seriousness, Eric is a very nice guy and a great magician. I admire his well thought-out routines and excellent presentations. He has also taken time out to give me advice and guidance. I remember calling him on my cell phone one night on the way home from work, to ask for advice before my first big school show. He talked to me for about a half hour and gave me the confidence I needed to do my show. My overage charges on my cell phone bill were ridiculous that month. I'm still ****ed.

So anyway, welcome to the Café Eric, nice to have you here. Will you be at NEMCON again in 2006?
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Welcome, Eric!

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Welcome Eric,

Since Danny mentioned that you were a fan of "old school" wrestlers. I thought I'd pass on the news that one of my fellow Milwaukeans. The Crusher, Reggie Lisowski passed away Saturday.

Thanks for helping out all the magicians on the Café.

Vandy
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Hi Eric, and welcome to the Café! Hope you will enjoy your time here, and have a good time.
Perhaps I will see you at F.I.S.M. in Sweden next year?
Pictured to the left my hero and me during FISM 2006 in Stockholm.
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Hi Danny:

You think your cell phone overages were high? Wait till you get my invoice for my consultant fees! 

Seriously, it’s a pleasure to help people like yourself who are sincere and truly interested in improving their magic.

BTW, when can we schedule a tour of Titan Towers?

Thanks.

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RevJohn:

Thanks for the welcome. I am looking forward to this experience very much.
This should be a lot of fun.

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Vandy Grift:

It's a shame about the Crusher. I remember him well especially when he teamed with Dick the Bruiser. The Crusher had quite a career may he rest in peace.

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Peo Olsson:

I would love to see you at FISM next year. If I can make it I'll let you know.

Thanks.

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Eric,
Now that this is turned into the Mat Café...
Is it true that your technique for the flying drop kick you learned from Mil Mascaras?
Congratulations on becoming a Special Guest Of Honor here.
- Rene
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Welcome to the magic Café Eric!

It is an honor to have you here sharing your knowledge.

Thanks for what is to come!

BroDavid
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Rene:

You should see my "El Santo" invisble pass!

Eric deCamps
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Welcome to the Magic Café! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Hey Eric!
Thanks for being at the Café this week.
I look forward to reading your posts.
Jim
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Welcome to "The Magic Café", Eric! It is a pleasure to see you here. The commitment that this entails speaks highly of your dedication to the art. I look forward to the invaluable information a professional of your calibre brings to the "table". I'm sure I speak for many when I say that I hope to honor your commitment by spending as much time thinking about your offerings as you have spent in developing the thoughts you'll share this week...

Best, PSC

By the way, it was great to meet you at the SAM. Maybe we can spend more time, the next time...
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Welcome to the Café'! As you may have noticed, it is a pleasant little island of maddness far from the "normal" crowd. Where passes are made with cards, not at other people and where doubles are done with a deck instead of with booze (well, sometimes with both, actually).

Having been a fan of your work for some time now, I am really looking forward to your visit!

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Hi Eric,

Thanks for taking the time to visit us here at the Café and providing us with your wonderful insight.

Chrystal
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Paul:

It was a pleasure to meet you in Boston this past July. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to really sit and visit with you the way I would have liked to. I have to tell you although we really did not get a chance to “session”. I did see you perform a coins across routine and it looked great. It goes to show that you never judge a book by its cover. All these years I heard that you were a great card man and not once did anyone mention that you were so good with coins! I really missed the memo on that one.

I am happy to be here this week and as I told you in Boston I really enjoy reading your insightful posts here at the Café. Café members are fortunate that you share your experience and knowledge with them.

Best,

Eric DeCamps
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Lee:

Thanks for the warm welcome. I just hope I do not disappoint.

Best,

Eric DeCamps
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On 2005-10-25 17:18, Eric DeCamps wrote:
Paul:

It was a pleasure to meet you in Boston this past July. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to really sit and visit with you the way I would have liked to. I have to tell you although we really did not get a chance to “session”. I did see you perform a coins across routine and it looked great. It goes to show that you never judge a book by its cover. All these years I heard that you were a great card man and not once did anyone mention that you were so good with coins! I really missed the memo on that one.

I am happy to be here this week and as I told you in Boston I really enjoy reading your insightful posts here at the Café. Café members are fortunate that you share your experience and knowledge with them.

Best,

Eric DeCamps



Thanks for the compliment, Eric. It's a funny thing, when I first moved to the West Coast, back in 1975, I was known as a "Coin Guy"! My original "reputation" was for coin magic. In fact, I released a couple of tricks thru Sterling Creations back in the '70's. So you're right, you never know what someone can do. Anyway, I am looking forward to spending some time with you at a "session" somewhere down the line. Thanks again for taking the time to share your knowledge here...

Best, PSC
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