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Topic: Believe You Can Do It!
Message: Posted by: jcards01 (Nov 18, 2002 12:30PM)
A very long time ago, I was talking with Ed Marlo and mentioned that I was interested in learning a Center Deal. He said that the Saturday sesions had too many people, so we should get together on Sunday. We did. Ed asked me what Bottom Deal I was doing. I showed him and to make a long story short, let's say I do it differently now.

Anyway, Ed demonstrated the Center Deal he wanted to show me. Flawless! He even took the time to put the deck in my hands, and placed my fingers were they should be. Then he took his deck and demonstrated what I was to do. I looked at that and said "I can't do that!" Ed said, "you're right, you can't do that." I thought to myself, gee, thanks a lot for the help, Ed.

But as Ed explained, it takes time to allow the brain to accept what the hands or fingers are trying to do the first time. If you tell yourself that you can't do it, then you can't do it. It's that simple.

Needless to say, I eventually learned what I needed to know and of course it didn't hurt learning from the author of "Seconds, Centers, Bottoms"!

Jim Molinari
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Nov 20, 2002 12:55PM)
Ah! So the little train was right after all!

"I think I can... I think I can...."

Then there was the big train:
"I know I can, I know I can!"

Then there was the biggest train of all:
" What do you mean, I can't! Don't you KNOW who I AM?"

Great story btw! :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Enigma3613 (Nov 22, 2002 01:42PM)
Yeah, I thought that was great. Maybe I should start working on that "double deal" that I thought was impossible. (I Know I CAN... I hope.) :)

Thanks for the story.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 1, 2005 10:50AM)
These all giv me so much trouble because of dry hands, and consequently "dry fingers" makes bottom deals, seconds, etc all very difficult. This is extremely frustrating and I have tried every hand lotion and formula out there. Just temporary fixes, that's all they amount to.
Message: Posted by: Partizan (Jan 2, 2005 02:02AM)
As a 10 stone man If sm1 told me that I could defeat a 20 stone man I would have laughed. As I have now done this I can see what the person was saying about potential.
This can be seen by some people that take an interest in you and try to convince you of the skills you have in latent form. They can see these latent skills and help you direct them in a fashion that will develop your skills.
Also my nature dictates that if I cant do smthing then I can learn how to do it. and I also enjoy the challenge thrown up by my quest for skills yet to learn.
Message: Posted by: Matt Graves (Jan 6, 2005 11:51AM)
Double dealing is certainly possible. It took me about a year of working on it off and on, but I've got it pretty smooth now. I learned it so I could do Stanley Collins's four-ace-trick as described in the Amateur Magician's Handbook.