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Message: Posted by: Wolfgang (May 7, 2003 10:30PM)
I just discovered this site. And it looks terrific. I had no idea something like this existed.

My story:
I live in Texas. I've been into magic for over 30 years. I did birthday parties while in high school and college. Now I only do free shows at children's hospitals and retirement/nursing homes (roughly two a month). I do these charity performances to offset the bad karma I create in my day job--I'm in advertising (forgive me.)

Most of my equipment was purchased over 20 years ago from Louis Tannen's in NY through their catalogs. My show would not impress other magicians--Linking Rings, Zig-Zag Can, 20th Century Silks, Giant 'B Wave, Ring in Saltshaker, Strat-O-Sphere, and other standards.

My show is much more about entertaining than awing people with my skills. To keep it fresh, I would like to add other tricks to my arsenal. But I don't really know which are best.

I've never known another magician or attended a convention or other magic event. Hence, I have operated in a vacuum. What I hope to get out of this site is any advice, tips, and insights into making my show better with each performance. If you have a must-do trick or technique for parlor shows, I would love to hear about.

I hope I can also contribute to this site in some small way. At the very least, I'll try not to make people mad or call them a butthead.

Message: Posted by: Capt. Coins (May 8, 2003 12:47AM)
Welcome from another newbie! This site is a treasure.
Message: Posted by: Riceboi (May 8, 2003 10:54AM)
This site is awesome... :wow:
Message: Posted by: melish (May 8, 2003 01:20PM)
Just remember Wolfgang, there is no karma which cannot be purified! Welcome from another one who just discovered this site.
Message: Posted by: The Thaumaturge (May 8, 2003 04:08PM)
Sheesh!!Its dark in here.Lots of rooms to explore.Looks like its just my cauldron of tea.

Message: Posted by: Mago Mai (May 8, 2003 08:15PM)

Welcome aboard.I use some of the stuff you mentioned.The Stratosphere is great.See ya.

Mago Mai
Message: Posted by: gocall911 (May 8, 2003 11:08PM)
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (May 8, 2003 11:52PM)
Hi Wolfgang,

I absolutely loved your introduction to the Café. I think you've surpassed the "bad karma" by such admirable things as performing for kids and old age homes. You have a natural gift for writing and I shall look forward to reading your post. Never hesitate to ask as you'll find people more than willing to help. Welcome! :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Alex Tan (May 9, 2003 12:36AM)
Welcome! I'm sure you will enjoy this site very much as I do.

Alex Tan
Message: Posted by: mOzerian (May 9, 2003 01:38AM)
Wow i too did not know that such a wonderfull place existed..

mmm ,I'm 23 from Canberra, Australia and well i love magic i'm an amateur and would like to get into it much more seriously. Thus finding a chat room like this i hope to meet other magicians, as i've never met another magician before.

I'm very much into street magic and impromptu purerism slieght of hand stuff. I love Jay sakey, david blaine, Brad christian and jeff McBride just to name a few.

Righto speak to somone soon..


by the way Wolfgang...I too hope to do free shows to kids in hospital and wards and the like to build confidence and practise....YAY..
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (May 10, 2003 12:28PM)
Welcome Wolfgang,
There's nothing wrong with the standards. My favorite trick, Cups & Balls, was enjoyed by Pharaohs. I really think that presentation and entertainment far outweigh the age of the props. And the props you mention became standards for a very good reason. Maybe instead of turning you on to new effects, the folks here will turn you on to new ways of thinking about what you already do.
By the way we may separated twins. I also don't have any magic affiliations, only do charity shows, and....get this... I also work in advertising (see you in hell).
Message: Posted by: Dr. TORA (May 11, 2003 02:50PM)
Hi Wolfgang :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:
Welcome among the friends. I really liked your introduction. Very warm and different. I am sure that you will spend as much time as I spend here.Please have a cup of strong Turkish coffee while you begin to type your next posts.
Message: Posted by: Wolfgang (May 12, 2003 01:11PM)
Thanks, Tora. I hope you don't mind, but I put a little whiskey in it. Mmmmm.
Message: Posted by: CardMaker (May 12, 2003 04:03PM)
Welcome Wolfgang,

this is the right place to escape any kind of vacuum! You will find a lot of answers here and ideas you will never ever have the time to try these all out! Have fun here.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Hoodwink (May 12, 2003 04:33PM)
Greetings, Wolfgang, & welcome from another mage who also lives in a magical vacuum.

You've chosen a wonderful assemblage of wizards & enchantresses with which to correspond...I've learned much in my short time here.

I, for one, would like to see your show. In matters of both magic & sideshow presentation, I have found that living in a vacuum of sorts has been beneficial (though a bit lonely). Without other magical contact, your magic must be unique & special & entertaining in the extreme.

Again, sir, Welcome, & may your Liquor Cabinet of Curiosities remain filled.

Your friend in solitude,

(wait a minute...squared circle liquor cabinet...airplane bottles...cup & ball finale loads?...hmm...I can cause some small trouble with this)
Message: Posted by: Wolfgang (May 13, 2003 04:15PM)
Wizards and enchantresses? Dang, I must be in the wrong place. I thought this was the discussion board of hucksters and hoodwinkers.
Message: Posted by: Ellen Kotzin (May 14, 2003 06:54PM)