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Topic: New Year's Resolutions for Magic
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Dec 31, 2010 09:15AM)
(In no particular order):

1. Publish my e-book on Chink-a-Chink (it's all done; I don't know what I'm waiting on!).
2. Get around to actually reading the scores of magic books that I bought this year but have barely opened.
3. Update the inventory of my magic - prepare a proper, detailed catalogue.
4. Continue to add to my C&B collection but with a more specialized focus on late 19th century/early 20th century tin and brass cups.
5. Explore new C&B routines.
6. Ditto coins.
7.Continue to hone my own two-cup routine that I've been experimenting with off and on for the last year or so.
8. Practice..practice...practice (some of those sleights are really a handful!)

Anyway, those are mine. What are yours?

Happy New Year!

Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 31, 2010 09:53AM)
Great List! You'll have a fun and productive year.
--Getting my book published last Oct was a highpoint of my year. Do it.
--Seriously consider re-naming your "Chink-a-Chink" routine, it's no longer the 1940's.
--I also sorted and even better, prioritized my magic (type and skill level) it's helped!
--Palmer gets sad when anyone limits their C&B collecting, he needs company.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 31, 2010 10:22AM)
There are so many "non PC" responses that I am tempted to make that I shall refrain from doing so!

How about "Four three-dimensional object matrix" --

I resolve to finish working out and learning the three cup routine I have been working on for several years.
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Dec 31, 2010 10:43AM)
Walt :

You're absolutely right. I should have mentioned that the tile is actually : "Congregation : The Magic Trick Historically Known as Chink-a-Chink" (No joke!). But then if I had mentioned in my list that I was getting ready to publish a monograph on Congregation, there would would have been a collective "Huh?"

In any case, pardon my lack of PC - no offense intended.

Message: Posted by: lint (Dec 31, 2010 11:12AM)
1. Continue adding to the C&B Biblio/Videography
2. Thin out some of my cup collection and replace many sets with Traditional sets (My Favorite)
3. Purchase some missing historical books on magic
4. Work on a project having to do with Tin cups

Message: Posted by: pabloinus (Dec 31, 2010 11:16AM)
Fortasse, Happy New Year to you
I like your list so, I'll use part for my list

1)Getting your book, I have nothing on that subject
2)Reading the magic books I have but actually doing the tricks and cataloging what I like from what I don't like. (I don't do that, and then I waste time reading something I don't like ...)
3)Update my inventory of tricks, separating what I like from what I don't like and selling the latter.
4)Getting Troy Hooser's Destroyers and Guastaferro's One Degree.
5)Performing C&B routine to somebody outside of my family
6)Improving my chop cup routine
7)Perform flawless bedazzled by Peter Duffie
8)Watch Oz Pearlman perform in NYC restaurant.

Message: Posted by: Ron Giesecke (Dec 31, 2010 12:00PM)
Me? I'd like to play The castle.
Message: Posted by: cupsandballsmagic (Dec 31, 2010 12:31PM)
1. Promise not to make any resolutions this year....

2. Dratt!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Dec 31, 2010 12:34PM)
My #1 Resolution is to get my %)&&#$% Book reviewed in the Big Four magic magazines, so sales will continue to put it into the hands of more traditional magicians who want to take their craft to the level of art.

My #2 is to get more gigs locally, I'm starting to really get bugged with air travel!

My #3 is to keep my eating healthy and my weight as stable as this past year.

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: rannie (Dec 31, 2010 01:34PM)
Mine is to visit the Café more often like I used to.

Happy New Year guys!

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 31, 2010 02:19PM)
Sell off most of my cups and all the apparatus in storage and my collection of gambling books.
FINISH the two books I'm working on:THE BEST OF THE GOOD YEARS (my 50 year as a photojournalist) and "The Anecdotal History of the Linking Rings.")
Perform more
Lose 20 lbs.
Pay off debts.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Dec 31, 2010 03:08PM)
I'll take your 20 pounds, Pete. Bring 'em into Dean's for me.
Message: Posted by: Dale Houck (Dec 31, 2010 05:59PM)
Andrew, I need to lose 20 pounds as well. I wish there really was a way to send them to you.

I'm going to:

Reduce my cups to 12. (12 full size sets, 12 mini sets, 12 found sets, 12 chop cups).
Reduce my coin sets to 12 as well. (12 in Morgans, 12 in Walking Liberty, 12 in Kennedy, 12 in "other.")
Put the finishing touches on some chop cups I made last summer.
Read and learn something beneficial from a different magic book each week.
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Dec 31, 2010 06:54PM)
Andrew :

As a matter of interest, why 12? One of each set for each month of the year? Your lucky number? Numerological alignment with the Apostles?

Message: Posted by: Dale Houck (Dec 31, 2010 09:25PM)
On 2010-12-31 19:54, fortasse wrote:
Andrew :

As a matter of interest, why 12? One of each set for each month of the year? Your lucky number? Numerological alignment with the Apostles?


I think this question was really directed to me instead of Andrew. Why 12? It just so happens that I have 12 sets of the full size and 12 sets of minis I don't want to part with. So, I just used the same number for the other categories. The coins and found cups will be the easiest to pare down.
Message: Posted by: fortasse (Dec 31, 2010 11:38PM)
Sorry, Dale. It was to you indeed that my question was directed. Nice symmetry to to your answer.
Good luck!

Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Jan 1, 2011 01:46AM)
Hey Guys.

Here's mine:

Read E-books I've purchased but haven't read. (Some I've even forgotten I purchased. Embarrassing!)

Work on my chop cup routine.

Find a better finish for my C&B routine.

Perform more for other than my family.

Have more fun (not so serious) performing

Happy New Years, guys and good lick!

Message: Posted by: jdmagic357 (Jan 1, 2011 04:49AM)
To buy Pete Biro's cups and apparatus in storage, so I can help him keep his resolution.

Happy New Year.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 1, 2011 04:11PM)
Using the Roman calendar, today is "I - I - II" (eye, eye, eye eye). :kermit:
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (Jan 1, 2011 04:19PM)
Message: Posted by: Turk (Jan 3, 2011 12:12AM)
Here's mine:

In the year 2011:

1. To organize and script some of the myriad effects that I know into sets of three effects each that are tied together with a logical and an entertaining theme. My present intent is to organize [i]at least[/i] four such sets and to practice them until learned and to hone them until they become second nature and can be performed flawlessly and entertainingly "on call".

2. To quit procrastinating and to practice and learn one new (significant/substantial) magic effect a month. In this regard, for the month of January, Richard Sanders' "Fiber Optics" routine has been selected. I've made far too many false starts on this one. This time will be the charm. I have just gotten out my "Fiber Optics-Extended" DVD and a set of Professor's Nightmare ropes and when I leave the Café tonight, I will begin, in earnest, on this journey.

(The Jack Bateman/Lance Pierce "Rub-A-Sub-Dub" cups and balls routine is definitely in the mix and may well be the February project.)

Stay tuned.


P.S. To quote Yoda: “Do or do not... there is no try.”
Message: Posted by: RJ Hunt (Jan 3, 2011 12:39AM)
Be happy and healthy...HAPPY NEW YEAR...everyone!!!
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jan 3, 2011 05:20AM)
On 2010-12-31 13:00, Ron Giesecke wrote:
Me? I'd like to play The castle.

Make it happen Ron,your'e a fantastic performer.

Me, I plan on taking improv & stand up comedy classes & hope to be performing a lot more.

Happy New Year!

Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jan 3, 2011 02:51PM)
On 2010-12-31 10:53, SpellbinderEntertainment wrote:
--Seriously consider re-naming your "Chink-a-Chink" routine, it's no longer the 1940's.


I don't understand this comment. What is the problem with the name "Chink a Chink?"

BTW, the trick goes back at least to the 1877 where it is explained in Sach's Sleight of Hand.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Jan 3, 2011 08:21PM)
1. To STOP procrastinating!

I'll finish this tomorrow...