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Topic: 1st Card Manipulation = Inspiration
Message: Posted by: Sam Griffin (Jul 31, 2003 10:23AM)
To all Beginers in Magic:

I too am a beginer and have ordered many packet tricks including Paul Harris's Deep Astonishment and Reality Twister, Lubor Fiedlers Ultimate Restoration and Roentgen Box and many more.

I have owned these tricks and was very pleased with my purchases, however, These effects did not motivate me to go out and perform.

Today I have been practicing the card manipulation basic "producing cards" and must say, after about 4 hours ( 2 movies ) of constant finger twitching I am very pleased with the result. The reward is most satisfying once accomplished! I guess you could say it feels like solving a hard quest in a video game. Everyone knows how rewarding that is once you work out how to solve the puzzle.

Well I have worked out how to produce cards and I am really inspired to learn more sleight-of-hand and put more work into all tricks I own now.

It was really weird, it just hit me and now I'm hooked to master more moves. I guess the old saying "master before perform" really does have a subconscious affect. It just hit me...I'm so happy! I want to just go out and perform and show it off to everyone. But I wont...of course, until a lot more aching finger cramps.

So, if any new magicians want a quick hit of inspiration, learn how to produce cards and you will get the "hit" I got!

Trust me, it's changed my vision on magic all together.

Sam Griffin
Message: Posted by: Craig Krisulevicz (Jul 31, 2003 10:53AM)
Congrats on getting so psyched. Keep with it. I too was like that after first learning some productions and vanishes. What source are you learning from?
Message: Posted by: Sam Griffin (Jul 31, 2003 11:04AM)
I am learning from a couple of books, First "The Ultimate Card Trick Book" by Eve Devereux and, "Start A Craft Magic Tricks" by Peter Eldin.
I actually have never heard of these artists names before. I'm learning out of these untill I can order the McBride AOCMDVDs.
Can't wait!

Sam Griffin
Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Jul 31, 2003 12:36PM)
Glad to hear it. These kinds of things come every once in a while and add greatly to the joy of being involved with magic.

People will often ignore books aimed at basics either because the author may not have name recognition or we get interested in getting the latest book or trick.

That's a trap. Don't fall for it.
Message: Posted by: Craig Krisulevicz (Jul 31, 2003 12:38PM)
Great, well once you get AoCM you will have enough to play with for years. Stick with it, mastering manipulation is one the most demanding things you can do with a deck of cards. Also, it is one of the most personally rewarding.

Message: Posted by: Sam Griffin (Jul 31, 2003 09:25PM)
Thanks Guys,
I really enjoy this message board. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Thanks for taking the time to reply! I have learnt so much in the last 3 days being on this Message Board then what I have gained all my life from...well - having no mentors. Thank you all! :)