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Topic: Learning from books or movie
Message: Posted by: Eldini (Jul 29, 2014 09:26PM)

Just wondering about people opinion on the best medium to learn flourishes (or otherwise) from.

I feel like both have their virtues. Books offer the advantages of being able to re-read or look at the same part easier over and over. They also allow a bit more for one to figure parts out on their own and thus instill a personal style. Movies see to be much more straight forward, easier to visualize (for obvious reasons) the move.

What are your thoughts?

Message: Posted by: Anatole (Aug 4, 2014 09:42AM)
There are booksthat contain material that is yet to be included on a DVD. Those books are sometimes difficult to find. Examples include:
_Exhibition Card Fans_ by Goodlette Dodson
_Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards_ by Lewis Ganson
__Card Productions for the Stage_ by Cirs and Nop

I learned the spring flourish, waterfall drop and pressure fan in the 60's from Henry Hay's _The Amateur Magician's Handbook_ and the armspread and turnover from Ottokar Fischer's _Illustrated Magic_. But then, there were no instructional videos in the 60's. The closest thing was Ganson's 8mm films--which were difficult to obtain. (I wish someone would make a nice transfer of them to DVD with voiceover narration/commentary from someone who is knowledgeable about flourishes and their history.) There is also Nagisa's videos from Japan:
that contains much material that has not, as far as I know, been described in print. Unfortunately, the Nagisa video is hard to obtain in the U.S. and I'm not sure whether it has been transferred to DVD.

In the Nagisa clip referenced above note these tips:
1) The fanning deck is in a 3/4 card case with no flap; makes it easier to remove the cards at around 1:12. (There is also, however, Lou Tannen's "Pack Full of Pep" from Tarbell Volume 2 where the cards rise magically out of the case that is a nice, little known way to magically introduce a series of flourishes/manipulations)
2) There are some very nice magical effects incorporated into the Nagisa video, like the one at around 1:28 into the clip where the left hand inserts a single card into the fan in the right hand; then the left hand removes that single card and it transforms into a fan!
3) The sequence at about 2:00 into the clip is a nice magical effect
4) The split fans at around 2:20 are nice because they incorporate a feature that Lewis Ganson mentions in _Card Magic by Manipulation_--namely producing continuous fans of only six or seven cards
5) At 2:36 there is a kind of split fan technique with the _back_ of the left hand toward the audience.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Note: I perform Lou Tannen's Pack Full of Pep at the beginning of this video and then go into spring flourishes:
Sorry for the grainy video, but it was made back in the early days of QuickTime. Also, the motivating force for the deck rise is dental dam, not the rubber bands mentioned in the book.
Also, in this video:
I do some exhibition card fans using the Zinab deck which includes the strong magical effect of changing a deck that is fanned on both sides to show blank both sides into a colorful fanning deck.
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Aug 4, 2014 10:09AM)
Here's another great book with some flourishes you won't find anywhere else:
_Andrus Deals You In_
It's an expanded version of his earlier hardbound book with the same title.

The cascade at the end of my Zinab deck double fan routine is a Jerry Andrus flourish.

----- Sonny
Message: Posted by: Eldini (Aug 8, 2014 03:01PM)
Thanks for the info! I'll have a look.