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magic_kris
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Do you do anything to prepare for an upcoming lecture (attendance not presentation)? Would you buy the speakers books/videos before hand or at the lecture?



I imagine the lecturer would make a bigger profit if the item is purchased at the lecture, but then you wouldn't be able to review the material before hand and make sure any questions were answered. Are the prices normally any different buying from a lecture than buying from a local shop or online?



If you knew the lecturer used a certain gimmick a lot would you research the gimmick before the lecture? Doing so may give a better understanding of what you are watching, but may distract from seeing the effect from a fresh laymans point of view.



If the lecturer has any bering, I'm planning to attend a Troy Hooser lecture later this month.



Thanks

--Kris
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As someone who gives, books and attends many lectures, I think I can help you with this.



I would wait until after the lecture to buy material. Take a pad and pen and take notes on the material you think you can use. Write down questions as they come to mind so that you don't forget them. Try to look for the "whys" of the effects as well as the "hows," and for the way a particular magician presents and constructs routines that you can apply to other routines.



But wait until after the lecture, when you know if you like the type and style of magic and can adapt some of the routines and philosophies to your way of working before spending your hard-earned dough. Most lecturers are happy to answer questions, and almost all offer "lecture specials" on their materials.



So wait.
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magic_kris
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Thanks for the tips I have attended a number of lectures, but most of them were about 10 years ago. I do take notes, but find I have very little time to think about other applications or motivations. I'm afraid I'll miss something.



Like I said it has been years since I regularly attended lectures and didn't know if the internet would offer any new options for advance preperation.



--Kris
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