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danielhunley
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I have got the flying thing down! Along with the ropes, balls, and my sisters favorite "The Sponge Bunnies" - the easiest trick in the book. I can do 20 card tricks on hand and mystify those who ask... The only thing I can't figure out is making cards appear out of thin air. Being an apprentice to the great Magician of Paducah, Justin Mayflower, I learned many things. He doesn't even know.. But that is all I want to know Smile Please... Anything would help..
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You would be so surprised how many ways there are. Get a Jeff Mcbride Video (Art of Card Manipulation 1,2,3) and you will learn many methods.
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On 2002-11-03 19:44, danielhunley wrote:
The only thing I can't figure out is making cards appear out of thin air.


I seriously doubt so! But anyway as to your question I haven't seen McBride videos but they are said to be very good. Patrick Page's book ("Manual of the Prestidigitator" I think it is called, as I have it in French) cover a lot about magic from close up to stage and as a good chapter on classic card appearance and tips to produce more cards. If your serious about card out of thin air this could probably be useful as well as being a great book in general
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I agree Jeff McBrides videos are great, because, not only do they show you card production, they can teach you a whole manipulation routine and a great start if you wanna do stage stuff Smile
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Yeah,
Jeff's videos are great, I have yet to buy the 3rd but I will eventually.

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I have bought all the Jeff McBride videos and I have to say they are great.
The difficulty increases with each video and all I can say is you must practice, practice, practice!
Card manipulation produces killer effects if your willing to pay the price and practice. If you're a beginner, you can also purchase some manipulation cards which are cut thinner than normal cards.
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Magic. Smile
Stuart Hooper
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I hate to flog dead horses but here goes,
"The great English magician David Devant, was approached by a beginner who said, 'I can do three-hundred card tricks, how many can you do?' 'I should say,' replied Devant dryly, 'about 8.'

I know it's not got much to do with your post, but when I read your bit about knowing 20 card tricks and rising, I thought I should throw out that bit of wisdom from the Royal Road to Card Magic. Smile
danielhunley
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haha,,, Is this old post still thriving... I wrote this weeks ago. But thanx for all the wisdom you all have given me!

I most thouroghly apologize for being so big headed. I realize that This was the worst thing I have ever said. I am ignorant in the ways of magic and my road is going to be far and long but I am honestly trying Smile
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Do card manipulations really require those manipulation cards? Just wondering if its really necessary?
Skulldini
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AlexWong,
In one word, No. The cards Jeff uses are regular cards. In his second volume he describes which cards to use and how to break them in.

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For most of my maniputlation work I used Bikes w/ fanning powder instead of what what Jeff uses on the tapes. Experiment with different types of cards and see what works best for you. The cards that work for Jeff McBride might be uncomfortable in your hands. Try a bunch of different cards and see what type you like the best.

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Geoff Weber
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The main criterion for doing bare handed manipulation is no white borders. Casino cards fit the bill. Red Bee's are what I use, but they are a little on the stiff side so I break them in with a ruler.
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What do you mean when you break a card in?
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beaking in, as taught on McBride tapes-use a ruler to scrap off the finish on each card & put the deck into a tight clamp after your 'scrapping'. then apply some fanning power & u are ready to go
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Is breaking in the cards like this really necessary to perform the stuff in McBride's vids? Or can it all be done with a normal deck?
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A lot of card maniupulations can be done with a normal deck, but some tricks do work better with a NEW deck, and other work better with a WORN deck. The best thing to do is just try both ways, keep practicing, and see what is best for YOU.

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It depends on what is comfortable for you. As Geoff Mentioned the main criteria is no white borders...however, for me I use bicycles (Borders Galore!) all the time and I do just fine with them. Experiment. Find what's right for you.

For beginners I would suggest breaking in the cards like on the McBride tapes and using cards without white borders (Bee's work fine) as Geoff advises. When you start to feel more comfortable doing the manipulations, start experimenting with different cards and see what suits you best. I personally like bicycles because I feel that they have more 'snap' when I produce them. I have a little difficulty overcoming the flashing of the boarders, but to me it's worth the extra trouble and practice.

Card manipulations CAN be done with a regular unprepared deck. However, I would recommend that one must be VERY comfortable with the technique and confident of one's abilities before trying to use the deck that's been sitting on the bar all night.

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Symmatrix
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Through so many review and comment in this thread ...One word from me is that GET Jeff McBride Tape. No matter it is a card manipulation tape or whatever. Tape that produced from him is a must to get. NO REGRETS....I got all his tape and it is wonderful..wonderful teaching, wonderful technique and wonderful routine.

I will continue to buy Jeff McBride tape in future if there is...

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Geoff Ray
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I agree with Symatrix, get the jeff McBrides as they are the best way to start learning card manip but they need practice, practice and more practice!
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