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PBiddy412
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Hey all, I made the shift from The Royal Road to Card Magic to Card College. Upon reading card college, I am in the first chapter and completely do not understand what is being described for the all around square up and the spreading of the cards in hand. They both have me flustered because I have no clue what to do or how to do it right. I don't know, maybe I am illiterate!?

My other question is, should I do The Royal Road to Card Magic first or Card College first or is it personal opinion?
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Both books are good standards to learn the basics of card magic from. Learning from books is a sort of talent. Once you understand how to learn from them it is easy. In most cases the problem with understanding an explanation is simply you have nothing to relate it to in your experience, where you need either another magician to show you or a video. There is a dvd of Royal Road available and you can certainly go though Royal Road the book and watch the video and get a better idea of how to "read" the instruction in the book. Once you got through Royal Road a bit that way, you should have little trouble with the rest of the book or Card College. A local magic club goes a long way in learning to figure out those book directions. Back in my day, before videos, it was the only way we had when we got stumped by the book directions.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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I thought I would piggy back this question on Card College here...

Any reason not to get the Lybrary.com ebook version of Card College? From the on-line description the two versions (printed and ebook) are mostly the same. The ebook has videos for some of the moves.

Thanks.
Marty Sasaki
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Standard disclaimer: I'm just a hobbyist who enjoys occasionally mystifying friends and family, so my opinions should be viewed with this in mind.
Suppo
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Solely up to your learning style. Some people learn better from watching, some from reading, most need both. Some can sit at a computer and read the screen, some have to print the page. If you can sit and read from a screen, or if you have a laptop that makes it more convenient, it is a good direction. One could also print out the e-book and have it bound if necessary. Some would do much better forgoing the books in either form and sticking to DVDs.

Be honest with yourself on how best you learn and, primarily, buy in that format. Do, however, indulge in other medias though as they can also stimulate you.
PBiddy412
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I went ahead further in card college with a bit of practice until I got to the tricks. I realized when I get to the tricks, it gives me better practice with the overhand shuffle and injog. The trick I been practicing is the thought stealer. Its a rather neat trick. I still do not shuffle very well with the injog and picking up where the injog is, but I have the idea finally!
Suppo
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Grats and yes having context for movements helps greatly.

Listen to Photius though, he knows what he is talking about. Should have said that previously.
PBiddy412
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I would love to join a magic club, however, I do not know of any in my area. I would love to have a magician help me, but I am currently on my own for now. I might get the DVD as suggested but the price is a little hefty for right now!
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I know your feeling. Been there, still live it. For some reason the Navy, and now the Army, do not generally like building nice big bases inside of major cities, go figure.

Nothing replaces learning from more experienced people but that is not always reality. Just learn and practice and enjoy. There is no rush and no judge other than the audience. If you entertain an audience and keep the secrets intact, you have done well.
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Quote:
On 2006-12-12 10:34, marty.sasaki wrote:
I thought I would piggy back this question on Card College here...

Any reason not to get the Lybrary.com ebook version of Card College? From the on-line description the two versions (printed and ebook) are mostly the same. The ebook has videos for some of the moves.

Thanks.


As the publisher of the Card College ebooks I would like to correct a few things here. First, video clips are available for all moves, not some. And there was quite a bit of updating for the electronic version. You get about 15 pages more in each volume in terms of contents.

Best,
Chris
Lybrary.com preserving magic one book at a time.
Suppo
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Nice catch.

Bigger fonts?? Smile

All seriousness, that wouldnt be a bad investment then.
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