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PBiddy412
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Hey all,

I been practicing my overhand shuffle ever since I got Royal Road to Card Magic and Card College and must say it is improving a lot. I just practice everyday, and it just gets better each day.

Now, I went to gomagicgo.com and found their beginners series, but they suggest video taping yourself. I want to know whats a good cheap camcorder?
ToasterofDoom
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Many digital cameras have features that allow you to take 30 second videos. That seems to be your best bet.
PBiddy412
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I was hoping for longer than 30 seconds.
Chatterbox41
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Have you considered getting a web cam you can attach to your computer? That's currently what I've been looking into. You can get 30 frames/second for under $50. I've been told you can hook it up and record on your disk and then watch it on your monitor.

Gary
Matt Malinas
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A webcam is very useful and cheap. of course the quality is nowhere near of a handcams' but it is all you need for practicing.
I started out also with RRTCM. great book!
good luck !

-Matt
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Brad Burt
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Look around for a deal on an old VHS recorder. Folks are practically giving them away. Although you may not want to make a video 'product' with them they are great for recording yourself, etc. You can find them in the $50-75 all the time.

When recording yourself you MUST play to the recordering instrument AS IF you are working for a real person for it to be of any real value. Attempt to think of the camera not AS a camera, but as someone watching your magic or technique and who can respond to it .... even though they cannot.

Why? Because we PERFORM what we practice. All best,
Brad Burt
PBiddy412
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Thanks all. I was hoping to put it on my computer so the webcam route sounds like a great idea. Also, thanks for tips on practicing. I will be sure to keep those in minds. I been working on chapter 1 forever it seems but I want to perfect it before I move on to the riffle shuffle.
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