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Mark Wilden
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I'm hearing Mark Wilson lecture tonight! Really looking forward to it.

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Thanks for the posts everyone. I too have Mark Wilson's book which was given to me for my 13th birthday and I'm starting to go through it again. Has anyone tried the magic paddles? I can't believe that an audience wouldn't realise a knife is facing the same way when rotated forward and top to bottom. Love the card section though, although too be honest, I posted this 'post' initially as I'm trying to get away from just cards and use other found or constructed objects etc

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Another great book series to add to this list is the Karl Fulves Self Working series. These books from Dover cover a wide variety of topics, not just card tricks.

Another source would be Scarne's book on magic tricks.

To look at anything that Dover has, go to http://www.doverpublishing.com

One good book that I recently purchased has been Aldo Colombini's Simply Impromp2 book of card tricks. While many are self working, many others are not. But they are there and relatively easy to perform when you're ready to do them.
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My vote goes to the Invisible Deck in conjunction with the Outlaw wallet...spec chooses a card, writes it down on a slip of paper and the paper is tucked away in a wallet between two other cards. Seems fair (at least to the spectator). Then you open the ID and reveal the spectator's card as the only card face down. Trust me...this one KILLS if you do it right, even though it might sound corny. I had a woman literally scream when I revealed her card. It was classic. But even if you don't use the Outlaw the ID is still an awesome gimmick. I'd recommend making your own.
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On 2007-05-16 18:32, AndyMac68 wrote:
Has anyone tried the magic paddles? I can't believe that an audience wouldn't realise a knife is facing the same way when rotated forward and top to bottom.

Well, the colour changing knives killed a bunch of kids at a barbecue last weekend, and it's not dissimilar to a paddle kinda move.

Heh, the knives killed. Get it?
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On 2007-05-15 13:32, Hearttau wrote:
You can't go wrong with the above. I picked up an easy great looking effect just yesterday at Fantasma. It's their "Ring-Scape" or ring through rope. Here's a link to the demo.

That's a great effect. How do you like it so far?
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Andrew, stay away from the "magic set" type stuff. People will not take you serious enough if you pull our a bunch of plastic stuff.
Remember the top 5 WOW tricks for one person may not fit the personality for another. You will need to pick the best 5 you can do and make them your WOW items.
That said, there are a ton of packet tricks that use little if any sleights and are quick learners, like b-wave, or twisted sisters.
Look for the Fulves books on self working magic, they are a great source for non-sleight magic.
Many of the gimmicked coin magic does not need sleights. The pen through bill is mechanical but totally natural looking.
Also there are a lot of mental effects that use little in the way of apparatus or sleights.
As alwasy your best value is in books, you get a ton of information and a lot of tricks to pick from for the same cost as a couple of packages tricks.
Good luck
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Lennart Green's light dvd has a trick called Eye of the Storm,quite easy to learn the basic trick & his patter is adaptable to other scenarios.Plus,you get to see a magic artist at work.Great.
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Hey Bryn I think your at 82 unless your using some crazy misdirection on me?!?!?


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I would say start out with self working tricks. Learn to work the audience first.
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What a list - thanks a lot
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If you're a beginner and you wanna learn card stuff, I would go to Ellusionist.com and get some of their DVDs. Crash Course 1 and 2 are both great. the ninja series is more advanced, but you can work on that stuff while you're performing easy things from cc1 like here then there (a great trick, the audience will remember forever)
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I love a trick called "Jumping Gems" available at Rich Hill's Illusion Shop.

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A few inexpensive tricks that can play well if presented right. Minimum sleight of hand. Gimmicks are involved. Prices are approximate.

"Crazy Cube" - $3.
"Steel Ball & Tube" - $5.
"Double X Rating Pen" - $7.
"Link Key" - $10, Bob Solari.
"Tric Tac"- $15, Bob Chesbro.
"Spare Change" - $15, David Acer.

Learning to do sleights with different shaped objects is the best bet for impromptu situations.
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Something I did once, I wrote a list of effects I'd like to do, about 5-10 or so, then I found out if these things existed by visiting shops, web sites etc. Chances are that most of the things you list will have been done. You could do this in a few minutes.

When (if) you find them, have a look at them and see if you can have them demo'd. If they suit you and you like them and you can afford them buy 2 or 3. Practice like mad and then do them for real people. If they play well, you're laughing.

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Thanks again everyone, some good advice. Thanks Jaz, I'll check out these items. I'm travelling for the first time to the states in Nov and hope to spend some dosh on tricks, dvds etc.

Has anyone read my other post in grand illusion about the history and illuions using shadow magic? I've had zero responses. Maybe they're too serious in there! Smile

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1-Out of this world (the versión for two people)
2-appearing the four aces
4-thumb tip
5-reading mind from book

those had never failed to me, and are really easy to do
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Can you provide more info about these effects including the author for 'Out', 'Appearing' and 'Ashes'. I'm not sure what your refering to here.
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Key Card Routines. A good place to start is "Magic With Cards" by Garcia and Schindler.
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