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Natural Hazard
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Sheffield, England
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Now I have been in magic for only a month now, after purchasing MWCCIM, I have to say I am amazed, the thing is I am taking it slowly... starting with cards working my way through the book. However I seem to be when I am going along learning new techniques, using them to create new tricks as a go along whilst at the same time applying it to a certain shuffle, to keep in mind the physcological perception of the spectators, i.e. not switching to a hindu force to an overhand force. Is this normal would you say? Or should I leave trick creating till I finish the entire card section? I have learnt quite a lot of the tricks in the book, but its seems to me so far its the kind of book which tells you how to make the tricks not give you the tricks. Anyone answer if its ok to starting thinking of tricks as you go along?
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Anaheim, CA
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Just like any performing art, the real magic comes from making the illusion your own. There is absolutely nothing wrong with tinkering with illusions and, well, just plain having fun with them.

Who knows, perhaps since you're new to magic and haven't been ingrained in existing methods, you'll come up with something truly novel.
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Welcome to the Café NH.

There's nothing wrong with what you're doing.
It seems to me that as you go thru the book that you're considering a style of performing.

However, there are reasons why the things in the book are the way they are and when going thru them you should ask yourself why.

As you go thru the whole book you will discover new principles, techniques, etc, and new ideas will surface.
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Absolutely! That's the beauty of magic. You can make it your own.

Take the concepts and find new ways to apply them. That's how a lot of magical effects are created.

Enjoy your journey...and welcome to the Café!

Father Photius
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The idea behind complete course in magic is to introduce you to "magic principles" and of course you should start thinking of your own effects from there. Don't be surprised if somebody else thought of it first , thought, magic has been around a long time. Just enjoy
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
Andy the cardician
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You are more than welcome to think about your own tricks. You will probably discover that a lot of your inventions are already out there. But that should not be the point - the key is that you are now start to become creative and think about magic. Think about what makes a trick so magical . . .
Cards never lie
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On 2007-07-26 20:01, Andy the cardician wrote:
You will probably discover that a lot of your inventions are already out there.

Just remember, too, that the one thing that HASN'T been out there is YOU. If you truly bring your own personality to your performance, then it doesn't matter if the technique has been done a million times -- the performance will still be brand-new.
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Hi Natural,

First of all, a sincere welcome to the Café. You will find here some of the best minds in magic and furthermore some of the most generous of human beings always ready to share their knowledge and expertise.

Natural, just enjoy your magic and by so doing your enjoyment will be passed on to all who witness it. May I share with you some words of a magician from the past, whom you may have heard of, called Ted Anneman who entreated magicians not to be worried about the method used in a trick, the most important thing is the effect on the audience. How you accomplish it is relatively unimportant it is the magical outcome that matters. The ability to skillfully execute an extremely difficult sleight may very well impress fellow magicians no end but the audience will not worry a jot about which shuffle or bit of sleight of hand you employed to acheive it. All that is important to them is that something miraculous and unexpected happened to them-right before their eyes!

By the way, your choice of the Mark Wilson Course is superb. As you will already have found, it is all there for you. It will also save you a barrow load of money because you will be able to construct your props as you go along. For example, eventually you will doubtless need some magic tables. The plans for a good table are included in the book, saving you a double figure sum for each table if you had to buy them from a dealer!

Can I take this opportunity to recommend an excellent website to you, which you may want to explore, which is all about making your own props, it is run by the Prof. who is a regular contributor here in the Café. Not only is he a mine of magical knowledge but a great guy as well, I have on many occasions been grateful to him for help and advice.

I hope this may have helped a little.

With all good wishes to you and your magic.

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