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Hi everyone

My name is Thomas, I'm from Italy and I've always been interested in magic. Unfortunately in Italy (and therefore in Italian) there are almost no books or videos available and the magic community is not as rich and "responsive" as the English speaking one (not to speak about the prices: one deck of Bicycle is almost triple price, IF you can find it...), so I never got the chance to begin learning, until I decided to start in English (I've been studying magic in English for a while, so much so that I don't even know the Italian names of the moves I make... I even had to adapt many spelling tricks to my language, which has been rather difficult at times...).

Therefore one can say I "discovered" card magic only 6 months ago, watching a video on youtube; since then I've been trying to catch up (I'm 47...), studying accurately what is considered the Bible of card magic (Card College, which I managed to buy 5 months ago) and trying to order only the best books I could find (Expert at the Card Table, Expert Card Technique, Royal Road and so on). Mind you, I'm nothing more than an amateur, but I managed to become relatively good in some of the moves, although I use them only to amaze my friends. Even if I'm not a pro, I always try to follow the cardinal rules of magic (i.e mastering a move or a series of moves in front of the mirror before using it with people, never revealing a trick etc).
One difficulty I found is the suspicious nature of my "public" (friends and acquaintances). Maybe Italians are more suspicious by nature, I don't know: the thing is I can never do anything (such as simply cutting the deck with a flourish, no cheating) without someone asking sharply "why did you do that?". For this reason I'm trying to learn the Classic Pass but I'm afraid books are definively not enough. I managed to find Richard Turner's DVD and I'm currently waiting for The Pass with Randy Wakeman, but I read excellent reviews of "Hacking the Pass", so I discovered The Magic Café and here I am...

Greeting from Italy to everyone

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Welcome to the Café and enjoy!
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Ciao Thomas,

Welcome to the caf'e. I'm sure we can help you fix your pass here, so it's as invisible as the cosa nostra.... Hey, I'm coming to Italy next year to talk with some folks in Gubbio. Where are you from?

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I'm from a village on Lake Como, 2 miles from the Swiss border; also, I live 5 miles from George Clooney's famous villa... noblesse oblige ;-)))
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Welcome to the Café!
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Welcome to the Café.!! Smile
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welcome to the Café sir.

By the way:


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You'll find friends here Thomas! You will enjoy your stay!


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I think you made a good choice by starting out with those books. In my opinion, they are a must get for any card workers.

Although I do the pass occasionally, I do not think it is a "must" in card magic, as there are many moves out there that can more or less replace it. Keep looking, and I am sure you will hit gold every once in a while.

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Welcome to the Café, have fun!
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Ciao Tomaso

I am also new here and I live in London,but originally from Italy, Bagno.

I am sure you will enjoy your stay here as I can see people are friendly.
So I also decided to register.

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