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The Amazing Noobini
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Interesting quote.

Now that a couple of hours have passed since my post about not buying more things, I see that I have done two new purchases. I'm not even fully conscious of doing it.

At least I don't buy these things because I want a better so and so. I just want to take part in some of the many exciting things people here talk about.
"Talk about melodrama... and being born in the wrong part of the world." (Raf Robert)
"You, my friend, have a lot to learn." (S. Youell)
"Nonsensical Raving of a lunatic mind..." (Larry)
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Great post! I think we have the making for a magician's anonymous support group.

Seriously, it is hard to stop buying things sometimes. The one area I feel you can't go wrong would be with books, as many have stated, as they require you to think. I also like to get them before they go out of print, lol!

In the spirit of the original post, I agree the goal is to have a few well-polished gems for the repetoire.
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...and two days later I have bought a second ESP deck (before the first one has even arrived), one nice 1888 Morgan Silver Dollar, a mere 16 decks of vintage Stud playing cards since I only have two dozen already (they are no longer made you know, it's every man for himself), the book Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz (which gave me a promotional free DVD from Penguin thrown in), two Barber Half Dollars... er... anything else? No I think that's it actually.

I need a pair of scissors for my Visa card. No more now. I... need... to... stop.
"Talk about melodrama... and being born in the wrong part of the world." (Raf Robert)
"You, my friend, have a lot to learn." (S. Youell)
"Nonsensical Raving of a lunatic mind..." (Larry)
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I see where you're coming from. I shelled out around $100 on several books and decks over the weekend, even though I've promised myself that I'm going to stop for a while...glad to see I'm not the only magician with a spending problem Smile
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Quote:
On 2007-09-30 13:45, ViciousCycle wrote:
...but as Burger said, if you're not going to do magic effectively, "Go take up stamp collecting."


Funny stuff!
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I guess that I am different than most of the 'aspirings' described here... I decided that I wanted to do gimmick-less magic, so I am working to focus on coins. I bought one book (Modern Coin Magic), and feel like if I can master even a fraction of what's in there I will have accomplished something.
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Mikemcclaskey, just wait until you get drawn into a few dozen lengthy discussions here revealing completely groundbreaking things, as long as you are able to follow the references in this book and that book. I said exactly the same as you one year ago. Then I discovered the properties of soft silver coins and so on. These are not gimmicks exactly but it still costs money. Smile

But if you are able to make do with a book and some loose change, that is great.
"Talk about melodrama... and being born in the wrong part of the world." (Raf Robert)
"You, my friend, have a lot to learn." (S. Youell)
"Nonsensical Raving of a lunatic mind..." (Larry)
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It has taking me a long time to break the buying habit. I still haven't kicked the habit of picking up way more magic books than I need. If I could perform 10 tricks from every magic book I had........
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But don't you think that shopping around for different types of effects is part of learning what is the best fit for you? Of course as you get more experience, your know more about what you do best and you need to shop around less. Then the quantity (if not expense) of new tricks drops.
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I've forgotten way more tricks than I currently know! I've even forgotten wher a lot of my props are! My wife is always packing up and putting things where I have no idea they have gone. It's kind of good when I stumble accross some forgotten things. A bit like putting on an old jacket and finding 20 bucks in the pocket Smile

What do you think about purchasing 1 x $200 effect as opposed to 10 x $20 effects?

I think our buying habbit is called C.U.P.S - compulsive unnecessary purchasing syndrome (I read it here on the forum somewhere)
I don't perform illusions... it just looks like I do!
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On 2007-10-23 23:03, Magicnevets wrote:
What do you think about purchasing 1 x $200 effect as opposed to 10 x $20 effects?


A musician doesn't purchase effects, but they can acquire instruments that with lots of practice can be used to great effect. I wish that magicians would talk less about purchasing effects and more about creating effects. "Effect" is the root word of effectiveness, and one can't purchase effectiveness. One must build effectivness.

There are many props you can buy at a magic store that come with little instruction sheets that offer uninspiring ways of presenting a trick. One has to work to incorporate these props into an effective effect. Everyone knows the answer to "Why did the chicken cross the road?" But not everyone is able to answer the question, "Why did the magician do the trick?" Or "Why should I care that the magician did the trick?"
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