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scaevola
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How do you read and work through a trick at the same time? Does anyone else out there experiment with book stands? If so, how do you turn the pages? Is this the right section to post this question in?

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I just open the book and lay it on the floor. I might put something to weight the page down with a cardbox or a coin if it keeps trying to close on me. Other than that, I just don't worry about it much. I usually either practice in my recliner, in the office, or sitting on the bed till I get the moves down then work on putting it all together.
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When I need a turned page, I generally use a copy machine and copy the page I need to turn to and put it on the side, that way I have the book on the stand open to the main part and the copy next to it so no page turning is necessary.
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This is an interesting problem. I use mostly my lap myself since I don't have any proper tables anyway. It's not ideal and this is perhaps one of the reasons why I prefer practicing to DVDs.

Although with a book, you only need to study with cards in hand for a minute. Then you put the book aside and do the moves. After a while you go back to recheck the handling details and find what you do wrong.

I too have copied individual pages/chapters so that I can bring these pages with me more easily than a big book. I don't have a copier so I flatbed scan the pages and then print them. This is not something that I want to do too much of since the scanned pages with its spots everywhere use a lot of expensive photo inkjet printer ink.

It feels good though to finish something and then tear up the pages. Smile

The practice table I will start building soon will have a kind of built in stand for holding a book, clamped to the left side of the table. Maybe harvested from a note stand for musicians.
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Stores that sell kitchen accessories will have cookbook holders that are designed to fix this problem. It generally only works for bigger books and small ones don't fit. Then again, there's probably different sizes. It props teh book and holds teh page open for you.

Last Year, I think in June 2006, Josh Jay featured an item in his Magic Magazine column that was a lighted book holder. I'll see if I can't look it up.
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If you are scanning and printing you can probably play with the contrast to avoid printing all those shadows.

Let me know what kind of computer program you are using, Noobini
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Go to http://www.phiferreader.com. I got mine about a week ago from Josh Jay's recommendation in his column. It is great, holds books open and flat, and at an angle to make reading and practicing easy!
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On 2007-10-17 13:16, scaevola wrote:
If you are scanning and printing you can probably play with the contrast to avoid printing all those shadows.

Let me know what kind of computer program you are using, Noobini


Thank you but my problem is laziness. I know how to get rid of blemishes like that but if I scan and print something I do it real quick just before going out the door to my local café. So I will typically just go to the independent scanner program without firing up Photoshop which takes a while on this computer.

But thank you anyway for your willingness to help!
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Try using your feet if you are commonly sitting crossed legged.
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Read a section of the instructions, visualize it in your head, then act it out in your hands.
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Someone once suggested reading the effect you are trying to learn into a tape recorder. That way you don't have to go back and forth from the book. It's also easy to rewind the tape and play parts over.
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I put the book standing while sitting behind desk , let it be open bewttween a computer speaker and computer screen, a closeup pad in front of me Smile
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