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edlandau
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My neighbor is a professional magician.... I know... the bar is already steep.

He seems to know all the DVDs I buy. Can someone point to me to abscure DVD? something not widely known? ... In the hopes he will not have seen it Smile.

Thanks
Ed
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WHY do you want to impress him? If it's just to one-up him, save your money and your dignity. If for a gift - then this a good question to which I don't have an answer.
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Do something basic and do it very well. That will be the best way to make a good impression.
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How about moving?

I bet he'd like that?!
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Don't try to compete with him. Better to make friends and have him, hopefully, teach you some things. Take advantage of the possible opportunity to grow.

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Why not ask him if he needs any help the next time he does a show? Carry his bags, set up his stuff, etc.
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When I first saw the title of this thread I thought, "Hmmm, mow his lawn? Paint his house?"

There is some good advice to listen to here already.
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On 2008-05-23 12:36, Tom Cutts wrote:
Do something basic and do it very well. That will be the best way to make a good impression.


Just in case you missed it!
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What can you already do?
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Learn manipulation with cards or coins. Do not worry if he has it already, what is important is how it is performed.
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It sounds more like you are trying to insult his intelligence by attempting to find something that he does not know and fooling him with it. Why not do the opposite and become friends with him and explain that you admire him and would like to learn more about magic. Ask him if he would be your mentor and guide you in the right channels. I believe that this approach would be much better than attempting to one up him just to satisfy your ego. This just a little food for thought.
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Saw his dog in half Smile
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On 2008-05-24 14:13, spatlind wrote:
Saw his dog in half Smile


AWESOME!
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To impress your neighbor: Be a good neighbor. Peronally walk his mail over when the mail carrier puts his mail in your box. Keep the music down. Keep your yard mowed. If he goes away on vacation, mow his yard for him - for free. Don't walk around in your underwear with the blinds/curtains open. That ought to impress him as a neighbor.

As far as the magic goes: Don't even try. We are all at different levels for different reasons; regardless of how long we've been peforming magic. Most magicias are friendly to those in their field. Apparently, he impresses you or you wouldn't worry about wanting to impress him. It's not a competition. Let him know you appreciate his skill and experience. Tell him what got you started in magic and what you might be having trouble with. If he offers advice, great. If he doesn't, you've lost nothing and you've "talked shop" with a fellow magician with no prerequisite of being on the same skill level.

Basically, relax and DON'T try to impress him.
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Does he have a hot wife or legal age daughter? Smile
I agree with those who ask "WHY"! What do you expect to gain by impressing him?
Humility is the key here IMO and rather than try to impress the guy, become a student/apprentice and reap the rewards of a mentor!
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On 2008-05-24 16:21, MickeyPainless wrote:
Does he have a hot wife or legal age daughter? Smile
I agree with those who ask "WHY"! What do you expect to gain by impressing him?
Humility is the key here IMO and rather than try to impress the guy, become a student/apprentice and reap the rewards of a mentor!


Quoted for Truth. There are many magicians that would saw off their own leg to be in your shoes. ( Ok after they saw off the leg... your shoe... Unless the guy can teach them how to put it back on.)

Don't create any animosity by trying to one up him. Appeal to him as a " fellow traveler" You are in an enviable position it would suck if you blew it.
“Amateurs practice until they get it right.
Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.” <Anonymous>
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Impress a “professional magician”?

Listen to every word he says. Keeping the mouth shut
as much as possible. Asking questions only as needed, which will
also show you are interested and paying attention.

Your neighbor will be very impressed as this in not what
most amateurs/newbees do these days.

Trying to impress an “expert” in any field too quickly
only makes one look at the very least foolish.
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
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Mr. Ree,
Having read this post, you stated perfectly what I was thinking.
Thanks,
Bruce
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One of the best ways (IMHO) to impress a pro is to use a method they will never consider using, such as basing an effect on an unsuspected STOOGE. But make it really undetectable, because it's a real catastrophe in your honor if he discovers about a stooge.

You may also do a stage trick with identical twins. It's quite an uncommon thing (because twins are so rare), but if you happen to have some in your neighborhood, you could really baffle him.
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Ignore NabsS, Listen to Mr. Ree.... repeat... make it your mantra.
“Amateurs practice until they get it right.
Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.” <Anonymous>
"There is no such thing as magic, there is no other way that could have been done" <Whit Haydn>
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