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Mitch Schneiter
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On 2008-08-09 13:53, Michaelvincent wrote:
Hi Mitch

It's a done deal

I will bring my Cups with me.

See you soon


Mike Vincent


Great! I'm really looking forward to it. Please save a DVD for me, I'd hate for you to run out. Thanks again.
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I've just finished watching Michael Vincent's Cups and Balls DVD set and I wanted to add to the chorus of praise. I've never performed the Cups and Balls but I've seen a lot of Cups and Balls routines. It seems to me that Michael's routine manages to incorporate just about every good feature I've seen while eliminating every bad feature.

On the second DVD, Michael teaches his routine in depth. On the first DVD, he first prepares the ground by performing and analyzing the various classic routines that influenced his. The analysis happens through a conversation between Michael and Matt Field that is intercut with the performances. The counterpoint between conversation and performing works beautifully.

Matt Field deserves a lot of credit for clearly having prepared thoroughly in advance. Almost every video I’ve seen where the performer explains to an interviewer rather than directly to the camera has been pretty much of a waste. The interviewer only gets in the way of the performer communicating to the viewer. This is a dramatic exception. Matt is the perfect foil for Michael. (Keep in mind the origin of that term, the foil being the reflective background that makes the diamond shine brighter.)

I found myself completely engaged throughout. I wasn't simply a passive viewer, a consumer of video footage. I was thinking about what I was seeing and hearing and eager to hear the next revelation in the conversation. I felt that I wasn't just learning about the Cups and Balls. I was learning about magic. The quality of the thinking was such that the routine itself seemed almost a bonus.

Elsewhere on the Café there is a discussion of magicians that people have been inspired by. This DVD is an inspiring view into how a great magician arrives at a great piece of magic. It doesn’t happen from copying what you see on Youtube. It doesn’t happen from going on magic forums and asking others what the best five tricks are. It happens as a result of study, work, commitment, tenacity, and passion, all of which are on display here.

In a capitalist society, you get the products you deserve. If you support projects of this caliber, you'll encourage more of them. If you opt instead for gorging yourself on the endless stream of fast-food magic releases that are intended to be purchased today and forgotten tomorrow to make room for the next round of buying and forgetting, you'll be served more of that.

What you're purchasing here is the result of a lifetime study. If you want to see what separates a great routine from an average one, buy these DVDs. If you want to see what separates a great magician from an average one, buy these DVDs.

Sincerely,
Darwin Ortiz
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Hello Darwin

Thank you for your kind words.

Your evaluation of my product is a great compliment.

You have put into words exactly my intentions with this DVD.

I hope all the people who have purchased this DVD feel the same way.

Sincerely

Mike Vincent
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I'm blushing!

Thank you, Darwin.

Matt Field
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Mr Vincent,

Here's another enthusiastic request for a cups and balls presentation in Portland.
Turk
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On 2008-08-13 12:57, Dave McFarland wrote:
Mr Vincent,

Here's another enthusiastic request for a cups and balls presentation in Portland.


And another.

Michael Vincent is my favorite magician to watch and learn from. His "Tapestry of Deception" videos are a "must watch and learn from" resource. The first time I watched "Tapestry of Deception". I just sat there in stunned silence--and then quickly watched and re-watched the video in that first single setting. Watching anything Michael Vincent performs is to be treasured. Frankly, Michael Vincent could stand on the corner handing out toilet tissue squares, and I'd be there to take notes.

Describing Michael Vincent as a "Magician's Magician" and his magic as an entertaining "Tour d'Force" are totally inadequate descriptions of each and merely highlights the shortcomings of the English language in such regards.

I can hardly wait for Michael's upcoming Portland lecture.

Mike
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On 2008-08-13 15:12, Turk wrote:
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On 2008-08-13 12:57, Dave McFarland wrote:
Mr Vincent,

Here's another enthusiastic request for a cups and balls presentation in Portland.


And another.

Michael Vincent is my favorite magician to watch and learn from. His "Tapestry of Deception" videos are a "must watch and learn from" resource. The first time I watched "Tapestry of Deception". I just sat there in stunned silence--and then quickly watched and re-watched the video in that first single setting. Watching anything Michael Vincent performs is to be treasured. Frankly, Michael Vincent could stand on the corner handing out toilet tissue squares, and I'd be there to take notes.

Describing Michael Vincent as a "Magician's Magician" and his magic as an entertaining "Tour d'Force" are totally inadequate descriptions of each and merely highlights the shortcomings of the English language in such regards.

I can hardly wait for Michael's upcoming Portland lecture.

Mike


Dear Turk and Dave

Thanks for your kind words and support for my forthcoming appearance.

I am really excited at the prospect of sharing my work with you all in a few weeks.

I am set to bring my Cups with me and to perform my routine for your enjoyment.

I need to ask a favour, can anyone provide a table for me?

I am looking for something very specific; I need a stand normally reserved for electric Pianos or Synthesisers. These are legs which can be adjusted to different heights. It would be too much hassle to travel with mine; I can bring everything else I need. If someone could provide one for my lecture, that would be a great help and much appreciated.

It is very gratifying to learn that my DVDs are really inspiring magicians to dig a little deeper into this craft of our. Learning our effects is only about 10% of a much bigger picture. My DVDs, I feel is only the tip of the ice berg.

I am even re-structuring my entire repertoire to achieve greater clarity of effect for my audience. It's a never ending process of evolution.

I can't wait to meet you all.

See you soon and thanks

Sincerely

Mike Vincent
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Michael,

I have put out feelers with a magician friend of mine who is a classical guitarist and who might either have such a table or know of one of his musical buddies who does. I'll let you know ASAP as to his ability to provide this table.

Best regards,

Mike
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[quote]On 2008-08-13 20:00, Turk wrote:
Michael,

I have put out feelers with a magician friend of mine who is a classical guitarist and who might either have such a table or know of one of his musical buddies who does. I'll let you know ASAP as to his ability to provide this table.

Best regards,

Mike
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Turk

Thanks very much,much appreciated.

Keep well and see you soon

cheers

Mike Vincent
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Michael.

I have located a stand with adjustable legs from a friend of my wife. I haven't seen it yet but, does it matter if the adjustments are "detent specific" versus "infinitely adjustable"? I don't know which one this stand will have. Stay tuned; I'll let you know after I have the stand in my posession later today.

Best regards, cheerio and ta-ta for now.

Mike

P.S. Just to clear up any possible confusion, the adjustable legs are on the synthesizer stand,...NOT on my wife or her friend. (badda-boom!)
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On 2008-08-16 13:57, Turk wrote:
Michael.

I have located a stand with adjustable legs from a friend of my wife. I haven't seen it yet but, does it matter if the adjustments are "detent specific" versus "infinitely adjustable"? I don't know which one this stand will have. Stay tuned; I'll let you know after I have the stand in my posession later today.

Best regards, cheerio and ta-ta for now.

Mike

P.S. Just to clear up any possible confusion, the adjustable legs are on the synthesizer stand,...NOT on my wife or her friend. (badda-boom!)


Thank Turk

check out my DVD for a full on view of the stand I use.

Cheers

Mike
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The stand on the DVD is infinitely adjustable by tightening or loosening a turnpiece at the middle of the X; it doesn't have cut-outs (detents).



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The Stand on the DVD is adjustable infinitely.

It is perfect for the routine.

Thanks again

Mike Vincent
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I have recently purchased Michael's cups and balls dvd and have found it a great source for inspiration. It is not often a dvd will hold my attention from start to finish but this was viewed in one sitting without having to resort to the fast forward button and it is one that I will have no reservation in revisiting often. It clearly shows Michael's thinking behind the evolution of this effect, and although it may still be a work in progress, the priciples contained can and should be applied to our own performance pieces. Highly recommended, regards, Paul.
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Hello.
Does any body have the link to Michael's performance? previous youtube link now removed, If its from Michael I know its going to be special.
Thanks in advance...
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