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kentfgunn
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Uriel,

I commented on youtube, on your routine. I have little to add to the comments given here. You have a sequence you can call your own. That alone would please this old man. You've practiced mightily, we can all see that.

I too struggle with saying too many words. Write a script. Put it on cue cards and have a family member change them for you. Alternatively, there are many teleprompter programs you can download from the internet.

Please keep us posted. I, for one, expect great things from you!

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Uriel:

Here's a hint. Record your script. Then practice along with the recording. By the time you have done it about 2 dozen times, it will be very smooth. By 100 performances, it will be as slick as deer guts on a doorknob.
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Deer guts on a doorknob? Yuck! I just recently did production of Godot which is massive lines and that's how I learned'em. Recorded every word. It works!

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I did the same thing with Taming of the Shrew.
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Thank you Thomas for that very informative post!

And thanks to anyone else who took the time out to watch my routine and give me all the valuable advice.
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I may be being crass here...
but what exactly is new and improved about this?

this is about as generic a c&b routine as they come.
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Mike,

Yup, you're being crass. It's OK though!

Uriel himself says,

"I just meant my routine is a pretty basic routine with nothing really unseen or amazing."

He's doing a sequence he found, on his own. The moves may seem generic to you. I think many magicians become jaded. It is easy to be jaded about tricks like the cups and balls. Tricks that have volumes of material written about them are especially difficult to come up with truly original material.

Uriel showed up here, asking for advice. Some darned knowledgeable guys gave him solid feedback. This is good stuff.

Originality is great, rare but great. Solid, well-rehearsed material will kick originality square in the arse 9 times out of 10.

Uriel is probably still in his teens. He posted a routine comprised of elements he probably learned, on his own, with the help of videos and books. This, in the days of magicians, his age, posting youtube videos of pure unadulterated crud magic, is itself noteworthy.

So . . . new and improved, his routine is not.

Relegating his efforts to being, "about a generic c&b routine as they come" was a little crass.

I like crass. I just think Uriel deserved exactly what he got here: Some honest feedback. I, for one, liked what I saw very much. I see promise!
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Quote:
On 2008-11-05 01:53, MiketheMagicDude wrote:
I may be being crass here...
but what exactly is new and improved about this?

this is about as generic a c&b routine as they come.

This is Uriel's second video attempt. It may not be "new" to you, but it's definitely "improved" for him.
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Mike:

You came in "in the middle of the movie." Maybe Uriel will send you a link to his first routine.
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I am new to C&B and reading all the replies to this post is scaring me off.

Patter is a rather difficult thing for me because of my deafness, therefore it is going to take a lot of time for me to find something that works.

It would help me a lot if I knew what other C&Ballers were saying, this would give me helpful ideas to create my own patter. I feel like I am sitting in the darkness without knowing what is going on.

Oh well life goes on.
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That must be difficult. On the other hand, there is nothing that says you can't perform it silently. Teller did in his original Renaissance festival act.
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Tommy Wonder had a beautiful (silent-to-music)- though brief - C&B-type routine that sometimes
preceded his Orange, Lemon, Egg and Canary performances. While not a complete C&B by any means,
it might be a great piece from which to draw inspiration.

Tommy Wonder

And here is another favorite silent-to-music C&B from Jason Latimer:

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Dave V
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Arthur Trace has created a routine with bells and clappers where the "sound" moves as well as the balls. He frames it as a psychological ploy to mess with our senses, and as such he wears ear muffs to protect himself from being deceived.

I can imagine something similar (not too similar, after all it is his routine) maybe where the audience is similarly misdirected by noises they hear that you don't.
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TW... nice to see you back posting...
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To MiketheMagicDude, as Dave said this is my second video of my routine that I put together. The first one can be found here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQl9gT4R2BI

And to Kent, that you for those words of encouragement...
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