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charles schneider
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I saw Mickey slam a coin through a two inch glass barrier in a Denny's in Vegas. Impossible. Either the waitress was a "friend" of his, or Mickey had signed a Faustian contract. Seriously, it was the stuff of poetry, song and madness. A very warm, complex man. His goal in performing is to always #1 entertain, not to "do magic." Mickey has an instinctively inventive mind, which scrambles left & right brain thinking patterns with brilliant results. He takes great joy in making new discoveries. He likes to challenge himself, and the art, to a point past perfection.

He has taken his time surfacing from the underground. Sometimes the most incredible and profound creations of nature take years before they blossom They take their sweet time, until the moment is right to show the world, and share the beauty. It will happen. In this case, the reputation which precedes the man is justified.

One secret to understanding a master like Mickey Silver, is to listen him when he says, "I don't tell people to think outside the box. I tell them that THERE IS NO BOX!." Ponder his words.
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On 2009-02-13 23:27, charles schneider wrote:
I saw Mickey slam a coin through a two inch glass barrier in a Denny's in Vegas. Impossible. Either the waitress was a "friend" of his, or Mickey had signed a Faustian contract. Seriously, it was the stuff of poetry, song and madness. A very warm, complex man. His goal in performing is to always #1 entertain, not to "do magic." Mickey has an instinctively inventive mind, which scrambles left & right brain thinking patterns with brilliant results. He takes great joy in making new discoveries. He likes to challenge himself, and the art, to a point past perfection.

He has taken his time surfacing from the underground. Sometimes the most incredible and profound creations of nature take years before they blossom They take their sweet time, until the moment is right to show the world, and share the beauty. It will happen. In this case, the reputation which precedes the man is justified.

One secret to understanding a master like Mickey Silver, is to listen him when he says, "I don't tell people to think outside the box. I tell them that THERE IS NO BOX!." Ponder his words.


I totally agree that the number one goal is to be an entertainer, and not a magician! Actually, when I got this into my thick skull, it made me much less fearful of performing and screwing up! In fact, I used to get so nervous when it came to performing--the fear of failure got me by the neck. But now, I think I can finally let it go. When I realized that the secret is being good to your audience, and entertaining them, that's when I realized that I no longer have to let the fear of failure stand in the way of entertaining. If the audience likes you, they may hope that you don't screw up, and they may block it out of their minds if they see you flash (OF COURSE, you want to practice your sleight of hand to the point where you can do it perfectly during practice).

It has been said before that Mickey's Retention Vanish tends to over-prove, that is, why "prove" the coin is in the left hand? Why run when your not chased? This would be thinking inside the box, in accordance with set magic theory. However, if you throw out the box, all of sudden you have a whole new realm to explore.
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One of the coolest things about Mickey is that his stuff ain't for sale! I LOVE that about the man and wish there were MORE secrets!

Mick
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There are only a couple of weeks left before you can all be hanging out with Mickey Silver, the Godfather, the Boss, GodHandz, Kent, Curtis, and the Painless one (plus all the others I can't think of at the moment) at the World Magic Seminar.

We still have space left and room rates at the Orleans are at the lowest in years.

Don't miss out on a great opportunity. Mickey Silver will definitely be there and has assured me that he will be doing what Mickey does best - showing his stuff when and wherever possible.

See you in Vegas - Bill
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My coins are packed and I'm ready to fly! See you guys!
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Can't make the convention. Does Mickey appear or perform anywhere regularly where I can see him?
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Thanks for this thread Evikshin. A great story that inspires. I checked out the Youtube clip. I've now picked my jaw up off the floor!
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On 2009-02-14 18:18, puggo wrote:
Thanks for this thread Evikshin. A great story that inspires. I checked out the Youtube clip. I've now picked my jaw up off the floor!



One of my favorite youtube clips! To me it looks very freeform and improvised, but I'm sure that everything he does was perfectly choreographed and thought out. I've shown this video to a couple other dentists at my clinic...same result as you: jaws hitting the ground with a *smack*! Followed by "where the #$%@ did all those coins come from?"
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Another one of Mickey's teriffic effects is his One Signed Coin thru the table.
I have told this story many times before.
one night at the Magic Castle magicians were gathering around the table and performing their versions of coins thru the table.
as mickey and I watched one of the guys asked Mickey if he had a version he said yes but I only use one coin .
Mick then then borrowed a coin had it signed and asked any one to point on the table where they wanted the coin to penetrate. This being done by one of the magis Mickey pushed the coin thru the table as his had came up empty , at the same time the coin hit one of the spectator in the foot . There was a a scream out loud I don't believe this just happened the coinj hit my foot,,,
I had never seen a better reaction ,this was truly amazing of as a impromptu effect I had ever seen
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There was a rumour of an L&L set. Although I think 3 dvd's would be too much to absorb.It would be up there with the Tommy Wonder set.

I'd love to see just one Mickey Silver dvd with great advice on the basics.
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On 2009-02-15 11:19, vinsmagic wrote:
Another one of Mickey's teriffic effects is his One Signed Coin thru the table.
I have told this story many times before.
one night at the Magic Castle magicians were gathering around the table and performing their versions of coins thru the table.
as mickey and I watched one of the guys asked Mickey if he had a version he said yes but I only use one coin .
Mick then then borrowed a coin had it signed and asked any one to point on the table where they wanted the coin to penetrate. This being done by one of the magis Mickey pushed the coin thru the table as his had came up empty , at the same time the coin hit one of the spectator in the foot . There was a a scream out loud I don't believe this just happened the coinj hit my foot,,,
I had never seen a better reaction ,this was truly amazing of as a impromptu effect I had ever seen


This was among one of the many crazy things he showed me. The ending is clean, and the sound of the coin hitting the ground really sells the effect. It is literally one handed. Vinny, do you do a coin through table as well?

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Evikshin no I only do coin or coins tru drinking glass or coins tru hand.
I will soon be showing poker chip thur glass on my web site,
keep an eye out for this one I thik it is my best work to date
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On 2009-02-15 20:15, vinsmagic wrote:
Evikshin no I only do coin or coins tru drinking glass or coins tru hand.
I will soon be showing poker chip thur glass on my web site,
keep an eye out for this one I thik it is my best work to date
vinny


Wow sounds pretty cool! Definitely will keep an eye out on it.

By the way, Vinny, I just bought 5 Morgan Silver Dollars. I can classic palm them pretty well, however, when I finger palm them, the size of the coins cause the windows in my fingers to open. Unless I consciously keep my fingers squeezing tightly together, they want to open...arghghg =(

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Glad to hear Mickey is still out doing his thing.
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Kirk where have you been ??????
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Wasn't able to make it to the World Magic Seminar. I'm just curious, did anyone else see Mickey Silver throw the coin through the glass door or was that just a bunch of BS and hype?
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I believe someone (The Godfather maybe??) in another thread mentioned Mickey made
the coin go through every door of the casino! So I assume there were plenty of opportunities
to see the effect in action.
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On 2009-03-06 11:46, canaday wrote:
Wasn't able to make it to the World Magic Seminar. I'm just curious, did anyone else see Mickey Silver throw the coin through the glass door or was that just a bunch of BS and hype?


If you've never had the chance to meet Mickey Silver or see him perform, then you have to take everything you've ever heard about him and kick it up four or five knotches. There's no hype about this man, there's only people trying to capture what they saw, and the feeling they got watching it in words, and words fall so short. AMAZING
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Hanging out with Mickey all night for 4 days isn't enough eh Vince? Got to see him perform hundreds of times and let me tell ya folks.....there is no hype at all. Mickey is def on top of the friendly tree as well as the talented tree. The guy just exude magic! His passion for performing is simply amazing. There is more to the ROV I tell you! The sound, the movements, the facial expressions....the complete package! Mickey....you're swell!

See ya soon brothah!

Rannie

PS thanks for watching both my lecture and my show! It was an honor to have you in the audience.
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