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Mr. Mystoffelees
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I have found "The Ostrich Factor" to be a great help in learning how to break an effect down and learn it thoroughly and easily:

http://www.geraldedmundson.com
http://www.sidestreetcircus.com
THE OSTRICH FACTOR: A Practice Guide for Magicians
Also known, when doing rope magic, as "Cordini"
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Well, answering jusa's question, at the moment I don't have a plan to be a magician. Because I know the truth foundation of being a magician is sleight of hand. And sleight of hand is a lifetime skill and dedication. It's like painting. No instant process that could allow someone to achieve it within months time.

As I also don't have any kind of sleight, I do magic tricks as hobby. I realize it somehow challenges me to be creative, to improvise things and planning scripts or patters. I enjoy designing a short performance for my co-workers. I even already got some short routines, I just need a scotch and soda Smile

Anyway, I will read whatever I need to read. Hopefully I would get much insight to overcome my tacky movement.
Magic comes through perception. -HS
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There are many effects that do not require special sleights, and are beyond the
self-working kind. As I have lost most mobility of my hands due to arthritus and palsy I have had to find alternative mothods of doing what I used to accomplish with sleights. The result has sometimes been a better effect that the one I did previoulsy.

So, find effects you both like and can do -- then just do it. You may find the audience cares more for 'your' magic that you can imagine.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst



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On 2009-10-28 20:58, Josh Riel wrote:
There's some difference in beliefs about making your magic "original". Personally, my greatest hurdle was me. I took lots of great magic and contorted them so that they were "mine".

As time progressed, after developing many bad habits I came to understand the problem.

Something that would definitely be worth reading (And I wish I had this way back then) is Whit Haydn's "Against Originality in Magic"

The link is to another topic in the Café' from 2003.

Lots of words, but they are good. I would suggest every beginning magician to read this, it is worth so much more than simply telling you to be different, or to stand out.


After reading this I watched Pop Haydn perform the linking rings on video. Even though it's such a classic and I know exactly how he does it, it was such a joy to watch.... A fantastic performance that needed nothing new.
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I would love to learn sleight, but sometimes we now rely on gimmick too. So I thought I would just focus on double life and pinky break. I would love to learn false cut, EC, etc.
Magic comes through perception. -HS
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I am trying to focus on the basics, but allow myself one gimmick trick per set. (I only entertain my family, but they seem to enjoy it). I figure with the basic sleights down I can add in more gaffs later, but if I rely on them now I will never be any good.
Just my approach.
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Same as me here. Basic sleight with simple gaff still do a kicker result.
Magic comes through perception. -HS
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Yeah I like the gaffs but am slowly making my way through the Royal Road and praticing the sleights.... still very early stages but I have already learnt a few moves that will be killer when put into action and will leave people wondering how you could of "fully shuffled the cards" yet still pluck the desired cards out from wherever you want them to be. None of them are as difficult as I would of thought either (so far), though I'm yet to pull them off in front of people lol........
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