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Jim Sisti
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Since the original thread was derailed (and (***sigh***) subsequently locked as a result - gee, what a surprise!), let's try it again. If there's anything about the new issue you'd like to talk about, please post it here.
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I though we were doing that.

I am afraid to say anything for fear of it happening again.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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Don't fear posting your thoughts. It was quite clear the other thread got way OFF TOPIC and got out of hand. We're all up for positive or negative feeback...but the other thread just exploaded.

Converse...

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On 2009-10-30 22:38, Jim Sisti wrote:
Since the original thread was derailed (and (***sigh***) subsequently locked as a result - gee, what a surprise!), let's try it again. If there's anything about the new issue you'd like to talk about, please post it here.



In a word: EXCELLENT!!
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In response to something from the first thread, I would indeed be interested in making a video for the website. The finesse of "Ghost Card" is a bit of a knack and a video might be just the thing to bring light to it.

It does work best with a new / well preserved deck. That tip might help a bit.
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That would be great. I can't seem to get it to move at all.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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Jim - I just went back and read the locked thread, and I have to say my respect for you has only grown. Cheers to you for allowing different voices (like Tom's) to be heard! Now that I have an idea of how you are steering this ship, I think I'll jump on board. That locked thread may be the best advertising you get all year Smile
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Thanks, Brett. I needed a couple of encouraging words right about now.

Much appreciated!

Jim
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A question for Daniel Greenwolf: just curious, is your green triangle a tattoo or theatrical makeup? Thanks. I like Ghost Card. I can't do it yet, but I like it.
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The Green triangle is theatrical makeup. I started using it as a homage to the Celts who would paint their faces to distinguish who they were in their tribes (Also to scare the Mary Hell out of their enemies in battle).

I've gotten a few messages from folks saying that they got the knack down. I certainly think I'll be talking to Jim shortly about posting a video for subscribers to The Menu.

My other piece of advice is that the movement must be VERY slow and VERY Subtle. At first, take longer than you think you should while performing the move and your patience should be rewarded. Smile
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Mr. Sisti and Crew,

Bottom Line: If the whole of each issue were dedicated to “Magic In Review”, that would be enough for me to continue to subscribe. Why? Because the reviews appear to be of effects geared towards the environment in which I have experienced the most joy while sharing the magic – restaurants (bars...).

Mr. Zacharia is on point in his review of DJT's effect “How Sweet It Is”. I have experience performing this effect in a restaurant environment and can vouch for it's amazing impact. Your audience will remember you forever for this effect alone. I think this effect has been available to the magic community for five plus years. I mention this because it gives me optimism that Mr. Zacharia won't be reviewing just the latest (not so greatest) but is willing to go back in time to alert his readers to effects of which they need to be aware. Kudos to Dan Doyle for reminding us of Michael Close's treasure trove of thinking and material as well.

I look forward to learning from the experience of the array of Workers Mr. Sisti has lined up. Through them we have an opportunity to think through our approach to unique performing challenges before we actually encounter them ourselves ( i.e. What do you do for the couple sitting in their wheelchairs at a table in the restaurant who also seem to have very limited use of their hands? Do you avoid them or play the role of goodwill ambassador for your employer? I chose UNSHUFFLED because it is an amazing/engaging effect that doesn't require any handling of the props by your spectators. They loved it.)

Looking forward to consuming every word of future issues.

Keith
Jim Sisti
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Keith:

Thanks for the kind words.

Your article idea is a good one because those of us who do this kind of work - the Menu's core constituency - run into things like this all the time. Just last night, there was an autistic child at one table who was acting out, yet the parents called me over to do something for him. (I take it by your solution of doing Unshuffled that you've answered your own question about avoiding or performing for special needs guests - and good for you for choosing the latter!)

Again, I truly appreciate your taking the time to post. After last week's fiasco, it's good to get some constructive feedback.

Best,

Jim
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Jim, I'm curious, what did you choose to perform for the autistic child.

-Mary Mowder
Jim Sisti
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Hi Mary:

I did a very brief sponge rabbits routine which he responded to very positively.

Best,

Jim
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Dear Keith:

Thank you for the kind words about the product review section of The Menu. I am just one oar in the water: it is Jim who keeps The Menu on course reminding the columnists that our mantra is "practicality for the working magician." I am gratified by the response The Menu has received in its newest incarnation and look forward to hearing from readers as we continue onward.

Respectfully,

Mark Zacharia
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1st let me say great service placed the order on Friday recieved it on Monday, 1 business day unheard of anymore!! I loved the content & variety, I am not looking for professional prose layers just thoughtful content and totally loved the lack of ads, hopefully this will continue to be economically viable for Mr. Sisti. Tom Frank's column was probally my favorite as I enjoy his insight at the gut level plus a little biased as I had an opportunity to get to know him on a personal level a few years ago & enjoyed knowing that he was not a BS kind of guy, just honest & very talented.
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Darn I need more controversy in my next sculpture....

Someone said it look rude at one point .... does that count?
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How about a guest worker? We have a magician here in Columbus named Carroll Baker who bills himself as the hardest working magician in the city, and he means it! He went from performing for 6 restaurants to none when the management decided to cut expenses and he ended up on the list. Within a month or so, he managed to get entirely new gigs to compensate for the loss. Now THAT would make for interesting reading!

As for me, I am not a working pro, but I found the article about YOU being the magic, not the tricks, quite interesting. Too many magicians think it is all about the tricks. Nearly all the other articles were equally good!

I have already requested that the local shop owner get the two books containing the past issues. If this one issue is an indicator, you have really produced a winner.
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Hi MagiClyde,

Thanks for the kind words about my article. I hope you enjoy mt contribution in the upcoming issue as much.

Warm Regards,

Scott
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[quote]On 2009-11-06 08:46, Jim Sisti wrote:

Again, I truly appreciate your taking the time to post. After last week's fiasco, it's good to get some constructive feedback.

Sorry, I just saw this one. This is laughable, at best. A differing opinion, presented properly, with the intention of helping to make something better, is generally regarded as "constructive" feedback. Maybe you were just looking for "constructive" praise.
I'll continue to go on record that of the hundreds of books in my magic library, the MAGIC MENU (years 1-10) are still the two books I refer to more than any other.
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