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MagicMitch
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Just kind of curious here, but how did all of you get started with magic?
DomKabala
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I watched "The Magicland Of Alakazan" tv show hosted by Mark Wilson on Saturday mornings on CBS as a child in the '60s. I was bitten at an early age because of that show. I later received a magic set for Christmas and that was the beginning of a long journey into the Art of magic...BTW what prompted you to start? Welcome to The Café!

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MagicMitch
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I don't really remember, I think that I got a Marvin's Magic kit for my 6th birthday. And it just took off. My dad also used to do magic at birthdays, and he taught me some stuff, like the Professor's Nightmare.
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So...what kind of magic do you dabble in? I dabble mostly with cards but I enjoy watching all kinds of magic...

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We don't stop playing when we grow old...we grow old when we stop playing.

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MagicMitch
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I mostly focus on close-up card magic, but I throw in some other close-up stuff I have from my dad.
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A friend showed me a simple card trick when I was 23 years old, a few years later, I decided I would perform some simple magic for my son's 4th birthday. I bought a few things from the local magic shop (long gone) and then a couple weeks later performed my very first show. Simple little things.

That was 23 years ago.
After much soul searching about a signature, I decided not to have one.

Tracy Guillory [aka ProfessorWhut]
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I remember I saw a magic show where the magician did Bowl-A-Rama (with the sketch of a bowling ball becoming real) and Professor's Nightmare. I was just wowed, and then I started learning magic! I mostly dabble in cards alone now because I don't do shows anymore though.
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For my ninth birthday my dad gave me his old 1930 Gilbert Magic Set. Wish I still had it. The real magic was that he had kept it hidden in perfect condition for more than 20 years.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst



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When I was about 11 I saw Ricky Jays 52 Assisitants. That was it for me

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Mike
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I saw commercials of Marshal Brodien selling his magic set on tv in the 70's. I purchased one. Everything took over from there.
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Saw a Magic special on tv about 10 years ago.Near the end they showed the good old salt shaker through the table. After I has how it was done I was hooked. I kept watching magic and saving up lunch money to buy tricks. and it was all a slow crawl uphill from there
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During my childhood I remembered being fascinated watching magicians do their tricks, and remember wanting to be like them. Fast forward to eighth grade, I discovered the Ninja videos put out by Ellusionist, and through further research, found this site. Bought The Royal Road to Card Magic, Expert Card Technique, and Modern Coin Magic, and recently started reading them and rediscovering the joy of performing for others again.
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Our school headmaster (or whatever its called) was and is a magician and he teached us some tricks when I was like 10-years old. I got little magic kit for christmas and practised magic like few months. Then it ended.

I found magic again when I was 20-years old, I was playing poker and did chip tricks in front of computer and I was thinking if there is some tricks that I can do with a deck of cards. I found some tutorial about Charlier Cut and after that I bought some DVD:s where was card tricks (not magic, but like shuffles, fans, card shooting etc). I found there some magical looking things and little after that I found some magic material. After that I started training and performing for my friends and about year after that I ordered finnish magician magazine Jokeri. It started there.
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The best that I can remember is seeing a magician in elementary school during an assembly (3rd grade)… the milk picture blew me away. The next morning I read on a cereal box (Rice Chex Squares) about an offer for “The Wizard of OZ” magic kit. With the help of my sister (who I forced to eat more cereal then usual), we burned through the 3 boxes for box tops that were required to order the kit.

2 dollars, 3 box tops and 3 weeks later, it arrived in the mail. The kit contained a Lotta Jug, Drawer Box, some kind of mental trick (with safety pins and colored beads) and items I just can’t remember.

Too many years later, I am still hooked… currently a Cups and Balls junkie.

Bruce
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I'm another Alakazam Mark Wilson kid. Also, there was a magician who performed an annual magic show at school. When my parents took me to Disney World, the Magic Shoppe was a "have to" stop. I couldn't leave without some multiplying billiard balls and some fake dog poo. (I think I still have the billiard balls...)
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My brother had a Blackstone magic set when I was 5 years old. I'd seen a couple magicians at birthday parties and thought it was awesome, so one day, I stole the magic set and started playing with it. I couldn't figure anything out, so I asked my Grandmother to read me the directions and help me out. She did, but she didn't really undertstand the tricks....well, wit her help, I figured them out anyway and it's all been downhill since then.
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When I first moved to New Jersey, we lived in a rural area where everybody was 4 or 40, no in between. I got a job at the closest grocery store where I met Justin McWilliams. He taught me a few things and from there we started to develop other stupid little tricks. Now I practice on my own and dedicate everything I do to his memory.
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Please don't tell me I'm the only one who had to run out into a field of poppies at midnight and meet the Ookami Kasumi. The Ookami Kasumi who then allowed me the door to Wonderland ONLY after I had danced the Late Tea..... vigorously, around the mountainous stomach of the monocle brain (who's belly button lint I still use for sponge balls).

Thus started my slide with only a silk fountain to occasionally slow my decent

When I finally reached the bottom (or was it the top and everything was downside up) I had to perform various acts of ..... magic, yes let's call it magic for sometimes appreciative and sometimes not audiences. After 3 years of 60 or so performances a week I escaped .........
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DWRackley
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I thought we weren't supposed to tell...
...what if I could read your mind?

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Donatelli and Company at ChattanoogaPerformers.com

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Al Angello
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I met several magicians at the local juggling meeting, and they sponsored me at the SAM, and IBM. At that time I had a 30 minute juggling act, and all I needed was a couple magic tricks for a a 45 minute show. Today my show is about 75% magic.
Al Angello The Comic Juggler/Magician
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