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First off, I would like to thank Slyhand (Alec Negri) for introducing me to this great forum!!!

My name is Arnie and I have been practicing magic since March of 1993. It all started when a friend of mine, in the Navy, showed me Color Monte and made a silk disappear in front of me. Ummmm...I "convinced" him to tell me the secrets and teach me. Over the next 3 days we hit the 4 different magic shops in the San Diego area. Ironically, it seemed we went from worst to first...ending up at Brad Burt's Magic Shop the 3rd day. Brad quickly realized I was just beginning and put "Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic" in my hands and I just took off reading everything I could get my hands on...

...that lead to my first performances at the Enlisted Club in Long Beach, California. From there I was transferred to Sasebo, Japan and quickly became a hit where most of my weekends were booked when I was in port and I was always doing performances for the base and my ships' Morale, Welfare, and Recreation functions...

...around 1999 I was still doing shows for my commands, but concentrated on my Navy career as an instructor where I incorporated my magic in lesson plans. I always started with a short routine and promised my students that if they achieved a 90% or higher at the end of the sections I taught...I would teach them a couple of self-working card effects. It was often comical the thanks I would get when a student would graduate and would tell me their sole motivation was my magic...

...anyway, I did my last performance for my last sea-going command in December of 2006 and then for South Beloit High School in the Fall of 2009.

I have more time now that I have retired after 20 years of service and the magic bug is biting me. I've gotten back in touch with Brad Burt and look forward to learning more...picking up where I left off.
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First of all, thank you for your service! And, welcome back to the world of magic! You will find a great deal of help here...including some from living legends in magic.
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Mary Mowder
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Welcome SlyArnie,

Running into Brad Burt was a stroke of Luck.

Thank you for your service to the USA. Are you teaching in South Beloit High School?

-Mary Mowder
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Thanks Mary and Mike!!!

I really miss the Navy and it's been only 8 months since I retired!!!

Yeah, Brad is amazing...thankful he went on-line...

No, I'm not teaching at SBHS, I honored a request of a good friend who works there to do a show.

Sorry for the delay in my response, after I initially changed my password...I couldn't log back into the forum for some reason (even after resetting my password).
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Brad is one of the best. He'll lead you in the right direction. Welcome to the Café!
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Thanks for the welcome Leland...and yes, Brad is great!!! I've been learning from him since 1993!!!
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Hey SlyArnie. Just saw this post. I'm glad you made it to the Café.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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Welcome to the magic Café, I am also a Navy vet. I started my full time juggling/magic career at the age of 42 so have fun. Brad likes to post at the "new to magic" forum.
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