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robbie_w1
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Just here for a quick hello and a intro. I have just reallly started out in magic over the past few months and am compleatly enthraled by it. I love the skill that can be envolved the story telling and the history. A the moment I am just starting out with card tricks and will take it from there. I hope to get to know as many of you guys as possible and learning from people with a love of this art I have found.
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Welcome Robbie! I think it is wise of you to start with one thing and focus on that for a while. What are you working on with cards, and how is it going?
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I think its going well Smile. At the momment I am going through the "royal road to card magic" book. I also learned a semi self working trick years ago it envolved a fairly obvious move to get it going so I am adapting it with any new skills that I am learning(if they fit) to make it more "amazing" :p. I plan on maybe diverting some practise time to florishes as I am getting the hang of the basic slights and can get away with them, its just I still just look like a "numpty" with a pack of card showing off. I think even being able to produce a card fan and close it with skill and grace would go a long away. then again I may be wrong.

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Nice to meet you KJ
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On Apr 1, 2014, robbie_w1 wrote:
I think its going well Smile. At the momment I am going through the "royal road to card magic" book. I also learned a semi self working trick years ago it envolved a fairly obvious move to get it going so I am adapting it with any new skills that I am learning(if they fit) to make it more "amazing" :p. I plan on maybe diverting some practise time to florishes as I am getting the hang of the basic slights and can get away with them, its just I still just look like a "numpty" with a pack of card showing off. I think even being able to produce a card fan and close it with skill and grace would go a long away. then again I may be wrong.

BTW

Nice to meet you KJ
:)


I'm new to the board, too. "Royal Road" is on its way via mail order, and I can hardly wait to get it. Great info, great stuff on these boards.

Looking forward to chatting with you both, and others!
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Welcome robbie_w1,

Cards are a wonderful place to start.

Showing off with flourishes is just a stage.

You will pass through it.

I've liked flourishes for maybe 25 years and last week I started feeling slightly less need to show off excessively.

So there is hope.

-Mary Mowder
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I'm new to the board, too. "Royal Road" is on its way via mail order, and I can hardly wait to get it. Great info, great stuff on these boards.

Looking forward to chatting with you both, and others!
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Royal road is a great book. I know when I first got it I didn't put it down for days
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Robbie_w1,

My pleasure to meet you.

Many magicians believe that flourishes make audiences perceive an effect as more "fast hands", and less "magic". While I don't do flourishes, I think there is nothing wrong with them. Magic is about entertaining people, and flourishes are VERY entertaining.

I also think that if you learn and apply a few good card moves, you can entertain people on the fly. When I am asked to do a card trick impromptu, I generally think of 2-3 moves I want to use, and then just improvise something. This makes magic a ton of fun!

For example, I was in Vegas last week, and had the pleasure of spending some time with Bill Malone and Charlie Frye at the Venetian Casino. I was on vacation, and just ran into them. I didn't have any "magic props" with me. Bill and Charlie went off to the food court and I went to the gondola's with my family. I met up with them again at the tail end of them performing card tricks for random people at the food court. When they left, Bill left his deck of cards with me. Of course, people wanted to see more magic. They had done most of the classics in magic, like ambitious card, OOTW, oil and water, etc. So, I just improvised some routines. For example, one of my favorite improvised routine is based on the first card trick I ever learned when I was 8. The participant selects a card and it is lost in the deck. with their help, three cards are removed from the deck. They narrow it down to just one card and turn it over. It's not their card. Their card has disappeared from the deck. They stand up, and they have been sitting on it the whole time!

If I could make a couple suggestions:

1. One of the best DVDs on card moves, in my opinion, is Jay Sankey's "Extremely Ambitious". Jay has a way of teaching difficult moves in an easy way. I spent many months trying to learn the pass from a different DVD that claimed it takes years to do a good pass. Jay has tiny hands. In his DVD, he says his pass is not perfect. He teaches how to do a workable pass, combined with a little misdirection. I learned the pass in a day and have been using it since.

2. If you have an IBM ring in your area, join it. If not, consider starting one.

Enjoy!

KJ
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BTW, it is VERY hard to follow Bill Malone with a few card tricks. If you have ever seen him, he is amazing with cards! About the only way to follow such a legend is with a bit of improvising and doing things he is not going to do, like making a card appear in the bottom of someone's purse after the entire contents are emptied on a table, or under their bum. I could do that because the woman with the purse is a friend and good sport. The person with the bum was a total stranger, but at no point did my hands come in contact with any posterior parts. Smile

If you get a chance to see any of Bill's material, learning his cards from mouth is fantastic! It can be found on his DVD "Here I go Again".

KJ
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Welcome SDMoore1 and robbie_w1! Card magic has always been a favorite for me. I love the versatility that is available with a single deck of cards. I also love that it is a common object that most people have laying around their house. You can spend the night at a friend's house playing cards and then amaze them in their own house, with their own cards, and with the same cards we have played with all night.

Personally, I have always loved the Michael Ammar series, "Easy To Master Card Miracles." L&L Publishing (www.llpub.com) has a DVD set for about $200. Plenty of easy to learn card magic and all of the necessary basic card sleights. Very well taught, as well. He also has a money set and a general beginner CD that goes over various beginner's magic and tips. I think it's called the Exciting World of Magic.

This forum is great, as well! Many of experienced, friendly, and very helpful people here. The underground world of magic is a great community! Good luck with your learning! Don't ever get discouraged. If you ever get stuck, this site is a great place for advice. Take care!

-Nick
Nicholas D. Nakao
Magician Site: www.n2illusions.com
Magician Social Site: www.n2illusions.mixxt.com
Email: info@n2illusions.com
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