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Harry Lorayne
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See what I'm talking about? Taking things out of context, yellow journalism, etc? You need to know what you're dealing with. What I wrote is "So, for what it's worth - I've been doing card magic ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR ABOUT SIXTY YEARS. People all over the world, laymen that is, think I'm the best card magician they've ever seen - which of course is what you WANT people to think (whether or not it's true)." My obvious point - that I was able to make laymen THINK I'm the best (which is exactly what ALL magicians try to make their audiences think) WITHOUT USING PASSES, which is what this thread is about.
Not quite what Mr. Yellow Journalism wants you to think I said. God save us.
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I suggest if you are interested in card magic to try royal road to card magic from the beginning. Try not to jump ahead, if you can resist the urge. Start with the easy stuff and then work your way up to the harder stuff. I think you will find if you put in the time to learn the tricks and sleights offered in Royal Road, you well be well on your way to pursue much more difficult texts and moves with greater ease. I would also consider any advice from legends such as Harry Lorayne.
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Sorry but I just choked on my tea when I read the sentence:

"Harry Loyrane, You know David Blaine?"

Priceless!

If anyone missed it Paul McCartney recently collaborated with Kanye West and one of Kanye's fans completely seriously tweeted 'This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge' whilst another wrote "I don't know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!!"

Wonderful!
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On Feb 20, 2015, Jason Simonds wrote:
Join a magic club. There you might find a mentor to help you get started and stay focused.

Don't buy the latest magic tricks. Instead look for a book that will build a solid foundation of magic. Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book, Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic, and Tarbell Volume 1 are great places to start and all of them cover a variety of different magic. If you mostly want to stick to card magic for now, look into Royal Road of Card Magic or Card College.
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Appreciate your advice, and the other recommendations as well. Just ordered all three books.
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Find any copy of the book Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay. Although everything in it is great get it specifically for the first couple of chapters on theory. Really terrific stuff.

The idea, by the way, that a "Pass" with cards is a "necessary" sleight is generated by books that are 70-100+ years old. If you read carefully in the history of magic you will notice that there was a time when the entire range of "card sleights" was very, VERY small compared to now. The "Pass" was in those days considered integral to performing with a deck of cards and kind of a benchmark accomplishment.

As Harry has rightly noted...you really do not need to use a "Pass" in the sense of the Classic Pass at all anymore. There are dozens of equally effective ways to control single or multiple cards. I happen to like the Pass, especially the Riffle Pass and have used it for 40+ years, but I don't use it every time I control a card.

With the vast array of technique available now, it's a bit silly to say that almost anything (with cards) is a 'must' in the specific. I think that it's more helpful to think of it in terms of categories of technique. That is: Controls, palms, switches, forces, etc. Select within categories that which works for your.

Even with many card routines you will find that you need not "necessarily" need to use the exact method put forth, but will be able to sub in moves you are effective with for that suggested in the routine. In some routines this will not be the case as the technique will be integral to the method of execution.

Best,
Brad Burt
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[quote]On Feb 20, 2015, Jason Simonds wrote:
Join a magic club. There you might find a mentor to help you get started and stay focused.

I honestly think finding a mentor is the best advice if you want to succeed quickly in almost anything in life. You will spare yourself thousands of hours of trial and error.
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