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Magique Hands
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The first trick I ever learned was, "Hey Troy... pull my finger!"

You think I'm kidding don't you?

Seriously, my first tricks I leaned were the ball and vase, and a coin box. I actually did some sleight of hand with the ball too. I was six years old then...

My first magic set was the Marshall Brodien TV Magic Set.

No, I don't perform them anymore. I am still in therapy over the 'pull my finger' thing, and every once in awhile, my eye will twitch.

Oh what memories!
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Ryan
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Hmm, well the first few tricks I learned were Cup & Balls, Hotrod, and some trick decks. Although the first trick I really learned as a kid is the one where you take 21 cards, lay them in 3 rows of seven, and get the spec to point to the row their card is in. After the third time, their card is in the middle of that row. Say anyone know what this trick is called?
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First trick I learned was the poor/crazymans handcuffs. I was sitting in a hotel room for state competition in HOSA (Health Occupation Student of America) with 5 other guys.

One of the guys turned out to be a magician (and he happened to live in my town) and he did a number of tricks (Sponge balls, strangers gallery, color changing knives are a few I remember). Then he did poormans handcuffs and I was stunned that he could fool me so many times with 2 rubberbands! He knew I was genuinely interested so he showed me the trick. I spent the rest of the trip practicing. heh.

And that as they say, is that. Sorry for such a long post, but it's a wonderful topic Smile
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I recieved an Adams set very young. It contained a Finger Chopper. I LOVED that trick. The mechanism fascinated me (I'm a serious engineering type). It drove my mom nuts because I kept swiping her cigarettes to chop (and I sharpened the blade so it would chop cleaner!).
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The first coin trick was scotch and soda... Now here is the humdinger. The first card trick I learned was title bout (Martin A. Nash) Yeah strange place to start HUH. It has a lot of moves and a real big kick ending. Now here is the boot to the head, the guys to help me with it was Steve Mayhew & Steve Dobson, two of the best card workers there are. Quick note if you don't know Steve Dobson check your "Sam the Bell Hop" tape, Bill learned his opening from Steve.
The "Steve's" are as magic as magic comes. And some how I meet them and became friends with them in the first months of me doing magic. Good start HUH? Smile
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I was eight or ten when I learned the cut and restore string trick.

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My first trick was 'Out To Lunch', which I bought whilst at school from a very dark, mysterious shop in Liverpool called 'The Wizards's Den'.
This was followed by a shell penny and a trick I thought was wonderful - a way to make a coin disappear from under a glass (which had to be on a white tablecloth!).
Soon I found a weekly Magic Magazine called 'ABRA', and remained hooked until now.
My first book was Tarbell 1, followed by Routined Manipulation when it was first published.
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The first two tricks (as far as I remember) are the Wizard Card-Phone trick and a 4 ace trick shown on Mark Wilson's T.V.Show. It is called by a lot of people Dr. Daleys Last Trick, but I think people may be
misnaming it. It is the one where the 2 black aces trade places with the 2 red aces. I still use it occasionally today.

Harris Smile
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I remember my first trick being the TT. It came in it's own special box, as did all the rest of that particular series of tricks. They were all really cool at the time, I had the lot by the time I was eight!

The first 'real' illusion I bought was the Zombie Floating Ball when I was about eleven. I imagined myself 'floating' this huge silver ball around, under my command at all times. When I actually bought the prop I recalled the 'items' going in to the brown paper bag; "Ball, two halves, pedestal, yes, fine, fine. that's it then?" I asked Paul Clive. “Oh, no” he said. “You’ll be needing this as well…” Imagine my complete shock when I found out that this fantastic gleaming ball would not be able to 'float' much farther than my arm. Man, did my fingers ache!

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The first trick that I bought was the Color Monte. when I first performed it I recieved a huge response from many of the people That I did it for. I loved the reaction from the crowd and wanted more.
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My first tricks were part of a cheapo magic set. The first one I did for my parents was the finger guillotine. Then I moved on to the ball and vase and C&R rope.
Still doing C&R rope and have taught my kids the "pull my finger"!

My son has recently become interested in magic and I got him Mark Wilson's "Complete course in magic". The first trick he showed me was a: Pick-a-card and it ends up as the only reversed card in the deck. I'm helping him with his presentation and getting him some more tricks for his birthday next month. (Of course I'll have to 'test' them first!) Smile

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Dave V
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My first was a "ring and string" routine with a Lifesaver and a piece of string. The idea was to break the Lifesaver, and "stick" it back together by moistening it.

My first magic "lesson" was when I learned that the same Lifesaver shouldn't be pre-set the night before. Smile

The "crack" sound that it made was heard clear to the back of the room. (School show, first grade)

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Steven Steele
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My first trick was a card trick, "The Three Burglers", found in a library book. I think the book was "Fun with Magic" by Joseph Lemming or Leeming. The entire book was fantastic and I still do this trick today for any youngster that wants to learn a magic trick. Smile
Matt Graves
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My first was when my Uncle David used to make a coin disappear and pull it out my ear. I could still swear to this day that I felt it in my ear before he ever pulled it out! Smile My Mom used to vanish a coin into the microwave. I freaked out when they finally explained to me how they'd been doing it. Smile
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My first trick I ever learned was the one where you pull your thumb apart in half. My dad showed it to me, it used to scare me when I was a kid.
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My first trick was the Chameleon Spot. I showed it to my brother and dad. They asked me to show it to them several times. They were so frustrated with not knowing how it works that they resorted to tickle torturing me, trying to get the secret. Smile
At that moment I was hooked. As the youngest in my family I hadn't experienced such power before.
Dr Mage
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I think my first one was ~25 years ago. It was either an Imp bottle or a cheapo rice bowl (both came in a magic set I got for my birthday) Smile
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First trick? Making a coin vanish with the French Drop. Still use it all the time.
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magiciandude
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My first trick was a routine for sponge balls.

Hope I answered your question.
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The first trick i learnd was ambitious card, a very poor version mind you, but I definatly still practice it, and its one of my favorites Smile
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