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gene plampin
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My first trick I learned as a kid, before I got into magic. It involved putting a ring on the thumb, and then putting my thumb with the ring on it under my armpit. Then I'd pause, pull out my thumb to show the ring was no longer on my thumb, and produce the ring from someone's ear.

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The first trick I learned as a kid was was the one where you make it look like you are removing half of your thumb.
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First trick I learned, many years ago, was to use a Svengali deck to transform the deck. I am not sure what I learned but it piqued my curiosity in magic. Later, the first trick I learned without a gimick was Presto Prediction from one of Bob Longe's books. That taught me that there is such thing as magic without gimicks, which was a big step forward.
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It was the cups and balls for me but it was made out of paper cups and cotten balls.LOL
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My first trick was a coin tray in a magic set I had been given. I was pretty young, and my parents seemed so amazed when I would multiply their change. It was yellow and made from plastic.
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Ball and Vase.
In loving memory of Hughie Thomasson 1952-2007.

You brought something beautiful to this world, you touched my heart, my soul and my life. You will be greatly missed.

Until we meet again “my old friend”.
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The little plastic nails through coin trick my mom got me from the wondrous Disneyland Magic Shop in the Castle when I was like 6.
"The universe is full of magical things, waiting for our wits to grow sharper." Eden Philpotts
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The first trick I learned was the old classic...
I had friends who had done magic and I got interested.
During my trip to Las Vegas, I went to a magic shop and asked what a beginner should start with and they gave me John Hamman's DVD set. And the DVD taught like nothing. I didn't understand how to do double lifts and I thought Hamman had magic fingers that always knew how to take two cards. A pretty bad start in my opinion.
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Don't remember the age... 8 years old?
Anyhow, first "trick" was from a magic set... the one with that red egg holder and the yellow ball that disappeared as you put on or remove the lid.

First magic trick would probably be the 21 card one I think.

First "sleight-of-hand" trick I think was that simple reverse card one (having the participant insert the card back into the deck in the middle... you know that one).
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Mystic Mummy (a sawing a mummy in half pocket trick), German Magic coins (litle cap and some palming coins, coin in matchbox.

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Sam the Bellhop.

just kidding, I think the first trick (sleight)i learned, and used on people, was a riffle force. that and a colour changing stick
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Ok you have 21 cards and you deal them out in 3 all know this one. But it fooled me the first time and that is what got me rolling. I don't use this one anymore since just about everybody lay people included know this one, but if nobody has seen it, it can be a real fooler.
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My first trick was the same as the one mentioned above by Phil Thomas. However, the reveal that I use is a magician's force (I think that is what it's called) where the spectator is "forced" to select their card through a process of elimination. This trick still gets great reactions from lay people... although I'm sure a magician wouldn't be too impressed.
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Sure, rubbing a coin into my arm, never to return. Used a borrowed coin and kept it. Never one beef.
Still do it? You bet. Gotta quarter? I'll show you something neat with it.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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The first trick I learned was twisting the aces. I still use it.
-A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
-It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
-The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.

See you space cowboy...
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The first trick I every saw and learned was the old pull your thumb off trick.

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My first trick was The Three Card Monte , I learned it by watching a drunk guy winning lots of money in a narrow dodgy street. I was 16 y/o and never learned anything else until I was 20 when I learned to make a cig vanish, then again never learned anything else until four years later which was last year when I get seriously involved buying books , videos etc and now I am improving by the day and practising all the time.

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Smile First trick was actually a routine I made myself at age 5, where I'd hold up a quilt and tell everyone I was going to dissapear by the time it dropped. Being 5 years old and having the stamina of a cheetah, I'd drop it and ninja-roll behind the back of a nearby couch without being seen. And since it was performed for other 5years olds, I got some wicked-awesome reactions Smile

After that it was a Blackstone magic kit in the late 80's.
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My first trick was "Nickles to Dimes", bought in Miami....

Optimists have more fun.....
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The first trick I ever learned was cups and balls. I think I must have been around 10 and did it for my boyscout troop! Smile
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