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Just registered here, and thought I'd write a few introductory lines about me.

I've always been interested in, and fascinated by, magic and illusions, and as a teenager I bothered
my surroundings with various magic tricks. I also had a few local performances where I lived, but never
with big audiences.

Then life came in the way for a great many years, and now I've been thinking about dabbling a bit in magic again.
Just as a small hobby though, and any performances would just be for the family, I guess.

The main reason for the sparked interest is that in the last couple of years I've been creating a lot of stuff (no magic)
with my 3D-printers, and I suddenly realized one day that 3D-printing is well suited for creating magic props and tricks.
A search online showed that this may not yet be very popular, but I found Kent Bergmanns website, where he sells
3D-printed magic tricks. His designs are inspiring, and even if I'm just a hobbyist, I've become quite experienced in 3D CAD
design for 3D-printing (because you have to design for the intended production technology), so I think creating magic props
is entirely within my capabilities. That's probably the easiest part, having a good idea might be more difficult. Re-creating
stuff (at least re-using the working principles) is most likely the way to go in the beginning.

I've looked a bit at a few Tenyo tricks, and many of those are inspiring. Some I can guess how they work, many (most, to be honest) I can't.

Ah well, that's a brief intro, we'll just have to see what happens going forward. Smile
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Welcome to the Magic Café.

I could see development of some magic with a 3-D printer.

Keep me updated on your 3D printing.


For the Magician: The hard must become habit, The habit must become easy, The easy must become Beautiful

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Welcome Mroek,

When you performed, was it a mix of Close-Up and Stand-Up?

How do you learn to program a new design into a 3D printer?

3D printing is really like living in a Sci-Fi world. Very cool.

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I'd say what I did was really mostly close-up, trying to pair it with some humor. Not in the category of stand-up, by a long shot. This was a very long time ago (yelp, I'm middle-aged!), so memory is a bit like a swiss cheese going some odd 30 years back. Smile

Designing in 3D takes some time to learn, but there are myriads of online tutorials for the various software packages, so with some persistence I think everyone can learn. To really master it is a bit like magic, it takes practice, and there's always something new to learn. In my case, being an engineer and a tinkerer probably helps a bit.

3D-printing is for me very rewarding, to materialize what I created in the computer is just immensely satisfying.

Here's a video of one of my creations (completely unrelated to magic, so I hope posting it here is still OK):

My first project of video-editing too (yet another skill I'm trying to learn).
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