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For those looking to learn it, bear in mind that the original CMH is JUST the unlinking move. Some sources also teach you to link the bands "magically" as well. The linking move uses the same principle, but a much different handling.

I worked out the "link" move for myself after some thought and playing around. It's a little more difficult than the unlink, but with practice is even more mind-blowing.

If you know CMH but can't figure out the linking move, PM me for some hints.
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"Linking?"

I have to agree with Michael Ammar that it's sort of an "anti-climax" to the routine (his, anyway).

The struggle you go through to set up the bands as linked reinforces the "impossibility" of what they're about to see. If you add the re-linking, then the spectator naturally concludes that it wasn't that difficult ("magical") in the first place.

Sometimes the hardest lesson for magicians to learn is to "quit while you're ahead."
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Check out do you want to learn magic? dvd by rob stiff...or not. check out his handling of CMH.
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On 2004-07-08 12:42, Dave VanVranken wrote:
"Linking?"

I have to agree with Michael Ammar that it's sort of an "anti-climax" to the routine (his, anyway).

The struggle you go through to set up the bands as linked reinforces the "impossibility" of what they're about to see. If you add the re-linking, then the spectator naturally concludes that it wasn't that difficult ("magical") in the first place.

Sometimes the hardest lesson for magicians to learn is to "quit while you're ahead."


It's funny I ended up looking at this post because I didn't know what CMH stood for (DUH!), but I really agree with the point made. Know when to quit!
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After looking over the multiphase routine, I decided to simply break and restore the mirror because, while the multi phase routine is some excellent stuff (that I will keep in the quiver), it becomes redundant or dilutes the fact that you just visually repaired a broken mirror. You just performed a miracle, the end.
Magicians tend to muddy the plot and focus too much on what Eugene Burger calls the adventure of the props in the magician's hands. While we love to show our "chops" the reality is that we can also lose an audience or make them suspicious when we don't want them to be. Richard Osterlind uses a very basic false shuffle with his work with his Breakthrough Card System, because he doesn't want the audience to think that he is a skilled card manipulator, which by the way he is.

An example of watering down an effect, in my opinion is using a card to impossible location as a climax for an ambitious-card routine. Before you flame me, read on:

The ambitious-card has just proven your skill at manipulating cards from every conceivable position in the deck under the watchful eye of the spectator. Now it ends up in the box on the table. The only thing, in my mind, that creates is; the question of how you manipulated the card into the box, plus you’ve already proven that you can get the card to the top of the deck undetected which is where most people would assume that you can palm the card from. I think the simple pop up move or Daryl’s finale are more effective endings for the ambitious-card routine. The signed card to impossible location, in my opinion, works better when framed as a prediction. Not only does the card match the one you choose, but also it has your signature on it!

They are two separate and distinct effects. I wouldn’t even do them in the same set and if I had to do them both, I would do the card to box BEFORE the ambitious card! Yet we see these effects blended into one routine. That’s just my two cents.
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I read it from Ammar's book, then just watched other magicians, and got the hang of it that way. I have also been shown some neat little addions to it. I always have rubber bands on my wrist now.

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The Quantum Bands instant download from Penguin Magic is the cheapest source I've found so far if you want to get the basic idea quickly. All the other sources above are good too, some of which you may already have (like Tarbell). I find it valuable to see/read about various handlings.

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I think once your shown how to do it by someone you can pick it up really quick,trying to learn it from the written word would be harder.
if your looking for it on video I'd go with Dan Harlan as he is well known for his work with rubber bands, however just to add another place you can find it Jay Sankey's real world magic video.
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Hi.
I learned the effect for FREE from a local magician. I'm not giving you his name though. I suggest YOU learn it from Michael Ammar's book (not sure what it's called).

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Michael
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The Crazy Man's Handcuffs By Michael Ammar is the name of the book. I learned it from this manuscript. Two hours of fiddling with rubberbands and reviewing the manuscript and I finally got the hang of it. Some things are not covered and you just have to figure them out yourself. I would suggest if you want to learn this great trick is to get a video or dvd. I think it would have been much easier and quicker to learn.

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Another vote for Magic by M. Ammar!

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All of the sources mentioned above are good
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Dan Harlan's "Magic With Rubberbands"
Penguin's Magic "Quantum band-its"
The Magic of Michael Ammar

I personaly enjoyed learning it from Michael Ammar's book.
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You can find it as an instant download at Penguin Magic.
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