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Chris Calabrese
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Hi, I've been lurking here for a while. I thought I might as well post an official "hello" in this forum so I can start posting stuff in other forums here.

A little about me, I was very much interested in magic as a teen, but then got away from it and now getting back to it in my 30s. The most difficult thing for me right now--being a gainfully-employed adult--is not to spend a gross amount of money on everything I see or hear about. My goal right now is to put together a small stage show that would work at family-oriented events like food festivals and crafts fairs. I'm also interested in close-up effects, particularly those which can be done with non-gimmicked items. ("And there's your card, face down in the deck!" "Wow! Can I look at that deck?" "Um, well, no, sorry." "Well can you show me another trick?" "Yes, just let me put the deck in my coat pocket for a moment then bring out... umm... the very same deck." You get the picture.)

I've been doing a lot of reading here and given the search button a good work out over the last few weeks. This place is great! Best board I've found so far. And there's some awesome smilies!

Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
~ Chris Calabrese ~
Peter Marucci
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Welcome aboard, Chris.
You seem to have a definite goal in magic in mind and that's good!
As well, you're views on gimmicks, especially gimmicked decks, are "right on!"
Looking forward to your posts.
Jimmy Lee
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Thanks for dropping by!
Enjoy the Cafe!

Your next coffee will be on me! Smile
Magically Yours,

Jimmy...
a guy from a tropical island in South East Asia
..oops...where did he disappeared to????
BroDavid
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Welcome Friend Chris!

Nice to have you make yourself known. And that was a great introduction, I feel like I know you already!

I look forward to reading your posts.

BroDavid
If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.
ReTurner
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Welcome - I hope you find inspiration for a show here - there's nothing more fun than actually DOING this stuff for people.

And, man, can I empathise with the temptation to spend money. It's the Web that does it.

My dad mostly bought me magic books - he reckoned that if I got a couple of tricks and a few ideas for that price I'd be more creative than just buying a one-off readymade trick that I might never actually use (In Davenport's Magic Shop there was always the danger of buying things just to 'know how it's done' or to own a particular gimmick.)
stevebraley
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Welcome aboard, Chris.

I too have also always shied away from gimmicks. Theres nothing wrong with that.

Its good to have you around.
Margarette
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Welcome to the cafe! Smile

Margarette
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appletruth
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. SmileHi, I also agree that this is the best board. I hope you will find useful info.
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Welcome to the cafe!!! Smile Smile
Dr. TORA
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Hi There Smile Smile Smile
Nice avatar indeed !!! Welcome to the number one Cafe on the net and please do go on posting. In the meantime, please have a cup of strong Turkish coffee on my bill.
Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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RiffClown
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Welcome to the Cafe. Enjoy the menu. Smile
Rob "Riff, the Magical Clown" Eubank aka RiffClown
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<BR>Magic is not the method, but the presentation.
Michael J. Douglas
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Howdy, and welcome to the Cafe!

Smile
Michael J.
�Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things.� --from Shakespeare�s �As You Like It�
Philemon Vanderbeck
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Well met Chris!

Just remember, you can put together a decent show with just 3-5 good strong routines.

Presentation is everything!
Professor Philemon Vanderbeck
That Creepy Magician
"I use my sixth sense to create the illusion of possessing the other five."
philipi56
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Welcome to the Cafe.
Joe Marotta
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Welcome Chris!

That's a great intro. We are very happy to welcome you here.

It's nice to hear others like yourself wanting to get away from gimmicks and would rather perform magic the 'old fashioned way', with technique, misdirection, and a professional presentation. Smile . . . Oh, who am I kidding, I love Svengali !!! Smile

Enjoy yourself in The Magic Cafe Chris, but be careful, our menu is VERY addicting!

Joe Marotta
PS: I like what you did to your avatar.
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leondo
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Chris,
Do you ever show up for the Darwin magic club meetings?
Ted (Leondo)
Chris Calabrese
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Quote:
On 2002-09-10 07:14, leondo wrote:
Chris,
Do you ever show up for the Darwin magic club meetings?
Ted (Leondo)

No, but I would definitely be interested in learning more about it. Is there a website with info? (Feel free to PM or e-mail me.)
~ Chris Calabrese ~
Dave V
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Hi Chris!
It's good to see another Las Vegas magician has found his way here.

Welcome to the madness!

BTW, Darwin's meetings are held every Wednesday night at a bar named Boomer's. It's on Sirius between Rancho and Valley View. You'll find a lot of "name" magicians dropping in. Meetings start around 10pm or so and last until ?????

David
No trees were killed in the making of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
Shadow
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Welcome
are you going to eat all those donuts? Smile
Michael Peterson
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Welcome to the Cafe Smile
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