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Gerald
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Thanks, Al for your comments about The Ostrich Factor. The complete review by Mike Close in MAGIC magazine and other review excerpts from Genii and MUM are now available at my web site.

Thanks again!

Gerald
Jonathan Townsend
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On 2004-12-18 22:35, cardguy24 wrote:
I always feel that no matter how much I practice or how many books I read I always stay on the same level when it comes to my tricks. ...


Have you considered performing magic for peope instead of just doing tricks?
...to all the coins I've dropped here
Tom Wolf
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Well said Jon!

It is nice to read the comments from all who perform "magic" instead of "tricks".

There is a great difference between the two in performance when one has the correct mental direction.
The magic director and performer at the Rincon Gaucho supper club in Mexico City,

We opened the first and only close-up room for magic in Mexico with Wolf Ruvinskis.
have several new coin vanishes and routines to share shortly just as soon as I can find someone to film them for me.


Now living in Harrison, Ohio
Yves Tourigny
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The idea about acting class is very good. I would suggest something like a Toastmaster Club. It will help you become confortable in front of people as well as giving you a lot of experiences in structuring your patter. It is not better than the acting class just something different you might want to consider. I know it has worked for me. Sometimes we get so engrossed in our study of sleight of hand that we lose the big picture. Magic is about communicating something to the audiences. So everything that helps bettering your communications skills will definitly help you.

My two cents,

Yves
Pablo Tejero
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On 2004-12-18 22:35, cardguy24 wrote:
Am I doing somthing wrong am I being to hard on myself.


It´s better to spend 10 years in magic, and feeling you are not improving or you are not so good.... than spending three months and consider yourself as a master cardician. And believe me, there are a lot of people like the second example.

If this could help you, I am in magic, specially card magic, since the last 8-10 years... and I am still consider myself as a beginner cardician,... instead the true is I am a beginner and very bad cardician Smile


All the best magic,

Pablo Tejero Smile
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anticoin
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On 2004-12-18 22:35, cardguy24 wrote:
I always feel that no matter how much I practice or how many books I read I always stay on the same level when it comes to my tricks. I practice constantly but I never feel I'm really improving. Am I doing somthing wrong am I being to hard on myself.


Perhaps you should learn new sleights.
There is a sense of achievement when you are able to do a new sleight fairly well.
Paul Sherman
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I don't think anyone else has mentioned this, but it's also possible that you're practicing too much material. Are you focusing on material until you have it mastered or are you toying with lots of different ideas? I always find I make better progress when I stick with a single effect or move until I have it down pat.

Paul
"The finished card expert considers nothing too trivial that in any way contributes to his success..." Erdnase



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Pablo Tejero
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On 2005-06-09 05:58, Paul Sherman wrote:
I don't think anyone else has mentioned this, but it's also possible that you're practicing too much material. Are you focusing on material until you have it mastered or are you toying with lots of different ideas? I always find I make better progress when I stick with a single effect or move until I have it down pat.

Paul

Reading this I remember one thing Ascanio used to say; it was something like: "Don´t show me the last killer effect you have learned, I prefer to see this routine you have been working on and practicing since the last ten years."

All the best magic,

Pablo Tejero Smile
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Alewishus
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Atheletes get stale and so do performers.

Take a break for about a week, and maybe two or three. It used to happen with me when I played basketball - got stale, played poor.

Happens with me and the pasteboards - when it does, I put them away for awhile. Now they're always close, but I don't pull them out unless I'm really inspired.

Try it, trust me.


A.
Sack subs, ok Ross?
We miss you asper.
acehigher
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Why don't you find someone who wants to learn and teach them. When you teach someone else you learn ALOT and you will also realise what you don't know.
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