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    The classic pass. Why?

    I completely disagree about the Spread pass, it is in no way useless. If you're performing for a small group of people (up to about 6) the Spread pass is a great way to control a card, in fact it's my favourite. It's completely invisible and the action is completely motivated, there's isn't the...
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    The classic pass. Why?

    I think it's difficult to compare them as they're best used in different situations, however, here's a basic overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each pass. (This is just my opinion) Spread Pass Advantages: Relatively easy to learn, It happens in a natural and motivated action...
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    The classic pass. Why?

    If you use it just as a control then it is probably a waste of time but it can do a lot more. I frequently use it in sandwich routines (E.g. Chad Nelson's Criterion, Dorian Rhodell's Joyride, Daniel Madison's Colt 45). I also use it as a cleanup, many effects leave you with something on top of...
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    Approaches to Magic

    If you think you can convince your audiences that it's actually magic, that you're actually breaking the laws of physics then you're delusional. You'll probably get the odd person who thinks you're satan but you just won't convince the average person it's magic. If I was a spectator and I...
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    The Disappointment of Being A Magician...

    Personally, before I became a magician I didn't give a **** about magic. I thought David Blaine was kind of cool but that was it. I'd never seen a good magician live. I just found a deck of cards and looked up some stuff on the internet and got out a few books to pass some time over summer and...
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    "Just Cut to the Chase!"

    I completely agree with this. In my opinion, using these absurd statements are one of the worst things you can do in a performance. They are offensive to your audience and confirm all their negative preconceptions about magic. Also, as soon as they hear something like this they know it's just a...
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    How is magic an art and how can you convey that to your audience?

    I honestly don't think audiences care if it's an art or not. They want to be entertained, not educated. Perhaps a few spectators can appreciate it on a different level, but most don't. There's really very little we can do about this and honestly I don't think we need to. Why do you really care...
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    Shifty by Chris Kenner

    I think it would be better if you didn't get this as i'd prefer it if it wasn't exposed on Youtube along with your pass. Why the hell have you put up a video of your appalling pass? How can't you see that this is not appropriate? You're completely exposing it, have some respect for magic. You...
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    Pissed Off Story - Masked Magician

    I was just about to post that link myself. Here's an idea, how about you don't show your friend Gypsy thread tommorow?, show it to somebody else, do a different trick... use a bit of initiative. How do you think this justifies a thread in any way? This sort of stuff is the reason I (and I...
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    Gimmick or No Gimmick?

    I think this is one of the main problems with magic today, you're approaching magic with the wrong attitude. Magic is for your spectators, not to give yourself an ego boost because you can do difficult sleights. It's about their experiences, not how many hours you sat in your bedroom to do the...
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    Quick Question About The Biddle Trick

    I show them each card very slowly, there's really no need to go fast, the move is completely invisible even when done slowly. There is no reason for there to be any suspicion at this point. However, going fast will suggest that you're trying to cover up and as soon as they suspect that you might...
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    My Modified Version :: Top Shot

    We're all aware of how impressive the Top Shot can be to spectators. However, you're trying to show off to magicians. You have not created anything here, just about anybody who has played with the Top Shot will have come across this. I did it many times when learning the Top Shot and didn't feel...
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    Question about Cardini Color Change

    Ideally your spectators should be directly in front and to your right, this isn't a move that can really be done surrounded, there's certainly more appropriate colour changes to use if you are surrounded. You might want to look into Pughe's pass on Dorian Rhodell's Avenue (You might be able to...
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    Destiny - Sandwich routine

    The sleights are fine but the routine is way too long, I had difficulty watching the whole way through, music didn't help either, why not try actually presenting it? I don't think spectators will find it very enjoyable, it's far too self indulgent. Magic should be for spectators not for...
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    Jerry's Nuggets?

    Personally I think they look really cool and supposedly they handle really nicely and are great for flourishes. Also, some people like collecting rare decks. I don't desperately want any and i'm not prepared to pay the prices they go for but I can understand why people would want them. I...
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