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  1. MohanaMisra

    Are colour changes magic?

    Some context: Our class was assigned a project where we had to use any art form at all to represent a chapter of our liking, from our Literature syllabus. I was naturally excited for it, but due to time restrictions, I could only manage to do colour changes which would represent what the chapter...
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    Is magic an art form?

    Now, hold up. The question might seem redundant to you and maybe you're exasperated, but I couldn't find any actual and more importantly, recent discussion on this topic which by its very nature, needs to come up again and again after certain intervals of time as the world changes and the...
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    ... Fake Magicians? (Jubilee video)

    I was really excited when I started to watch the video :D . ~~~ For those who are unaware about the idea of the video I'll be referencing:- A You Tube channel named Jubilee makes videos with pretty interesting premises and one of the concepts they have is to put a group of people together...
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    Magic in Ancient Pop-Culture

    I instantly fall in love with ancient material that reference magic or sleight of hand or anything at all related to magic in any way. Here are some examples to show you what I mean:- I love this particular painting! I also find the story of Dedi pretty fascinating. It was written on old...
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    Magic Camp on Disney+ (Review)

    I did pretty much nothing more productive during this lockdown apart from watching movies. I was looking for a great magic movie for a long, long time and I chanced upon this movie, i.e, "Magic Camp". But I did watch it and couldn't find an out-and-out MAGICIAN'S review on it, so I thought I'd...
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    Simplicity vs Fairness

    If I have 5 cards and I want to show four, while hiding the last card, should I really use a false count? Or will just spreading the top four cards be enough? Especially, say if for whatever reason, the audience already psychologically believes it's 4 cards (maybe the effect has them think I...
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    Which sleights use Retention?

    It's a bit difficult to digest the fact that our brains basically favour magicians in such a HUGE manner, by allowing retention in vision, yet we only use it for coin vanishes. So I attribute it to my incomplete knowledge in magic. Can anybody tell me what other sleights use retention of...
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    Technical Problems

    Really some quick problems regarding certain sleights. 1) My retention vanish (1st version) from Roth's Expert Coin Magic looks, for the lack of a better term, very hands-y. As in, the retention itself works, but it looks pretty clear that I did ''something'' when I withdraw my right hand from...
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    Signing Props

    Does that make any sense, really? In the book Maximum Entertainment, I came across this point, that maybe by signing something we are increasing the 'dead time' in our performance and thus adding a weak spot in our act. But the more I thought about it, I also realised that having somebody sign...
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    Do you Suspend Disbelief?

    Suspension of Disbelief is a popular and commonplace concept in magic. But I keep contradicting myself on this topic. For example, I want magic to be so much more. I WANT to have it stand for something, and I know it's possible, seeing that others have inserted stories in magic effects before...
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    Second Deal Usage Questions

    This is why I don't (and can't) do the second deal:- https://www.instagram.com/p/CCIcOieAepn/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet Jokes apart, I am on the verge of learning the second deal once and for all this time, but should I follow what is written on EATCT or ECT more comprehensively...
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    Fake Bind in False Shuffling

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CB5XtHKguEh/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet Regardless of the production value, if you notice, I haven't really faked any binding during the false shuffle (and I'm aware the angle flatters the move! I guess I did exploit camera magic advantages. :D ). Some...
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    Magic Fails

    Since every magician has failed at least once, and since the first time we fail, we feel pretty bad, I thought it'd be a good idea for all of us to talk about that one time things didn't work out for us. It can be something as simple as a terrible cull, where you're pretty sure that though they...
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    Zarrow Shuffle Dilemma

    I usually keep just one card cover for the Zarrow Shuffle because the multiple card covers seem to require successive zarrows and while I have no problem with that, I wanted a false shuffle which would be entirely false the first time round. Now the dilemma is this:- If I try to replicate the...
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    Performing for the Camera

    What are the pros vs cons of performing magic for camera? (I am aware of some of them, but I wanted a definite list of pros, so that I can exploit all of them. :D ) Secondly, what is acceptable and not acceptable in performing magic for the camera, as in what's considered fair-game and what's...
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    Colour Changes

    After disliking colour changes for half my life (though that's not saying much, at my age. Regardless...) I'm trying to get better at them. These could use some serious practice of course, but what I'm really concerned about is the clean up for the Cardini. Other than what I did and a palm, is...
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    Tamariz Turnover

    Does anybody here do the Tamariz Turnover or any sort of unload with a DL? Because I needed tips with certain parts. Thanks in advance! :)
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    Sonata by Juan Tamariz

    If anybody has this book, can they please tell me where is the dotted line in page 58 of the book (figure 1) ? Apparently it's important to notice that, but I can't see anything. :(
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    This Hashtag Shouldn't Be Trending

    We all are humans over anything else. The hashtag "Black lives matter" shouldn't even be trending because by now, 2020, about 130 years after the Jim Crow laws were created and about half a century since they were abolished, it should have become common sense. Yet, since we *are* magicians, it's...
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    Managing Negativity

    This is mostly for the professional magicians here. Performing magic (or even working in the ''other rooms of magic") is largely a creative field. Which means that it comes with its own share of difficulties. Which also means that it naturally seems more ''not practical'' compared to jobs...
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