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I've also heard about this elastics-thing, but I think it is kinda unecessary. I had a couple of windows, but as I practised, my hand adapted and the windows closed.
So: If you practise palming, windows will close.
Those hints are pure marketing of Theory 11.
I really think that you can get far if you follow praetoritevongs advice. By going through Card College a volume by volume is the best way to begin studying card magic, I think.
I agree with the first part, but I think that the deceptiveness is as important for laymen. And I think that laymen will see the difference. Probably most of them won't go out and shout "False shuffle!", but they will note that shuffle looked different. Perhaps they forget it, perhaps not.
Yes, thats true. Because of that, I don't think that one should limit himself to books. But, my point was that books have material of great masters of magic, and that is not availale on DVDs, besides a couple of exeptions, like Vernon Revelations.
Ah, greatest post I've ever read in these forums.
What we have to think now is, how we would like to introduce ourselves. As cool visual artists?
Hi! I'm 2ndDeal. I'd like to introduce myself as an active magician. I would have a couple of coin routines and some card routines ready...
Yes, there are things like Vernon Reveletions and Juan Tamariz has a couple of lectures filmed. But, practilally all of their material is in books.
Even though there is great material in some DVDs, thats so little compared to books. Name me a DVD about showmanship, or one about theory of...
In "normal" use (I mean practising hours daily and performing regularly) tiny differenses between quality won't matter. Buy those you find most good looking, and use common sense is it worth double the price if deck looks slightly cooler.
Because material of Juan Tamariz is in books.
Because material of Paul Harris is in books.
Because material of Dai Vernon is in books.
Because material about theory of magic is in books.
Who cares if it takes ten minutes longer to understand the handling from a book? You'll...
To me it seems like that the kicker works and it's strong, but it weakens the original and "real" effect of the routine. I'm not saying this for sure, since I haven't personally experimented with Invisible Palm.
I personally think that surprise element in Invisible Palm isn't a good idea. The effect that cards turn invisible is so strong, that colour change of cards isn't a good idea. Mr. Stone is a great performer, and he seems to get a nice reaction with it, but I still believe that Invisible Palm is...
I don't recommend deciding in the beginning a one style of magic. Experiment! Try different things, make mistakes and learn from it. Material already stated is pretty good, and I think you will get started fine with those items already listed.
I usually have one deck that is not in good condition with me all the time, so I can practise in conditions that are risky for decks (just after lunch, outside etc) without having to worry about the deck.
After the deck is really worn out, I probably give it to someone, who uses it for...