Thank you so much. If i get some money from easter (It’s a weird tradition in our country) then i’ll probably buy both of them. Again, thank you very muchIt doesn't matter that much if you judge by whether people 'catch' you out.
Again, I think you can get ECT if you're prepared to do ground-work yourself.
RRTCM is more rewarding than the ECT because it teaches tricks and sleights in a very organised, 'level-like' manner. Moreover, ECT and RRTCM have common authors, hence even they cite it as roughly 'one after the other' books.
Once again, you can get the ECT. Benjamin Earl (a fantastic sleight-of-hand magician) started out with the ECT as his introduction to magic itself!
It won't seem difficult to you if you don't let it.
PS:- Go ahead.
Woth the way the youtube algorithm works thats not really true anymore since the more established and reputable people dominate the search results. The only time I've foubd really bad stuff in the past few years is by searching for specific products/tricks, and even then the better stuff is always on top if it exists.The problem here is that it's very difficult to have "judicious and intelligent usage" of YouTube until one has learned enough from sources outside of YouTube to know what's crap (99%) and what's worth paying attention to (1%).
more established and reputable people dominate the search results.
But recognize there are still significant problems with the way many of those "established and reputable" people teach. There are very few people I would waste my time learning from. As @WitchDocIsIn said, most of it is crap and you won't know the difference until you have been exposed to better teachers... who are not on Youtube.
One way of helping the YouTube problem is making magic more accessible (cheap) like magicflix or magicstream have done. Many of the videos on those platforms give provenance for their ideas and also give reading suggestions. And while there is occasions poorly taught or unfinished material released, it’s on a smaller scale than YouTube’s pool of channels. This won’t fix the exposure problem but makes better quality teaching easier to find.
Magic is already way too cheap, in my opinion. Many of the young people on the forum have entire shelves of magic materials and know very little about magic. If it were far MORE expensive then maybe people would treat it as precious, valuable, and not be giving secrets away for free on the internet.
The question should be how to improve the quality of teaching on You Tube.
People generally have more motivation to put in more time, effort, and care to learn something and perfect it when they've had to pay for it in some way. I
This is a large tangent here in the vein of “magic as privilege”
I agree in some utilitarian sense that it is an easy way to dissuade secret seekers and in general be bought by those who will give it time, but the action puts things like this out of reach of people not based on their drive or skill, but their financial situation.
I don't think people reserve the right to criticise something if they are not actively working towards changing or improving the situation.
Really though is fixing the YouTube problem a reality?
I'd gladly take the challenge to develop a set of three effects from FREE resources other than YouTube and compare the result to what anyone can find exposed on YouTube.
This is one of my favourite quotes. It gives me hope.Richard Bach's Illusions "You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however."
Wow.A great example is Daniel Garcia. In an interview with The Magic News Wire he talked about growing up very poor. His family would basically get him a volume of Tarbell and he would study that volume for the next year. Because he was poor and he couldn't just consume and consume, he had to study. Which is why he's a very successful magician and consultant today.
I, in the not too distant past, was severely criticized for saying that I could teach someone the foundations of a career in mentalism in a single day, from legally free resources online. I may use the premise for a workshop in 2022.
As for bad quality of teaching, I wouldn't necessarily term it 'bad', but I would say that doing certain sleights as they have been described in books helps considerably (because these 'book tutorials' are the raw, often foolproof, mechanics of sleights and much more detailed).
"May"? Oh please, TAKE MY EMAIL ID!