Not to sound rude or greedy JB but isn't spade's post just a different form of phrasing a question I asked before him? I think that's what Jason referred to in the podcast. Congrats anyways though, I guess....
How many books do you own on the subject of gambling/magic/general card skills?
When you were a beginner, did you have a mentor to help you along?
Have you ever used your skills to cheat at a legitimate card game? Go Fish and Slapjack DEFINITELY count.
1) on average how much to do time do you spend on a sleight before doing it in front of people?
Nobody is just magically born a card sharp. How did you gain your interest?
Gambling demonstrations are not your everyday entertainment. How did you get your start in performing gambling demonstrations?
How would you recommend that an aspiring card sharp get their start in the "big leagues?"
What books would you recommend to a beginner in gambling techniques?
Any crazy stories on getting caught cheating?
What is the most difficult move for you?
Jason, how do you feel about branching out in magic? It seems from what we have seen, cards are where you stand and what you do specifically. Do you do any money magic or manipulation, maybe rubber bands?
1) Why do you think it is that you were more attracted to gambling sleights than other types of magic and/or sleights?
2) Which sleight or move is your favorite?
3) For a person that would really want to dedicate a lot of time to your kind of moves and sleights, what would be the books on your recommendation list for that person?
What a coincidence, I just bought the 2 most recent 1 on 1s from him! For the record, the instruction on the double lift and the push off second deal is phenomenal, I've already gained a lot of knowledge and have gotten way better on both of them.
Here are my questions:
1. Even though you have so many books, which I envy you for , what are some great books that you haven't read yet that you REALLY want to get your hands on?
2. What are some books that are foundational for every magician or card conjurer alike to have?
3. Throughout your personal experiences, who have you worked with and who were you taught by to have such ninja hands?! I REALLY want to know!
Thanks for answering at least one of these questions, I truly admire what you've done for the community; I admire you in general even more. You have done and accomplished great things, can't wait to see more from you.
I've always felt the easiest (and most logical) way to present card magic is by using gambling cheat/sleight of hand hooks and stories. I've found it always engages the audience and gives them a feeling of peeking behind the curtain even though you're leading them down the garden path and not exposing anything.
As a student of sleight of hand with cards and especially gambling moves do you always present card "magic" (as opposed to standard poker deal demos) in this way or do you mix it with a Paul Harris-esque treating the cards almost as if they were living things, or with a comedy twist like Bill Malone or Jay Sankey?
I sometimes feel like no matter how flawless the sleight of hand and how amazing the effect the spectator will always place it in the "I don't know how he did it but I know it was sleight of hand" box. Which somewhat limits the strength of the magic you can do with a pack of cards.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this....
I'm fairly new to magic, but I have purchased several of your videos and attempted to learn the sleights, but I'm still having a lot of trouble. What progression in learning the techniques would you recommend in terms of difficulty and building of mechanical movements? Or, in slightly less confusing terms, which three of the sleights you've taught in video would you recommend a beginner attempt first?