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[quote] On 2012-05-03 14:54, Eric Fry wrote: The original post takes Britland's comment a little out of context. The essay is in Britland's wonderful web site Cardopolis under the 2002 entries. He's talking about taking a magic book to the proverbial desert island, and he asks what type of book would provide the most mental stimulation. Also note that he says you're "unlikely" to master a move after 40, not that no one would ever want to or be capable of doing so. And he's implicitly talking about people who start magic when they're young, not when they're in their 40s or 50s. Here's the fuller context: "So what’s so marvellous about the Encyclopaedia [of Card Magic]? And why would I take it to a desert island rather than, say, Maskelyne & Devant’s Our Magic or Dai Vernon’s Book of Magic? The answer lies in the sheer variety of card magic contained within the book’s covers. It’s seminal stuff, from basic key card locations, to mathematical tricks and gaffed cards. On a desert island, the one thing you’ll need is mental stimulation and Gravatt’s book supplies that in abundance. He did a hell of a job in selecting his tricks, each one a different angle on a theme, an innovative spin on a well-worn principle or the very latest in card experimentation circa 1930. There is much here to think about. "A book on sleight of hand wouldn’t provide half the enjoyment. Besides, sleight of hand is no different from athletics; if you haven’t mastered the move by the time you’re in your twenties, you’re unlikely to master it at a later date. Having made it past forty, I’m content to use the moves I know and keep the brain ticking over with the kind of problems laid out in the Encyclopaedia. Besides which, if your deck is made of palm leaves, you’re going to have trouble doing the second deal." [/quote]
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