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Michael,
No truer words spoken. And the clip of Pop Haydn proves it. Brilliant.

I've seen an audience go wild for a dove production act which was only about 5% as good as Lance Burton's manipulation routine and the moves were so clunky but almost everyone watching thought it was the greatest thing they'd ever seen because the performer was a good looking guy dressed like he was about to go night clubbing.

A few years ago a friend of mine who had just started to learn magic asked me what tricks they should buy. I told them to save their money and showed them my Roy Johnson and Mark Wilson books. A few weeks later they came back and performed their version of CENT to which she had created her own patter and using a full sized perfume bottle for the end production.

They then went into performing a signed coin to nest of perfume boxes trick which they had adapted from the ball of string effect from Mark Wilson book.
They tailored every moment to their personality and every move was done so delicately, slowly and precisely, it was pure joy.

Even knowing how it was all done it had me captivated. For they had done what magicians should be doing. Learning principles and effects and combining them to create new routines. Making them their own, practicing like there's no tomorrow and delivering an experience which evokes emotion whether it be wonder or laughter or even tears of joy because it moves us.

The afore mentioned Lance Burton act never fails to move me. 1) because the music reminds me of my wonderfully joyus childhood and 2) it is such a beautiful piece of magic.

I watch some trailers for new items being sold and question whether the performers goal is to create entertainment or just make money? I think sometimes they forget that without the former the latter won't be very sustainable.
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Hi I hope this is helpful if not just ignore it. I was kind of where you were. in a sort of stall. then I started messing with the sponge balls. I had avoided them previously. But after finding that with some subtleties, this is received as pure magic, it got me inspired. Now I am going pro. Because when people experience magic, not tricks, from their perspective, you have definitely filled a need for them to see some miracles. And if you combine it with humor, they really dig it. So trying something different that helps you see firsthand how blown away most people are by magic is very helpful. I wish you the absolute best.
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On Jun 13, 2018, countrymaven wrote:
Hi I hope this is helpful if not just ignore it. I was kind of where you were. in a sort of stall. then I started messing with the sponge balls. I had avoided them previously. But after finding that with some subtleties, this is received as pure magic, it got me inspired. Now I am going pro. Because when people experience magic, not tricks, from their perspective, you have definitely filled a need for them to see some miracles. And if you combine it with humor, they really dig it. So trying something different that helps you see firsthand how blown away most people are by magic is very helpful. I wish you the absolute best.


Countrymaven,

Learning new tricks with old magic props, I love that.
I have a set of 12" linking rings thad my parents bought me when I was a younger teenager. For many years they have sat in their bag not being used as I decided after two weeks of owning them the linking rings were not a trick I ever wanted to perform. They just didn't suit me or my personality. Until recently when the rings had a logical reason for me using them and a natural routine. Getting married. I now only use two rings and a spectators arm and have loved coming up with the routine.

In general a lot of people live monotonous, logical lives, as magicians we have the ability to suspend that reality. For me there is no better feeling than making someone happy in life. We get to do it every day. How lucky are we?
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On Sep 22, 2013, Head Case wrote:
...But I hear people talking about how they are great routines, I mean "pros" talking about these routines. and I'm sitting here like.. really? I was doing these at 13.. These are nothing...


Doing them reliably in a way that permits the audience to enjoy the magic... is everything.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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