|Topic: Jon Ramsay|
If memory serves me correctly, you have studied Jon Ramsay quite a bit.
Where did you first learn of him and his works.
I'm a big fan of his Cylinder and Coins effect. the thought put into pulling it off successfully has affected my magic in great ways and in all ways. It appears that you are a fan as well. I've seen your version in 5x5 and I snuck a peek at your custom porper kit while at the magic castle swap meet. I see his influence in your other coin work as well.
can you let us know about how his work has affected your thoughts on magic.
In Scotland, it's hard not to hear the name Ramsay and wonder why he had such an impact on the magic world.
I bought his books directly from Andrew Galloway and was lucky enough to see him perform the effects personally.
Ramsay's application of misdirection adds an ingredient to magic that is hard to understand unless you've experienced it first hand. The brain sees the effects in a different way - more focused on what is happening, rather than how.
Ramsay's lessons on misdirection are very important if you want to really fool your audience. Tamariz applies these rules to fantastic effect. His concentration on the effect draws the audience away from the method.
In fact Dr. Peter Lamont has a great way to describe misdirection: "anything that leads the audience towards the effect and away from the method". This means presentation, a gag, an action - anything at all. Misdirection is not about "look THERE" but "Look HERE".
I've studied a lot Ramsay's magic and use some of it whenever I get the chance. Galloway has written two books of his own magic, both with lessons in misdirection that I think are very important to the serious magician. These are: Diverting Card Magic and Diverting Coin Magic. Highly recommended.
The Cylinder And Coins is almost like a Cups and Balls for coins. I have several methods but I keep practicing the original handling - to remember the beats, the feints and the handling. I believe it helps me understand other coin magic better.
On the subject of feints, many magicians have discarded these and I think that's a mistake in some ways. Feints can be very playful but also very powerful. Feints that we think are just for other magicians work just as well for lay people - they're smart too! I understand the argument that feints can detract from the feeling of magic but I think that's fuzzy thinking. Real magic doesn't exist but the feeling of seeing something really magical does. When you think you're on to a method and it turns out to be wrong you're fooled. Taking that feeling and making the audience enjoy the experience leads to that feeling of real magic.
Remember, when asked to describe what Ramsay does, magicians of his time would say "he makes things vanish". It was their highest compliment.