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cfrye
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Day One

On the first day, Gazzo went through his cups and balls routine and then put us through out paces doing the fake vanish and misdirection elements that are the keys to the routine. Yes, he had all thirteen of us toss the little balls in the air and then do our crappy fake vanish. It's the heart of the routine and it has to be good. If you're concerned about "wasting" your time on the basics, remember that the classical guitarist Segovia practices six hours a day. For four of those hours, he plays the scales. Jack Nicklaus took a beginner golf lesson before the start of every season. The basics matter.

After we practiced loading cups and the first phase of his routine for the first half of the day, he showed us his tossed-out deck and egg bag. Both routines are tremendous, particularly the tossed-out deck. Combined with his "think of a card" work, it's a real winner. He didn't go over the basics of the card work required to perform "think of a card" because we could get that info from a beginner card book, but the performance notes and subtleties we got instead were much more valuable.

Day Two

Day Two was all about the cups. We went through the first phase of the routine, had each student perform it, and moved on to the loading sequence. The first part of the sequence is the trickiest, so we spent most of our time there. Everybody forgot bits and had to be reminded by Gazzo or the other students what came next, but we all got through it. At the end of the day, each of us ran through the complete routine. It was rough at times, but we all got through it. I had to head for home directly after the class, but I got what I came for.
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Glad you enjoyed it and learning something Curt. You did great and it was nice to meet you. I've heard a lot in the last 24 hours from people who have attended various classes, and the thing people are starting to realize after the class is that the cups and balls work Gazzo teaches really has little to do with learning the cups and balls, but it's rather a great exercise in learning about misdirection and body language. Those are the finer points of what people were taught and things you won't find in DVD's today, and exactly what makes it all worth it.

Personally, I've spent $1000's of dollars on magic, but none of it talks about or teaches the things you were taught about misdirection. Years from now when Gazzo's gone, you'll look back on your time with him and really appreciate the fact that you learned from one of the best in the world at what he does.

There are few people like him left, and even fewer who are willing to teach others and I'm glad you were able to attend and really learn some excellent stuff from Gazzo.

Good luck Curt, you'll do well.
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