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I first became aware of Paul Wilson more than 10 years ago when Peter Duffie sent a flyer to all his customers tellng them about a new book by a then-unknown performer, R. Paul Wilson. I forget the name of the book (really a booklet) but it was completely black on the outside -- no title, no author. It coontained some really excellent card material.

Since then I've been more than pleased to watch Paul develop into a fine worker, a man who really cares about excellence and is an innovator. His TV and film work show that others recognise this as well. We know each other, but I can't really call him a close friend. We've seen one another far to infrequently for that.

So I haven't had the opportunity to ask him a question that's been on my mind. Paul -- you're an expert with cards, gambling scams, coins, mental effects, gaffed wallets, general scams of the public and more. You are very, very good at all of this. But what do you suggest for someone starting out regarding concentrating on one area of magic (say coins)? A Good idea or not?

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That's an excellent question, Matt.

I think people should follow what interests them. Some people only want to play with coins, some only want to work with cards.

Personally, I was (and am) a huge Vernon fan so it's no surprise that I learned all sorts of magic while studying his work.

Any magician reading this can become a first class performer by studying Stars Of Magic. Every trick is a gem and the book covers many classic effects.

I also think it's fun to try something different now and then. I love toying with tricks I might never perform. I have a set of cups and balls in my study that I use to practice regulalry but I've never performed the effect in front of an audience. I have two personal versions of Ramsay's Cylinder And Coins but I still rehearse Ramsay's original whenever I have a moment.

These are valuable lessons in conjuring and I feel it's important to "keep my hand in".

This is not wasted time. Recently I decided to add cups and balls to a show I'm doing next year. I already have hours of practice under my belt - now I have to work on gaining experience!

I also like to think about illusions and how they work. I'm, no illusionist but it helps create ideas for other effects.

I think it's okay to pursue any type of magic while respecting other aspects of the art.

Many of us come to magic through seeing or buying a trick. Hopefully we move past tricks into deeper waters (although in today's marketplace there are a LOT of tricks to distract you).

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