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On 2002-04-18 23:04, alleycat wrote:
Until my sleight-of-improves, I too have to rely on directing attention away from my hands at any one special moment...If I have to do something really hard I could set off some fire-crackers...
--alan


Alan,

I do not mean to single you out particularly BUT something you said kind of snapped inside of me. You said that until your sleight of hand improved you must misdirect your audience. Perhaps then that should be an indicator that the particular sleight you are working on is not ready for public viewing yet. All too often I see magicians performing new material that is far too
"green" to be shown in public and THAT is the biggest exposure problem in magic today.

Far too often you hear magicians stating that "I am an entertainer first." or "I don't try to fool my audiences, I entertain them." These are cop outs for poor magic skills. A magician FOOLS people, and one that does a poor job of it is NOT a magician.

Too many magic enthusiasts learn something and immediately set off to show it too people and do a terrible job of it or worse, they show it to their local magic club and they all sit there and politely applaude without saying anything constructive which in turn leads the poor enthusiast to believe he did a good job. Why on earth would someone who has such a deep love of something want to do a less than perfect job on it? Why would they not want to learn as much about that art (as opposed to saying that they don't enjoy manipulation, or coin magic, or....).

Enough of my rant for now, just needed to vent.

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Dear Paul,
I believe you are entirely right. I really do NOT want to try to do things in public that are beyond me; it's embarassing to myself and harmful to magic in general.
Your point is well taken, and I thank you for the reminder.

However, in my case the only slieghts I now use are a double lift, moving a card to the bottom or top of the deck, or a couple of other easy things. I have done these two things for years but had forgotten the names of them. Though no one has ever caught me doing them I do not feel they are
"undetectable" and I also sometimes lack confidence--and hence my joke about setting off fire-crackers.

Anyway, feel free to single me out for your burning wrath at any time, because I really do want to continue learning to do things in the best possible way.
Peace.
--alan
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Dear Doc Fleming,
I also want to thank you for the reinforcement and confidence-building advice to keep developing the skills of directing the audience's attention. Believe me, I treasure everything I learn here at the Magic Cafe!
--alan
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I know this may read as redundant, but Sean, ask yourself this: "Does the way I handle the deck, lead the spectators into 'burning' my hands and the deck?"

When you learn to display a deck of cards, in a very casual and non-challant (sp?) manner, this will sub-consciously direct your spectators, that there's really nothing special about this deck. Then, do the move when the spectators are in the 'non-defensive' mode. You'll see it in their body language and upper body posture.

Timing and direction is everything, when getting ready for, and when executing a secret sleight. Structure your routines, so that the audience is in a 'relaxed' mode, when you need to perform a move. Use time mis-direction if needed. For me, learning a top-palm, was challenging, until I learned 'how not to do the move while being 'burned'. This may sound like a cop-out, but mis-direction is the basis of our craft.

In many ways..."You must un-learn what you have learned." - - Yoda

"Look over there!! It's an elephant!!" Bamm!!! DO THE MOVE!! Smile

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Here's something I forgot to mention above:

I learned this from Michael Close...

Call your spectator's name, look them straight in the eye, and ask them something specific (pertaining to the trick you are doing), or ask them to do something specific. Now, the focus is off of you, and puts it on them. Very Clever, very clever indeed.

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Dear Paul,
I just want you to know that I am not defensive at all about the accusation that I use material that I am too "green" for. I actually have several purchased effects as well as effects and moves that I have learned that I will not perform publicly because I lack the confidence.
The moves that I have done for years have the feeling that Troy talks about just above--a casual, free, relaxed feeling.
All the suggestions in this thread have been helpful.

--alan Smile

P.S. I don't think the trouble is with me at all. Why is it always me that's the one that's not defensive? How come none of you guys are never the ones that aren't being defensive?
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Hey Doc Flemming;

Excellent way to put it!


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