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antonio2030
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Well done, I would had purchased the nailwritter instead of the universal pull first, personally I think you have a wider range of effects with the NW, but great purchase anyway. congrats!
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I'm glad to hear the recommendations on Johnson products. I'm working on some coin effects and I'm going to put the Johnson S&S on my wish list. This web site is the greatest! Lynn
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Scot -- good luck with your new magic effects, you made some good choices.

Unless you have already purchased some, think about getting a few books on your second round of purchases. They are a great value and will last you in good stead; with one book, you can learn dozens of sleights, tricks and routines.

If you find that like coin magic, the Dover paperback reprint of Bobo's "Modern Coin Magic" is only $10, and ditto on the Dover reprint of Jean Hugard's "Royal Road to Card Magic" at $12 for card lovers. Both are available at Amazon, click HERE for more info. The Dover reprint of "Hugard's Magic Manual" is also a great deal at $12 and covers coins, cards, balls, silks, rings, ropes and lots more; click HERE for more info.

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On 2007-06-08 13:19, sethb wrote:
Scot -- good luck with your new magic effects, you made some good choices.

Unless you have already purchased some, think about getting a few books on your second round of purchases. They are a great value and will last you in good stead; with one book, you can learn dozens of sleights, tricks and routines.



I have "Royal Road" and Mark Wilson's CCIM. The only things I still want to purchase in the not too distant future are a c type nail writer, a "power pickpocket" and a dove pan. For now I have more than enough to keep me busy as a hobbyist for a long time, but with those purchases, I would be able to do a show once I feel that I'm ready.
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On 2007-06-08 13:19, sethb wrote:
Scot -- good luck with your new magic effects, you made some good choices.

Unless you have already purchased some, think about getting a few books on your second round of purchases. They are a great value and will last you in good stead; with one book, you can learn dozens of sleights, tricks and routines.

If you find that like coin magic, the Dover paperback reprint of Bobo's "Modern Coin Magic" is only $10, and ditto on the Dover reprint of Jean Hugard's "Royal Road to Card Magic" at $12 for card lovers. Both are available at Amazon, click HERE for more info. The Dover reprint of "Hugard's Magic Manual" is also a great deal at $12 and covers coins, cards, balls, silks, rings, ropes and lots more; click HERE for more info.

Welcome to the world of magic and the Café'! SETH



I couldn't agree more about books! The Dover editions were some of my very first books as were the Tarbel volumes and many a long, happy night I spent with them. For the amount of info contained in these books, they're still one of the best deals in magic today. Also pick up a copy of Magic & Showmanship by Henning Nelms; you'll find it invaluable. A couple of false shuffles and cuts combined with the above mentioned sleights will allow you to do TONS of card effects. Here, here, Johnson's really do make the best U.S. coins; (for Cdn. coins search "Roy Kueppers") aren't they just unbelievable, so realistic looking and such a pleasure to work with. My final thought, books, books and more books!
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Scot,

It's been several weeks. What have you learned? Do you have a act yet? Bring us up to date.

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Just practicing with what I have. I have 2 daughters (3 years old and 7 months old.) I get home at 6:00, then we straighten the house and fix dinner, then , get the girls their baths and try to get them to bed by 8:30. Then the next two hours until bedtime is about all of the time my wife and I have to ourselves all day. Weekends are very full with church activities, so....Practice time has been at a minimum, I'm sad to say. But I am having a lot of fun when I DO have time, and - really - that's all I can ask for. I have a routine in my mind (largely a comedic magic act a la Tommy Cooper with a bit more actual magic and a few less verbal jokes)....but performing it looks to be far in my future.
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We had some new friends over last night, so I got to try out everything on them.
It felt great to get genuine gasps and laughter when people couldn't believe their eyes. Shadow Coins REALLY got them. I even pulled off Prohibition flawlessly.

The woman said "I heard about the shoelace thing." (From some other friends).

Healed and Sealed needs work. Even though the trick itself went fine, they didn't understand what they were seeing, so it had no effect. I need to put more thought into how I set it up so they understand the miracle they're witnessing. At least I got some tips here at The Café about what not to do (based on the bad YouTube performances).

I still haven't done Invisible Deck for anyone. I don't trust it yet.

Live and learn. Fun stuff. I can see the possibility of really having something within, say, a year.
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Scot, you have made some excellent purchases and it is exciting at this stage to go on making more and more. I know I did when I first started. Consequently I have a lot of unused stuff in the bottom of my drawer.

You have enough equipment now to work on many, many routines. My advice would be to work on what you have and the routines you have. Then when that is exhausted, buy some books on the gimmicks you have and only then move on to more "stuff"

NB, don't transport your S&S unlocked as it may get damaged - use a bang ring.

Mitch - nice to hear from you again.

Healed and sealed was a problem for me at first and for the same reason. Turns out I was too quick to perform it because I thought that they would see something a bit hinky with the 'open' can at the start. At the beginning of the routine your specs have no reason to suspect anything amiss so you can take your time to explain that you have an opened, empty and crushed can in your hand.

Do you use a paper gaffe or cigarette lighter for set-up? I have found the best is cigarette lighter (Q-Tip to tidy edges)even though it takes a little longer. It is less obvious and can be set-up last minute.
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Do you use a paper gaffe or cigarette lighter for set-up?


I use a single ply of black (Halloween) napkin. I made a cardboard template.
I tried Expo Dry Erase Marker, and it dried fast and wouldn't rub off!!
With condensation, the napkin melts into a tiny speck. I've read about the soot method and will try it next. I have several torch cigar lighters.

Speaking of H&S...can a prepped can be transported if plugged with, say, a toothpick?
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On 2007-06-25 14:37, mitchb2 wrote:

Speaking of H&S...can a prepped can be transported if plugged with, say, a toothpick?


Best to transport either upright and unplugged (but you get leakage)or I transport it pre-pricked - go to the bathroom to do the final work or out in a backyard. I have tried plugging to transport but the pressure is really too great and you may end up (as I did) with a very soggy jacket pocket. Usually I do not transport at all - just set up at the venue.

I can recommend the cigarette lighter method - the clean up is very simple. When you set up, though, it is a bit all over the place so I use a Kleenex for macro wipeaway and a Q-tip for the micro work. Try it, you'll see what I mean
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I'm definitely going to try that next. I can already envision a stencil made out of heavy duty foil with the shape cut out. Put it in place, flame, remove stencil.
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You should get the royal road to card magic and a couple of decks, the course leads you down a path, which is a great way to learn trick, the tricks build upon one another.
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On 2007-05-25 21:40, pghdude80 wrote:
Scot,

Glad to hear you went with the Johnson S/S. It is, IMO, the best one on the market.

J


Hearing that makes me feel better about the price tag. It was significantly more expensive than the other ones I saw, but I have heard that it is the best, and the very fact that it is the only one that is specified by its brand name online tells me that as well. And it comes with a bang ring included, so that helps a bit too. For now, I'm gonna have to use a glass and elbow grease for the dime/penny set. When it all comes in.


You can use an 11/16th socket from your tool box as a makeshift bang ring for the dime&penny.
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Once you get comfortable with the invisible deck, it will become one of your favorites. It really floors people. Just practice, practice, practice (with you wife, or child or whatever) until you're comfortable - after a while it just clicks.

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Mitchb2

NO!! You can't transport H & S with a toothpick seal. The can will expand on its' own before you get where you're going.

Prepare the can, put it in a lunch sack with a folded paper towel on the bottom. It will stay like this for well over an hour and will still work perfect when you perform the trick. Just keep the bag upright.

Jim
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