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-I was browsing the Food For Thought area and stumbled upon somthing interesting regarding TT routines...

"One of my pet peeves is the silk and TT trick you mention (Vanish). In the twenty plus years I have been involved in magic I have seen hundreds of magicians perform this trick. About 4 of them presented it correctly."

Okay, I've been doing magic for 16 years, ever since I was a little kid. Magic books we're my way of practicing to read. I know and can perform a lot of really great routines that have entertained my audiences over the years. I've recieved rave review's from people who have employed me to perform. However, I have to admit...I am one of those people that does an incorrect TT routine.

I know that the routine that I do is "incorrect", even though the audience is still entertained. I know from being involved in the magic community for so long that in a "correct" TT routine, one shouldn't actually be able to see the TT at all, even if one doesn't notice seeing it. We have all heard/seen of magicians who can do the routine with a TT that's painted bright Red (for example) and nobody notices.

Maybe the reason I do it poorly is the fact that, even though I've been around the magic community for some time now...I have never had the chance to see a really great TT routine performed so I don't know what I'm missing. I know that my magic still needs more practice (as always). And there will always be more to learn about my art.

So now I admit that my TT routine has much to be desired and I ask from you, my fellow Magi, to shed some light on what I am doing wrong and how to fix it. It is my wish that I could add my name to the list of magicians who can present a TT routine correctly.

You're Fellow Magi,

If nessesary we might want to move this post to secret sessions, or feel free to PM me.
Jonathan Lareau A.K.A "Jonny Card Trick"
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I like the Patrick Page TT video. He shows the basics, and also demonstrates the "correct" methods, and the "incorrect" methods. Also has some great routines in this video. I think I paid $18.99 on sale for mine, and it is a great video! Bad habits are hard to break! Good-Luck
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I would suggest "Thumb Tip Magic" from Mario Gonzales. He uses a thumb tip painted as the USA flag, and it's totally INVISIBLE!
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Salvano`s video tape is the best I`ve seen.
It`s a lecture video and also covers ropes. Just TT and ropes. Wonderful. It`s English, I think from International.
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I just attended a workshop by Jay Scott Berry and was blown away by his work with the TT (which is well covered in his lecture notes). I've been carrying a TT around ever since, working on the moves and aproach.

He does use his own version of the TT, but the moves are pretty easily adapted to the standard model.
David Hirata

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I have to agree with Ronin regarding Jay Scott Berry's work with the TT. He will also blow you away with the sanada, which I started carrying with me at all times now. Smile
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