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Knowing what you know now about magic...

if you could go back in time to when you first started magic, what are some of the things you would tell yourself, suggest, warn about, etc...?
Mark Reed
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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Profile of GeorgeG
Buy as many Taytelbaum pieces you can afford
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I would tell myself to buy more books and less tricks.
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I would have joined a local magic club.

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Yep...bought more books and found a way to join a club.

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NJ, U.S.
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Profile of Jaz
Always remember how magic affected you as a layperson.

Study and get some mastery of the basics.

Don't believe every hype you read or hear about.

Pick and study effects that you honestly believe you will use.
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Don't give up magic until you turn 30 years old and try to get back into it, kiddo....
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Andy the cardician
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A street named after my dad
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Buy some really rare books - well, at that time they were still in print
Cards never lie
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Buy Card College first instead of wondering if I should buy stupid I was!
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Think if you will really use it.
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Agree with Andy the Cardician! I missed many (now) rare books when they still in print
Magic is life

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I second Andy's sentiments on theNOW rare titles. Hopefully some of these will be reprinted.
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Profile of Erdnase27
Study the psychology and theory of magic instead of buying magic
andre combrinck
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Read the Books of Wonder, then buy all the classics:13 Steps,Stars of Magic,Card College ect.Buy only utility items:TT,coin shell,Swami gimmick ect.

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I don't know that I would change much of anything, other than perhaps figuring out sooner who Uncle Harry and Uncle Pete were in order to appreciate a bit more what I could learn from them. I was so young that I was very dependent on adults to teach me. I couldn't read when I first tried magic, and the ideas I got from watching Mark Wilson in his Dallas local Time for Magic show as to how tricks were done would never have worked. In fact when I finally got a Mark Wilson magic set I spent several hours trying to find the trap doors in the cups and balls set. Until I was about 8 years old and in the 3rd grade my reading skills were not developed enough to understand simple trick instructions or what few simple magic books available to me. All of the magic I learned was the result of adults who took enough interest and had enough patience to teach me.
I was actually very fortunate for a child of the early 1950's wanting to learn magic. There was a magic store in Dallas. There was a local magician on TV that inspired me. There was an established magic club with a couple of adults in it willing to occassionally teach me. My dad took enough interest and time to help me learn. And I was lucky enough to be a relative of Harry Blackstone, Sr. (Which I'm sure had a big influence on the willingness of some adults to teach me).
Buying too many tricks was no problem, on my 25cent per week allowance that wasn't going to happen. I got a Mark Wilson magic kit for christmas and that was all the bought props I had. I had to learn to use those. As I got older, I still couldn't buy tricks, so I had to learn from books sleights with coins and cards which I had access to.
And for practice, every adult who taught me magic emphasised practice, practice, practice, practice. So I really didn't know any other way.
It probably would have been nice if there had been a few more books available to me, or having a book like Mark's Complete Course in Magic (not published until I was in my 20s) available. But I got by. Sometimes less is better.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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I completely agree with joining a local club early on.
"Who you are moment to moment is just a story."
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Would have not listened to the guy who suggested that I should stick with clowning, because women really can't do much in the magic world. I think, had I stuck with it instead of picking it back up years later when I met my husband, that I'd be much better off.
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I would perform more

The masters make the rules, for the wise men and the fools
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It's already been said... Learn more techniques and less tricks. Royal Road or something along those lines will give you 1000's of tricks in the long run.

Also, HIGHLY recommend joining a club. The reason people (like myself) get in and out of magic is because they either 1) run out of tricks to perform for the same people or 2) run out of people to perform the same tricks for.

Did that make sense? Perform for others!
Bob Sanders
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Join a club, read books, attend every lecture and convention I could.

I bought too many plastic props that exposed the trick's workings but were useless themselves. Also a good lecture is worth a thousand packet tricks and trick decks. Most of the really good card tricks come in a regular deck of cards. Read a book!

Buy the really useful and versatile props (silks, rope, cards, tables, utility props, reference books) instead of tricks. Resources are much better investments than tricks. You will use the resources for many, many years and leave something of value. They will allow you to build you own act instead of having to do a disjointed series of tricks anyone can buy one at a time.

Do magic!

Bob Sanders
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