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Julianna
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Hi everyone, I'm brand new and not sure what to look for or how to get around so bear with me.

My uncles a really good at card magic. He gets mad when I say he does tricks, he says it's not tricks it's magic, and he is starting to help me. He gave me a book called the Royal Road To Card Magic and told me to start there.

Any suggestions!
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Good staring point. Plenty of good card "tricks" in there. Smile Don't get too hung up on the terminology. The magic is in the performance, but we're still performing tricks.

Best of luck!
Julianna
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Thanks magiguy
I like your name. my uncle said he wanted me to learn a key card trick to show him, and each time I showed him a trick he would help teach me more. He wants me to be serious!
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Hi Julianna and Welcome to the Café,

Some folks don't mind what they do being called "tricks" while others do.
The key is to make those tricks magical.

Your uncle is doing what I've done with my grandkids. That being that they have to show me that they seriously want to learn before I show them more.
Julianna
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Hi Jaz,

I was reading thru the trick, Do As I Do. What do you think? I'm gonna learn it.
Magikrn
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Do As I Do is a great effect. Plenty of room for audience participation and humor. Learn it, love it, embrace it. Another great effect is You Can't Do As I Do, from Mark Wilson's Complete Course In Magic.
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Royal Road is a great starting place. It teaches and progresses as it goes along. Start at the beginning and have fun.
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Do As I Do card effect are a great way to connect with a person.
Learn the method and think about an entertaining way to present it. Then rehearse it and get it it as close to perfect as possible. Then.. try it on someone. That's when you will really learn.

Good luck on your magic journey.
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Another small piece of advice... stick with books.
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As a teacher, I would advise you to use the medium with which you learn best. A visual learner would benefit more from video or personal instruction.
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Another small piece of advice is to stick with books/DVDs that offer numerous effects. One trick dvds are almost always not the way to go if you want to get the most bang for your buck. At least in the beginning of your journey.
Magic is a vanishing art.
Julianna
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Wow! Thanks for the advice everyone. I like to read anyway, especially when I'm at the beach or just layin' out in the sun. I already bought 2 decks of cards from Walgreens today for this trick. I'm gettin' it already! This is too cool, can't wait to do it for my uncle.
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Good luck and enjoy the journey, I know I have. Smile
Magic is a vanishing art.
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I also started with Royal Road to Card Magic. Its a great book. Just have patients and take your time with it. The key thing is to have fun.
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Royal Road is a wonderful book. Do as I Do is a wonderful set, especially if you can learn a couple of different ways to do it.

The only piece of "advice" I can offer is to perform as often as you can. Perform in the morning, perform in the afternoon, and perform in the evening. Then go to sleep, wake up, and do it again. Performance is the real aspect of magic. Get out there and do it. That's where you find yourself. That's where the magic is.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
Julianna
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Patrick, the book only shows 1 way to do the trick how can I learn a different way? I'm gonna show my mom tomorrow, she knows I've spent most of the day working on it.
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Julianna.

Royal Road an excellent choice, and further into detail is Expert Card Technique.
Both books same authors, but the Expert treatise is more technical.

You are on the right path...stay focused. Do as I Do has many, many variations. Try a few of them, settle on the one you can DO BEST, even tho it maynot be your favorite. Execution is the keyword, many of my presentations are not my favorites, but the paying customers like them, so I do them. Always keep the customer of your wares on top.

Best to you in your journey into the land of the mysterious.
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I would recommend 8 card brainwave. I learned it on easy to master card miracles vol 1 .

effect:

You show 8 cards and ask someone to think of one of them.
He tells you which card it was and you place it face up onto a table.

You show the backs of the rest of the cards to be blue for instance.
The thought of card is flipped over to be red.

If you search I am sure you can find the secret on the internet...unfortunately

This is a super easy trick but you need red and blue cards.

CW
People have been calling me "Yu" lately. I don't know, must be Chinese.
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On 2008-08-10 18:05, garcia00 wrote:
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On 2008-08-10 17:29, Magiguy wrote:
Another small piece of advice... stick with books.


As a teacher, I would advise you to use the medium with which you learn best. A visual learner would benefit more from video or personal instruction.


Granted, I am not a teacher, but I stand by my advice that you stick with books. Feel free to PM me if you would like clarification on the subject (my opinion, of course).
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Julianna,

Ten books and a fist full of DVDs are not as good as the one book you have. Royal Road is a real gem. There is enough material in there to last you at least one year, probably more!!

Pick one trick at a time to learn. Don't worry about different versions. Watch yourself in the mirror, or a video camera if you have one.

Do each trick over and over enough times that you're relaxed when you do it. Figure out what you want to say, during the trick, ahead of time. Then rehearse your words with what your hands are doing.

Get your Uncle to help you if you get stuck. He obviously knows a lot, and is probably so happy you're interested in magic that he can't stand it!

You keep it up. Don't hang out here unless you have a question. Then come back.

Now go practice Do as I Do.

Kent
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