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Mr. Mystoffelees
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Hey, Andrew! Really good to hear from you. Yes, the times they are a changing'. Hopefully this country can get it together again, and all that starts with getting Covid under control. Here in Ohio, those in the know are begging people to stay home and not have gatherings. When you look at the air travel, however, we could very well have a bigger rise in cases than ever, as seem to be ignoring the warnings.

We cancelled the family Thanksgiving festivities about a week ago, and I am busy trying to hook up Zoom so we can all do a video version. I hit the smoker today for some smoked salmon and turkey drumstick action and my mate, Carolyn, is a very good cook, so we will not starve. I feel so sorry for those who are struggling, and we are trying to help. Mostly, though, I am distributing what I can to friends and neighbors who are working the hospitals. It is shameful that most of them still have to use N95 masks and gowns day after day without being able to change them, so I have found some suppliers.

I hope all of you have a pleasant Thanksgiving- in spite of this very rough year (and I remember celebrating that '19 was finally over!) it is uplifting to think of the good things we have and to give thanks for our blessings.

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My name is Ira. My goal this week is work more on sponge magic, in particular trying to make sure I don't flash the ball between fingers.


I personally find setting goals and social pressure is a really good motivator for me, but I'm also still very amateurish. Is posting videos of my once a week progress of my goal against etiquette (or suggestions on how to do that to show progress).
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Hello, Wizuriel, and welcome! WE are a month in since you posted, so I guess need to ask how did your week of practice go? This site started out as a way to encourage regular practice - at least 5 days a week for a half hour a day average. I had steady action for quite awhile, but has fallen into hit and miss, with mostly miss. That doesn't mean you won't get great tips, just that they are "far between". Glad to have you here, though. Jim
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Wish I had the time to do 30min 5 days a week reliable :p but do I feel in a month made some good progress. Been going though Daryl's master class of spongeballs and TCC from their last kickstarter. While I really like Daryl's retention vanish didn't really start to get the hang of it until I tried actually doing a routine standing up and realized what a difference that angle made.
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Angles can be very important. Bill Malone has some very good ideas for sponge work. My favorite is where he produces a sponge ball in one hand, puts it into the other hand, and continues to produce an inexhaustible supple of sponge balls. It never ceases to amaze...

p.s. The 5 days is way more important than the 30 minutes, so if you can do even 5 minutes REGULARLY the progress will surprise you. Also, an advantage of sponge balls is you can practice while watching tv, waiting at a traffic light, etc...
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Happy Holidays, Everyone! Hope you are safe and well! Jim
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WELL as someone recently said "2020 won!" With which I agree, as I eagerly await 2021. Wish for all a pleasant NEW year!
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How was it nearly a year ago that I checked in on this page? What a time to be alive! Just feeling lucky that I am. Jim, I'd love your tips on the smoker if you have any! I may be in Ohio in August so you're welcome to demonstrate for me in person if you'd like. I'll bring the meat.

I've stayed busier this past year than ever in regards to magic. Lots of Zoom shows for events all over the world. Performing for a group in the Philippines at 3AM was a good time, and I put on my own one-hour show that didn't involve renting a theater space because I owned a laptop and a bedroom, so that was fun. Lots of birthday parties, weddings and school functions. That said I miss performing at the Magic Castle and I'm eager for us to safely reopen so I can entertain in person again.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
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Andrew, good to hear from you!

I am so sorry that I have not been checking in here as often as I should, and completely missed your mention of being in Ohio last August. I would have heartily enjoyed the visit, and the chance to explore ways to create good things with the smoker... sad to miss the opportunity.

I have wondered how the MC was doing as we continue to grapple with the virus. How are they staying above-water in such impossible conditions?

How does a "zoom show" work? If you get a chance, I would like to hear about that.

As for me, things are fine, just the expected grappling with the aging process. I haven't been performing since the advent of covid, and am thinking of listing some things for sale here in the Café.

Many years from now, folks with marvel that we found a way to survive!

Thanks for checking in, and my best wishes for your health and success!

Jim
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Hi everyone!

Hard to believe it has been 3 years since I’ve posted here and probably about the same since I’ve even visited The Café! I was inspired to return by Al Schneider! Attended his lecture yesterday in Minneapolis (Hopkins) and he mentioned that he remembered me from posting here on The Café. I moved to Minnesota after Al had mostly stopped attending magic club meeting and I had never had a chance to meet him before. As always, his insight into magic theory was thought provoking.

This past year has been difficult for all magicians (and other entertainers), but my magic camps did very well (Twin Cities Magic Academy). In 2020 I taught as many kids (mostly over Zoom) as in 2019 and in 2021 more than double that number! If you have any interest in teaching kids magic, I’d be happy to speak with you about it.

I also took some of the pandemic to create a new show - I regret that I didn’t start until February instead of several months sooner, but better late than never. I did get an 18 minute parlor show ready for Memorial Day and ran that show every week at a local resort (I live in a resort area about 100 miles north of Minneapolis). I’ve now expanded to a 30 minute stage show and will soon be up to 45 minutes. I worked with a magic coach, Tyler Erickson, and the show is built around my life story - mostly military experiences. My goal is that not only is the magic interesting, but the stories around the magic are interesting in and of themselves.

Looking forward to an active holiday show season (hopefully!).

Trust all of you are well.

Hudson
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Let me say that I've been very bad about practicing OR rehearsing! I started at Wal-Mart in 2003, the thing about Wal-Mart is that you get bounced around the schedule, different times and different days off. This made it difficult to plan anything on a regular basis.

Recently, Wal-Mart offered regular, steady schedules. I currently work 11 - 8, with Friday and Sunday off on a regular basis.

So, I'm hopefully, planning a regular practicing schedule on Fridays and Sundays.

Wish me luck.
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On Nov 17, 2021, ed rhodes wrote:
Let me say that I've been very bad about practicing OR rehearsing! I started at Wal-Mart in 2003, the thing about Wal-Mart is that you get bounced around the schedule, different times and different days off. This made it difficult to plan anything on a regular basis.

Recently, Wal-Mart offered regular, steady schedules. I currently work 11 - 8, with Friday and Sunday off on a regular basis.

So, I'm hopefully, planning a regular practicing schedule on Fridays and Sundays.

Wish me luck.


Several years ago, I used the Wal-Mart concession area of the town I was in to practice. I would entertain the elderly men and women who stopped for a sandwich or drink. One time, a man stopped to watch and after a couple tricks stuck a $5 bill in y pocket and walked away. Lately, I have been restricting my practice to the cadavers at the funeral home. Granted, they don't clap for you but they don't complain when a trick goes wrong. No hecklers there at all. Practice where you can.....
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Mr. Mystoffelees,

You need to change your saying, "I haven't changed anyone's opinion in 3622 Posts." You changed mine in post 3523. lol
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