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Kungfujon
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Thanks for the tip. I'll check out the local shop and see if they have a copy.
Jon Barmore
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Listen to the guys who are advising to first "see your routine like a movie". Never concern yourself with method in the early stages...it will hold you up and get you no where. You'll be so hypnotized by countless methods you'll never create a thing.

For example: I slowly pass a signed, borrowed quarter through the bottom of borrowed drinking glass. It passes through slowly while the audience watches. No cover. When it pushes all the way through, I swirl it around and hand out the glass with the signed coin inside.

Whatever....something stupid like that. Now the work starts. How do I make this effect a reality? Where are the compromises? do I need gimmicks? are they invented, or does this involve something new.

See it like a movie. Fully edited with special effects and audience reactions. This will tell you everything you need to know.
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VernonOnCoins:

Amen
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VernonOnCoins -

Yeah. I've worked that part out. I have the "amazing movie" version in my head.

Now I'm beginning to work through sorting out what I need to pull that off. The three resources I have are:
1) Sleights I already know
2) Gaffed coins
3) Sleights I don't know about

My goal is to use them in that order. Try to do everything with sleights I know. Toss in a gaff/gimmick if necessary. Then I'll research new sleights to see if there is anything more efficient out there. Over time, as I continue to learn new sleights, I'll replace as necessary and hopefully end up with a nice, tight, gaff-free routine. Time to pour through Bobo's again...
Jon Barmore
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On 2009-10-08 01:03, wsduncan wrote:
Assuming you believe that performance is about self-expression, in a perfect world, you’d have an idea for a script, and create a method to convey that idea. Sculptors don’t start chipping away at the stone without knowing what’s inside. What do you want the magic to “say” about you? What do you want to say with the magic?
Exactly!! I think that's the key to any good performance.

Let's take any coin routine.

"Why" do you want to make a coins across routine? Because you like it, because it's visual, because it's impromptu, because it fits a theme you want to say, because it's fast, because it's slow... "What" do you want your audience to feel? Amazement, Amusement, relaxation, stress, happiness, sadness, innocence... "How" do you want to be seen as a magician? Serious, funny, skillful, non skillful, mysterious, irreverent, elegant, crazy... Etc, etc, etc.

The "Why" should be important ONLY for you as a performer, it may or may not be necessary into the construction of your presentations.

Pablo
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