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DomKabala
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I would invest in a close-up mat as well. Also keep several decks of cards in differing states of use... ie. new deck, a slightly used deck, and a well used deck. Practice with them alternately so you become used to the slight deviations in technique that you will find yourself doing to compensate for slipperiness, stickiness, etc.

A good performer should be able to manipulate even with borrowed decks in shabby condition or even Bridge sized cards...This reminds me of a time I went to my sister's home without cards and my niece wanted to see some card magic. She handed me a 10+ year old deck of sticky bridge sized cards from a drugstore that had been out of business more than a decade and a half. Needless to say I relied on some self workers to amuse her. Lesson learned. I always carry some cards now when I visit...

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All great tips. Thanks. I am going to rummage through the garage to see what I can find before I go and spend money on equipment (mirrors, tables, chests, etc etc).

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On 2010-11-01 02:52, gaddy wrote:
A locking cabinet so your significant other can't see exactly how much money you've wasted on magic...


This my friends, is the most valuable tip of all...
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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On 2010-11-01 19:15, Wizard of Oz wrote:
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On 2010-11-01 02:52, gaddy wrote:
A locking cabinet so your significant other can't see exactly how much money you've wasted on magic...


This my friends, is the most valuable tip of all...


How true.
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A Magic Man Cave? No, but that sounds like something I need to pursue!

As for the brain-picking, I think that's what the "New to Magic" is for! I can tell you I got a lot of valuable info here thanks to you asking the questions.

I haven't figured out what to do with my stuff yet either. I have cards and books, and a few gimmicks. I was thinking about buying a $6 computer pad at Overstock for my close-up pad but I like the foam from JoAnn idea too.
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My take on the foam, since I suggested it...the major advantage is being able to cut it to what ever size you want. That can be accomplished with a yoga mat or similar too. I also took that foam, spray glued it to a backing board, covered it with a nice pinstriped suit material, edged it with molding and now have a great looking table top perfomance area. Suitable for most any situation.

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I don't disagree that you should work on a variety of surfaces however I think that having a close-up mat is a necessity. Sure we don't always have the luxury of using a close-up mat however they are classy and come in all shapes and sizes for a variety of performance situations. There are some distinct advantages to using a mat such as beautiful and consistent ribbon spreads and classic coin matrix routines that require a surface that gives. And you won't be fumbling to pick up a card from a slick table. I just retired my old pad and got a new pad. It is absolutely beautiful, plush and very large and cost me a whopping $12.75.

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On 2010-10-31 10:37, funsway wrote:
The advantage of a Man-Cave is that you can leave effects out for continuous practice without putting them away in an organized fashion. The disadvantage is that you leave them out for continuous use without proper organization. Sigh!


Now you've done it, Ken. You meant "Magic Cave", yes?

As for me, I have a spacious, secluded Magic Cave. I just have to share it with the livestock...

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I have a nice office-sized space that the wee lady calls the "Man Cave".

But she's wrong - it's a "study". Smile

It's a great place to practise and write, and as Ken/Funsway wrote, I can leave tricks out and practise them on and off throughout the week.

Of course, when we have a guest staying overnight, everything gets put away so the couch can turn into a sleeper. That's kinda magical. Smile
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I haven't bought any tricks, gimmicks, or anything yet. I'm a true noob. I only have a pack of cards, Hay's bible and Corinda's Steps. But I have a spare room with a huge mirror. Besides, the woman that lives in my house ( AKA "the wife") doesn't mind, she has known all along that I'm a little eccentric.

And when it comes to spending money in magic... she will have a FIT! Because if something can describe us is Frugality. So... I think I might have to get that locking cabinet before I get deeper into this art. Lord knows that my attempts at Juggling and dieting have her worried already.

Shamsiel
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