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I wanted to say something about these because I was just rereading them. Have you ever sat around trying to figure out why great magicians of our time are so great or magicians of our past were so great. I hope so I was just reading over this series of lessons that Mr. Bauer sells and They are just incredible. I am not being paid nor have I been asked by anyone to share this stuff with you. I just felt like telling those that care about the art of magic the guys that know their is more to magic than just a trick that this series should be owned, and studied by everyone. I was at a convention recently and a discussion came up about there are no mentors anymore. My thought is hmmm that's true I didn't have anyone to help me I had to read alot and go and do it. However I think realizing I have been reading the right material gave me an edge. Ron Bauer is my edge, let me explain. Though I have never met this man I have read the manuscripts he sells that give you lessons on magic. At the time I was reading I was looking at the trick but all of the other information was sneaking into my head at the same time. Now I go back and read them for the lessons, and I still learn something every time. I just felt compelled to share this with all of you because I felt inspired again. If Mr. Bauer ever reads this thank you sir for this information and material.
Check out his site and read the cool stuff on there http://www.thinklikeaconjurer.com/indexa.htm
Again I am doing this on my own acord I just feel that we should all have great learning material. cheers
What is your favorite Bauer booklet. Currsed ring and feminine side Are awsome. Smile
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Darren Roberts
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Reed,

I have just started purchasing this series, and I'm with you...it is just an awesome education in magical performance/theory/thinking/presentation/effect/and affect!

I've only been into performing magic for a little under a year. If I could send back a lot of the stuff I've already bought and trade it in for the rest of this series, I would do so! I'm LEARNING that much. There is great information and a great variety of effects.

As an aside, I've chosen two of the effects (booklets) in this series to perform for my "induction" performance for a local IBM Ring.

Even though I only have four of the booklets so far, my favorites are Sudden Death Gypsy Curse and Feminine Side. I truly believe that Feminine Side "fixes" all of the "problems" I've heard about "Out of this World".

So, to all magicians out there...there you have it. Two superior recommendations for the booklets in this series. One from a beginner and one from a highly respected magician in our field. And neither of us are in any way connected with Ron Bauer or the Private Series.
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Awesome
These are amazing books for sure. I finally took out four squares and a knot last night. I had worked on it for quite a while to get the presentation just right for my own personality. I did of course stick to the premise in the book, and This trick absolutely rocks.
I am 100 percent convinced Mr. Bauer knows more than most guys when it comes to magic. Let me explain my bold statement. When I read a book say for instance *&^*(*(^% *(%^ Smile don’t want to incriminate myself.
Most books I read, a guy is telling me technique or presentation. Now when you read Bauer stuff you get to learn technique, presentation, but also timing, beats, moments, blocking, payoffs, thoughts, tag lines how and why to use them along with tags, plus so much more.
I have a very minimum back ground in theater, clearly Ron has a ton of experience it kills me to think that before I got these I thought I was performing magic for people. I had no clue other than just to trick people with the thought in my head look what I can do and you cant. I started reading these and my tips started growing and growing. I assure you it was not because I am just that good.
These study guides rip, who else out there studies these. Post
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I agree wholeheartedly. You can read a quote from me on their website--it was unsolicited and excerpted from an earlier topic here on The Café, used with my permission on their site. This series will teach you how to be a magician, not just a guy who does some tricks!
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I cannot think of such inexpensive material with such powerfully magical depth than this series. Anyone interested in getting any one of these routines should save some of their own time and get a bunch of these all at once. For the low price, it just makes sense to take advantage of such an offering.

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I's amazing how many years it takes even some "professional" performers to finally "get it". It's nice to hear that another one has "arrived".
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Hi Reed:

My favorite is Xerox Money. Almost everything about these pamphlets gets an A+; my only small gripe is that sometimes it's hard to figure out what the effect is by reading his ads. Maybe other readers don't have this problem. Still, his stuff is terrific!

Ron
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Cabrera I got you wink wink, I have not seen you in quite a spell. Stop by one of the places I am working anytime.
Its funny I never see Mr. Bauer posting on the boards, I wonder if he reads them. I think this gentleman would be a great guest for the Café, hint hint Steve did you read that.
We benifit from the guests, I think this guy could single handedly change the magic fraternity. I honestly do not think I can build a pedistal high enough for Mr Bauer.
I took out the four squares and a knot again tonight at the bar I work in and it killed the whole bar. I served drinks to this group of guys sitting at the bar and I said "What if I told all of you guys in this bar that are single the next date you have will be a good one or knot wink if you know what I mean." Then a girl chimed in and said what about the girls I said oh you wouldnt want to know this guy secret, well there I was. I set the stage and I was off and runing, playing and having a blast and so were my customers, everyone one wanted to know. I milked this effect alot longer than the minute he talks about in the booklet. There are so many bits of business jokes and pauses for people to catch up. All that for a knot in a silk that transposes. Briliant absolutely beautiful. Booked two parties, and made Awsome tips.
How Many of you have tried Feminine side or Chosses bar stunt. woowee I never thought a bill switch could be so killer. Smile
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Reed, Gotta hand it to you bud, You know how to "Reed" between the lines. See ya!
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Thank you

Has anyone tried the cut up card trick on stage? I am curious if it would play or not. Your responce would be greatly appreciated. Smile
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Reed,

I first saw Jerry Camaro perform this and after he passed on to that great close-up pad in the sky, I researched and found out that it was Senator Crandall's trick. He only let a handful of close friend magicians use it, one of whom is Ron Bauer. I spoke with Ron about trying to obtain permission to include this effect in my stand-up act, and he was such a gentleman about it, he not only gave me the permission, but he told me that he was planning on introducing it as part of the Think Like A Conjurer series. Just for asking permission, he sent me ALL the books, including the Cut Up Card Trick! What a terrific and nice fellow!

As far as performing goes, I've done it only on the late shows on cruises. It's not suitable for "standard" audiences as you probably know. Definitely plays well with minimal props for the late crowd and comedy club clan. I use jumbo index cards as they are easier to see from the lounge's "stage."
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Hmmmm....I find it interesting that, aside from myself (and maybe Ron), only performing magicians are responding to this discussion. Is that because these are not quick fixes for today's so-called street magician? I'm willing to put time and effort into a quality magic performance, even as a beginner. It was research into effect and presentation that lead me to this series. I could not be more pleased with it.

It is a shame that so few people seem interested in this series. If more people were interested in this type of magical thought and presentation, the art of magic would be advanced to the next level.

Although...I'm with Ron above. The descriptions of the effects on the web site do not do these pamphlets justice.
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Has anybody noticed that there is a new pamphlet for the lowly paper hat tear trick? I've gotta get this one!

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I'd just like to add my two cents. I believe that this series is one of the most underappreciated and under-used in magic. What a great series for the working magician, focusiing on all of the little subtletlies that make a trick perfect. Reed, I have performed the Bar-Bill Stunt and I've gotten GREAT reactions, it's such a blast to perform, and funny as well! As far as the cut-up card trick, I've done it a couple of times close-up and it usually plays rather well. Never tried on stage, though it looks like it would be great for such an occasion.
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On 2003-09-30 06:51, Reed McClintock wrote:
"What if I told all of you guys in this bar that are single the next date you have will be a good one or knot wink if you know what I mean."


Reed,

Would you mind clarifying this line. I'm not following your approach.

Thanks
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I have some of Ron Bauers series, however, after 10 years of stand up, I tend to write my own material, and of course, with lots of shows the audience helps write it for you!. it's a good idea to have someone video tape your performances. This puts you light years ahead of the magic pack...If you can take critique and improve your , gestures, voice inflection etc. all that is emphasized in the Ron Bauer series
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On 2003-09-30 18:49, Darren Roberts wrote:

It is a shame that so few people seem interested in this series. If more people were interested in this type of magical thought and presentation, the art of magic would be advanced to the next level.



Darren,

I helped draw up the original list of effects to be included in this series. I worked with Ron for years and have performed all this material hundreds of times. I am grateful that so few people are interested in this series!

I begged Ron not to release some of it, it is too good! And it is in my regular repetoire. But, since he's gone ahead anyway, I'm glad that he priced it as he did. I'm glad he hasn't released it as a single volume, as so many people seem to think he should. And I'm glad that it requires some work to "get it".

I, and other people I know, paid a big price in time and practice to get good at this stuff, and if you want what we have you should have to work at it too!

I'm also glad that some people have "gotten it", and are appreciative of RB's approach. It is the best writing and direction for the working magician OR casual performer there is! You can learn two or three tricks from this series and suddenly appear to be as professional as a seasoned performer.

It is because RB has given you all the tools it takes some of us years of research to sort out and apply, all in a couple dozen little books. I would suggest that, although they stand alone, if you want full value for your money, you acquire all the books in the series. They are a complete course, and each lesson relates in some way to your overall performing education. Remember, it is RB's philosophical approach that is important, the tricks he selected are vehicles for illustrating that philosophy.

I recieve no money from any of the sales in this series, and I would happily keep all this material to myself, but as long as RB has released it, I am forced to whole-heartedly reccommend it!

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Paul (and everyone else),

Thanks for the response. I appreciate the work you and others have done on this series. The more I think about things, I agree it's nice that this series is still "underground". I believe that if you give me a year head start in studying this series over another beginner who is just "doing tricks", I would definitely get the professional gig.

I also recently acquired Haydn's "Chicago Surprise" manuscript and put it into the same category as the Bauer booklets. He provides a ton of information on the magical thought and theory that goes into what most people perceive as an "Easy to Master Card Miracle." I'm looking for more items like this to expand my own magical performance skills.

I will be getting the entire Bauer series a few at a time. Currently I'm working on Gadabout Coins Revisited, Sudden Death Gypsy Curse, Feminine Side, and Fair & Sloppy. After I can perform each of these I will treat myself to another 4 (or 5...or 6...or 10) of the booklets.

Any recommendations from people for my next order of booklets?

Thanks!
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That was my opening line to create curiosity to get into the effect.The effect was four sqares and a knot.

I had these booklets and just thought hmm I read the tricks. It was afterr I talked with Paul Chosse that I was now ready to learn more that tricks and he said I should read these. I obviously did what he said because he knows what he is talking about, and I have not looked back. Thank you Paul.

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Feminine Side is a GREAT routine.
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