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David Le
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Can any of you can recommend a song or movie soundtrack that *can* be used for a card manip act? Smile

I'm not really a fan of the "type" of music McBride uses in his act, just to give you an indication of what kind of music a *diss*. Smile

I would guess there is one movie soundtrack there that might be a possible commodity for someone looking for music that can be used in a card manip act......

But don't worry. I'm not in a hurry. I'm still working on my backpalm prods and chances are I'll give up if there will be a dreaded day I discover card manipulation is not for me. Smile

anyways, ciao Smile

and I'll appreciate any help! Smile
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Some people say that's the hardest part of the act - choosing the music. McBride's music was specifically composed for his card manipulation routine, which is one of the reasons it looks perfect.
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Thanks for taking the time to reply, Scot Smile

Anyways, did you ever see David Copperfield's LASER illusion? He uses 2 minutes of James Horner's FLYING CIRCUS track from the movie ROCKETEER.

I love that track, but my dad says it's "too heavy" for something as *small* as a card manipulation act, but what do you think? Smile

- that is if you have heard that track.

thanks again.
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Well any style of music can work as long as it compliments the act and does not distract from it. Personally I like to use non lyrical music as I feel it helps to better highlight and focus on the magic that is happening.

Some great music to check out would be techno or techno style dance. This is great music with great beats for a more modern style manipulation act that is more wild and fast flowing.

I also like to check out contemporary jazz albums as some of the music sounds incredible and really works great for a manipulation act.

You can use soundtracks but try and stay away from really popular music. The reason I say this is because:
- the music is too well known
- more magicians would possibly be using the same exact music
- people would be more focused on the music then on watching your act

The best bet is to go online or to your record store and just try out some music. FYE is a great store because they let you sample and listen to any music before you buy it. Spend some time in the store in the techno and jazz areas and just listen to samples.

It is also good to check out the compiliation cd's as they give a nice sampling of various artist work.
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The matrix soundtracks are both very good
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I agree. Matrix is very cool.
Another reason not to use popular music is that, pretty soon, it won't be popular anymore.
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Zombie is correct. If you use popular music, not only will it become outdated, but you also run the risk of people liking the music more then they do your act. Not only that but too many other magicians will be using the exact same music. If you want to be unique and to stand out, you really need to find music that fits your act well and is as unique to you as it is your act.
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You can't go wrong with classical or techno, they never age!
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You can go wrong with Techno - big time! If you start doing your manipulations as fast as the music - the whole act loses that 'magical' feel about it.
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Pick music that moves and motivates you and it will show in your performance. Smile
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The matrix soundtracks are both very good


No offense but I HATE the Matrix scores! Smile They just "ain't" my type. I'll say the same for that awful score of this summer's X2. loved the movie though Smile
and I can't wait for REVOLUTIONS. whooohooo!

Yeah, I read that in a book somewhere not to use popular music or to avoid tunes with lyrics so audiences won't unconsioucly "sing" to them and forget about my magic. Smile

Anyways Rocketeer - The Flying Circus by James Horner soundtrack moves and motivates me, so I guess I'll listen to my tape or mp3 of that and try to IMAGINE what moves I *might* or *could* do in a card manipulation routine.

Thanks for all the help y'all!

A side note:

the two note motif score used in the trailer for THE MATRIX RELOADED was something of my liking though Smile but it's called I'M NOT DRIVING ANYMORE by Rob Dougan. Unfortunately, only the people who made the trailer of Matrix Reloaded had the ability to REMOVE the lyrics and only let us hear the two note wonders of Rob. D.
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You could try and get hold of an instrumental version, most p2p desktops and websites have instrumental versions of songs, Darren if you do your manipulations as fast as the music then you are in big trouble you end up looking like a conductor. instead if you can move with the bass lines of the music you can get quite a good outcome from it! someone who goes as fast as the music, shows a lack of control and counting ability, but at a grade 8 theory and prac. on the drums my beat counting ability is pretty good


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Absolutely Tom, I agree. I wish every other magician who uses Techno could count and follow the beat, because I've seen some who are almost impossible to follow. Again I think this shows that what works for one person may not work for another. Experimentation is key.
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I just found this great site free music and no royalties it's what production companies use in their shows. http://www.freeplaymusic.com checkout a section called "Just the news vol 1" very nice pieces here!
I can see many people using this soon.
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Depends abou thte feel you're goin' for.

May I suggest "Get a move on by Mr. Scruff"

It's Jazz with a somewhat subtle bass beat. I don't know if you can do card work with it but its the closest thing I can think of.

But I suppose classical would be the safest bet.
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If you're interested in the possibility of using classical music, I highly recommend a visit to naxos.com

They have streaming audio files of most of their recordings and it's a great way to browse a LOT of classical composition.
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Some really great music can be found in the jazz sections or the contemporary jazz sections on your record store. Even some more upbeat New Age stuff can work well.

The key is to find music that fits you and your character and performance. Also you want something that does not compete with what you are doing on stage.
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I just did a very cool act using my D'Lites this summer, and wound up using a cut from Dr. John. He does a cover of "Love for Sale" that really leant itself to the routine.

But I love Dr. John, and I think Boltt is right. Find something that you like, and if it's not something that everyone hears all the time, so much the better!

It becomes another expression of your individuality, which makes your act special!
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