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Bob Johnston
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I “teach” a few people magic. I do this as a byproduct of demonstrating magic in a magic shop. From time to time someone shows a more than passing interest. I recently gave a young person an Okito Box and a David Roth DVD of Silk tricks and his wonderful instructions on the Okito Box.

What would you give (in the 25.00 to 50.00 range) to a young magician that is handling; thump tips, bill changes, and basic coin handling rather well?

Bob
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Peter Marucci
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Bob,
The Okito box and a good book, tape, or DVD on its handling sounds ideal to me.
Or perhaps a half-dollar shell and a C/S coin.
(And, of course, the appropriate books, tapes, etc. to go with them.)

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Peter Marucci
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I'd give them the Royal Road to Card Magic, and BoBo's Modern Coin magic. These cover basics and would start them on the right track. I think you'd only spend about $40.

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Royal Road to Card Magic and Bobo's book are each at Amazon.com for under $10. So after these, you'd still have enough money left for a DVD. I've really enjoyed Daryl's Fooler Doolers because of the range of magic taught and the performances he gives. I've found it very helpful just to watch the way he interracts with the audience.

Eric.
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Shows you how long it's been since I bought them.

MM
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Tarbell Books to start his collection, a thumb tip, or my first trick, a hot rod! Smile
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blindbo
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How about giving him an application to SAM or IBM?
7th_Son
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A large mirror to practice in front of.
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Sean
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The Mark Wilson book.
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On 2003-12-15 13:29, Sean wrote:
The Mark Wilson book.


I'll agree with this. My real start with magic came because of the Mark Wilson Complete Course on Magic.

Jester J
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You can get the Mark Wilson book on eBay cheap these days. I got mine form under $10, including shipping and handling. The book is very "broad" but not very "deep". It has basic handling techniques for virutally everything from cards to coins to cup/balls to sponge balls to stage magic, but if you're really interested in one area, say cards, then you're going to move on to something else pretty quickly.

Eric.
Bob Johnston
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Blindbo:

I did belong to both, many years ago. I recently sent a young kid to a SAM meeting and he and his mother found them not too friendly. I have found that SAM is not that kid friendly.

That boy and his mother did however go to the SAM New York Show and liked it.

Bob
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I like the above posts...why?
Because I am new to magic and I have the books you mention..........Bobo, Royal and Mark's.


I love em...........it's like a whole new universe.
Will-Ace
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Spongeballs and their variations. e.g. ball to cube, or multiplying sponge balls (with instructional video)
Thumb Tip (also with instructional video)
Hot Rod
Ball And Tube
and books mentioned above... though I would prefer a video to start. Like one of Michael Ammar's or David Roth.
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I think books are a better idea instead of just getting him a trick.


Anabelle Smile
Will Gordon
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Definitely the Mark Wilson Complete Course on Magic. Covers everything from A to Z.
El_Lamo
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I think a book is the best choice. Take the time to mark your three favourite effects, sections or essays. Make sure that the book is signed by you and that you wish the student well with his future learning. Your student will treasure it.

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Cubs and Balls and cups and balls booklet or dvd
sponge balls
I think the fundamentals that will help teach sleight of hand and will open doors for other tricks.
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Royal Road, Bobo's Coin Magic, Corinda (the 3 so called bibles).
Other than those, Mark Wilson's Complete Course... or maybe even the first few Tarbell books, they are a great way to get introduced to magic.
Cups and Balls Set? Okito Box coupled with a Boston Box set...
A trick to get them to learn the elmsley and familiarise them with packet tricks.

Stay away from DVD's, s/he shouldnt get into the habit of learning magic from DVDs/videos, although many good books/effects are coming out on DVD the tradition remains in the literature Smile
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Corey Harris
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Sponge Balls, Royal Magic sponge ball dvd, RRTCM, and Modern Coin Magic.
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