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Andy Gemini
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Hi Guys
As I continue learning magic I have come across several tricks that require lapping. I have not yet done this but just wondered if anybody has any tips about it. During some tricks it seems so obvious but I realise it is not to an audience. Watching performers like Bill Malone, where his audience is sat very close, it seems incredible that nobody notices items in his lap. And also, how would you 'clean up' after lapping while still performing other tricks?
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Andy Young
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It really depends on what you are doing. Are you preforming for people, just doing a few effects after dinner, or something else? These things may dictate where you need to go with this. Some effects have you using the item after it is lapped so that it isn't a problem.
Dick Oslund
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My friend, Andy, asks a very pertinent question, and gives some very worthwhile information!

Quintino Marucci! --You young guys will better recognize his "stage" name, Slydini, revolutionized close up performance, seated at a table, in the late "40s.

"The Magic Of Slydini", by the late Lewis Ganson, published by the late Harry Stanley, is an excellent source of detailed information. Ganson uses two chapters (about 13 pages)of text and photos to give you the basic information.

With some of his performing, the "close up mat" was the late Slydini's "stage"! His lap was his servante!

Of course, the late OKITO, asked a rhetorical question that made many close up performers think!

(OKITO asked, "But, when you stand up, where does your lap go?")

Then, the late Pat Page, "introduced" the TOP IT!

The "lesson" of Okito and Page, is: Don't go into battle with only one weapon!

Learn to adapt methods so that you can perform standing up, too!
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