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Popeye
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Hi All

After a couple of weeks virtually glued to Volumes 1 & 2 of Daryls Card Encyclopedia I'm actually at the point where I can pull off a couple of tricks!

I know this is sounds like small stuff (and indeed would be for most of you!!) - but I've been fascinated by magic for the best part of 35 years and only recently decided to bite the bullet and try and learn some...rather than spending great wads of cash on packet tricks and gizmos.

All my family think I've gone completely round the twist - but I'm sure someone here will remember how they felt when they first got to grips with a few moves - AWESOME

Bye for now

Bev

PS David Who???
espalding
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Since what you describe was a relatively recent experience for me, I completely understand your feelings at the moment.

I remember starting to work my way through Royal Road to Card Magic, and being able to do some controls with the overhand shuffle. It was an extraordinary feeling.

Reality hit later when I discovered how hard it is to actually being able to turn those moves into a performance. Well, okay, anyone can do that, but doing it well I found to be very hard.

Eric.
Niko
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After Royal Road I reccommend Card College volumes 1-5
that should do you for cards.
Copins: Modern Coin Magic by JB Bobo
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Reis O'Brien
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There really is great joy in learning something new. When I learned my first few card effects, I thought I was the awesomest cat on this good green Earth! Then I realized how much I still had to learn.

You just got bit by the magic bug, my friend! Enjoy it!
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Skeptic
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Great feeling isn't it. I remeber when I first was able to control a card and perform a few basic sleights. Like the glide and a double lift.
Rob Johnston
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There is nothing like the feeling of mastery. I remember practicing and practicing the moves I found in Bobo's books and when something finally came, I just smiled and said...."I did it, I really did it."
"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable." - Margot Fonteyn
what
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I remember learning "a bird in the hand" which is a 2 in the hand, 1 in the pocket routine from The Complete Idiots Guide to Magic and performing it for my kids for the first time. It felt so good to perform something that was interesting to someone.
Then I wanted to perform Dean Dills simple matrix. So I had to learn to palm coins. Then the Cups & Balls caught my eye (and I have been working them for the better part of 2 years now). I am with you in that this is a hobby with no end to the enjoyment as at every turn I learn something new.

Enjoy the Journey!!

Mike
Magic is fun!!!
Aperazor
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Congratulations,
I know I have had a few sucesses myself over the last month and felt the same way.
Sure makes it easier to stick it out after something comes together.
Best wishes and continued good luck in all your magical endeavors.
Nick
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That's awsome.
I too just got re-interested in magic. My father was a magi and I use to be really into it. Then I kinda lost my way. I have started once again with cards but I think I will expand.
Good luck to you,
Josh Gesler
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Congrat's Popeye


I know the feeling , ive been royal roading for a while
Learn't the DL today sliding the card's from the front , in a natural way , had been doing the open book version for months , well chuffed ....

Magic takes my mind off the stresses of work , I love it.
Magic or just an illusion? it's a free choice .... isn't it?
Popeye
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Thanks for taking the time to reply - it's really good to know that others have either 'been there' or are actually going through similar things at the moment.

I must say that I've found these boards terrifically useful - all the advice on where to start, what things to buy (and more importantly what not to buy, because basically you won't know how to do it!)is fantastic.

Thanks again!

Bev
Jonatan B
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Well, congratulations. The magical with learning magic is somewhat of a personal experience that you share with others through astonishment.

Sometimes you will astonish yourself and that is a great feeling (watch the movie "Hook" and you will see what I mean).

Good luck, and skill of course!
Jonatan Bank
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Popeye,

I feel your joy! I've recently learned Richard Osterlind's BCS. Having performed it for several frinds and coworkers, it's a great feeling performing and nailing it. Generating "wows" is a cool feeling. It makes all the practice worthwhile.
Caspar
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On 2004-03-31 13:44, Firedice27 wrote:
There really is great joy in learning something new. When I learned my first few card effects, I thought I was the awesomest cat on this good green Earth! Then I realized how much I still had to learn.

You just got bit by the magic bug, my friend! Enjoy it!


I know what you mean. I am learing about presentation and showmanship which will transform you tricks into Magic.
jaxonlee
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Congratulations Popeye and welcome to a wonderful addiction! Learning to perform even the most basic of sleights well in front of an audience is one of the most blissful experiences. Keep up the good work, it only gets better.
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