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Michael Ammar said at one point in explaining one of his tricks, "you do the magic", in reference to almost any kind of gesture (he even passes a shadow of his hand over the cards in one trick) that leads to something magical about to happen. It's the magician's choice I guess (if your snap is weak, do something different), but IMHO your special gesture (which might be a snap) adds a little bit of drama and misdirection of looking at the hand instead of cards. Lynn
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If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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On Jan 2, 2021, lynnef wrote:
Michael Ammar said at one point in explaining one of his tricks, "you do the magic", in reference to almost any kind of gesture (he even passes a shadow of his hand over the cards in one trick) that leads to something magical about to happen.


Wow, waving your hand is even less effort than snapping your finger, this Michael Ammar guy must be a real hack, Right, Tommy?

Again, my philosophy is... pontificate less, perform more. The audience will teach you more in a week of performing then you will learn in a year of philosophizing.
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If he waved a hand, perhaps, Ray, but certainly if he waved a hoof.
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Years ago I had a spectator provide the action to "make it happen." More than half chose a span or fingers or clap of hands.
About a third wanted to say a word and often asked for an ancient one to try.
Others waved their hand or pointed a finger.

This process allows for a lot of anticipation and misdirection, plus essential audience engagement.
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On Jan 2, 2021, lynnef wrote:
Michael Ammar said at one point in explaining one of his tricks, "you do the magic", in reference to almost any kind of gesture (he even passes a shadow of his hand over the cards in one trick) that leads to something magical about to happen.


Wow, waving your hand is even less effort than snapping your finger, this Michael Ammar guy must be a real hack, Right, Tommy?

Again, my philosophy is... pontificate less, perform more. The audience will teach you more in a week of performing then you will learn in a year of philosophizing.


I would argue your figures are a bit off.

I think you can learn more in a week performing than you can in a "lifetime" of philosophizing. (Especially on the internet.) (Although I would substitute the word "bloviating" for "philosophizing".)

All in all we agree totally!
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You might learn you need to go home and study in a week performing.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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Usually in the first week you learn a LOT needs to be back on the drawing board. I have had shows produced that just did not click the way I had imagined they would on paper or in the rehearsal studio. I have had things I have had to change not a line, but a WORD in a line! Heck once I just changed the pause and it played.

Not things you can learn online bloviating sorry to tell you. At some point just the same way any great chef must cook at least one edible meal, magic needs to be performed.

I was told early that "we learn our craft from each other, we learn our art from our audience". Can't learn art by bloviating.
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