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Vegas_Ray
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Hello guys, I am new to this and I got Karl Fulves Self-Working card tricks. When I first started reading it the first and second trick were easy enough to understand. Then when I went past those two the difficulty of the tricks seemed to jump up a lot. I couldn't follow anything and the hand full of drawings that were in the book didn't help. I am not sure if this makes a difference but I got the kindle version of the book. I have no idea why I can't follow these tricks, it uses a lot of terms that I don't know or I am just not understanding the wording.

I was looking at a more general magic trick book but I wanted to start out with cards. Now I am really not sure what to get. Maybe reading about tricks is not my thing?
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If you post the terms here, we can help you out. It might be possible to give you the help you need without actually spoiling the secrets to the tricks themselves.
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On Nov 4, 2020, Vegas_Ray wrote:
Hello guys, I am new to this and I got Karl Fulves Self-Working card tricks. When I first started reading it the first and second trick were easy enough to understand. Then when I went past those two the difficulty of the tricks seemed to jump up a lot. I couldn't follow anything and the hand full of drawings that were in the book didn't help. I am not sure if this makes a difference but I got the kindle version of the book. I have no idea why I can't follow these tricks, it uses a lot of terms that I don't know or I am just not understanding the wording.

I was looking at a more general magic trick book but I wanted to start out with cards. Now I am really not sure what to get. Maybe reading about tricks is not my thing?


You'll want to check out 'The Magic Book' by Harry Lorayne. His teaching style is great and it should help you get up and running. Once you get into the flow you will not be having nearly as much difficulty.
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Thanks for the replies guys! Its not only some terms I got confused about but it was also how it said. How I imagine the trick happening in my head and how I am reading it just seems impossible to me. I won't get into anything specific and will just stick to terms for now. I will check out the magic book you recommended also!

Today I am not having nearly as much trouble reading it as I was when I posted this. I learned another trick today in fact with my card tricks up to 3 in total.

I learned a valuable lesson trying out a new trick in front of anyone, even family members. If you are new you should "warm up" your magic by doing them at least once to make sure it will come out right. I have failed two magic tricks in front of my dad, I corrected my mistake and they won't happen again but it could of been completely avoided if I performed that trick before hand.
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Let me pat my own back, which may even help the original poster. From another forum:



I second the comments about Harry’s books. RRTCM is excellent. But for the most part you just learn “tricks” and “sleights”. Harry teaches MAGIC. Harry stresses the importance of structure and presentation. Harry has also commented that you only need to know a handful of sleights to do hundreds of tricks. So, the magic of Harry is ... well, Harry! He uses his vast knowledge of entertaining with magic to give the readers an incredible variety (and volume) of amazing, wonderful card magic.
The more I read (and reread) and study (and re-study) Harry’s writings, the more I realize how marvelous his “good stuff” really is. Brilliant thinking.

So... where to start? Harry’s “Classic Collection” books collect his earlier works with multiple volumes per book. It’s a great value. They are great values!

Or if you want to check a single book, there is a reason Harry’s “Close Up Card Magic” is the classic it is. Learn a half dozen tricks from CUCM and you’ll run rings around most magicians and fry your audiences while entertaining them.

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As I've been working through the Royal Road, I have definitely been cross-referencing moves between multiple different books. I know they're not cheap, but referencing Card College along with Expert Card Technique has been helpful for me to see a couple of different explanations/versions of a movement to better visualize.
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Harrys book is coming in today! I saw his "Out of this world" trick and wow that blew my mind.

There is one important thing I need to figure out. How do you perform safely in front of others? Because of the current situation we are in I wasn't sure how to perform without being close to someone. I was thinking of a magician box gimmick. I sit in a box like one of those fortune telling machines and do magic tricks in there? A transparent tent could work too.
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On Nov 5, 2020, Vegas_Ray wrote:

If you are new you should "warm up" your magic by doing them at least once to make sure it will come out right.


Magic is great fun, but it also requires a LOT of practice. If you learn to play a tune on the piano, and you play for your family and make a few mistakes it doesn't spoil it. But if you mess up a magic trick, the illusion is destroyed. So unlike most hobbies, you need to practice each new trick a lot before you perform it to other people. Do it enough times till you feel pretty confident it can't go wrong. Certainly more than once!

Welcome, and have fun!
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I agree, it's always worth spending extra time practicing a trick by yourself 'just to make sure'. Then you (hopefully) are less likely to skip a step or fumble [as I have, many a time!]
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The Fulves books generally breaks the tricks up into sections [all the spelling tricks are together and so on] - if you haven't already, it might be worthwhile flicking through the book to try some different types of tricks rather than learn the first trick, learn the second trick, learn the third, etc.

It will give you some good variety for your tricks and if someone asks you to do another trick, you won't necessarily have to do another one immediately that relies on a similar technique ['okay, this time we will deal the cards into FOUR piles first..']
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