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sethb
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Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.

I was bitten by the magic bug at the tender age of ten, when my father brought home a set of Chinese Sticks. This quickly resulted in my next two magical purchases: a Svengali Deck and an S.S. Adams’ Color Vision.

Shortly afterward, I discovered the pleasures of Al Flosso’s Martinka-Hornmann Magic Shop, where I routinely spent most of my weekly allowance for several years. Al wisely insisted that I buy a book every time I bought some tricks. These eventually included a complete Tarbell Course, Hugard’s “Modern Magic Manual,” and Bruce Elliot’s “Classic Secrets of Magic,” among others. Those books grew into a wonderful reference library, and one that I appreciate more and more with the passing of time.

Armed with my trusty Die Box, Chick Pan, Hippity-Hop Rabbits and a set of Multiplying Golf Balls, I began performing at children’s birthday parties when I was twelve. Kids are a great audience, because they still have that sense of wonder and are able to suspend their belief and play along with you. On the other hand, kids can be a much tougher audience than adults – if they’re bored, they don’t hesitate to let you know!

After college, I put down the magic wand and acquired a law degree. Twenty-five years later, I picked the wand up again, this time in pursuit of coin magic. I always admired the folks who perform with unprepared objects, and Al Flosso’s Miser’s Dream was a real inspiration for me.

I’m now teaching a Magic Class for kids at our local public library. We begin with a finger palm and the copper/silver coin; then we work on paddle tricks, a Dime & Penny Set, the Cups & Balls, a thumb palm, and finish with the Miser’s Dream.

I’m also performing for kids again, doing shows for the third graders at the public school where my wife teaches. I pulled a few quarters from some kids’ ears and elbows, then did a copper/silver transposition, followed by Coin to Handkerchief (straight from Volume 1 of Tarbell). The grand finale was Hank Off Wand, also vintage Tarbell. The kids were duly amazed and had a great time. Who says vaudeville is dead? Heck, it’s not even sick!! Best of all, the next day there was a run on magic books in the school library -- just as I had hoped. SETH
"Watch the Professor!!" -- Al Flosso (1895-1976)
"The better you are, the closer they watch" -- Darwin Ortiz, STRONG MAGIC
Jordan Piper
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British Columbia, Canada
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That darn magic bug. Just when you get over the symptoms it bites you and your infected again. Welcome to the Café.
Dr. TORA
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TURKEY
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Hi Seth,
Welcome to the Café. You have a nice story indeed, really liked it.The Café is such a unique place for Magic. It is ever expanding and has nearly 13.500 members throughout the world. It will make a great contribution to your magic perspective. Do not forget to post often. You will find many new friends and many new ideas here. I predict you will like the Café.Please grab a chair and begin to type your next post while you have a cup of strong Turkish coffee on my bill.
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