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Profile of Bokken
I'm not sure how many people actually read the new introductions, but I thought I'd drop a quick line in here anyway to say to everyone.

I was always interested in magic as a child but never pursued it. Like any other kid I enjoyed seeing the amazing feats (even if they weren't all that amazing) that could be performed by these talented prestidigitators. As a teenager I was involved in a youth organization called the Air Cadet League of Canada, and one summer while at a camp for six weeks one of the other cadets taught me a couple of card tricks in exchange for me teaching him some martial arts. It was only after this that I took a particular interest in the performance side of magic.

I've never really been one to buy too many invididual tricks, as I prefer books and what-not that allow me to learn techniques I can use to massage my own effects, but I have purchased a couple of things for children's shows (mouth coils are amazingly well received, crystal tube, thumbtip and silks etc...)
The first book I picked up was the Amateur Magician's Handbook, followed by the stars of magic blue covered book, Bobo's Modern Coin Magic, Royal Road to Card Magic, a book or two by Jean Hugard, etc.

While I'm mostly just a magic hobbyist, I do perform the odd children's magic show throughout the year as well as making balloon animals for charitable events. I started in my professional career a couple of years ago, and oddly enough I'm doing more shows now then I was when I was more actively involved in magic. I think I'm doing a total of 6 or 7 kids shows for client events, office parties, picnics etc this year.

Anyway...Hi everyone...I look forward to some great magic conversations with everyone here...

Derek Dean
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Monterey, CA
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Hi Dave, and welcome. I'm a newcomer here too, having just found this forum last week. I've already found lots of interesting stuff here and I'm sure you will too. Happy prestidigitating....DD
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Profile of Carron
Welcome Dave, and Dean
You're in the right place for great magic conversations to further your knowledge of our wonderful art. I look forward to seeing you guys around the boards!

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Welcome to The Magic Café. I'm not sure how many people read the introductions either. I'm a newcomer myself and I've found a lot of info already. Hope you enjoy the site!

Magically yours,
Mister Mystery
Jordan Piper
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To Bokken, Derek Dean, and Mister Mystery, welcome to the Café.
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Profile of tyrael07
Nice story, what kind of martial arts do you know? sorry to be off topic Smile
The impossible things are often the untried.

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It's about what you make others see.
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Welcome Dave, I've only just become a member myself and now I'm a regular. Good to have you with us.
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Profile of Chrystal
Hi Bokken,

You'd be suprised how many read the introductions and as you've seen by the response from members, it's nice to say hi to newcomers. Welcome to the Café and enjoy your stay. Please don't hesitate to post or ask a question of your own as it's a friendly place. Have fun!
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Hey Dave-
I was always interested in magic when I was really young, too. It wasn't until I was about 10 that I really got into it, though.... and the Amateur Magician's Handbook was one of my first, as well!
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Profile of Bokken
Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone Smile

Tyrael07 - I know Jiu-jitsu (though admitedly I haven't practiced in quite a while), some kung-fu, and a dab of aikido. He wanted me to teach him some phillipino stick fighting techniques in exchange for some lessons with cards.

Chrystal - Actually I'm surprised at the number of people that have far everyone seems to be really friendly, and extremely helpful through the message threads...

Angela - Yeah it's a great book...I still like to flip through it occasionally just to refresh my memory on what's in it. Too bad it's out of print now...

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Profile of Dr. TORA
Hi Bokken,
Welcome to the Café. 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.
Magically Yours,


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