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bilz
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Hi Guys

I'm pretty new to magic, been reading Hugard's 'Expert card technique' for a couple of months and been having lots of fun (Also watched Basic card technique by Kaufmann countless times!)- the thing is that I'm going travelling around Australia with my girlfriend soon (for a year) and thought this would be an ideal chance to really get my teeth into some tricks.

Since I'll be meeting different backpackers every day, I'll be able to try things out on hundreds of people and so get lots of practice both at the tricks and dealing/coping with audiences!

My problem is that since I'll be backpacking I am very restricted on what I can take. I have basically decided that 2 small books is the most luggage space I can spare so I was hoping for some ideas...

I'll be taking 'Expert card technique' and was looking for something to complement it. I was thinking of Bobo's 'Modern coin magic' or maybe something less specialised like
'Now You See It, Now You Don't, Lessons in Sleight of Hand'

Since I live a long way from a city I'll have to order the book from Amazon or somewhere so can't check it out myself before buying it so was hoping for some help.

Any ideas of what might be the best thing to keep in my rucksack for a year would be great. Although I'm really interested in cards I'd like to not limit myself so early in my learning and I'm more interested in proper sleights and manipulation then fancy gimmicks and such.

Thanx in advance

Bilz
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I would highly recommend going with Card College instead of Expert Card Technique. ECT is great, but I think if I were only allowed to carry two books, Card College would be one of them. It is a 4 volume set, and based on your claim of being newer to magic, I would just get volume 1. (It isn't exactly small though.. oops)

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The "now you see it, now you don't" Volumns are very very nice for a beginner and I highly recommend them.
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Bilz,
Let me get this straight: You're going to travel Australia for a year with your girlfriend and you want to know what BOOKS to take?
What's happening to the younger generation! Smile
Seriously, I would highly -- very highly -- recommend Bobo's Modern Coin Magic; it's not really a specialized book, since much of what is done with coins can also be done with other, small things.
Plus, the lessons (between the lines) in routining are invaluable.
All you need for about 75 per cent of Bobo are some loose coins; there is some work with gimmicked coins and coin accessories but that does not make up much of the book.
If I were going, I would take Bobo.
(Actually, if I were going -- along with your girlfriend -- I wouldn't take ANY books!) Smile
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bilz
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Cheers for the tips guys - I'll certainly see if I can find a copy of Card College to have a look at - I definitely want ONE card specific book.

Peter - don't worry, I'm not planning to spend all my time reading! It's just that I know from experience that I'll spend LOTS of time on planes, trains, hitching in the back of vans, sitting in tents for hours waiting for the rain to stop... and I expect a few tricks will go down well with a bunch of young hippies who have just spent 6 hours picking fruit and want a bit of entertainment with their can of Fosters!

Cheers

Bilz
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Bilz,

Remember you can't hug a deck of cards.

If you want to keep your girlfriend, know when to quit. (The Fosters as well).

Keep growing and glowing in and out of
magic. Let us know how the trip and the studying go.

Harris Smile
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Hi bilz,
although Card College is fantastic, it's a series of 4 hardbound books and therefore probably not the best choice for your backpacking trip. I would recommend The Royal Road To Card Magic by Hugard & Braue, the predecessor of Card College so to speak. It's the perfect complement to Expert Card Technique, because it teaches all the fundamental techniques and many excellent tricks too. It's softbound and it costs only a few bucks at amazon.com.

And as Peter Marucci said, you can't go wrong with Bobo's Modern Coin Magic.

-Uli
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Yes, I would recommend The Royal Road To Card Magic by Hugard & Braue too!

A good book to start off with.
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bilz
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Thanks again for the pointers guys.

Just one question...

Is the Royal Road really going to be worth taking AND Expert Card Technique? I want the books for the times when we'll be on the road and bored so I don't want a library with me) Smile I was thinking one card book and one other. If so which do you think would be more useful to me (a beginner) Royal Road or Expert?

Cheers

Bilz
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Bilz,
lovely to hear that you are planning on coming to Aus for a year, and good planning to bring some books with you, but you can get magic books here as well, so you don't really need to commit yourself for a whole year! There are a lot of very good magicians all over Australia - if you make contact with the Genie Association or one of the IBM Rings here you could probably arrange to drop in on a few meetings, conventions etc or just catch up with a few people as you are passing through - we are a friendly lot and love to catch with OS visitors!
Let me know closer to the time you are travelling!
Cheers
KAZ Smile
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Hi bilz,
if you are a beginner, I would highly recommend Royal Road, because, as I've said in my previous post, it covers all the neccessary basics of card magic, provides you with helpful tips on routining, misdirection and presentation. Another helpful aspect of Royal Road is, that it teaches the moves in the context of tricks which uses them.

In my opinion, Expert card Technique is more for the advanced cardperson, but it certainly makes for a good follow up to Royal Road.

-Uli
bilz
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Thanks for the friendly advice guys... Well, I've ordered Bobo and Royal Road to get me going!

Hopefully, I'll be able to find a few like minded fellows in OZ) Smile

Cheers

Bilz
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