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I have six card tricks down my belt, and I don't even own a 'proper' deck (e.g. Bee, Tally Ho, Bike).

I wear a loop around my wrist everywhere I go.

I've got two DVD's from Penguin.

But you know what? I want more. Yesterday, I bought Outsmokin (by Ron Jaxon).

I had buyer's remorse.

Don't get me wrong. The trick is great. But I think I'm starting to show signs of a compulsive magic buyer.

Please tell me there is some remedy for this. My friend, who re-introduced me to magic, is even worst.

For now, I will not buy anymore tricks/gimmicks. I will save up for a couple of Bikes, Tally Ho's etc. No more gimmicks (at least until I get a REAL job).

I hope I last. I think I better cut off my credit card.

Please advise.
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Ah yes! The temptation to buy.
What type of magic do you want to focus on?
From what you've stated I'll guess impromptu and closeup. If it's parlor, stage, bizarre magic, etc. Focus on related books and effects.

I suggest you read the topic:
-New to magic? » » Magic books & Videos for beginners.-
and the other posts there. The classic books mentioned are a great value and will give you more information than videos.

For now, practice with the stuff you have.
There are lots of effects than only require common items and some sleight of hand. Some other tricks can be made with a few dollars.
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Get yourself a couple of books
The Magician

Expect the Unexpected
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302 (etc.) writes: "For now, I will not buy anymore tricks/gimmicks. I will save up for a couple of Bikes, Tally Ho's etc. No more gimmicks (at least until I get a REAL job)."

Or until something fascinating catches your attention!

I've been in the business for more than half a century and, just the other night, picked up a couple more things at a club dealer demo.

It's a chronic disease -- but don't worry: It isn't fatal! <G>
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I'm still alive and so are my friends in magic, I totally agree with you Peter. My good fried the Great Zialci is 86 , still has the diseace and still healthy as a cow.


"If you can't teach an old dog new tricks, trick the old dog to learn."

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aka The Boss
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There is no remedy because we are always looking for something better.
As you know, the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Sometimes the add desriptions purposefully omit important things and we buy because the effect sounds better than it really is.
For example, in one trick it states they think of any card...yeah sure only after they have thought of a number and dealt to it.
If you buy a trick and do not like it, sell it on Ebay.
Just remember, all you probably need to know is 6 to 10 great tricks that you can make flow together for an act. The smaller the amount of deck switches the better Smile
Many believe books are the way to go. Other believe video. You can easilty spend 20$ on one gaffed deck or buy 5 to 10 books/pamphlets.
In the end, the choice is yours.
Magic regards,
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I think many of us start out with the predisposition for this disease. If it wasn't magic, it would be something else; comic books, model trains, etc. But I think magic has a little extra ingredient that makes it even more addictive. We're not just collection tricks, we're collecting "secrets".

Soemtimes, when the secret isn't so hot, our high crashes.

I've got a wooden chest full of stuff I'll never use or shouldn't have bought in the first place. But we hear these glowing descriptions about how amazing this little thing is and the next thing we know we're thinking, "Well... $25.95 ain't so bad."

So, I had to learn that blowing 25 clams on some poorly made gimmick will never compare to the 8 bucks I spent on Royal Road. Then I have many rainy weekends to look forward to with a book like this and a simple deck of cards.

But this is a lesson we must all learn for ourselves.
Homo vult decipi; decipiatur
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Constantly being tempted to buy the newest product / book or DVD is hard enough to resist for all of us but sooner or later you will have to actually learn this stuff. Magic shelves (mine included) are creaking under the weight of 'must buys' and not one of my books has been thoroughly read cover to cover, lots of skimming and cherry picking but not properly read and appreciated. Buy, buy, buy by all means but learn and more importantly perform these things before falling for the next 'killer' routine.
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Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
Surrender. While you still have a chance.

Buy books. Buy books. Buy books. And study them. Learn each piece to perfection, then go on to something else. Money and time well spent.

And it's not really a start breaking out in purple and green spots...
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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On 2004-11-27 10:30, Peter Marucci wrote:

It's a chronic disease -- but don't worry: It isn't fatal! <G>

I don't know wife has nearly killed me several times over my magical purchases....uh, I mean investments.


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On 2004-11-27 22:01, Mister Mystery wrote:

I don't know wife has nearly killed me several times over my magical purchases....uh, I mean investments.



Emphasize on investments. I don't tell anyone of my "investments."

Sol Hiden N D Mist...
Never look back....
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I think much of this comes when you are uncertain of what kind of magic you want to perform. Perhaps a better investment would be to discover who you are and what you envision for your magic. Once you know what you really want your art to be, you can be much more discriminating.

Not that it's any cheaper! But at least you feel on target instead of torn between a million things.
"The universe is full of magical things, waiting for our wits to grow sharper." Eden Philpotts
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Books are the best value and the best way to gain skills. Sure, it takes a lot longer than the latest hot gimmick, but magic takes a lot of effort and practice.
---Magic: Its priceless. Its inside you. ---
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>BOOKS !!!

Gets you hundreds of tricks at hands
plus they smell great and you can take them to the king's corner!!!
I'm just a blind Con that lost his I...
remember, Magic's everywhere... ("Your are the magic !" - Albert Goshman)

"Voici mon secret. Il est très simple. On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux" St-Exupéry
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I am in a bit of a glass house, but can still offer you this slightly paraphrased advice: It is better to do a few tricks really well than many of them poorly.


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Oh yes the magic bug. I know the feeling I have more videos and books to keep me busy for months non-stop.

I have keep telling myself to slow down a just master a few. Atleast at first Smile

Later <><
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Better get yourself couple of books.Some good ones would be
Card College Series
Royal Road To card Magic
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Wow, I must confess I have self-diagnosed myself with this bug as well.

The usual big purchases are books. I have convinced myself that the Card College series and AoA are a good purchase. As for media, those Dai Vernon videos are so tempting, but so much $$$ if you add things up. That's why I only purchased 1-4... for now... always wanted to see more of Lennart Green too. I'm not a fan of packets unless it's amaaaaazing... only because I'm cheap and I always want the best "bang for the buck". It'll take forever to go through these books anyhow.
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I'm also guilty. I forget that I'm just buying the book....not the time needed to read it. I've stopped buying until I can catch up learn and absorb what I have.
When you factor in the time you spend reading books, practicing sleights and setting up effects, it becomes obsessive.
It has gotten to the point where my wife will see me gluing cotten balls to a peanut ( I don't have a trick using that. Just an example ) and think nothing of it.
I get a huge high freaking people out with tricks...or maybe it's the glue.
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So many new people to magic are seeking the "one trick that will make me a pro."

Sorry, but there is no such thing. There is, however, something that will help you become a pro and that something is knowledge. Knowledge is found in books, videos, individual tricks, at lectures and can be learned at magic clubs (to an extent).

Learn the basics - cups and balls, basic card handling, stage movement, elocution, enunciation, pronunciation and business acumen. Learn the basics of how illusions work, the fundamental mechanics of the classic tricks (cap and pence, endless chain, Triumph, Spellbound, coins across, swami gimmick, black art, misdirection and the like).

One learns those from books, videos, lectures and other magicians.

Go see every magician you can, see what works then, change it to fit your personality. That's the toughest part.

So, sure! Buy stuff. But books are your best bet. More tricks and ideas per pound than any single trick. Get the basics - Tarbell, Giobbi, Rice, Thompson (My Best is a classic!) and work from there. Just those books contain a lifetime of learning for any magician.

Hope this helps!

Lee Darrow, C.H.
<BR>"Because NICE Matters!"
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