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JustChico

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Am I the only person who hears Mike Goldberg when I read the title of this thread?

Anyway, hi y'all! I'm Chico and I am a magician. Wait, I think that's another group. Let's try that again...

Hi Y'all! I'm Chico. I have been dabbling in magic for about 10 years or so now, but only been semi-serious for the past...I don't know....3? I have always been fascinated by magic, but was never able to learn. Growing up, I didn't even know my town had a public library; let alone that you could get books from the library that would teach you magic. So, here I am at 42 years young living a couple of childhood dreams (the other is learning karate).

For about 6 years I was a youth minister at my church and wanted so badly to use magic as illustrations. But, I got frustrated after spending a couple hundred dollars on "gospel magic" that seemed to be geared more toward elementary-aged kids and I worked with teens. So, not having a mentor or anyone to turn to, I did what anybody would do....stuck all of that stuff in a storage crate where it still sits, unused, to this day.

Then one day my son asked for some cookies for dessert after dinner. We typically allow our kids to have 3 and tonight was Oreo night. So, just for kicks, I grabbed the Oreos, put 2 in my left hand and palmed the 3rd. I said, "Here ya go, buddy. Here are your cookies." His reply was, "That's just 2. May I have 3 please?" So, I looked surprised, reached into the pocket on his little T-shirt, and "found" that 3rd Oreo. He was amazed. Daddy was AWESOME! And that got the bug back in me big time. After that I was doing the old coin in the ear and stuff that your cool uncle would do for him. He even said he wanted to learn magic, but, after learning that you actually had to do stuff as opposed to having cool superpowers, his interest fizzled. But mine remained. I was determined to learn "real" magic and learn how to apply that to some sort of Gospel message. And if I couldn't find an applicable message, then I would just learn cool stuff and entertain as many people as would allow me to. And here I am....living the dream(s).

On a side note, I was once a member of the Secrets of Magic forums and absolutely loved it. Apparently it shut down or became even more secretive, because I can't find it anymore. Hopefully some of those folks have made it over here. I had a little bit of fanboy take over when I discovered that Dan Harlan (yeah, that one) was also a member of that board. So, imagine my reaction when I found out that Harry Lorayne is HERE! I have "The Magic Book" as well as...um....another of Harry's books about memory. Obviously I haven't gotten around to reading that one yet.

But, hey, Harry freakin Lorayne is HERE! And I am happy to be.

Oh, and, cool little magic thing (at least I think it's cool)... I live about 40 minutes away from Michael Ammar's high school in WV. In fact, the closest Sam's Club to me is in the same town. I haven't run into Michael while there, but I always have my eyes peeled.
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Chico,

Welcome to the Magician's Forum!!

The maker of Oreo's cookies did a promotion using local magicians ( all of us belonged to the same magic club ) inside of the supermarket's. The goal was to do something magical with the Oreo cookies to the shoppers at the supermarket. I did a retention vanish of one oreo cookies and I did a thing with my Crystal Silk Cylinder and a egg bag and a change bag. Yup, at the time I was doing platform magic lol.

That was about 25 years ago, Did anybody else do that ? It was a nationwide promotion.

Anyway welcome..
 
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...and I did a thing with my Crystal Silk Cylinder and a egg bag and a change bag.

 


At the same time or different effects? [smile]
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Hi Chico, Thanks for the great introduction! You're going to fit in well here [smile]

I hope that you find this to be a fun and friendly place to share your magic with us.

Let me know if you have any questions about the forum.

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Howdy, Chico! Welcome!
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At the same time or different effects? [smile]


No, different type of effects like changing a silk into a bunch of oreo's. I bet most magician's don't even know what a change bag is these days. I didn't really know how to attract a crowd back then, most people just walked by me.


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No, different type of effects like changing a silk into a bunch of oreo's. I bet most magician's don't even know what a change bag is these days. I didn't really know how to attract a crowd back then, most people just walked by me.




If it's any consolation, I actually have a change bag. I had the idea the other day of using it some way for an illustration at church since it looks an awful lot like the bags we use to collect offerings. Right now it's just a concept and I haven't really had time to develop it yet.
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... it looks an awful lot like the bags we use to collect offerings
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I'm pretty sure the standard change bag was originally designed to look just like an offering collection bag ... so it's not surprising they still do!
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Welcome Chico!  Gospel Magic is great.  Not only can it be used as a platform to inspire and uplift people, but there are many fascinating. built in stories and scripts in the Bible.

In those instances where I have had the opportunity to perform Gospel Magic, I have always received a great reaction from an adaptation of the Professor's Nightmare that I came up with (or should I say, was Divinely inspired). Basically the theme of the routine is that children often ask, "Which member of the Holy Trinity is the greatest: Father, Son or Holy Spirit?" I say to them: "Some people think one or sometimes two member of the Trinity is greater than the others, but they are all equal." (The 3 Ropes are transformed into equal size as that last line is spoken.)

The 3 ropes are then "tied together" (patter is that "all 3 persons of the Holy Trinity" are connected).  The 3 tied-together ropes are then rolled around the hand, the fingers snapped and the rope tossed in the air and caught - now seen to be one long piece of rope.  The tag line is, "And that is the nature of the Holy Trinity - 3 Persons in One God!"

Feel free to use it if you like...
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Welcome aboard Chico, I know you'll enjoy the place.  BTW I believe Ammar is in FL now. 
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Welcome to the forums Chico! Glad that you got back into magic. It's an artform that is, compared to others, less affected by outside influences. I hope that you find the support that you need here to move forward in your craft!
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Welcome Chico!  Gospel Magic is great.  Not only can it be used as a platform to inspire and uplift people, but there are many fascinating. built in stories and scripts in the Bible.

In those instances where I have had the opportunity to perform Gospel Magic, I have always received a great reaction from an adaptation of the Professor's Nightmare that I came up with (or should I say, was Divinely inspired). Basically the theme of the routine is that children often ask, "Which member of the Holy Trinity is the greatest: Father, Son or Holy Spirit?" I say to them: "Some people think one or sometimes two member of the Trinity is greater than the others, but they are all equal." (The 3 Ropes are transformed into equal size as that last line is spoken.)

The 3 ropes are then "tied together" (patter is that "all 3 persons of the Holy Trinity" are connected).  The 3 tied-together ropes are then rolled around the hand, the fingers snapped and the rope tossed in the air and caught - now seen to be one long piece of rope.  The tag line is, "And that is the nature of the Holy Trinity - 3 Persons in One God!"

Feel free to use it if you like...


That's a good use of PN. I've been wondering what another application would be besides what appears to be the "standard" "All sins are equal," bit.
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