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Hey Harry, This place is for you, so if you want to sell your books or anything else let's go. As you know, the members of this forum are big fans of Harry Lorayne, a true magician in all aspects of the word. To be honest, for me you are one of the last giants, if not the last, who has built, shared and teached the art of contemporary card magic. You are standing at the same pantheon as Vernon, Marlo, Emsley and the others. You deserve all my admiration for your works in memory and card magic. Please stay with us for the next decade. Mike
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Hi Mike, Thank you for joining us! There a place in the "Welcome" section where you can let us know a bit more about you (if you feel comfortable doing so). I look forward to getting to know you.

Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Hello to all, 

My name is Steve. I am a semi-pro, living just south of Laguna Beach, CA.

As a big fan of Harry Lorayne’s, I was delighted to receive his email invite to join this forum. It’s rather like Buddy Rich calling to see if I would be interested in discussing music and drumming with him and his friends.

I’ve had a keen interest in magic since my 1960s Orange County boyhood. Magician Chuck Jones hosted a local kiddie show on Channel 13. He repeatedly fried this four-year old brain and inspired a deep desire to perform miracles. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Jones a few years ago at the Magic Castle. He is still going strong.

In my twenties, I had the good fortune to meet a guy whose creations and approach to performance has greatly influenced the magic world. He became a great friend and mentor. He put me to work… table-hopping at Dave & Busters and stealing watches at corporate events.

I live not too far from the Magic Castle and have been blessed to see the live performances of: Tommy Wonder, Johnny Thompson, Martin Nash, Gregory Wilson, Daryl, John Carney, René Lavand and Jerry Andrus.

I love to study and perform the knuckle-busting methods and routines inspired by Paul Harris, Guy Hollingworth, Lennart Green, Gregory Wilson and many others.

My foundation is steeped in the writings of Harry Lorayne, Frederick Braue and Jean Huggard, Bobo, Paul Harris, Richard Kaufman (Weber, Ortiz, Williamson, Dingle, Kenner and Roth), Stephen Minch (Carney, Nash, Daryl, Earick and Vernon) and John Racherbaumer (for all things Marlo).

I hunt down and read anything written by Teller. He led me to discover Derren Brown, whose books (Pure Effect, Absolute Magic, Tricks of The Mind), theatrical performances and BBC experiments never cease to astound and inspire.

Other than tricking her into marrying me, I have yet to completely fool my wife… as she insists in frisking the magician after every effect.

 
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What a wonderful introduction, Steve! How lucky you are to have had the opportunity to see such magical legends in person!

Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself!

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Hi everyone! I'm finally getting a chance to join in and check this place out! I think I'm really going to like the hidden gems section. [smile]

My name is Kris Sheppard, I'm from Moorpark, CA (about 45 minutes out from Los Angeles) and am a semi-pro magician, mainly close up, working restaurants, private parties and other events. 

I'm also the host of the podcast Successful Performercast which is a show where I interview full-time entertainers about there businesses. If you're interested, check it out! You'll find interviews with magicians like Kenton Knepper, Fielding West, Mac King, Lou Serrano, Tony Clark, etc. etc. etc. 

http://www.successfulperformercast.com

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Hey Frederick,

How often do you get to the castle. Oh, and the guy who put you to work for Dave & Busters, was that Brian Campbell?

-Kris

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Hello to all, 

My name is Steve. I am a semi-pro, living just south of Laguna Beach, CA.

As a big fan of Harry Lorayne’s, I was delighted to receive his email invite to join this forum. It’s rather like Buddy Rich calling to see if I would be interested in discussing music and drumming with him and his friends.

I’ve had a keen interest in magic since my 1960s Orange County boyhood. Magician Chuck Jones hosted a local kiddie show on Channel 13. He repeatedly fried this four-year old brain and inspired a deep desire to perform miracles. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Jones a few years ago at the Magic Castle. He is still going strong.

In my twenties, I had the good fortune to meet a guy whose creations and approach to performance has greatly influenced the magic world. He became a great friend and mentor. He put me to work… table-hopping at Dave & Busters and stealing watches at corporate events.

I live not too far from the Magic Castle and have been blessed to see the live performances of: Tommy Wonder, Johnny Thompson, Martin Nash, Gregory Wilson, Daryl, John Carney, René Lavand and Jerry Andrus.

I love to study and perform the knuckle-busting methods and routines inspired by Paul Harris, Guy Hollingworth, Lennart Green, Gregory Wilson and many others.

My foundation is steeped in the writings of Harry Lorayne, Frederick Braue and Jean Huggard, Bobo, Paul Harris, Richard Kaufman (Weber, Ortiz, Williamson, Dingle, Kenner and Roth), Stephen Minch (Carney, Nash, Daryl, Earick and Vernon) and John Racherbaumer (for all things Marlo).

I hunt down and read anything written by Teller. He led me to discover Derren Brown, whose books (Pure Effect, Absolute Magic, Tricks of The Mind), theatrical performances and BBC experiments never cease to astound and inspire.

Other than tricking her into marrying me, I have yet to completely fool my wife… as she insists in frisking the magician after every effect.

 
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Hi everyone! I'm finally getting a chance to join in and check this place out! I think I'm really going to like the hidden gems section. [smile]

My name is Kris Sheppard, I'm from Moorpark, CA (about 45 minutes out from Los Angeles) and am a semi-pro magician, mainly close up, working restaurants, private parties and other events. 

I'm also the host of the podcast Successful Performercast which is a show where I interview full-time entertainers about there businesses. If you're interested, check it out! You'll find interviews with magicians like Kenton Knepper, Fielding West, Mac King, Lou Serrano, Tony Clark, etc. etc. etc. 

http://www.successfulperformercast.com



Hey Kris. Welcome! As an amateur magician, I'm eager to soak up whatever I can from you and the other pro magicians here!

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Hi Kris,

I'll make it a point to check out your podcast.

I try to get to the castle a few times each year. In fact, I'll be there this week to catch Guy Hollingworth working the Palace. I am really looking forward to that! I hope it will take the sting out of missing Mr. Hollingworth's "Expert at The Card Table" performances in Santa Monica in 2011.

It was Brian Campbell's partner (at the time) who put me to work at D&B. I did get to know Brian and learned quite a bit from him about restaurant work. It's good to know Brian is settled in Vegas and happily married to another very successful magician. I believe I saw her perform on the first American season of "Fool Us."

My good friend and mentor is Gregory Wilson. He lives nearby in Newport Beach. Years ago, I was hanging out with another great pal, Chris Smith, of MagicSmith fame. We ran into Greg at the old Hollywood Magic store in Costa Mesa (c.1992). We just hit it off and went to a restaurant next door for dinner.

That night changed my magical thinking forever. Over the course of the evening, Greg destroyed us with impromptu, multi-phased miracles. He took advantage of the offbeat like no other. In between routines, Greg emphasized many important principles that have made his magic so wicked strong. He schooled us on the importance of motivating effects, building excitement, eschewing hand-washy sleights and so much more.

He shared volumes of knowledge and advice over the next few years. I was never at a loss for inspiration. In the Fall of '98, Greg called me and ran through a list of gigs he had booked for me. I was flabbergasted! Up to that point, I only performed at parties for friends and family (and my elementary school talent show in 1970). "You're ready..." he said. What a blessing to have a mentor who believed in me--more than I believed in myself.

This was a turning point. That first gig was all the proof I needed. I marveled at how effortless it seemed--performing for strangers, how easy it was to misdirect and pull off diabolical moves in the offbeat. It was so rewarding to be able to hone routines by performing them numerous times over the course of the evening. I am forever in Gregory Wilson's debt.

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Hi all,

My name is Chi Han, I'm an amateur magician (more of a hobbyist in my opinion), living in Melbourne Australia.  I've been sort of putting off making an introduction post because I don't feel I have too much to say.  I've been heavily into card magic for about a year now, but then again I don't think I've ever seen a form of magic I didn't like (actually now that I think about it I'm not that big a fan of cardistry, although it's nice to watch).  While I think I've always been interested in magic ever since my mother showed me a trick using key cards when I was very young, it wasn't until someone showed me a video of Bill Malone doing Sam the Bellhop that I really felt the urge to start upping my game.  I'm a bit of a move monkey, and have recently started actively scripting my routines and trying to discover/build my character as a magician.  I'm hoping to be able to create a 5 minute, a 10 minute, and a 20 minute routine perform them in a venue of some sort before the end of this year.

My favourite magicians include, Bill Malone, Gregory Wilson, Richard Osterlind, David Berglas, Marc Paul, Richard Turner, Roberto Giobbi, Dan Harlan, John Archer, and really any magician who has ever done bar tricks.

Looking forward to being a part of this community!
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Hi all,

My name is Chi Han, I'm an amateur magician (more of a hobbyist in my opinion), living in Melbourne Australia.  I've been sort of putting off making an introduction post because I don't feel I have too much to say.  I've been heavily into card magic for about a year now, but then again I don't think I've ever seen a form of magic I didn't like (actually now that I think about it I'm not that big a fan of cardistry, although it's nice to watch).  While I think I've always been interested in magic ever since my mother showed me a trick using key cards when I was very young, it wasn't until someone showed me a video of Bill Malone doing Sam the Bellhop that I really felt the urge to start upping my game.  I'm a bit of a move monkey, and have recently started actively scripting my routines and trying to discover/build my character as a magician.  I'm hoping to be able to create a 5 minute, a 10 minute, and a 20 minute routine perform them in a venue of some sort before the end of this year.

My favourite magicians include, Bill Malone, Gregory Wilson, Richard Osterlind, David Berglas, Marc Paul, Richard Turner, Roberto Giobbi, Dan Harlan, John Archer, and really any magician who has ever done bar tricks.

Looking forward to being a part of this community!


Thanks for introducing yourself, Chi Han! I'm so glad that you've become part of our little community. It's cool that you were introduced to magic by your mom [smile]

We have some very knowledgeable magicians hanging around here, so I think we can all learn a lot from each other.

Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Hi Kris,

I'll make it a point to check out your podcast.

I try to get to the castle a few times each year. In fact, I'll be there this week to catch Guy Hollingworth working the Palace. I am really looking forward to that! I hope it will take the sting out of missing Mr. Hollingworth's "Expert at The Card Table" performances in Santa Monica in 2011.

It was Brian Campbell's partner (at the time) who put me to work at D&B. I did get to know Brian and learned quite a bit from him about restaurant work. It's good to know Brian is settled in Vegas and happily married to another very successful magician. I believe I saw her perform on the first American season of "Fool Us."

My good friend and mentor is Gregory Wilson. He lives nearby in Newport Beach. Years ago, I was hanging out with another great pal, Chris Smith, of MagicSmith fame. We ran into Greg at the old Hollywood Magic store in Costa Mesa (c.1992). We just hit it off and went to a restaurant next door for dinner.

That night changed my magical thinking forever. Over the course of the evening, Greg destroyed us with impromptu, multi-phased miracles. He took advantage of the offbeat like no other. In between routines, Greg emphasized many important principles that have made his magic so wicked strong. He schooled us on the importance of motivating effects, building excitement, eschewing hand-washy sleights and so much more.

He shared volumes of knowledge and advice over the next few years. I was never at a loss for inspiration. In the Fall of '98, Greg called me and ran through a list of gigs he had booked for me. I was flabbergasted! Up to that point, I only performed at parties for friends and family (and my elementary school talent show in 1970). "You're ready..." he said. What a blessing to have a mentor who believed in me--more than I believed in myself.

This was a turning point. That first gig was all the proof I needed. I marveled at how effortless it seemed--performing for strangers, how easy it was to misdirect and pull off diabolical moves in the offbeat. It was so rewarding to be able to hone routines by performing them numerous times over the course of the evening. I am forever in Gregory Wilson's debt.

Mentored and set up with gigs by Greg Wilson?! Wow! Lucky you!

Thanks for sharing such a cool little story [smile]

Rudy

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Hi everyone! I'm finally getting a chance to join in and check this place out! I think I'm really going to like the hidden gems section. [smile]

My name is Kris Sheppard, I'm from Moorpark, CA (about 45 minutes out from Los Angeles) and am a semi-pro magician, mainly close up, working restaurants, private parties and other events. 

I'm also the host of the podcast Successful Performercast which is a show where I interview full-time entertainers about there businesses. If you're interested, check it out! You'll find interviews with magicians like Kenton Knepper, Fielding West, Mac King, Lou Serrano, Tony Clark, etc. etc. etc. 

http://www.successfulperformercast.com

Thanks for joining us, Kris! I shared your link with someone else here in the forum. It sounds like you're going to be a tremendous help to many of the members of this forum who want to make money doing magic. I appreciate the introduction and look forward to getting to know you better!

Rudy

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Hi there.
My name is Mikael Johansson and I live in a Little Town called Nora in the middle of sweden (AlexStrand, läser du detta?)

I'm 52 years old and have been involved in magic for about 40 years. The last 15 as a semipro (meaning that I enjoy my day to day job very much. I'm a truckdriver)

I see a lot of names from "that other Place" So it's like seing the family again :-)

I will enjoy this place.

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My name is Mikael Johansson and I live in a Little Town called Nora in the middle of sweden (AlexStrand, läser du detta?)

I'm 52 years old and have been involved in magic for about 40 years. The last 15 as a semipro (meaning that I enjoy my day to day job very much. I'm a truckdriver)

I see a lot of names from "that other Place" So it's like seing the family again :-)

I will enjoy this place.

Mikael Johansson
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I'm so glad that you're here, Mikael! I hope that you find this little community of magicians helpful and friendly.

Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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What up everybody so excited to find a form that close to home just getting back into magic after about 14 years dont know why i stopped, i love it can't wait to get to know all of ya and express my opinion on the subject i do close-up, street magic really my favorite is anything close and visual
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What up everybody so excited to find a form that close to home just getting back into magic after about 14 years dont know why i stopped, i love it can't wait to get to know all of ya and express my opinion on the subject i do close-up, street magic really my favorite is anything close and visual

Hi JLMagic! I'm glad that you're here!

Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Hi all,

So many familiar names and a lot of new folks. I loved reading the introductions; we have quite an eclectic group. I currently live in The Netherlands and I have dislocated my jaw three times trying learn this most unattractive language - it sounds to me like 500 cats throwing up furballs. Blech.

Hmmm, about me ...

I was so very young when I was born which caused great consternation to all and sundry. I am a formally trained actor, who, like many actors, is not acting at the moment. I am a musician and I am leading a tribute act called Invasion. It's a salute to the great British bands of the 60s and 70s. I play synthesizers, piano, organ, and sing. I am also a graphic artist. My interest in magic was the result of a cousin who liked to torture me. When I was a wee lad he would vanish a coin by the good ol' French Drop. He would never tell me how it was done. So I started learning magic and it was a great day when I fooled him with Marlo's Spider Grip Vanish. [smile]

I love magic intensely. While it's true that music is a great way to transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries, I believe that magic touches us on a more primal level. I like to "convert" adults who mistakenly believe that magic is "a good thing to show the children." 


Outside of magic and music I am a Chanter/Reader in the Eastern Orthodox church, an animal rights activist and an anti-death penalty crusader.

To magicfish: As this is a new forum, I declare that you and I shall wipe the hidden treasures slate clean and we stand tied at 0-0. [wink]

Thanks Rudy for creating this forum; it's a blast. I've been lurking a bit lately but I'll be contributing some weird stuff soon.

[smile]

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It is great to "see" you here, Vlad. You insights and generosity of knowledge are truly appreciated. It's great to see a little more insight into the life of Vlad as well. Glad to hear you have acting chops. I've always thought the acting classes I've taken helped me as much as any magic book. 

Looking forward to reading the "weird stuff." 

Cheers,
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      Warm welcome to you, Vlad. I wrote in my "rememoir" that Anne Bancroft said that I was the best natural actor she'd ever seen! Problem was/is that she was talking about my performances/acting when doing card magic. Wish I could do that kind of acting with, say, a movie script. Can't.
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Great to have you here, Vlad.
I very glad you're involved in this new Forum.
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Greetings all:
I figure any forum that has Jon Racherbaumer, Trini Montes, Dorian Rhodell, and that...that memory dude (I can't seem to remember his name!) as members can't be all bad.

I've been at this silliness for more than 15 years, having been incited to try it out when I was at computer trade shows.  I'd watch guys like Michael Ammar, Bill Goldman and JOEL BAUER ply their trade.  I figured I wanted to learn some of what they knew and were doing.

15 years later, I'm a semi-pro, having worked many of those same trade shows, as well as having headlined at the Magic Castle, been admitted into membership at the Magic Circle and been invited six times to attend the 4F convention.

While I'm a card guy, I'm NOT a move monkey...although I'm envious of those who have that talent.  I suggest that I'm a "bear of moderate chops," and prefer telling stories and sharing experiences with my audiences.  My influencers include guys like Ammar, John Bannon, John Hamman, Paul Cummins, Ed Marlo....and yes, that memory guy (why CAN'T I remember his name?).

Quick Harry story:  he graciously agreed to meet me for lunch in NYC one day. Over lunch, I said to him, "You know, you talk like Regis."  Not missing a beat, Harry replied, "No.  Regis talks like *me.*"

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Welcome Steve. Glad to have you here and look forward to your input. I sincerely hope you enjoy this forum.
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Hello all,

I've been on a 18 year hiatus from magic that ended at the start of 2016. I've been practicing everyday, re-learning my favorite magic.  I'm really excited to find an online magic forum, part of why i drifted away from magic was the lack of community, friends with common interest to "talk shop" with nearby. I look forward to chatting with all of you.

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Howdy folks!

My name is Jeff Stone. I've been into magic since David Copperfield vanished a 747 on national television. [smile]

I recently semi-retired from professional performing and have focused on writing reviews. I'm the owner of Magic Reviewed and My Lovely Assistant, the two largest review sites on the web.

I'm looking forward a new and hopefully more positive experience here on the Magician's Forum. 

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Great to see you on here, Jeff. Your reviews have helped the magic community save money on crap, freeing up more money to buy gold. Or, I guess I should say "gems." Welcome aboard!
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Howdy folks!

My name is Jeff Stone. I've been into magic since David Copperfield vanished a 747 on national television. [smile]

I recently semi-retired from professional performing and have focused on writing reviews. I'm the owner of Magic Reviewed and My Lovely Assistant, the two largest review sites on the web.

I'm looking forward a new and hopefully more positive experience here on the Magician's Forum. 

Jeffro
Wow! I'm so glad to see you here, Jeff! Like many of the other fellas I've looked forward to your fantastic reviews over at My Lovely Assistant. It's going to be great having you and Stuart here!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!

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I am a CPA and an attorney and I’ve been doing magic since I was in grade school.

 

In high school I got a part time job in a department store, hoping as a salesman I could show some tricks to customers. But alas, Mac, the store manager, assigned me a job as a stock boy. In the basement. Alone.

 

I hated being alone and smoked cigarette after cigarette as I did my work down there. Alone.  Yes, in those days I smoked. Two packs a day. Well, one day Mac caught me smoking in the basement. That wasn’t allowed. “Hey kid,” Mac said, “Make that cigarette disappear. Now!”  I looked up in apparent fear and I put the cigarette into my left hand, snapped my right hand over my left and opened my left hand. The cigarette was gone! “Okay?” I asked Mac. “Hey kid, come up here.” I was a salesman!

 

When I was in college I was in a fraternity. I did then – as I do now – mostly close up magic –  sleight of hand with cards coins and objects commonly carried by most of us. I also learned to do some pick pocketing and I became good at stealing watches.

 

Every Friday there was a “party” and our social chairman would invite a sorority or a girl’s “house plan” to visit. Usually it was just an interesting evening but some brothers did meet girls that they began to date on a regular basis.

 

One Friday as sorority girls that were invited came into our place, I noted a very pretty girl that I wanted to meet. “Howie,” I said to my friend, “Look at her. I’m going to show you a brilliant idea I came up with for my watch trick. It will really fool her.”

 

What I did was to say “hello” to the girl and take her arm and bring her over to Eddy, another fraternity brother who was a good looking ladies man and I introduced them – asking her name of course and as I did I slipped her watch to Eddy.  Eddy gave her the watch – which of course bewildered her because he had not had any contact at all with her.

 

But then Eddy put his arms around the bewildered girl and led her to a couch.

 

“I don’t think that idea was too brilliant,” said Howie.

 

I did learn when and when not to do magic.

 

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What a wonderful introduction, Jerry. Those are some great stories! I appreciate you taking time to share them with us.
I'm so glad that you're here.

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A lot of Mr. Deutsch's material can be found in Apocalypse and the Best of Friends series.His posts in other fora have always been helpful and informative; it's honor to have him here.
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Hi,I'm an old guy, been in magic 69 years. I have been in the advertising specialty business for 46 years,selling all sorts of imprinted items to business,Calenders, pens, playing cards,etc to put their imprint on.
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So wonderful to have you here! That's a lot of life experience that you have under your belt. I'm sure that we can learn a lot from you.

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Hey gang, I'm John McLaughlin and am pretty excited to find this forum. I just retired after 30 years in the Air Force, which means I get to spend lots of time doing magic now. My main interest is coins, as well as the history and psychology of Magic. I've worked in a couple of magic shops, including one of the first shops in Vegas, "Magic Mansion", in Circus Circus, a long time ago. I,'ve been able to perform all of the world, courtesy of the U,S Military, and even ran into another magician with the same name as me when I worked at NSA (no such agency) and he worked as the acting director at CIA. Denny Haney would always ask if NSA John McLaughlin or CIA John McLaughlin was coming to the shop. I think the other guy got better deals! Anyway, time to stop writing, and start reading. Looking forward to some great conversations.
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Hey gang, I'm John McLaughlin and am pretty excited to find this forum. I just retired after 30 years in the Air Force, which means I get to spend lots of time doing magic now. My main interest is coins, as well as the history and psychology of Magic. I've worked in a couple of magic shops, including one of the first shops in Vegas, "Magic Mansion", in Circus Circus, a long time ago. I,'ve been able to perform all of the world, courtesy of the U,S Military, and even ran into another magician with the same name as me when I worked at NSA (no such agency) and he worked as the acting director at CIA. Denny Haney would always ask if NSA John McLaughlin or CIA John McLaughlin was coming to the shop. I think the other guy got better deals! Anyway, time to stop writing, and start reading. Looking forward to some great conversations.


Great to meet you, John! Welcome to the Magician's Forum.

I look forward to some great conversation with you, too!

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Q-Ball here,

From the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania in the US.  Specializing in comedy magic for all ages.  I tend to gravitate to classics and I love books.  Really can't stand the new rubbish.  I like things that are tried and true.  

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Q-Ball here,

From the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania in the US.  Specializing in comedy magic for all ages.  I tend to gravitate to classics and I love books.  Really can't stand the new rubbish.  I like things that are tried and true.  



It seems you will fit in quite nicely around here. Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Hi Guys,

Im Shaun from Australia. Hope to see ya all around this forum for a long time.

Shaun.
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Hi Guys,

Im Shaun from Australia. Hope to see ya all around this forum for a long time.

Shaun.


Hey I live in Australia too!  (Melbourne).  What part are you from? (if that's not too stalker-ish a question).
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Im Shaun from Australia. Hope to see ya all around this forum for a long time.

Shaun.


I'm very glad that you've found us, Shaun! I hope that you find this a friendly and welcoming place to share your thoughts on magic with us!

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Hello,

My name is Dave. I live in San Ramon, CA. I started my journey with magic when I was 8. My parents bought me an Adams magic set, followed shortly by a 'The Magician' magic set (From the TV show featuring Bill Bixby).

One great memory I have is my parents taking me to Grand Rapids, MI to see Harry Blackstone, Jr. I still have the program!

When I was a teenager, I performed for parties, church school and banquets.

I took a break for a while while I was in high school and college.

I got interested again when I got married, and took a break again after my son was born.

So now, he's 10 and time for us to get back on our journey.


Dave aka Boomer


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Hello,

My name is Dave. I live in San Ramon, CA. I started my journey with magic when I was 8. My parents bought me an Adams magic set, followed shortly by a 'The Magician' magic set (From the TV show featuring Bill Bixby).

One great memory I have is my parents taking me to Grand Rapids, MI to see Harry Blackstone, Jr. I still have the program!

When I was a teenager, I performed for parties, church school and banquets.

I took a break for a while while I was in high school and college.

I got interested again when I got married, and took a break again after my son was born.

So now, he's 10 and time for us to get back on our journey.


Dave aka Boomer




Great to meet you, Dave! I'm from the Bay Area too...San Jo.

I'm glad that you've joined us and look forward to getting to know you.

Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Hi everyone! My Name is Dave Lemberg. I am a chemistry teacher, magician, and I own and run Dave's Killer Magic Shop in Vancouver Washington, just across the river from Portland Oregon. Glad you put this up Rudy! I love working the counter at the shop, you never know who is going to come in next! Yesterday I had such a great time with Eddie Tonkin a hobbiest magician who owns Ron Tonkin Dealerships in the Portland area. He was so enthusiastic about magic, very cool. Look forward to contributing what I can to this forum when I have time. Ok off to teach my free magic lessons to kids at the shop this morning! Have a great day.
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@killermagicshop,

Your customer service is top notch. I was leary the first time trying your wonderful shop, but thankfully you came through with flying colors.

Glad to have you here at TMF.


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Hi Guys, I am a 60 Yr. old part time Street Magician, (Busker). @ 20 Yr. ago, my oldest son gave me a old used book about magic for Christmas. Up till then I had not even considered performing magic. Looking it over, I thought, I can do this, and I have been ever since. Love the Street, and have made some very good hats. Will post some pictures when I get the time. I use a game camera, don't have any one to take pics for me. Only about 1% of the photos can be used, but, that's ok, 1% is better than none. [smile]

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@killermagicshop,

Your customer service is top notch. I was leary the first time trying your wonderful shop, but thankfully you came through with flying colors.

Glad to have you here at TMF.


Dave


Thanks, Dave!
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Seems like a lot of people have been getting back into magic after taking a break.

I just recently renewed my journey after taking a break for over 10 years.

I still don't know if I'll ever perform for anyone besides myself, my wife and son.


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Killer, I was in Portland for a few min. once, (switching flights). Nice Airport! [smile]  
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HI. My name is Mike Cookman, from Evanston, Illinois. Part time pro magician. Former employee of the now defunct Magic Masters D.C. store. 

I like the positive atmosphere here.
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Welcome Mike,

I'm jealous, part-time pro and used to work at a Magic Shop.

Enjoy it here, it's a nice place.

There's also a 'LIVE' chat, just click the tab in the upper right corner and a new browser window/tab should appear.


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