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Hi, all.  I'm very happy to be a part of this site.  I've been in magic over 45 years. I hosted the famous "spaghetti sessions" in the 70s. David Roth, Darwin Ortiz, and I sort of grew up together in magic. We appeared together on Wonderama in 1974 (perhaps I'll post a video of this sometime). I wrote the play "All of the People, All the Time" that starred David and Darwin in Charlotte. I knew Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Fred Kaps, Mike Skinner, Ed Marlo, Derek Dingle,  I briefly taught for Harry at his memory school in New York. I have card moves published in Apocalypse, Heirophant, The Annotated Erdnase and Harry's Afterthoughts. I am now Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz at BMI in New York, but I still count David Roth as my closest friend.
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Hi, all.  I'm very happy to be a part of this site.  I've been in magic over 45 years. I hosted the famous "spaghetti sessions" in the 70s. David Roth, Darwin Ortiz, and I sort of grew up together in magic. We appeared together on Wonderama in 1974 (perhaps I'll post a video of this sometime). I wrote the play "All of the People, All the Time" that starred David and Darwin in Charlotte. I knew Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Fred Kaps, Mike Skinner, Ed Marlo, Derek Dingle,  I briefly taught for Harry at his memory school in New York. I have card moves published in Apocalypse, Heirophant, The Annotated Erdnase and Harry's Afterthoughts. I am now Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz at BMI in New York, but I still count David Roth as my closest friend.


I'm so glad to have you here, Pat! Looks live you've rubbed shoulders with some of the greats!

I look forward to getting to know you better and hope that you enjoy it here!

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We appeared together on Wonderama in 1974 (perhaps I'll post a video of this sometime).


Hi Pat,
Pleased to meet you.  I would love to see the Wonderama clip.  I watched Wonderama every Saturday morning around that time.  I turned 10 years old in 1974, so I may indeed have seen the show on which you appeared!

Are you still in NY?  Maybe we can get together some time.

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Hi, all.  I'm very happy to be a part of this site.  I've been in magic over 45 years. I hosted the famous "spaghetti sessions" in the 70s. David Roth, Darwin Ortiz, and I sort of grew up together in magic. We appeared together on Wonderama in 1974 (perhaps I'll post a video of this sometime). I wrote the play "All of the People, All the Time" that starred David and Darwin in Charlotte. I knew Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Fred Kaps, Mike Skinner, Ed Marlo, Derek Dingle,  I briefly taught for Harry at his memory school in New York. I have card moves published in Apocalypse, Heirophant, The Annotated Erdnase and Harry's Afterthoughts. I am now Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz at BMI in New York, but I still count David Roth as my closest friend.


Hi Pat----

Sol Stone and I keep asking David to bring you to Cafe Rustico on a Saturday.

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   Hey Pat: How nice to "hear your voice"!  Been a loooong time. Great pleasure for me to have you here with us. Harry.
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Hello Everyone,

My name is John Ronan and I often go by the screen name DelMagic - since I live in Delaware. I started learning magic around 43-years at about the age of 12. There have been some lean times for magical endeavors, but I've never moved away completely.

I was a demonstrator (part-time) at The Magic Fun Store in Newport, DE for many years working for the great fellow Lionel "Tex" Counts. I am a member of the Delaware Knights of Magic - one of the oldest independent clubs in the United States. The club began in 1944 and Tex was one of the original members. I am not too far from Marc DeSouza's place, so I occasionally head up there to watch lectures.

My favorite field is close-up card magic, but any type of close-up is enjoyable. I don't really perform much anymore - I am more of a playing card collector and general reader of magic.

I came over when I found out on the Cafe that Harry Lorayne was posting on another forum. I searched and found this place. I am happy to see Steve Youell's name as well.

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Welcome, John/DelMagic. You will enjoy it here.
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Glad to see you here DelMagic. Welcome!
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Hi John, nice to meet you.
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Thank you for the welcoming posts. I'm sure this is going to be a fruitful forum. I see some names from the Cafe that I recognize - magicfish and Vlad_77 come to mind right now. Vlad has a wonderful giving and sharing spirit. It is nice to find another place for growing in magic.

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Thank you for the welcoming posts. I'm sure this is going to be a fruitful forum. I see some names from the Cafe that I recognize - magicfish and Vlad_77 come to mind right now. Vlad has a wonderful giving and sharing spirit. It is nice to find another place for growing in magic.

John


Nice to meet you, John!
So glad you found us!

I look forward to getting to know you.

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Hey All,

Just wanted to introduce myself. Been doing magic since 1976. Saw Harry on several occasions at Tannen's in New York demoing tricks from his latest book.

One thing I believe makes for a polite environment is not to post using aliases. Anonymity leads to people doing and saying things they would never do face to face. Of course this is everybody choice but I want everybody to know who I am. My Name is Frank Military and I live in Los Angeles. 

Many thanks to all who make this forum possible.

--Frank



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    What a pleasure to see you here, Frank!!
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William "Scott" Anderson reporting for duty.

I am a magician who resides in the Portland Oregon area. I actively perform close up, parlor, and illusion shows. I've been performing since 1999. My bio can be seen on my website: http://www.illusionsofanderson.com
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Hello, All.

My name is Mike Sturgeon (Turk on the Cafe).  I am delighted to find this forum and I look forward to being able to meet and interact with the all of you.

With the possible exception of stage illusion magic, I love most forms of magic.  Right now, because of the group I session with, my present main interest seems to be card tricks and tricks using cards.  I also enjoy mentalism (especially of the mental magic genre), rope magic and tricks using small ordinary object props (such as paper bags, rubber bands, books, small change purses, etc.)  My current favorite card magic subset is memorized deck magic.

I love creating my own story lines, presentations and scripting and taking an old chestnut and completely reworking it into an effect unique and not recognizable to my magician crowd.

I read a lot of magic literature and have a keen interest in trying to incorporate multiple magic principles into single effects or three related effects into a cohesive single routine.

I look forward to meting each of you through your posts and in PMs.

Best,

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Hey All,

Just wanted to introduce myself. Been doing magic since 1976. Saw Harry on several occasions at Tannen's in New York demoing tricks from his latest book.

One thing I believe makes for a polite environment is not to post using aliases. Anonymity leads to people doing and saying things they would never do face to face. Of course this is everybody choice but I want everybody to know who I am. My Name is Frank Military and I live in Los Angeles. 

Many thanks to all who make this forum possible.

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I'm so glad that you've found us, Frank! Welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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William "Scott" Anderson reporting for duty. I am a magician who resides in the Portland Oregon area. I actively perform close up, parlor, and illusion shows. I've been performing since 1999. My bio can be seen on my website: http://www.illusionsofanderson.com


Hi Scott! It's me, Rudy (Craig Martin's friend). I'm not sure if you remember our little get together at McMenamins.

Anyway, welcome to the forum!

I hope that we'll see more posts from you.

Take care, bro.

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Hello, All.

My name is Mike Sturgeon (Turk on the Cafe).  I am delighted to find this forum and I look forward to being able to meet and interact with the all of you.

With the possible exception of stage illusion magic, I love most forms of magic.  Right now, because of the group I session with, my present main interest seems to be card tricks and tricks using cards.  I also enjoy mentalism (especially of the mental magic genre), rope magic and tricks using small ordinary object props (such as paper bags, rubber bands, books, small change purses, etc.)  My current favorite card magic subset is memorized deck magic.

I love creating my own story lines, presentations and scripting and taking an old chestnut and completely reworking it into an effect unique and not recognizable to my magician crowd.

I read a lot of magic literature and have a keen interest in trying to incorporate multiple magic principles into single effects or three related effects into a cohesive single routine.

I look forward to meting each of you through your posts and in PMs.

Best,

Mike


Thanks for introducing yourself to us, Mike! I'm glad that you're here and hope you enjoy the many wonderful conversations that are taking place here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take care and see you around the forum!

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Harry, Rudy,

Much thanks for the warm welcome! If there's anything I can do to support the forum, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Hey gang, Doctor1976 here.  I changed my name on the forum, because I felt it was a wrong name for this type of forum.  I use Doc for pretty much everything, especially  when I don't know if I'm sticking around.  Obviously, I'm here at the Forum to stay, so I figured I may as well use my real name! 
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Harry, Rudy, Much thanks for the warm welcome! If there's anything I can do to support the forum, please don't hesitate to ask. --Frank


Thanks Frank [smile]

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Hey gang, Doctor1976 here.  I changed my name on the forum, because I felt it was a wrong name for this type of forum.  I use Doc for pretty much everything, especially  when I don't know if I'm sticking around.  Obviously, I'm here at the Forum to stay, so I figured I may as well use my real name! 


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Hello fellow magicians,

my name is Harri,

I am brand new, squeaky clean to all this.
I messed up a silly trick in a pub which then made me look into serious card magic. I have been practicing a few tricks now and performing them in local pubs when I visit or wherever. You cannot find me without a deck of cards no more. I am ready to take it to the next level.

Hopefully this forum will be a awesome tool to help me with my imagination.


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Hello fellow magicians,

my name is Harri,

I am brand new, squeaky clean to all this.
I messed up a silly trick in a pub which then made me look into serious card magic. I have been practicing a few tricks now and performing them in local pubs when I visit or wherever. You cannot find me without a deck of cards no more. I am ready to take it to the next level.

Hopefully this forum will be a awesome tool to help me with my imagination.




I'm glad to meet you, Harri! There are a lot of really friendly and knowledgeable magicians hanging out around here. I'm sure that you'll learn a lot from them. I know that I sure have!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Cheers guys, 

Nice one, I hope that I will learn a lot. Just received a little envolope today, was so excited only then to realise that the red double back card was infact a blue one side and red the other card! start again! 
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harribo89

Welcome to the forum!

From your last post I gather you ordered a card and you got the wrong one? You can always buy a deck with an assorted variety of cards, such as this one:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/543
(unfortunately Penguin is out of these decks but you can always look around, I don't have time right now to look for a link with the deck in stock, but this will give you an idea of what to look for)

This way you will receive a pack of different cards and you can pick the one you need and there is no chance of you getting the wrong card, You have different ones to choose from.

I hope this helps.

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   Start working toward impromptu, any deck, card magic (of which I've written a few books JUST FOR YOU) and then you won't have to worry about gaffed cards.
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   Start working toward impromptu, any deck, card magic (of which I've written a few books JUST FOR YOU) and then you won't have to worry about gaffed cards.


I heartily second that recommendation.  It took me a long time to realize that I didn't need or want to use gaffed cards any more, as there are so many great impromptu routines with an ordinary deck (and/or routines using a set up if you have the luxury of the time and opportunity, or can set up without suspicion in the masterful and disarming way Harry can pull off).  

There are very significant advantages I have found in taking this approach.  No more cluttered or bulky pockets when doing walk around.  So much less to try to organize and  "keep track of."  And you're always "clean," with not a care in the world about examinability or having to ditch gaffs.

*I guess my one exception to this is the ID, to which I have devoted one rear trouser pocket, as it always plays so HUGE.
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thank you guys. I shall check that out. already this is becoming so helpful. So, i have mastered a few slight of hand movements. I am obviously still practising them to make them really crisp! what suggestions do you have that I should learn. I am having such a creative mind lately. 

Opinion on this please.
Cull 4 aces, cull 4 kings underneath. say that you have memorised the deck, present the 4 aces in some kind of florish. this is where I struggle now. I want to then make the suggestion that the kings are close behind. So I will have to make some pass for the kings to be on the bottom of the pack in order to wave change the 4 aces into kings, double lifting the kings each time to then present the assumption that when I give the spectator the face down card, they believe it is the king, only after ward to reveal that the cards have jumped and they are holding the aces!?


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Also I am after some advice on smoke. Get back to me and I shall share my intention with you.

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Harri, the card trick you mention, sounds somewhat familiar, but I can't say for certain.  Marlo probably had a dozen ways to do it.  And please take this as friendly, well intentioned advice, but anyone rarely masters some sleight of hand movements.  A double lift can take years to learn. 
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As far as the double lift (IMHO the most important sleight in card magic, along with palming) I have seen very very few magicians do a clean convincing double lift that does not arouse suspicion.

This includes many reputable and illustrious magicians who have written books and made videos (not Harry by any means, I am quick to add). But one can always change if willing to get around the ego that says: "You are there, you are great." With humility and an openness to keep improving - well that is when true greatness is truly possible and achievable.

The most common problem I have observed in magicians doing double lifts being a tell tale "get ready" right before the sleight is executed. Such s move would never be done before turning up a single card. Laymen often don't say anything, but they can perceive when something is unnatural. Thus the illusion is regrettably destroyed. As Erdnase said, "They should not even suspect let alone detect."

I have a friend who does 52 double lifts a day, with no get ready, just "feeling" two cards with his index finger and flipping them over without hesitation. As far as I know, he's been doing this for more than 10 years, and his double lift is absolutely immaculate.
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   Start working toward impromptu, any deck, card magic (of which I've written a few books JUST FOR YOU) and then you won't have to worry about gaffed cards.


Thank you Harry.
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Harri, the card trick you mention, sounds somewhat familiar, but I can't say for certain.  Marlo probably had a dozen ways to do it.  And please take this as friendly, well intentioned advice, but anyone rarely masters some sleight of hand movements.  A double lift can take years to learn. 


Okay Tom,

that is some great advice. Thank you for your reply.
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Let me introduce myself. I'm Jerry Christensen and am primarily a card guy. I've been into magic for over 60 years.

Tricks of my own devising have bee published in Magicke, Genii, Pabular, Linking Ring, and The Magician.
Also, I coauthored a biographical piece on L'Homme Masque in Genii. I have two biographical articles published in Gibiciere on French magician Moreau and, most recently, vaudevillian Allan Shaw.

The first great book on card magic I got was Harry's CloseUp Card Magic. Lorayne favorites are Furthrt Than Further Than That, Australians Sixes, and Tally-Ho along with many others.

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Let me introduce myself. I'm Jerry Christensen and am primarily a card guy. I've been into magic for over 60 years.

Tricks of my own devising have bee published in Magicke, Genii, Pabular, Linking Ring, and The Magician.
Also, I coauthored a biographical piece on L'Homme Masque in Genii. I have two biographical articles published in Gibiciere on French magician Moreau and, most recently, vaudevillian Allan Shaw.

The first great book on card magic I got was Harry's CloseUp Card Magic. Lorayne favorites are Furthrt Than Further Than That, Australians Sixes, and Tally-Ho along with many others.


Hi Jerry! I'm so glad that you're here!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I look forward to getting to know you better.

Take care,

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Hi,

I'm Stuart Nolan from the Lancaster area of the UK. I'm 51 and have been into magic since I was 19. I spent my 20's as a performance poet then gave that up to spend my 30's mostly working in Interactive TV.

I've been a semi-pro magician since 2002, combining performing with a part-time University post as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design. I left academia in 2007 to become a full-time magician/keynote speaker. I work mainly conferences and events in the cultural industries and design & technology sectors. Consequently, I perform mainly for stage and platform - mostly 7-20min acts tailored to the event. 

I enjoy this work but what I don't get to do often enough is create performances that are more intimate, more personal, or more unusual so when I get the chance to do something less corporate I jump at it.
I spent the Summer of 2012 touring the fairs and county shows of England performing a 7-min coin routine in a Victorian boxing ring in a marquee as part of The Great Boxing Booth Revival troupe. (I've studied with Armando Lucero and the routine was based largely on his work).
Last year I performed as part of a group art show at The Venice Biennale and spent several days standing in an art gallery doing repeated blindfold Knight's Tours.
I'm Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol where I look at the potential magical uses of emerging technologies and as part of this I've spent the last two years as an Associate Creative on a robotics research project called Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces.

I'm currently writing a book called "Impossible: How Magicians Invented the Future", in which I argue that magicians have played a great part in inventing and innovating key technologies in areas such as engineering, film, and robotics and that we should celebrate this ingenuity more.

I’m also working on getting better at coin magic and trying to develop a stand-up coin routine that will work for my platform work. I love Paul Wilson’s Crowded Coins so I’m rehearsing that in different ways to see what germinates.  

I'm glad to be a part of this new community and I'm looking forward to the lecture tonight.

S

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Hello all,
My name is Garth,
Excited to be here, I have been a locksmith for about 20 years and also been practicing the almost lost art of animal tracking for about the same amount of time.
Magic has always been another love of mine since a teen hanging out at the local magic shop. my love of magic has been rekindled as of lately and think about nature & magic type things. Outdoor illusions, and things done with common outdoor stuff.
You mentioned your podcast with Harry Lorayne I will check that out.
Harry Lorayne was a huge influence on me in my late teen years with his memory power stuff and magic. I remember practicing the panoramic card shift for endless hours back then and my hands still remember how to do it.
Thanks Garth
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Hi,

I'm Stuart Nolan from the Lancaster area of the UK. I'm 51 and have been into magic since I was 19. I spent my 20's as a performance poet then gave that up to spend my 30's mostly working in Interactive TV.

I've been a semi-pro magician since 2002, combining performing with a part-time University post as a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design. I left academia in 2007 to become a full-time magician/keynote speaker. I work mainly conferences and events in the cultural industries and design & technology sectors. Consequently, I perform mainly for stage and platform - mostly 7-20min acts tailored to the event. 

I enjoy this work but what I don't get to do often enough is create performances that are more intimate, more personal, or more unusual so when I get the chance to do something less corporate I jump at it.
I spent the Summer of 2012 touring the fairs and county shows of England performing a 7-min coin routine in a Victorian boxing ring in a marquee as part of The Great Boxing Booth Revival troupe. (I've studied with Armando Lucero and the routine was based largely on his work).
Last year I performed as part of a group art show at The Venice Biennale and spent several days standing in an art gallery doing repeated blindfold Knight's Tours.
I'm Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol where I look at the potential magical uses of emerging technologies and as part of this I've spent the last two years as an Associate Creative on a robotics research project called Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces.

I'm currently writing a book called "Impossible: How Magicians Invented the Future", in which I argue that magicians have played a great part in inventing and innovating key technologies in areas such as engineering, film, and robotics and that we should celebrate this ingenuity more.

I’m also working on getting better at coin magic and trying to develop a stand-up coin routine that will work for my platform work. I love Paul Wilson’s Crowded Coins so I’m rehearsing that in different ways to see what germinates.  

I'm glad to be a part of this new community and I'm looking forward to the lecture tonight.

S

Thank you for the wonderful introduction, Stuart! I'm very glad that you found us and look forward to getting to know you better. Have a great weekend and welcome to the Magician's Forum!

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Hello all, My name is Garth, Excited to be here, I have been a locksmith for about 20 years and also been practicing the almost lost art of animal tracking for about the same amount of time. Magic has always been another love of mine since a teen hanging out at the local magic shop. my love of magic has been rekindled as of lately and think about nature & magic type things. Outdoor illusions, and things done with common outdoor stuff. You mentioned your podcast with Harry Lorayne I will check that out. Harry Lorayne was a huge influence on me in my late teen years with his memory power stuff and magic. I remember practicing the panoramic card shift for endless hours back then and my hands still remember how to do it. Thanks Garth


Hi Garth! So glad that you're here!

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Hi Guys,

Just introducing myself here as Liam. Wouldn't class myself as a magician, not yet anyway. I've just recently started learning about close up card magic as this is what i enjoy (close up) not just card I enjoy all kinds of close up but it's cards that I'm starting with. I'm in my mid to late 20s and live in Scotland. I'll be looking for plenty of advice and help from the forum so expect to see me messaging a fair bit. Is the majority on here from the UK or is it a mix of nationalities here?

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Welcome Liam! You will have a great time here on the forum and we hope we can help you with your doubts. On this forum there are people from all over the world and from different backgrounds so also expect different points of view while we answer your questions. There are some big names in magic here and they may also give you their point of view.

And welcome again!

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Welcome Liam!

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Hello, 

I am an older gentleman and just learning, any advice for a disabled veteran that would like to learn closeup card and coin tricks will be welcome. I would also like to purchase tickeys to Harry Lorayne's upcoming lecture


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I am an older gentleman and just learning, any advice for a disabled veteran that would like to learn closeup card and coin tricks will be welcome. I would also like to purchase tickeys to Harry Lorayn'es upcoming lecture




Welcome Guy!

You just need to ask and someone here will answer your questions.

If you want to be in Harry Lorayne's lecture, just follow this link... https://goo.gl/KZL7p4

Or read this thread to see the details before you go that link. That same link is also within the first post... http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/harry-lorayne-the-jawdroppers-lecture-july-9th-at-2pm-8133938






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Guy, the Magic Book by Harry Lorayne is a great place to start.
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Thanks for all of your help. Looking forward to meeting and or talking to you all. 
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Thanks for all of your help. Looking forward to meeting and or talking to you all. 


Welcome to the Magician's Forum, Guy!
I'm so glad that you've found us!

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