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Ratso58

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Don't be thrown off by Ratso58 - I really am not a rat.

Been practicing, reading, collecting and rabidly devouring magic performances for over 50 years. 'Nickels to Dimes' kicked it all off after seeing a demo at Macy's at a tender age. Thanks Nana for paying attention to my excitement and buying me my first trick! This has led to a lifelong pleasure and hobby.

I enjoy my amateur status and my audience is mainly family, friends and occasionally a feral cat. It's amazing how easy it is to force a card when there is an anchovy held out underneath it. [biggrin]

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Welcome to TMF ratso58!


What kind of stuff do you do...as far as practicing on?

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Thank you Mind Phantom!

For me card magic has always been first love. Over the years I have dabbled in parlor magic and a little coin stuff but it always comes back to pasteboards and their endless possibilities.

Big fan of Harry Lorayne. Just picked up David Solomon book, Solomon's Secrets and playing with the first few items.

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I am into cards too, and I am working on some gambling routines that I have practicing on for a while now. Have you heard of Jack Capenter? HIs stuff is great!

For menatalism effects I am working on things that require no or, a few props, like verbal forces and I am looking for a good key bending method too.

People like to get there palms read too. I know trhat;s not magic, but, it's still fun.
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Some like to read palms, others like to read books.
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Prop-less mentalism has become quite popular! Pablo Amira has published a few things you may be interested in. Just biz cards and the like.

To Harry Lorayne’s point, books are packed with a treasure trove of great ideas you can adapt to any themes. They are my ‘go to’ for fresh ideas. HL’s books are packed to the brim.
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Love dem books!!
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Welcome Ratso (Rizzo?)
Nickels to Dimes is a great and underrated effect! Invented in 1926 by Walter Gibson. I have seen awesome close up magicians really go to town with it at the Magic Castle!
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Thanks Mbreggar for the history of that great effect! Did not know it was Walter Gibson.

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Nickels to dimes has special meaning to me too. When I was about 8 or 9 growing up in California, I saw a pitchman demo Nickels to Dimes and a Svengali Deck. My dad bough both for me. I was hooked!

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Mike, Luv it!
My second was an invisible deck, the one Jerry Lucas sold with HL. No turnin’ back.
Then Tannens. Man I’m getting old.

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Welcome, Rat Man! Glad to have you here.

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Thank you Anthony. Glad to be here.
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