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Bob G

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Dear Magicians,


I dabbled with magic when I was 13, and later, when my daughter was five, we had a Halloween party for her and her friends (she was my "beautiful assistant.")  I think I did a pretty good job of presenting the five or so very simple tricks -- but I suspect that what really impressed the kids was my cape and top hat.  



Years later, when I was sixty, I suddenly realized that I *really* wanted to learn magic, and I bought The Magic Book, Card College, and other books and dvd's, and began to study.  Although I agree in principle with people who say that "effect is everything," I find that there's something really glamorous about sleight of hand (even though, if it's well done, the audience has no idea that it's occurred).  


As a result, my progress is slow -- s. o. h. is not easy!  In the  2+ years that I've been studying, I have two tricks that I do for my family and friends -- Color Monte and a Nick Trost effect called The Sub-Trunk Mystery (which I've turned into Fatima at the Wizard's Castle).  I've changed the stories to both -- I love to make up my own stories to go with the tricks I perform.  Although two tricks isn't a lot, I've also been working on lots of sleights, reading about performance, etc.  I don't know where it's all going, but I don't really I care.  I'm just enjoying magic so much.  At the moment I have no ambition to perform for strangers, but -- who knows? -- maybe that will change.  


I've received *so* much help from people at the Magic Cafe.  I've been the recipient of lots and lots of generosity from many people on the cafe.  I don't know if I really have time to follow two forums! -- but I thought I'd give this one a try.  


Best wishes to all,


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Hey, Bob, and welcome. The pace here is considerably less frantic than over at the cafe. We tend to be a bit more laid back. I think you will finds lots to like if you hang around for a bit and get involved. How'd you hear about us?

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Bob G

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Thanks, EvilDan and Anthony.  By the way, I've been focusing on cards -- need to focus to avoid my natural tendency to be scattered -- but eventually I want to branch out into other things.  Four areas that I'm especially attracted to are paddles, thimbles, sponges, and ball-and-vase (not cups and balls).  Oh, and silks!  


EvilDan, I don't remember any specific posts, but I recognize your name from the magic cafe.  And Vlad told me he's a moderator here.


Anthony, I did a google search maybe a year ago, trying to learn about the fingertips version of the Hamman count.  One of the hits was on the Magician's Forum - that's how I found out.  Rudy was kind enough to give me the password to read the message, but I'm not sure I was able to get in.


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Hi Bob, I can relate to your magic history. I hope you stick around. The more the merrier. Welcome.
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Hey Bob... if you thought you got help from the Green Room... you ain’t seen nothing yet!! Welcome to TMF!
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I get around. If it's bizarre magic Vlad, I didn't even know he was on this board.
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Hi Bob, I'm glad that you're here! I believe that you will find this to be a friendly and helpful community of magicians.

I look forward to getting to know you!

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I did a google search maybe a year ago, trying to learn about the fingertips version of the Hamman count.  One of the hits was on the Magician's Forum - that's how I found out.  Rudy was kind enough to give me the password to read the message, but I'm not sure I was able to get in.

Bob

Welcome, Bob.

If you still have the password, click on this link and key in the password once prompted.
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Bob G

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Thanks, François,


I appreciate your addressing this.  I don't remember the password.  I tried clicking the link and putting in my general Magician's Forum password, but that didn't work.


Regards,


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Bob G

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Hi again, Beth,



I'd be curious to hear your story about how you got interested in magic (if you care to share it, of course).



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Thanks, Fortunato!


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Welcome, Bob. Your enthusiasm leaps right off the (internet) page. I think it's great how people discover and rediscover magic at all different ages. It's an enormously fun hobby, practice, research interest, creative exercise, profession... whatever you want to make it. There's something in it for everyone, I think.
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Well said Chris W. and a very warm welcome Bob.
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Bob G

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Many thanks to both of you, Chris and Gareth. 


Chris, I appreciate your kind words.  I agree with you about magic -- it's a lot like playing an instrument in all the ways you suggested. 
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