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Jason Ladanye

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Who's in your magic circle?

https://www.cardmagicbyjason.com/your-magic-circle/

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Harry Lorayne

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   Just got a call from a magic friend telling me about this post. He said that perhaps a bit of "you" rubbed off on Jason from them (Darwin and Michael). Because he knew that I knew Darwin and he'd heard/read Michael say often enough that he considered me a mentor, and so on.

    Well; nice of him to think that way. But - I'm not too familiar with Jason's work - haven't seen Darwin in decades (although he did do a video for my birthday a couple or three years ago, and I have no idea if Michael mentioned "mentor" to Jason. But, hey, who knows?
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Oh, and of course, my "magic circle" is/are mostly gone - Dai Vernon, John Scarne, Bill Simon, Francis Carlisle, Roy Benson, Richard Himber, Ricky Jay, Ed Marlo, Frank Garcia, Derek Dingle, Ed Balducci, Harry Blackstone, Jr., etc.
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Harry, that was quite the awesome circle!  I can only imagine the sessions and brainstorming that happened.

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   And I forgot to mentilon Johnny Benzais, Oscar Weigle, Gene Maze, Lenny Greenfader, Bob McAllister, Alan Alan, Mike Bornstein, Karrell Fox, Gary Ouelet, Alex Elmsley, Shigeo Takagi -  and more. 

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     You can see many more names near end of my last book, AND FINALLY! - almost two pages titled "Pinpointing An Era" - because I was asked to list all the people I was friends with, spent time with over the decades - two categories...know names in magic and known celebrity names not in magic.
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Harry glad to see your still the man. I use to love going to Rubens for our sessions with all the fellas. I came late to the circle but there were certainly legendary guys while I attended. Hope your doing well old friend.
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          Nice to "hear your voice," Hippie. Good memories.
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Jason, I would be interested in your thoughts about how those of us who are geographically isolated, perhaps in areas where we cannot find others who are serious about magic performance, would develop a magic circle. Honestly, having such a group of friends that one can get together with and share growth in magic would be wonderful. So far, I haven't found a way to make the internet really work for this. What is your take? 
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Jason, I would be interested in your thoughts about how those of us who are geographically isolated, perhaps in areas where we cannot find others who are serious about magic performance, would develop a magic circle. Honestly, having such a group of friends that one can get together with and share growth in magic would be wonderful. So far, I haven't found a way to make the internet really work for this. What is your take? 


I have the same problem, so it's probably common enough. Skype and other internet tools might be an answer, but I haven't yet looked seriously into it since rural internet is an issue too... [rolleyes]

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Isn’t this what Rudy has done with the occasional “session” we do here?
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Isn’t this what Rudy has done with the occasional “session” we do here?

It will be great if that is the way that it works out; I haven't had the chance to attend such a session yet. But, I am not sure it is the same as making ongoing magical friends that one shares with and critiques regularly. I hope so.
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For 20 years I drove 8 hours to DC for my sessions with Darwin Ortiz. It didn't matter where he lived, I would've made it there. But that was before Skype was even a thing! When I teach now, about 95% of my students use Skype and they're all over the world. I'd suggest finding some way to use FaceTime or Skype if you're "in the woods." 
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Isn’t this what Rudy has done with the occasional “session” we do here?


Yes, and. Those sessions are wonderful, and I make as many as possible. But as Bill replies, they are not the same as a one-on-one relationship or small group dynamic that develops over time as members come to trust one another. I think the key is to use tech to create regular smaller group or one-on-one sessions. When I have access to faster, reliable internet, I intend to try. Right now I am a baby step above dial-up, but not complaining since many of my fellow exurbanites are still using dial-up!

I am about 2.5 hours from where the Georgia Magic Club (IBM Ring 9) regularly meets. They are a vibrant and active group, but it's just not currently feasible for me to make the trip. I have tried to start up smaller groups using sites like Meetup.com, but have had no success. If anyone on the forum lives in Georgia, in the Atlanta MSA, south of the perimeter and along the I-75 corridor between Atlanta and Macon, drop me a line and let's talk.   
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There are plenty of magicians in my city. Old and young. The few older ones are not updated and do the same old things they have been doing for 30 or 40 years. They don't read the most recent books (if they read at all) and don't do any new magic, it's always the same old stuff. They don't like getting together and be fooled by anyone so we don't do it often. One has seen them plenty of times doing the same stuff and knows the secrets and sometimes they make the same mistakes with the same effect... The younger ones use YouTube or get together to "session" together to teach and learn from their downloaded videos or things someone else taught them. You tell them there is a meeting and they don't show up, even though it is a meeting where some magic will be taught. They don't like being told what to do and sometimes they get used to doing things their way but it is the wrong way and the effect doesn't have the impact it could have because of this.

In the end I am alone with my books and cards and effects even though there are plenty of magicians here (I would say around 40 magicians and enthusiasts in my city alone) and I only get to show my magic to my family.

As Anthony just mentioned, sometimes one is alone and has no one to get together with and session and sometimes there are plenty of people but still they are not willing to get together and session... Both are different situations and yet the result is the same... One ends up "sessioning" alone...

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I'm lucky Rudy lives 5 minutes away. I cherish the nights we can get together for magic and just plain hangin' out and shooting the breeze!

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