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There is something very special when an opportunity arises for magicians to get together for face to face sessions...yesterday Rudy was kind enough to meet me at a local eatery and sit down to discuss/practice magic.

As usual, not only did he share some very insightful thoughts and ideas regarding magic, but we also got a chance to catch up on other matters that are going on in our lives.

The other cool thing about meeting magicians in a public place is the chance to perform magic for people other than fellow magicians. Sometimes it can seem that the only magic that exists these days is the magic that's discussed by magicians with other magicians on the computer. The chance to try out a new effect on real people is so much more valuable than reading 20 posts explaining how it should be done (sometimes by individuals with no performing experience).

I'm lucky that I live a stones throw away from a very competent magician such as Rudy. I realize that many magicians live in areas where the nearest fellow magician may be over a hundred miles away.
In that context, the group sessions offered through, "The Magician's Forum" is the next best thing!


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You'll also find that the more you perform for the general public the more you refine your material.
You'll wind up choosing to work on certain pieces of magic and getting the most out of them, rather than finding more magic to perform.

Some people can spend 20 minutes performing one effect.
Others can perform 30 effects in those same 20 minutes.
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As always, I had a fantastic time hanging out with you, Dan!

Like you said, there's nothing like hanging out with another magician...sharing thoughts and ideas about this art that we love so much!!

I'm looking forward to next time!

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Who doesn't love a good session? It's better than a one day convention!

We have a small, eclectic group of magicians that meets every two weeks, or so, in what we affectionately call, The Studio 9 Sessions. We average four, but as many as nine have participated. The table seats eight comfortably. Most branches of magic are represented at one time of another, and the cross fertilization is amazing, and a thing of beauty. We tried to get organized, and plan a "theme." So far, we have failed miserably. The first performance of a themed effect, and we're off. Tangents and sidebars abound. new ideas, and suggestions are presented, and by the time we're finished, well, the theme has vanished. But man, we had a good time!

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Who doesn't love a good session?

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Mark,
Why do YOU not have a good session?


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I was fortunate enough quite a few months ago to get a break from the office and enjoy a magic lunch with Rudy Tinoco and Craig Martin. I have been meaning to try and get together for another one, but work-life-kids-whatever excuse I can think of keeps getting in the way.

Have you ever thought about putting together a once a month "magician's lunch" Dan?
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Mark,
Why do YOU not have a good session?


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I am not sure. Jaded I suppose. I don't have quite the same passion for magic that I had when I was young. And I don't particularly like watching magic which I would have to do if I had one of these "sessions" where people amuse themselves showing each other impractical material and the latest moves. If I want moves and tricks I have thousands of them in book form waiting to be read when I need them. And I don't particularly like magicians either because I am an old grouch. There are exceptions of course but I find the incompetence unbearable and always have. I don't mind incompetence if the person knows they are incompetent and is willing to learn. However incompetence combined with ego is too much for me and I would tend to growl at people when I see it. And I do see it at these "sessions".

And I HATE watching card tricks. I love doing  them but that is a different matter entirely. I just can't bear the torture of watching them. I know how the tricks are done most of the time so I don't see the point. And even if I don't know how they are done I don't CARE how they are done! If someone has an entertaining way about them I might pay attention for about a minute or so but that is about it. I haven't the patience to watch people doing magic.

I DETEST magic lectures and when I am forced to watch one I usually take a book with me to read. Since I am the epitome of politeness I don't want the lecturer to see me reading to ward off the boredom he has inflicted on me so I make sure to sit behind the fattest member of the audience so I am screened from view.

I learned a long time ago to think like a layman and see things from their point of view but alas although this attribute has been very valuable to me in performing magic it works against me in appreciating it.

 

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I am not sure. Jaded I suppose. I don't have quite the same passion for magic that I had when I was young. And I don't particularly like watching magic which I would have to do if I had one of these "sessions" where people amuse themselves showing each other impractical material and the latest moves. If I want moves and tricks I have thousands of them in book form waiting to be read when I need them. And I don't particularly like magicians either because I am an old grouch. There are exceptions of course but I find the incompetence unbearable and always have. I don't mind incompetence if the person knows they are incompetent and is willing to learn. However incompetence combined with ego is too much for me and I would tend to growl at people when I see it. And I do see it at these "sessions".

And I HATE watching card tricks. I love doing  them but that is a different matter entirely. I just can't bear the torture of watching them. I know how the tricks are done most of the time so I don't see the point. And even if I don't know how they are done I don't CARE how they are done! If someone has an entertaining way about them I might pay attention for about a minute or so but that is about it. I haven't the patience to watch people doing magic.

I DETEST magic lectures and when I am forced to watch one I usually take a book with me to read. Since I am the epitome of politeness I don't want the lecturer to see me reading to ward off the boredom he has inflicted on me so I make sure to sit behind the fattest member of the audience so I am screened from view.

I learned a long time ago to think like a layman and see things from their point of view but alas although this attribute has been very valuable to me in performing magic it works against me in appreciating it.



Hahahahaha!!! I love this guy! That's precisely why I don't attend many of the local magic gatherings. There are generally 3 or 4 people I really want to see and talk to......and 50 that I can't stand. I must be turning into an old grouch too!
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I was fortunate enough quite a few months ago to get a break from the office and enjoy a magic lunch with Rudy Tinoco and Craig Martin. I have been meaning to try and get together for another one, but work-life-kids-whatever excuse I can think of keeps getting in the way. Have you ever thought about putting together a once a month "magician's lunch" Dan?


I'd love for us to get together for lunch. I'm actually meeting with Craig this week for lunch.

It would be great if you could join us! We were aiming for 11:30am on Wednesday, but maybe we can adjust to make it work for you to come.

A regular, monthly gathering would be fun. Dave (Killer Dave's Magic) had something going at his shop after hours. It's always a great time, just a little far for me since I'm out here in Forest Grove. 

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