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Hello, This is a risky post, but I just have to ask. In my frequent reading about magic, mostly cards, names come up. I see a lot about Steven Youell. But it is years old for the most part. Many of the things he produced pique my interest. Thus the dilemma. Any information in this gentleman and how to obtain his material would be appreciated. And Mr. Youell is not the only person I'd like to know more about. Folks create and it gets my attention. Also if I can tag this on, what is "The Weekly Magic Failure?" Magic is art and emotions are part of the game. Just trying to get a good viewpoint. Thank you.
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I'm not familiar with Mr. Youell's work, but I know that people at the Cafe didn't seem to appreciate him very much.
I'm sure that someone can point you in the right direction (without attacking the man's character).

I took a look at the Weekly Magic Failure, but it didn't take long to see that it's not a site that I'd want to invest my time reading.

Seems like a whole lot of personal and malicious attacks on magicians that he doesn't seem to like or agree with.

May we never demonstrate that kind of negativity, gossip and slander here at the Magician's Forum.

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@tmfbls  I sent you a PM with the info I had.

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Rudy, I for one really like Steven's work.  He's put out a lot of tutorials on the pass, palming, effects, etc.  He had a number of issues at the time he collected money for his next project, which looked very good, and just couldn't deliver.
He posted on the Cafe, apologized, explained all of the issues he had going on, would get the project completed and that was it.  Hope he's well and getting back on his feet at some point.

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Here's a video in general/public release that is worth following.  I use this with every deck.

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Oh my. I don't know what to say other than I knew this was going to be risky.

I am terribly sorry if I offended anyone including Mr.Youell.

Rudy if you wish, you own this forum, please do what you believe is right with my post.

The last thing I intended was for this to upset anyone.

I do hope everyone has a pleasant Valentine's Day.

Apologies to all.

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I believe you are confusing two comments. The negative comments were not about Steve, but about the Weekly Magic Failure which is not Steve's blog, but Roland Henning's. I don't think anyone here would say too many bad things about Steve. He had some personal issues that caused some grief for people, but in my dealings he was never negative. Others may have different opinions, but I agree with Tom G that he has some good stuff. The video on buffing the cards is a great tutorial that can help some of the card work that people do. I don't believe there was anything negative or offensive in your OP.

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I am not as psychic as I thought. I read the subject line wrong! I thought it said "Finding Yourself". Instead I have found Steven Youell!
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Good one Mark.  Tmfbls, you did nothing wrong at all,  you were asking about someone's work.  Probably on the Cafe it would have been different. 
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I found Steven on a new site that had sprung up a couple of years ago, and had some brief chats with him. I was and remain an admirer of his work and his thinking.

I have had this conversation with others, and many if not most of them see it differently from the way I do, and I cannot blame them, but here is my brief take:

I paid for a number of tutorials by Steven over the years, and more than received my money's worth in them. I also paid for his DVD, I think supposed to be called Keys To The Kingdom, about the use of key cards for all kinds of effects. This DVD he was unable to complete, and was also unable to return the money to people who had pre-ordered it, including me. He did explain to people that he had personal issues going on that torpedoed his project, and that he felt very bad about it.

My personal attitude is that some of the most creative people I know are not always the world's best business people, and are often also doing battle with demons that make being such even more difficult. Whenever I am finding a way to learn something from the underground, I'm always aware that I am in uncertain business territory. I consider myself lucky to get the goods when I do, and if I lose out because the person's labor of love crashes and burns, well, it's not that much money, and I hope the guy will follow through with something else in the future.

So, for me, Steven's work easily rose to the level that I considered him worth the money I spent and even lost on him. I was happy to be able to communicate a little with him, and I would hope he would return to the magic community and continue making contributions.

As I said, I am well aware that others see it very differently, and I can't blame them.

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Steven and I became friends and had many great conversations. He demonstrated Keys To The Kingdom to me and it is nothing short of brilliant. Out of respect for Steven I do not perform anything using the principle. I miss Steven a lot and I fervently hope will return to the art.
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Steven has had, as others have referenced, a terrible run of bad luck.  I don't know where he is right now or how to reach him.

His "Weapons of Mass Destruction" notes are available online, as a gift from Steven to the community; they include several workers which I think are incredibly powerful, as well as work on the multiple shift.  While I don't use his method, I can see how it will work quite well for others.

The notes are well worth hunting down.

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I have his "Weapons" lecture notes and they are excellent, in my opinion. I think he is a great card guy, just not great at the business side of things like others have said. His work is absolutely worth talking about. It is the culture at the other forum that is the problem. I think we can talk about anything here and see a different result because the culture and quality of what is being shared is a cut above, in my opinion. Class and maturity are really fine things to conduct ourselves with and I think it is awesome and super helpful that people here take that more seriously than anything else.
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Thank you Kingman and Tom G for the kind words (and anyone else I might have missed). 

These forums and others (say, about a car) are like pictures of the past.  And I can get lost in them, hopping from link to link, and then... get curious.... That's what happened here. 

Following all the other entries shed some good light. 

Thanks to everyone who answered!  As I have seen pointed out in this forum, and I wholly agree with, this is how to have a nice discussion :-) 



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You might be able to contact SY through Chris Aguilar who runs the Conjure Nation forum. Steven has been a member there for about 10 years. Chris a very approachable guy.
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Quote:
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I am alive.


Welcome Steve
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He lives!! Welcome to the Magician's Forum, Steven!

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Welcome Steven [wink]

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First I am the OP. Welcome to Mr. Youell.

Your material does interest me and is something I hope to learn about. Certainly more as this forum grows.

If there is a way to purchase items you may have, I would surely appreciate knowing how to do so.

Thanks for reading this from a fan, albeit from afar.


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Lybrary.com sells at least one of Steven's instructional videos. H&M books used to carry his Weapons of Mass Destruction and Weapons of Mass Deception.
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Thank you roymcbrayer.  Yep knew about some of those, but, from the person himself I was just wondering if there was anything "brought out of storage," reprinted, or new.  I cannot mention something in this forum and in the hands of Mr. Youell, let's just say it's art!  Thanks.

Anyway, super glad that this august forum just got better!

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Who's Steven Youell?
Seriously and with all due respect, I have no idea.
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Steven is a very good card man who has put out teaching materials that are highly regarded.
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Who's Steven Youell? Seriously and with all due respect, I have no idea.


No one of any significance! His reputation far exceeds his actual ability. You probably don't know him because he' old and he smells like he's old.

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Who's Steven Youell?
Seriously and with all due respect, I have no idea.


Here's his bio from the Session Room:

"Steven Youell is a Sleight of Hand Artist whose work has been praised by Darwin Ortiz, Ron Bauer, Jon Racherbaumer, Mike Close, Paul Chosse, Mike Skinner, Michael Vincent and many others. In addition to lecturing all over North America, he’s also performed over 250 shows at The Magic Castle and has given four lectures at The Academy of Magical Arts. He’s performed Sleight of Hand for over 45 years and has taught for over 30 years. He’s been published in MAGIC magazine and two sets of lecture notes and videos."

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Nice to hear from you again Steven, hope you are doing well. Hope you are able to jump in now and again here!


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Here's his bio from the Session Room: "Steven Youell is a Sleight of Hand Artist whose work has been praised by Darwin Ortiz, Ron Bauer, Jon Racherbaumer, Mike Close, Paul Chosse, Mike Skinner, Michael Vincent and many others. In addition to lecturing all over North America, he’s also performed over 250 shows at The Magic Castle and has given four lectures at The Academy of Magical Arts. He’s performed Sleight of Hand for over 45 years and has taught for over 30 years. He’s been published in MAGIC magazine and two sets of lecture notes and videos."


Thanks Rudy.
I had read that, but I thought there might be more. It is a bio after all.

Mister Youell, when you say:
"No one of any significance! His reputation far exceeds his actual ability. You probably don't know him because he' old and he smells like he's old" are you sure you haven't stolen that from my bio? It describes me to a tee. Or, for the benefit of the grammar policd,  "T"
Apart from the "smells" bit, that is. I'm a stickler from soap and water.
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Thanks Rudy. I had read that, but I thought there might be more. It is a bio after all. [smile]


So here's some more. I hesitate to put this out there, but I realize not many people know me or my work. So I'll take a risk of people thinking I'm egotistical and post my promo quotes. All of these quotes are genuine and only one of the guys is dead, so you can ask three out of four if they meant it! [biggrin]

"Steven Youell is an exceptional Sleight of Hand expert and even more exceptional in his ability to teach what he knows to others."
 Darwin Ortiz

"The level of attention to detail that Steven Youell brings to the study of card magic is simply astounding. I have been greatly inspired by Steven's thinking and thought process. His expertise at engineering and explaining sleights is only exceeded by his ability to find phenomenal presentations."
 Michael Vincent

"Steve is simply one of he best cardmen in the world. He's able to seamlessly mesh finely honed sleight of hand with razor-sharp presentational skills in a way that allow him to both entertain and devastate an audience at the same time - and that's what the 'Real Work' is all about."
 Paul Chosse

"Steven Youell is a rare combination. As a performer he can do the 'Real Work', expressing the chops of an expert. He also knows which parts of the 'Real Work' are 'real' and which parts are 'work'. Furthermore, he is exceptionally adept at teaching how magic should be made entertainingly powerful."
 Jon Racherbaumer


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ahahahaha Steven i missed you men!!! we need... nono  I NEED to keep in contact with you again!    hope you still remember me ajajaja 

 

PS: guys if you never read weapons of mas destruction make a favour tou yourself and BUY IT ASAP   is that GOOD

 

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Holy cow!! I've been working a ton lately and haven't been keeping up with the forums, but then I come on today and see that Steve is back online. What a VERY pleasant surprise.

Steve,
Your presence has been greatly missed.
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Here's his bio from the Session Room: "Steven Youell is a Sleight of Hand Artist whose work has been praised by Darwin Ortiz, Ron Bauer, Jon Racherbaumer, Mike Close, Paul Chosse, Mike Skinner, Michael Vincent and many others. In addition to lecturing all over North America, he’s also performed over 250 shows at The Magic Castle and has given four lectures at The Academy of Magical Arts. He’s performed Sleight of Hand for over 45 years and has taught for over 30 years. He’s been published in MAGIC magazine and two sets of lecture notes and videos."

 

Wow. I had no idea that the Steven Youell I met here on this forum via a nice PM is such a magical luminary. 

No disrespect meant but I started magic as a hobby late in life - in my late 30s so I guess I can be excused. :-)

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Wow. I had no idea that the Steven Youell I met here on this forum via a nice PM is such a magical luminary. 

No disrespect meant but I started magic as a hobby late in life - in my late 30s so I guess I can be excused. :-)



Indeed! And Steven has agreed to give a lecture for the member of the Magician's Forum in the very near future!

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Indeed! And Steven has agreed to give a lecture for the member of the Magician's Forum in the very near future!

Rudy


That would be really nice! :-)
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