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EVILDAN

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I almost always work with a close up pad. I don’t work restaurants but I do a good number of festivals and other shows. I have different pads as well. A few are for specific tables. One is a foldable type that Pattrick sells that fits in my inner vest pocket.

So don’t discount the use of a closeup pad, figure out if you really need one or if you just want one to be like the other kids on the block.

And like bmat said, bring the magic up to your face so they remember you?

Ex:
So who was this magician you saw?
I don’t know.
Were they male or female?
I don’t know!!! All I remember were hands
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I got the Secrets of Alkazar book today -- Harry's should be here any day.  I've read the first few chapters of the Secrets book and I'm quite impressed.  ...


Years ago I started to plan an introductory magic book called "Magic for Smart People" as a counter to the "... for Dummies" and "Idiot's Guide to ..." books that were popular at the time.  Then I read The Secrets of Alkazar and gave up my project - AZK had already written exactly the book I wanted to write.
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Got Harry's book today in the mail!  Reading it now!  Working on my card sleights.

Also got Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. It's in like brand new condition (hardback).. I like it!  What are some of your favorite tricks in the book?
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Got Bill Tarr's book today.  It was in great condition except for the dog ears on two corners and food stains on the cover -- thankfully no food stains inside.  I managed to clean all the food off of it (looks great now) and fixed the dog ears.  Let me share a trick I learned for repairing dog ears on books:

Just take an Avery glue stick and rub glue all over the exposed insides (between the separated layers) of the dog ears, then pinch it closed and well since the glue stick glue is thick and pasty it dries fast.. and before you know it you have a brand new crisp looking book corner.

Loving Harry's book btw.
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Cool idea ☺
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All the course type book recommendations, really give the inspiring magician a basic starting point from which to grow.  Once an area of interest is found, specific tomes can be had. Tarbell, Wilson, Joshua Jay, and other books like Magic for Dummy's and the Idiots Guide to Magic are all good starting points.

Learn the basics and move on. Once you know how to vanish a coin, control a card, exchange one item for another and with some additional sleight and tools, you can start developing you own routines and effects. Who knows you just might be, the next big superstar?

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   Thanks for mentioning any ONE of my books, Senor!   Wonder if you even know about them. Just curious.
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Crafted the Svengali Stamp Album and Double Flap Switch envelope for lesson #3 in Secrets of Alkazar book.   Was pretty fun but took quite a while to sort the stamps by country and glue them in.

It's quite an amazing trick!  Open up Envelope and show spectator it's full of loose stamps, pouring some out into hand.  Then show the new stamp album I crafted using vintage image I got off internet for the cover.  Followed by showing the spectator the stamp album is completely empty and how I am sad that it is..  Well you know the lines.. snap fingers, open envelope and they are gone and found populated in the stamp album.  Fun fun!

I used black card stock for each page.  The cover was printed on color laser printer.  The back is black leatherette.  Spiral bound here at home with my spiral binder machine I got for $40 from flea market.  (The coils aren't that expensive, about 15 cents a piece -- I have a few boxes of different sizes.)

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Here's the album opened up to a pair of populated pages:
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Score! Nice job, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing your artsy-craftsy project. I am envious of your patience, focus, and attention to detail. Way beyond my ADHD addled brain. Best of luck performing it!

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Great work!!!!  The album looks fantastic.  

Also, great collection of Canadian stamps!
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Nice work!! Wow!
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So I showed The Stamp Collector trick to my physical therapist today and he was amazed by it.  Then I showed reception there and I got an even better reaction from her -- she absolutely loved it.   Then I showed the pharmacist in the lobby and she was blown away by it!  (Was a slow day today being July 5th, so I didn't interrupt anyone.). 

Then when I was pulling into the garage at home, my neighbor waved to me and so I went over there and showed it to her as well, and she was amazed as well. 

So yeah this trick is a keeper for me.  It's such a great close up trick which is almost self working.   A pitch black empty postage stamp album becomes completely filled with a bunch of colorful vintage postage stamps.   Love the double flap switch envelope as well which is self working and great for closeup and limited time and space considerations.  I just carry the envelope and album together, one stacked on the other -- pretty portable compared to using newspaper cone as Secrets of Alkazar suggests.

My patter & presentation went something like this:

"Hey, let me show you something. I like to craft stuff and well I made this postage stamp album the other day." I then show the cover and say "see the cover here, I downloaded this antique 19th century image of postage stamp album and adhered it to some card stock".  I then open to the first page and start explaining I filled it with black cardstock, then I slowly flip through the book through every page to the end. I explain the back cover is a black leatherette and I flick my finger on the leatherette to emphasize I have reached the end of the book.  So I basically show the spectator it's completely empty from front to back.  Then I say something like "I got this envelope over here filled with vintage stamps to put into the book".  I then open up the envelope and pull out a few stamps to show them and then have them look down into the envelope to a pile of about 200 stamps.  I then close it up and sit it down rotating it so the other flap is on the top side.  I the said something like "It's going to take an awful lot of work to get these stamps into the album and well it's just a bit depressing think about how many hours it is going to take.  There must be a quicker way.  Wait, I'm a magician right, couldn't I just wave a wand or snap my fingers causing something magical to happen to take care of all the work for me?"  I pause then snap my fingers, and then say "Done!  Did you see it?! " pause "The envelope stood on end, opened itself up, and all the stamps flew out of it over to the stamp album, sorting themselves by country mid air, entered through the sides of the album and adhered themselves filling up the album.  The envelope then closed and set itself back down on the table".   Pause.. "let's see.. " I then open up the envelope and show it's empty and then open up the stamp album and it's completely filled.

I practiced the routine a few times at home and over and over in my head on the way to the physical therapy sessions.  I kept in mind things I read yesterday in chapter 4 Secrets of Alkazar on Patter as well as chapter 3 on presentation.

I don't think I'll ever stop doing this trick because well I love it and everyone seems to really get a kick out of it.  No one had any clue how it worked and I handled it flawlessly each time. 

Regarding presentation, since I mentioned it above (chap 3 Alkazar), I figure I am a newbie magician and don't yet have to worry about themes so much at the moment.  I'll work out my on theme over time.  I am just using a magical theme for now..nothign scientific etc.   I always liked Wizard / Magician character in D&D and played Everquest as well as World of Warcraft.. so I think the magic theme is best for me but we'll see.. I'm too newb to know yet.
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Jennifer, I must thank you, as the recommendations of Secrets of Alkazar that you elicited and your ensuing enthusiasm for the book inspired me to pick up a copy of my own for the first time. Great book! Having read my fair share of beginner's books, I cannot recall or imagine one that communicates more of what matters most about the art in such a fun way as this.
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Awesome!  A few pros here recommend it I noticed.  Socrates suggested it to me.  I love the little book 😉
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