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SilverMagicAddict

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Hey guys!

I just released my first magic video on Youtube. I performed the Mcdonald's Aces with some music on... I would love to know your opinion/critics. I think like all of you we must have to learn with the critics (good or bad!). 
I want to do some more performance videos and street reactions, but that was my start and i want to know how is it!

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That is a fine first effort. It is obvious that you care about your magic and that you have diligently practiced.

Two critiques:

1.Your false count was arrhythmic and therefore both detectable and suspectable. (You know where I mean, right? This being the open forum I don't want to be too specific.)

2. The music, is that something you usually listen to, or did you select it because you felt it fit the piece? It did not seem to fit the piece, at least from my perspective. Consider selecting something else. Perhaps something bluesy if you are into the blues. 

Again, a nice first effort!

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I think that was very nicely choreographed.  For a video audience, and as a silent routine, I think the music and gestures do make the effect seem magical.  I thought the way you held the packets with your hand over them was a nice touch in this case.  I'm not sure I've seen that before.  I also liked the spread of the four piles at the end, juxtaposed against the four aces.

I did notice a discrepancy on one of the vanishes, and a bit of roughness on the final count. I'm not sure the count was rough enough to be noticeable to a layman, but I would only suggest to smooth that count up a bit.

One thing I did not like, and I think takes away from the ending is when you spread the rest of the deck.  I would definitely leave that out, as it adds nothing to the effect, but possibly takes viewers away from the real magic moment.

Nice work!

 

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Cool video!
If I may, your Elmsley count needs work: don't switch fingers! keep your index finger under the card at all times.

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That is a fine first effort. It is obvious that you care about your magic and that you have diligently practiced.

Two critiques:

1.Your false count was arrhythmic and therefore both detectable and suspectable. (You know where I mean, right? This being the open forum I don't want to be too specific.)

2. The music, is that something you usually listen to, or did you select it because you felt it fit the piece? It did not seem to fit the piece, at least from my perspective. Consider selecting something else. Perhaps something bluesy if you are into the blues. 

Again, a nice first effort!

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First thanks for watching and coment! It really helps a lot!
I think i know what you mean but actually if i would have to do it again maybe i would try not to expose so much the 4 cards...
About the music.... I had the routine on my head, and i needed a song, so i searched for Peter Gundry and i listened to his music all day and when i heard this one i felt like didnt had to listen to any more other music... I felt that it was this one and for me i think i fits :/
Once again, thanks a lot!!
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I think that was very nicely choreographed.  For a video audience, and as a silent routine, I think the music and gestures do make the effect seem magical.  I thought the way you held the packets with your hand over them was a nice touch in this case.  I'm not sure I've seen that before.  I also liked the spread of the four piles at the end, juxtaposed against the four aces.

I did notice a discrepancy on one of the vanishes, and a bit of roughness on the final count. I'm not sure the count was rough enough to be noticeable to a layman, but I would only suggest to smooth that count up a bit.

One thing I did not like, and I think takes away from the ending is when you spread the rest of the deck.  I would definitely leave that out, as it adds nothing to the effect, but possibly takes viewers away from the real magic moment.

Nice work!

 


I usually do goods  Elmsley counts but i've noticed after i released the video that i missed the move and that i used both hands... Still even though i've noticed it, i thought that it wouldnt mess alot with the performance in general...
I think i agree with you about the deck spread.... Its my first video and i tried to show stuff... But sometimes more is less, and i missed that point...
Thanks a lot for your help [wink]
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Cool video!
If I may, your Elmsley count needs work: don't switch fingers! keep your index finger under the card at all times.



Hey!

Yeah i've noticed my Elmsley after i released the video, but i thought that i wouldnt mess alot the performance. I saw that i switched my hands and i was like "what a hell"... but i think "muggles" won't notice alot that step.
Thanks for your help! [biggrin]

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Good for you going out there to do street magic. I'd love to see your street magic/reaction videos when done. I'm working on that as well. Several of us in Vancouver love to go out and do street magic in outdoor events. 
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Nice job!

I do a Ace Assembly under the premise of card cheats switching cards in play called The Brush. It's a Darwin Ortiz idea. The method for doing McDonald's Aces is a lot better then the Ortiz routine, but it's all good in the end.

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Good for you going out there to do street magic. I'd love to see your street magic/reaction videos when done. I'm working on that as well. Several of us in Vancouver love to go out and do street magic in outdoor events. 


Thank you very much for your coment. Sadly i stopped making videos, it was pressuring me a lot and i wasn't having the response that i wanted to have! 

I still do magic gladly, but in case you have you street performances, i would love to check that out! 😃

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Yeah, sure I’ll try to share something when I can. But yeah I encourage you to keep going out there and doing magic. All of us are always learning. And the more we do it the more we will improve
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Nice job, maybe its good that a beginner also gives you his input. If you are trying to decieve a professional magician you will need to invent your own trick man...
So if you wanted to fool other magicians with this trick I can understand that the outcome was not as you expected.
For me on the other hand, a beginner, I have to honestly admit that I would not even know how you did it.
I got to confess, I only watched the video once, so maybe if I watched it a few times more I will be able to detect it like I usually have with many magic videos.
The thing is that on the street they can not rewind and look at the effect again.
I hope you will find some renewed strength to go on with what you do because you have fooled me.
And I might be just a beginner but remember: people on the streets know even less about magic then me as a beginner. So I would not worry to much about it all man...
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As a general rule in my humble opinion, it's always good to complement at the beginning.
Imagine you finished a magic show that you thought went very well. you know that many of the audience members enjoyed it and you really feel good about yourself. then, off stage, all you need is one guy to come to you and give you a little bit of criticism and he will completely destroy your self esteem and good feeling about the show.
Don't misunderstand, he had great intensions! But a good deed must come at the right time, and that's an awful time. Criticism should come a few days later, when your good feeling starts to dissolve, that's the time that you'll really learn from it and it will build you.

SilverMagicAddict, I think you did a great job! Really! Until the end of the video I thought you were many years in the game. The handling of the cards was just a gorgeous thing to watch. really!

People here had good intensions, they did not mean to put you down as you know.
please continue making these videos, I think it will be great for you, for us and for your audience.
Good luck, and waiting for more.
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That’s a good solid routine , the only thing I noticed if being overly picky is that particular count on the last packet didn’t flow for me anyway , also the final revelation of the three aces was far too quick as this is meant to be a minor miracle slow the revelation down a bit and I think it will play even better .

Well done excellent work
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I liked it. But I would advise you to always start a YouTube video with a quick intro and end it with an outro to Subscribe. Then your personality can really show and it will help you grow your channel 😉
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