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TheAmazingStanley

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Hi, I am relatively new to magic, taking it up about a year ago in my mid 50s. My user name is, to be sure, tongue in cheek. I have a lot to learn! I do mostly card magic. To me there is an inherent mystery and beauty in playing cards that makes them the perfect tool for magic. I’m learning a little rudimentary coin magic though just for the value of learning new things. I do like the feel of having a fan of three coins and sliding one around with your thumb. I also can do a decent “handkerchief disappears into your fist” which I actually find fascinating because of the layers of misdirection. You’re not hiding what they think you’re hiding. You’re hiding the (secret redacted).

But I practice obsessively with cards so I’ve made the most progress there. Yes I’m fiddling with cards when I’m watching tv or on a call at work or at a stop light. I learn from the usual sources, classic books like Erdnase and Marlo, Daryl videos, and yes YouTube. I have The Cardician and Marlo In Spades. I also have the Dai Vernon Book of Magic and am trying to learn the one with the 8 cards and you guess the card the spectator was thinking of. Oh and the one where you stab the deck!

I like to when possible put my own twist on things. Like I took one of Marlo’s ace penetrations and made it into Queens, a blank card, and a color change, and it is The Bashful Queen. (She hides and turns red because she’s shy and blushing). Or perhaps all that’s just another way of saying I failed to master Marlo’s oil and water.

But I do cringe when I see videos of magicians performing a trick exactly like the originator, right down to the same patter and even the same color cards. What’s the point? Of course, if they’re doing magic and having fun that’s what matters, but it’s like the Stevie Ray Vaughan clones who haunt guitar shops. I’d rather be mediocre and original than technically advanced but doing little more than reproducing something Daryl already did better. I do know this much: no matter how good you are, someone is better. But no one is better at being you than you (which is what Daryl would have said anyway and come to think of it did he?)

I look forward to meeting you all, and believe me that while I am opinionated and insufferable, I come intending to listen more than talk.

Stanley

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Welcome to the Forum. Thank you for your background philosophy on magic.
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Hi Stanley, Welcome to TMF! 

Thanks for introducing yourself to the community and you are welcome to check all the forum, post on new and old threads and don't forget to check the Saturday Sessions, one of my favorite features on TMF. Rudy (TMF's founder) sets up these sessions so we can get together through Zoom (we've been doing this for about 4 years now) and we can interact with other members, get to know them and even show and learn effects. We also have lectures by some well known magicians (we just had John Carey this past Saturday) and in general, we have some great things going on around TMF so check it out! 

Welcome again and I hope you have the necessary equipment to join the Saturday Sessions (Rudy will post the next session date in the appropriate section) and we get to meet you. You don't have to actively participate at the beginning if you don't want to, you can just watch and learn and maybe in a future session you will gather enough courage to participate (some new members just participated in the last session and it was great to see them). Many members here are also into card magic but we can also talk about other types of magic, so make yourself at home and welcome again!


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Welcome to the forum Stanley. 
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Welcome to the forum Stanley.  It is never too late to begin your magical journey.  As far as twisting effects and/or plots, I tend to agree with what you said.  I rarely ever do a trick "exactly" as written, and when I do, I still change it up in presentation, timing, patter, or something that helps it stand apart from the original.

Regarding being opinionated, that is welcome here.  So long as folks are respectful, all opinions are welcome.  The worst thing is for a forum to become a monolithic echo chamber where everyone agrees on everything.  Tough to learn and grow in such an environment.  There is always another way to look at things.  So your perspective will be a plus.

Glad you found TMF.
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I agree RayJ...I agree RayJ...I agree RayJ   [biggrin]
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My welcome Stanley!

I've always thought that people that really love magic performance as entertainment will have no problem in becoming a good magician, no matter at all when do you begin.

I have been 30 years being a (good) beginner magician! ^_^

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Hi Marv,

Thank you for joining TMF and welcome!

Take care!


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