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Hello!
My name is Lawrence (or Larry), I'm 18, and im from New Jersey. I've been practicing magic intermittently for about 5 years now, but since I've been stuck at home the past month, I've doubled down on practicing and learning. Initially, I started learning magic the "forbidden way": from YouTube. However, after watching and learning all the content from the semi-reputable creators on there, I've decided to turn to magic literature to continue my learning. During this quarantine, I've memorized mnemonica and am in the process of finishing the ebook. I expect to participate as much as I can on this forum and I hope to see the rest of you around!

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LL, welcome to TMF. Sounds like you've been putting your "free" time to good use, and am happy to hear about your progress. There are plenty of reputable YouTube contributors out there, so I don't think it's forbidden, but rather that it is recommended that one be discriminating in their selection. 

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Welcome Larry you will find lot's friendly people and of helpful advice here. 
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Welcome.We are happy to have such an enthusiast eager to learn.
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Welcome Larry.  Tell us more about what style of magic you are most interested in.  And also pay attention when announcements go out for the Saturday Session.   On the session we share things we've been working on or want feedback on.  You don't have to perform but are welcome to observe if that is what you wish to do.  No pressure.  But it is a good way for all of us to get to know each-other.

Also, there are lectures.  You might have noticed the thread about an upcoming lecture on May 2.  It is free, the only requirement is that you register.
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And, to echo Ray's comment - keep your eye out for Saturday Session and lecture announcements. Great way to learn more (as well a get a bit of socializing in during this crazy time). 😉


Thank you for some information on that! I will be sure to look out for those Saturday Sessions 😎.

In terms of my interest within magic, I pretty much exclusively learn card magic (with a bit of mentalism thrown in), mostly because I find it most fun to practice and easier to perform, because when I used to have poker nights with friends, it was pretty natural to transition from playing a game to showing them a few card tricks.

My biggest influences in magic I'd have to say are Dani Daortiz, Woody Aragon, Juan Tamariz and Asi Wind. I just love Danis style of performing and the way he uses psychology as a key component of his tricks is a valuable tool that I didnt realize I needed until I learned from him. I've also recently got into stack work, so it was obvious for me to study Juan's Mnemonica. I also heard good things about Woody's book Memorandum and Asi's ACAAN in his book Chapter 1, so I read through them (all in ebook form because books are too expensive for me) and was intrigued by the tricks they created as well as the theory they discussed. Also, even though i've learned from a lot of other magicians before, because i've only recently made a conscious effort to develop a performing style, the aforementioned magicians have really shifted the way I think about magic and how I (eventually will) perform it for people.
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Thank you for some information on that! I will be sure to look out for those Saturday Sessions 😎.

In terms of my interest within magic, I pretty much exclusively learn card magic (with a bit of mentalism thrown in), mostly because I find it most fun to practice and easier to perform, because when I used to have poker nights with friends, it was pretty natural to transition from playing a game to showing them a few card tricks.

My biggest influences in magic I'd have to say are Dani Daortiz, Woody Aragon, Juan Tamariz and Asi Wind. I just love Danis style of performing and the way he uses psychology as a key component of his tricks is a valuable tool that I didnt realize I needed until I learned from him. I've also recently got into stack work, so it was obvious for me to study Juan's Mnemonica. I also heard good things about Woody's book Memorandum and Asi's ACAAN in his book Chapter 1, so I read through them (all in ebook form because books are too expensive for me) and was intrigued by the tricks they created as well as the theory they discussed. Also, even though i've learned from a lot of other magicians before, because i've only recently made a conscious effort to develop a performing style, the aforementioned magicians have really shifted the way I think about magic and how I (eventually will) perform it for people.


Those are some good influences.  A lot can be said for the Spanish school of magic.  Much of the magic they do seems inexplicable because it looked as though they did nothing.  Not a bad approach!
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Welcome to TMF, Larry.  I saw Asi Wind lecture and perform a couple of times, and although I don’t know much about mem techniques, I must say his command of the genre is amazing.  The ease with which he accomplishes his miracles is absolutely awe-inspiring.


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   Hey larrylime - you've learned from some good people, and if you're not aware (quite a few newbies aren't) I've written a few books on card magic just for you.  ya' gotta' start reading the good stuff, buddie!!
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Welcome aboard Larry...

Lots of good people here, and a wealth of knowledge by friendly approachable folks!

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Hey Larry, welcome aboard.

I live in New Jersey too! Are you north or south (I’m South Jersey).

You’ll have a great time here. And you’ll learn so much. All of us — regardless of skill level — continue to learn. You will also find The Forum’s residents to be honest and generous and always willing to help other members get better and succeed. Even living legends like Harry Lorayne (check out Harry’s note above) are here to help. By the way...no one has written more or taught more and brought such great material forward as Harry... you really should check out his website and his books , etc.

Again, welcome

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Hey Larry, welcome aboard.

I live in New Jersey too! Are you north or south (I’m South Jersey).

You’ll have a great time here. And you’ll learn so much. All of us — regardless of skill level — continue to learn. You will also find The Forum’s residents to be honest and generous and always willing to help other members get better and succeed. Even living legends like Harry Lorayne (check out Harry’s note above) are here to help. By the way...no one has written more or taught more and brought such great material forward as Harry... you really should check out his website and his books , etc.

Again, welcome

—michael


Heya Michael, I live in Bergan County.

Also, regarding Harry's work, I first heard immense praise for his memory books on this forum and at the cafe while I was researching mem deck work. Ever since I memorized Mneminica, I've been more interested in exploring how strengthening my memory would contribute to magic, and it seems that the best work on the subject is Harry, so I'll be sure to pick up some of his books in the future!
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