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JohnnyNewYork

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Hello! I was recently thinking about some of the best "soundbytes" I've heard and "snippets" that I have read that have REALLY impacted me regarding the pursuit of magic. Sometimes these gems are a real beacon of light, so to speak. For an example, in Harry Lorayne's Close Up Card Magic, regarding learning the Faro he basically wrote "when you are ready to give up -- that's when you'll get it." I honestly think that's what taught me to Faro! I also remember Dani DaOrtiz on a recent video state that "your personality is your greatest tool" (or something to that effect) -- obviously very insightful advice. I believe it was Vernon (sorry if I'm incorrect here) who stated that "You can summarize a good routine in a single sentence." Not sure who said it first, but there is an old adage: "Smooth is better than fast" (or something similar). There are so many "gems" out there that have truly impressed us -- I hoping a few of you might add to my examples if you have the time. As always, I sincerely appreciate your posts as I always learn a great deal from them and I'm sure others do to. Thanks in advance! johnny
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    Smooth IS better than fast - unless you can be smooth AND fast at the same time!
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"Buy Books - Not Boxes"   [Duke Stern   circa 1973]
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"Keep it slogan simple." Michael Ammar. Excellent advice for performers, in my opinion. Far too many Magi insist on routines that keep adding twist upon twist upon twist until the plot is buried.

I'm also fond of a seemingly magically unrelated quote from the late Raymond Chandler who, when asked how he, when writing, would deal with writer's block. His response, "I bring in a guy with a gun." This has saved a few performances for me. I'll let you figure out how. 😁
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"I think you're working too hard."

At a convention that did not have much attendance, there was supposed to be a lecture by David Roth, but only five people showed up. So he suggested we do a round robin instead. He. of course, did most of the talking, then he invited us to do something. I was nervous as hell but i did a coins across i had been working on, and he said it was pretty good, but----
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Words of wisdom, Logan
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When in doubt- keep it simple.
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When not in doubt...keep it simple.
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Thanks for all of your replies! Although I wasn't anticipating it, there are some rather humorous "pearls" given here (which make for very enjoyable and truthful posts!). I think "keeping it simple" is good advice for just about everything and one of the basic things many of us tend to forget. On a personal level, books always work for me (tommyellison -- I hope your advice doesn't apply to boxes containing cards as I tend to go through them rather quickly!). Thanks everyone -- johnny
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Confusion is not magic-  Vernon
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Vernon: "Be Natural."
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"I know you want to...but. do. not. go on stage and do that." - Dubronski
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Johnny wrote: "For an example, in Harry Lorayne's Close Up Card Magic, regarding learning the Faro, he basically wrote "when you are ready to give up -- that's when you'll get it."

I heard that sentence over and over again, in Harry's voice, as I fought through the frustration of learning to Faro. Honestly, that pearl kept me going.

Here is another quote* that keeps me going: 

"We must never forget that the details of presentation are what make a trick. And study and thought brings us those details. If you have a trick you like but never do because of some weak or unnatural or illogical part, don't lay it aside—just begin thinking. What I mean is thinking about that part. You will be surprised how a brilliant idea will crop up and you will be surprised even more that you hadn't thought of it before. The usual trouble is that we don't bother to think long enough or hard enough" 

- "What Makes a Trick" by Al Baker, The Sphinx, Vol.40, No.1 (March 1941)." (Which is usually paraphrased as "Magicians stop thinking too soon!”)

*sourced from Magicpedia


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Thanks so much for more insightful "pearls"! Michaelblue -- you've posted a real gem (making things seem natural makes for REAL magic). Stevie Ray -- your quote from Al Baker is a real lesson in this art; I must confess that many times I've read an explanation for a routine and figured it wouldn't fly -- later I would see a topnotch PRO do that very effect and fry everyone (presentation separates the tricksters from the professionals, that's for sure). Thanks to everyone for you replies -- johnny
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This was a good idea here, this thread
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Johnny,

Al Baker's observation and advice summarizes the joy of magical thinking. I call it "Baking" the idea. The revelation he describes is the lynchpin so critical to the creation of a sound routine. The experience of reading an effect and then Baking it to bring out new flavors is addictive and quite often very rewarding.
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