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Dave Campbell

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I feel like waxing somewhat poetic today, and I just noticed that my last post was my 299th, and since I've been thinking about writing one like this, thought it may be appropriate for number 300 😉

People may not remember, but I am a refugee from "The Second Deal" -- it was around a LONG time, and had a bunch of people that are now here, and others.

Over the years I've belonged to a lot of magic forums that have come and gone, and as some here know, I currently also belong to a couple other sites. Some of those sites are open and some are subscription or even invitation-only.

One of the others I belong to has extremely high quality, but the volume is low. Considering the quality, that's ok, but it doesn't make for continual interaction with folks, and I'm reasonably new there so don't get some of the insider jokes/comments from some of the old hands.

The other is active but just barely - it seems like it's on life-support.

TMF reminds me of what TSD was early on. Lots of folks interacting, offering advice.... people feeling comfortable enough to ask for advice and getting it. Videos and explanations being offered and extensions to methods. Some heavy-hitters that frequently post -- always seems to breathe life into a forum when the guys that write books or make videos I buy are also writing posts I read or responding to ones I write.

IMHO, Rudy has crafted a great hang-out for all of us, and is the best of breed. Even head-to-head against TSD in the last few years -- TMF still comes out ahead.

Just thought I'd say thanks to Rudy and to all of the people that share here!


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Very nice, Dave. Yep, thanks to Rudy and all the regular (and irregular) posters.

I also used to be on TSD and MagicTalk (anyone remember that one?) about 20 years ago, and agree that The Magician's Forum ranks up there with the best of what's been available down through the years.
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Jeepers, I remember alt.magic on newsgroups!
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I'm another "refugee" from TSD that has found this site to be a very welcoming and valuable place. As Dave mentioned, TMF has the vitality that TSD had for a long time. TMF also has the benefit of on-line sessions hosted by Rudy using Zoom. That's a great innovation. Kudos to Rudy and to those who make this site a great place to hang out.

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yeah boy...

Richard Robinson's AllMagic
Smoke & Mirrors
Connoisseur Conjuring
The Learned Pig site and newsletter
CardMagician.com
Card Trick Central
Conjuring Cabaret
Conjuror Community - not to be confused with Aaron Fisher's current CC
Cogitations
Jon Racherbaumer's Prime Moves and Essays site
Online Visions
Underground Collective

it's been fun!

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I’ve been here less than a week but I am in love. I spent the last year at Conjuror Community which has been great but after meeting Rudy while hiring him for my show, I decided to check out TMF and this place is awesome. I dropped my Conjuror Community membership this week.

Thanks for creating such a great community, Rudy!
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I’ve been here less than a week but I am in love. I spent the last year at Conjuror Community which has been great but after meeting Rudy while hiring him for my show, I decided to check out TMF and this place is awesome. I dropped my Conjuror Community membership this week.

Thanks for creating such a great community, Rudy!


I haven't cut that tie yet, but it's been crossing my mind...

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Much congrats to Rudy who has built this from the ground up and is now a top notch forum and is just getting better and better each day. Poster TomG told me about this forum and so glad he did. 
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Yep... I'll join in to voice my praise for Rudy, and the community he has established, and nurtured into what it is, and what it is becoming.
I may not be the most active member, but I do read pretty much everything, and I'm encouraged by the consistently positive tone of the conversations, and the civility with which all subjects are discussed.

Thanks, Rudy!
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Richard Robinson's AllMagic -http://www.allmagic.com/ I am fortunate enough to have gotten the last of those, from Jim Sisti. Basically it was all of Richard's work from the site.

The Learned Pig site and newsletter - Still can be found archived on https://www.lybrary.com for free.

Online Visions - was one of my favorite sites for bizarre and storytelling magic. I miss them greatly.

I'm not familiar with some of the others on your list Dave, as card magic was only a small part of what I did. But I'm sure they brought a wealth of knowledge, to those seeking it.

While it's true that many boards have closed and that some of the quality sites have gone away, there still is plenty to get those interested jazzed.

The Real Magic site, seems to have a plethora of information waiting to be discovered by those seeking and for the small investment of $5 a month, seems like the deal of the century.

Conjuror Community run by Aaron Fisher's also seems to have helped countless seekers, to not only get into the craft but to go pro as well.

So while sites to come and go, it seems like there is always something there to take it's place.

And that's a good thing 😉



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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Campbell

I feel like waxing somewhat poetic today, and I just noticed that my last post was my 299th, and since I've been thinking about writing one like this, thought it may be appropriate for number 300 😉

People may not remember, but I am a refugee from "The Second Deal" -- it was around a LONG time, and had a bunch of people that are now here, and others.

Over the years I've belonged to a lot of magic forums that have come and gone, and as some here know, I currently also belong to a couple other sites. Some of those sites are open and some are subscription or even invitation-only.

One of the others I belong to has extremely high quality, but the volume is low. Considering the quality, that's ok, but it doesn't make for continual interaction with folks, and I'm reasonably new there so don't get some of the insider jokes/comments from some of the old hands.

The other is active but just barely - it seems like it's on life-support.

TMF reminds me of what TSD was early on. Lots of folks interacting, offering advice.... people feeling comfortable enough to ask for advice and getting it. Videos and explanations being offered and extensions to methods. Some heavy-hitters that frequently post -- always seems to breathe life into a forum when the guys that write books or make videos I buy are also writing posts I read or responding to ones I write.

IMHO, Rudy has crafted a great hang-out for all of us, and is the best of breed. Even head-to-head against TSD in the last few years -- TMF still comes out ahead.

Just thought I'd say thanks to Rudy and to all of the people that share here!



Dave, thanks for sharing your feelings about Rudy and about the site.  I mention Rudy first because without him, there would be no site.  

I am so glad I stumbled upon TMF.  It happened quite by accident and I don't even remember the details, but no matter, I found it.

But what is so exciting to see is the innovation.  The lectures and Saturday Sessions, the "old is new" tutorials and everything else that is different here.

We've all dropped kudos into posts from time to time, but it was high time that someone focus on the fact that we are so blessed to have this community.

So thanks Dave, for shining light on it!
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Wow!! Thank you Dave for such an encouraging post. And thanks to everyone else who shared your positive opinion of this community. Reading your comments this morning warmed my heart!!

I appreciate each one of you who contribute to this forum regularly and who do so with brotherly (and sisterly) kindness and respect. It’s really all of you who make the Magician’s Forum a community that we can all be proud love.

Sending love to all of you from the City of Angels!!!

See you at the Saturday Session Hollywood Edition!!

Rudy

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Well said Dave, and I agree as well.  I like the open feel and people conversing rather than attacking.

It's quite fun to exchange ideas.  I love the Saturday Sessions, except I can't keep up with learning and re-watching stuff, but it's good to know I have access to them.

Rudy has done a great job with this forum and teach-ins and instructional videos.

Tom
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