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For me, the most concrete one is that I want to read all of The Jinx at a somewhat leisurely pace that allows me to actually absorb its contents.

I don't want to rush through just for the thrill of it, which is a behavior I'm prone to. (Knowing new things is exciting!) So I'm thinking of reading no more than an issue per day. If I stick to that schedule, it will be at least five months of daily visits with Annemann, which I'm sure will do me some good. Then it will be on to The Phoenix, which I'm committed to starting after The Jinx on a similar schedule... with little hope of finishing in 2020.

I must admit I got a little jump on this project by starting with The Jinx a couple days ago. If it's something I know I want to do, why not start now? There's no magic in January 1.

What are your magic goals for 2020?
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My friend and I have been talking and planning, for quite a while now,  to put together a small mentalism parlour show.

Maybe 2020 will be the year when we actually do it!

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My goal for 2020 is to not make any new magic purchases. Just like many magicians, I can kinda get caught up in wanting to find the next best thing, while my book shelf is full of great magic just waiting to be discovered.

Working through the Apocalypse volumes alone is more than enough to keep me busy for quite a few years. I just purchased John Carey's, "Reflections" and Antony Gerard's book and DVD with his work on the classic force. That's it for 2019. 

Great topic chris w!

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My goal for 2020 is to not make any new magic purchases. 

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Me, on the other hand, is to work my way through all the new books I bought this weekend. I am a sucker for sales  [frown]



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Me, on the other hand, is to work my way through all the new books I bought this weekend. I am a sucker for sales  [frown]



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My goal for 2020 is to not make any new magic purchases. Just like many magicians, I can kinda get caught up in wanting to find the next best thing, while my book shelf is full of great magic just waiting to be discovered.


This is also a bit of the thinking behind my goal. I hope attempting to engage more seriously with information I've stockpiled will make it clear that there's already too much, and I needn't think of buying or coveting much else.
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I am building a card routine made of at least six tricks. Three I know, but want to polish and three I am learning. I've also started learning cups and balls, so I hope to have a solid cups and ball routine by spring. After I have the cups and balls down, I am going to start on rope tricks. I have two coin tricks and I am hoping to add a third by spring. By the end of the year, I hope to have another routine for coins, probably with six tricks in it as well. I am also getting my parlour magic props together as well.

I still have a lot of fundamentals to learn or perfect, so I should be busy.

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I am building a card routine made of at least six tricks. Three I know, but want to polish and three I am learning. I've also started learning cups and balls, so I hope to have a solid cups and ball routine by spring. After I have the cups and balls down, I am going to start on rope tricks. I have two coin tricks and I am hoping to add a third by spring. By the end of the year, I hope to have another routine for coins, probably with six tricks in it as well. I am also getting my parlour magic props together as well.

I still have a lot of fundamentals to learn or perfect, so I should be busy.
I like the way you’re planning to develop a well-rounded experience of magic genres. I reckon that must have some advantages over committing to one area of magic, at least in the beginning - tasting as many ice-cream flavours as possible. One area I am afraid I’ve never considered was dove routines; it does sound like a level of commitment (as Ray has highlighted) that doesn’t excite me - maybe I’m not being adventurous enough?? Anyway, 2020 is the year of Maths Magic (Harry’s Classics #5: a gift from my amazing wife) and some routines to force my faro (it ain’t natural yet).
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I like the way you’re planning to develop a well-rounded experience of magic genres. I reckon that must have some advantages over committing to one area of magic, at least in the beginning - tasting as many ice-cream flavours as possible. One area I am afraid I’ve never considered was dove routines; it does sound like a level of commitment (as Ray has highlighted) that doesn’t excite me - maybe I’m not being adventurous enough?? Anyway, 2020 is the year of Maths Magic (Harry’s Classics #5: a gift from my amazing wife) and some routines to force my faro (it ain’t natural yet).


John, regarding doves, yes, they are a lot of work.  Mainly keeping them clean.  Their cages get dirty, fast.  When I was keeping them I was a teenager with all of the distractions that teenagers suffer from, work, school and girls, not necessarily in that order!

But I managed it.  I actually "inherited" a pair of doves from another magician that was going off to college and that pair spawned another pair.  It was fun to watch the birds and the eggs and when they hatched it was truly something to behold.  So my act went quickly from two to four in a hurry.

Should anyone have interest in working with doves, I highly recommend the Marian Chavez book on dove magic.  Still some of the best technique, IMO.
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My goal is to find time and opportunities to perform.  There is an open mike venue where my youngest daughter has performed.  They mainly do music, but they also have spoken word and occasionally a stand-up comedian.  They limit you to two songs and/or about 7 minutes in the case of spoken word/comedy.  That would be enough time for 2 or 3 tricks, depending upon the choices.  So I many give it a go.  I don't know if they have ever had a magician, but the venue would be conducive I feel.
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I have no goals for 2020.

But I do have plans.

I spend my time making plans, that way I never have to do anything. But it works.

Things happen. I read something somewhere; book, TV, Magicians Forum for example, and that sends me to things and places. Sometimes new places and things, but mostly stuff I have lying around somewhere. Usually lying around in a book.

That’s been the Master Plan since forever.

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I'm going to learn to solve the Rubik's Cube. Trying to keep this old brain as limber as possible. I think a combination of trickery and real RC magic can be quite compelling.


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I'm going to learn to solve the Rubik's Cube. Trying to keep this old brain as limber as possible. I think a combination of trickery and real RC magic can be quite compelling.



That is a great goal.  Even Lance Burton used to walk around solving the cube.  I saw him doing it way back in '79 at a convention.  I never did learn to do it.  Maybe I'll jump in with you?
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I have no goals for 2020.

But I do have plans.

I spend my time making plans, that way I never have to do anything. But it works.

Things happen. I read something somewhere; book, TV, Magicians Forum for example, and that sends me to things and places. Sometimes new places and things, but mostly stuff I have lying around somewhere. Usually lying around in a book.

That’s been the Master Plan since forever.



Very funny!  You know the old saying, "People don't ever plan to fail, but end up doing so by failing to plan".  Or something like that.

Actually goal-setting is crucial in every aspect of life.  If you don't have a goal, you'll still get somewhere, but you might not like the destination.
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I wasn't entirely kidding and anyway, according to some so-called "educators" there's no such thing as failure.

Only Deferred Success.

This means that me and my fellow band members didn't fail our recording test. It's just a matter of deferred success.


The deferment is proving to be a long haul. And it's too late now for one of the lads.
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Just this past weekend I finished my 2019 goal of reading both the DeLand book and both volumes of Tenyoism. About 2,000 pages of incredible history.


@Chris w...

You may want to check out the book "Jinx Companion," by Fred Turner, Gordon Meyer, and Craig Conley.
https://www.mysteryarts.com/jinx/




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I wasn't entirely kidding and anyway, according to some so-called "educators" there's no such thing as failure.

Only Deferred Success.

This means that me and my fellow band members didn't fail our recording test. It's just a matter of deferred success.


The deferment is proving to be a long haul. And it's too late now for one of the lads.


I didn't question your sincerity, but it was still funny!  [biggrin]
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@Chris w...

You may want to check out the book "Jinx Companion," by Fred Turner, Gordon Meyer, and Craig Conley.
https://www.mysteryarts.com/jinx/


Thanks, Evan. I like the idea of having a less mediated interaction with The Jinx to start, but I'll probably treat myself to that as a refresher/review guide afterward.
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The restaurant gig.


I'm hoping (and I'm sure you will) that you keep us posted once you get started.  Would love to hear how it is going, successes, challenges, etc.
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I didn't question your sincerity, but it was still funny!  [biggrin]


I didn’t think for one moment that you did. But I do think the Deferred Success rubbish is equally as funny, and not merely because the promoters of the “concept” are so deadly in their quest to save “young people” from feeling dejected, neglected, rejected and just plain old ejected. Or something.

Their flatulent, po-faced, would-be attempts at worthy sincere seriousness merely just make me want to vomit.

As somebody once said:

“There’s no success like failure and failure’s no success at all”.

Or something.

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Bumping the thread with another goal.  I am getting dangerously close to achieving the 2000 post mark.  I think, as I get closer I may not be posting quite as often as I have been.  There have been some interesting threads and posts within threads that I have hoped would spawn more conversation.  Some seem to die prematurely.  I guess that isn't unusual in and of itself.  But what I hope is that some of the lurkers or the ones who do post, but do it sparingly will be encouraged to become more active.  It is fun to hear a choir of voices.  I'm not going away, far from it, but I might pick-and-choose a bit more.  I admit to being verbose and quick to render opinion.  Maybe throttling back just a bit is in order?  We'll see how it goes and if I can even exhibit restraint!  
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My magic goal for 2020 is to read all threads of this forum to get on track with so many nice people here!

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Magic goals for the 2020 trip around the sun

Perform a full length mentalism show - more than once.  First by late April.

Start a Magic Book Club with a few like minded friends.  First session organized - the book will be Scripting Magic 2

Be more prepared for "sessions" - always have something to show.

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Magic goals for the 2020 trip around the sun

Perform a full length mentalism show - more than once.  First by late April.

Start a Magic Book Club with a few like minded friends.  First session organized - the book will be Scripting Magic 2

Be more prepared for "sessions" - always have something to show.

And be kind and positive with the people I meet.




Ian, is your book club closed? Is it online? I love scripting magic, would like to read it again, and would really enjoy discussing it.

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Ian - Scripting Magic 2 seems difficult to find. I checked Murphys, Vanishing Inc and Penguin. All are out of stock. Vol. 1 is available, though. 

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Thanks Mike. All the participants have a copy, but that’s good to know. There’s a workshop designed into the book and we’re going to follow it. 
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Ian, is your book club closed? Is it online? I love scripting magic, would like to read it again, and would really enjoy discussing it.

Bill


We used to have a BOOK CLUB section here on TMF. We covered a few books, starting with Close-Up Card Magic and after a while people lost interest and Rudy closed it and hid it.

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My goals, enjoy learning some new card tricks, catch up with my magic reading, and go to the Castle more often. But, first, I have to survive tax season, I am a CPA. 
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As for my goals, I plan to learn at least one effect from the last 5 books I got (it is a more realistic goal than trying to learn an effect from the last 10 books, and I will do it if possible). I got Monedas Personales y Más (Personal Coins and More) by Joaquin Navajas (a Spanish underground legend), The Shift (Ben Earl), The Code (Fenik), Subtle Card Creations 7 (Nick Trost), Tesseract (Mike Powers). Also, I want to continue practicing the effects I already do so I won't forget them. I've been doing that during the holidays.

I didn't plan anything like this before, so I hope that by having it in writing, I won't forget to do it.

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My goal for 2020 is to not make any new magic purchases. Just like many magicians, I can kinda get caught up in wanting to find the next best thing, while my book shelf is full of great magic just waiting to be discovered.

Working through the Apocalypse volumes alone is more than enough to keep me busy for quite a few years. I just purchased John Carey's, "Reflections" and Antony Gerard's book and DVD with his work on the classic force. That's it for 2019. 

Great topic chris w!

Rudy


Mine too Rudy....oh wait...it lasted 72 hours. Damned "The Essential Stewart James." for US$34 including delivery!!

It's an illness with no cure, not even any treatment!!![crazy]

 
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I have no goals for 2020.

But I do have plans.



In 2020, I want to apply a theory / advice that is in Anthony Robert's Book "The ultimate secret of total self-confidence" :

"1- Decide to get on the train. CHOOSE YOUR GOAL.
2- Choose the best possible route to get where you are going. THE RIGHT PLAN.
3- Pay for your ticket. BE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE FOR WHAT YOU WANT.
4- Get on the train. GET INTO ACTION."

To me it goes like this :

1- I want to build a 20 minutes act.

2- I need to polish at least four to six tricks to the point I'm satisfied enough with them.
I do have some books on my shelves that will help me building this act.
Thus I need to re-read them, highlight some of the thoughts I want to put in my act and make them alive.
I'll note evrything down as I'm the kind of person who have troubles in learning something without writting it.
I'll record myself on video so as to rehearse the act.

3- I understand it will take a lot of time to select four to six tricks from my repertoire or to include in this act. I know I'll have to make some choices, i.e. not performing a trick that I like because it will not fit in the whole act or because my target audience will not appreciate it to it's fullest (i.e. I'm thinking about poker deals routines which are sometimes hard to understand for laypeople in France).
I understand I won't be able to read as much as I would because I'll be focusing on specific things. 

4- I need to spend more time focusing on my magic. I can be distracted so easily: internet, phonecalls, procrastination.
I'm writting down everything I need to do this year regarding magic. This helps me to visualize it and to stick to it. My friends and family are aware that I'll spend more time working on my magic and they are ok with it. I'm planning to work at least two hours per day on week days and three hours per day on weekends.

I'll let you know how it goes 😉

Lucas.



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I'll let you know how it goes 😉

Lucas.



Please do, Lucas. I look forward to it.

In the meanwhile, the New Year's here and I'm well on track with my Master Plan, as outline earlier.
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Reference The Rubik Cube.

Years ago when the Cube was everywhere, I bought a booklet to help me solve it. I had a cube too, of course. It might have been even more difficult if I hadn’t.

I learned how to solve the thing and got it down to two and a half minutes. Twice I fluked it and manage two minutes straight up and several times something between two and two and a half minutes. But mostly it was about two and half.

But that was then. The main craze faded and with it my cube and my ability to solve it.

About three or four years ago for no reason at all I decided to have another go. I bought a cube from Argos, which didn’t work––the joints or axles or whatever they’re called were solid. I took it back and swapped it for one that did and still does work.

I downloaded one of the “How-To-Solve-The-Cube” PDFs and started again.

It wasn’t the method I’d learned before. Even though I’d forgotten the ins and outs of that earlier method, I retained enough to realise they weren’t the same.

Anyway, after a short while I got back to my two or two and a half minutes to solve it level and that’s where I am now. As a performance piece it probably leaves something to be desired, but as others have noted, as a brain-sharpener it has a place.

I realise there are some who will say, What’s The Point? As in, “Why bother to learn something you’re never going to use?” Well, the point is that whether there is a point,  apart from the fun and pleasure factor doesn’t matter. And that’s enough for me.

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Rubik Postscript:

One day I might look for more “speedier” method. Right now I’m almost impressing one or two people who’ve never seen the cube done. Mostly relatives and friends, the usual bunch of long-sufferers.

But even here you can’t get way from hecklers. One of my brother’s pals said something to the effect; “That’s not very quick”.

I shut him up sharply though, by offering him the cube and saying, “Show us how quickly you can do it.”

“I can’t do it.”

“Now that’s what I call “not Very Quick”.

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I'm enjoying reading everyone's 2020 plans and aspirations. Keep 'em coming.

As for me, I'm about 1/6th of the way into The Jinx (I got a head start, as you'll recall) and there is already so much to think about all the time. It's so densely packed that making it through even 4-6 pages per day is rather ambitious.

If all goes to plan, the next magic things I might think about buying are The Jinx Companion and The Jinx itself, in printed form, around July or August, to reward myself for making it through the whole of the digital version I'm working from now.
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Reference The Rubik Cube.

Anyway, after a short while I got back to my two or two and a half minutes to solve it level and that’s where I am now. As a performance piece it probably leaves something to be desired, but as others have noted, as a brain-sharpener it has a place.



Two and a half minutes. That's pretty darn impressive! I took some time to try and learn how to actually solve it, but just didn't quite have the patience for it. Because of that, I can appreciate the work necessary to solve it in two minutes.

I opted to use gimmicks and illusion to "solve" it. 

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I'm going to learn to solve the Rubik's Cube. Trying to keep this old brain as limber as possible. I think a combination of trickery and real RC magic can be quite compelling.



I did this over a Thanksgiving weekend maybe 4 years ago -- whenever Cube3 came out (or whatever it was with the speed cube).

I highly recommend that product because the video instructions are the best I've seen.


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I realise there are some who will say, What’s The Point? As in, “Why bother to learn something you’re never going to use?” Well, the point is that whether there is a point,  apart from the fun and pleasure factor doesn’t matter. And that’s enough for me.



I've not timed myself... I tried it just now and found that the 'pressure' of knowing I was being timed threw off the muscle memory... I'd say I'm in the 2 to 2-1/2 minute range. I solve it cube-by-cube -- don't try to do multiples or anything. I'm not trying to win a race or competition -- just muscle memory to keep the brain alive 😉

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Me, on the other hand, is to work my way through all the new books I bought this weekend. I am a sucker for sales  [frown]




Yeah me too -- and I have too much already.

I had started something at some point last year and fell away from it, maybe it's time to start again:

Read through and completely absorb at least 1 effect a day from a book or video -- start with one and try to finish, or if I get hung up on one author for some reason transition to another rather than stop.

I figure if I do that and don't purchase anything else, I may be able to finish in about 20 years -- and considering my age, that might be a stretch!

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Bumping the thread again.  I posted a little over a month ago that I was going to "throttle back" a bit in my posts.  I did for a while, but it didn't seem to have much of an impact one way or another.  So I jumped back in.  
My observations are that activity is very sporadic.  Some of this I'm sure is because of time differences.  We truly are a global group and that reflects in when folks can respond to threads.  The other thing is the fact that some of us have the luxury of sitting in front of a computer sometimes at work and being able to jump back-and-forth.  Some have to wait until they get home.

Some we rarely hear from and I find that interesting.  Maybe it is because by the time they can join in, everything they wanted to say was already said.  If so, that is a shame.  No real fix for that, but regrettable still.

I really hope that folks consider chiming in more often.  Maybe if only to let us know you are out there.  I'm going to probably throttle back again, I have some pressing matters that are going to be taking up time and attention.  I also know that I can be prone to long posts and many probably gloss over them because they are in a hurry, so what's the point?  So over the past month I thought about all-of-the-above and wondered if jumping into threads was stifling conversation because I was able to respond before others even had the chance to read the question or comment.  Anyway, enough of that.  I'm just hoping the forum continues to be fun and hospitable while perhaps becoming a bit more active.
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My goal is to develop and start performing a kid show act.

And learn to finally do a tabled faro shuffle.
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My goal is to start going through books and lecture notes and DVDs I've purchased over the past 20 years (many of them I still haven't even started).  Not to mention all of the Saturday Sessions and other workshop notes in my notebooks.  It's not a huge collection compared to the libraries of books some of you guys have, but it's still more than enough for a lifetime of magic.  I also fell behind on my Linking Ring magazines.  I've already purchased enough other books recently because of you guys mentioning a source for some specific routine that I was interested in learning.  😉

About 8 or 9 years ago, I had found a set of algorithms for solving the cube that I liked.  I don't use every variation of these steps, but I can solve a cube in 2 to 2.5 minutes or less.  My best was 1 minute.  I don't ever plan to be a speed cuber, but it is fun to solve.  I also bought Cube3 by Steve Brundage, and even just the cube itself feels really nice.  I bought the cube he uses just to have one on my desk, and I found a 2x2 and even a mini of the same model, since they were so smooth and quiet.  I haven't put enough time into really practicing Cube3.  Steve does do a good job of teaching on the video.

I do plan to put together a few more sets of card/coin routines that just flow together like my usual go-to set.

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My goal is to have sessions with two Johns--Bannon and Carney.
I dont know how to make it happen, but it is a goal.
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My goal is to focus on 10 magic tricks (cards, coins, dice, silks, itr, and wallet). Also to minimize my collect and purchases.
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My goal is to focus on 10 magic tricks (cards, coins, dice, silks, itr, and wallet). Also to minimize my collect and purchases.


Good goals.  Hone those to perfection and you can work anywhere.
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Update on my project: I'm closing in on issue #60 (of 151 plus seasonal extras) of The Jinx this week, which is the point at which Annemann switched from monthly to weekly editions. It's a lot to absorb, but I'm at least getting the lay of the land so I'll know what's in the publication (if not exactly where to find any one thing).

One nugget I learned from recent reading is that Henry Christ's "Dead Man's Hand," which I referenced in another thread, was a particular favorite of the film actor Jimmy Stewart. In Jinx #57 (June 1939), Stewart writes: "It's got drama and suspense right up to that 'on the draw' climax, and besides, it doesn't need any finger skill. Frank Capra, who is directing my present picture, never gets tired seeing it, and calls the thing, 'a trick with a reason for doing a trick.'"

I'd love to hear how others are getting on with their pursuits.
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Update on my project: I'm closing in on issue #60 (of 151 plus seasonal extras) of The Jinx this week, which is the point at which Annemann switched from monthly to weekly editions. It's a lot to absorb, but I'm at least getting the lay of the land so I'll know what's in the publication (if not exactly where to find any one thing).

One nugget I learned from recent reading is that Henry Christ's "Dead Man's Hand," which I referenced in another thread, was a particular favorite of the film actor Jimmy Stewart. In Jinx #57 (June 1939), Stewart writes: "It's got drama and suspense right up to that 'on the draw' climax, and besides, it doesn't need any finger skill. Frank Capra, who is directing my present picture, never gets tired seeing it, and calls the thing, 'a trick with a reason for doing a trick.'"

I'd love to hear how others are getting on with their pursuits.


I like that quote, 'a trick with a reason for doing a trick'.  Something to chew on.
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I like it too, Ray. I take it to mean a trick built around a compelling story. Do you detect any other shades of meaning in it?

As best I can tell, the "present picture" referenced in the Stewart quote would have been Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
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