The magic road – 11

It has been a long time since my last post, at least a few months.
I am still into magic as much as ever! I perform for people much more comfortable at this point and much more regularly.

My favorite magic community is still Conjuror Community
My favorite magic is still card magic.
My favorite performances so far are very impromptu, and kind of where I get to jazz and improvise with my spectators, for me so far, magic is all about helping out the mood, just entertaining. Getting some wonderful reactions that only get better the more I perform and practice and learn the nuances of the art that is magic.

I will try and post more regularly with some updates.  Very excited to have signed up for the 3M Miracle Man Method conference this summer, that magic course completely changed the way I looked at and performed magic, and I still learn from it, revisit the training. Great stuff. It is led/taught by the same great mind and teaching behind Pathways To Card Master, the wonderful Aaron Fisher, which means you know you will get each and every important detail and nuance

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Magic Supplies – Fill your needs and Creative Gaffs

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A good friend of mine has gone into the business of finally sharing with the world his hand made, tried and true tested magic supplies, props, and gaffs.

The website is this: https://makingmagictoo.net/

Already in production that I know are chopped balls for Cups & Balls, mismade bills, Hofzinser Cards, Double Facers, Fiedler Gimmick and more… worth mentioning, if you send him cards with custom backs, he will use them for the gaff of your choice!

The magic road – 10

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  • Performing more regularly
  • Getting 2 or 3 tricks in more often instead of only 1
  • Move past my comfort zone

Those were a few of my recent magic goals, which for the most part I have been accomplishing. I stopped relying on some of my go to tricks, and introduced some new ones to the mix. I started getting a little more comfortable stringing different card tricks together into more powerful routines. Combine different effects and methods.

Generally I have followed my practiced routine, script… I find sometimes I feel “hot” and I am able to try something I might have practiced a little, but not focused on.
I continue with my main focus with regards to cards being that of the Pathway to Card Mastery , I have been going back to Card College (Roberto Giobbi) now and rereading volumes 1 and 2 to select tricks I want to work on now. So much makes so much more sense, and seems doable now.

This past month I bottom palmed a card 3 times. Once back to the deck. Once to my pocket. Once to a purse. All were very opportune moments, but I think the point is I saw those moments, I took them, captured them and took them home for the win.

I still firmly believe that Conjuror Community is the best money in magic right now. Aaron Fisher and all the other mentors in the group simply add up to a growing collection of content that is top notch, up to date, and will benefit anyone really.

The Magic Road – 9

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I have come a long way since my last postings.  I have been spending most of my efforts on material from the Conjuror Community which dictates most of my learning path in magic. I have added a few side things, and influences that are helping me find my own identity in magic.

I have been making a real effort to try and perform more often, under more situations. For strangers, friends, co-workers. Trying to put longer sets and routines together, and trying to manage interest and attention for longer than a couple of minutes. It is not easy to maintain interest for say 10-15 or more minutes to do a 3 or 4 trick set. It’s nice that many of the tricks I am working on are multi-phase, so even with only 1 trick often there are a few magical moments, and pieces for me to practice and learn from.

Having just returned from a 2 week trip to New York, I tried to perform something pretty much every day. I also was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Michael Vincent which was great. Brilliant guy, wonderful teacher.

I just started an improvisation class which is likely to help me with regards to.. well.. performing. Ha, you were expecting something a little more enlightening there.

Got myself a logo and a brand now, to keep motivated, and line up a goal performance wise. So… welcome Jonathan the PhenoMinond!

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The Magic Road – 8

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For this entry, I want to talk about a Magic Community I have been participating in for a little while, called the Conjuror Community  . It is a place where the focus is not really just about learning a trick, but it’s about learning to Succeed with magic. How to perform and understand a magical effect,  how to achieve greater reactions. The technique, psychology, and business of it all, coming together.

It is a community founded by Aaron Fisher, who is a special kind of teacher. One of those few greats who reach the top of their field but somehow is able to teach and convey things to the amateurs as well. A rare talent, special human.

Anyway, I can not say enough good things about this program. It is by far the best money I have spent since getting into magic. In a few short months, I learned more than I could have imagined.  It combines live web sessions, a community of members that session with each other, really well thought out lesson plans, guest presenters and events of all kinds.

For example, there is the wonderful Shawn Mullins who lets us in on his personal routines and thoughts on moving between tricks and methods.
Or Alexander Slemmer who teaches a lot of classics, and gives some real pro reviews on purchases worth making (and not worth making).
In the community we find stars like Jim Krenz who had his own penguin special, and many other really talented and knowledgeable members willing to share time and thoughts with you… with me… even as a novice.

 

In the past few months, I have really been able to start entertaining people and performing magic… different kinds, Impromptu. Cards, Coins, Sponge, Cups, a whole range of goodies. I have structure and plans in mind, and a direction I am taking. It has made every page in the magic books, and videos I watch much more attainable, understandable, and meaningful for me.

I genuinely believe that finding this community has saved years of my learning path.

As a side bonus, a lot of the members build real relationships and friendships. Can’t beat that!

The magic road – 7

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It’s been a little while, I was traveling, but I made some progress in some areas I think.

Cards:

I spend time practicing a selection of Multiple Lifts, since I am in rush to perform, and I have not decided which I prefer and which fits me when.
The classic vernon with a break – Aaron Fisher Course, also in many books
Dr. Daley’s Instantaneous  – Stars of magic (I suggest looking on ebay for cheaper copies and reprints)
The dingle/krenzel/gordon? stud style – Complete works of Derek Dingle
The first is the only one I have done for people, and likely the only one I will do for a while, since I do not have the feel for the others on a consistent basis.

My classic pass and herman pass practice are starting to feel much better, in that my fingers have stretched to a point where I am much more comfortable with the moves and now working more on smoothing them out, and cleaning the details. I am still a long long way from trying them in any kind of performance. I believe my classic pass is actually coming along better than my Herman.

 

Coins:

I found a few routines I really enjoy and I am going to start having some more focused practice sessions with. A couple of 3 coin routines. One is a table routine and the other in the hands or seated I believe, with vanishing, so I think even if it takes month to learn both well, the end result will be a nice 2 routine trick that can be modular as in one or both, either or and will work with any 3 coins. With plenty of sleight and misdirection practice. I am excited to have come across these routines. Previously I was only finding common 4 coin routines  based on the Roth stuff. Now, I think I am starting to come across some more modern magicians maybe with some different takes on older things.

The Magic Road – 6

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It has been a little while since my last post, some things are coming along.  At this point, I am still a little all over the place at times, and have my attentions spread through too many varying areas  of magic, and hobbies in general.

  1. Card Magic
  2. Card Flourishing / Cardistry
  3. Sponge Balls
  4. Coins
  5. Chop Cup
  6. YoYo
  7. Guitar
  8. Rubik’s Cube
  9. Pen Magic
  10. Rubber  Band Magic
  11. So much more

There is only so much time in one day, we must focus. We have to start maturing and focusing on tricks. Tricks will teach/demand the sleights required, and avoid some distractions. I will likley still read lots of different things all the time, but I will have to focus my practice.

  1. Silk Vanish / Silk to Coin or Sponge
  2. 3 Ball Sponge ball routine, requires producing
  3. Chop Cup Routine, Basic
  4. Commando Coins Across AP / Neo Coins
  5. Pointless – Gregory Wilson Pen Routine
  6. Crazy Man’s Handcuffs

Encyclopedia of Playing Card Flourishes

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Recently, I received my copy of the “Encyclopedia of Playing Card Flourishes” by Jerry Cestkowski. The Encyclopedia is a collection of flourishes, categorized, described, and demonstrated. In short, I consider this one of the best purchases I have made with regards to my card education. By the way, the book is a true encyclopedia weighing in at several pounds with over 500 pages and thousands of photos. If you ask nicely, Jerry might even sign the book before he ships it to you.

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The book is a phenomenal effort, with detailed written descriptions and a plethora of detailed photos, making each cut, fan, spring, move completely within reach given practice and dedication. By no means are many of the moves easy. Littered throughout the text are fun, comical tidbits and commentaries making what would be a dry read substantially more palatable as a book/read.

The teaching is really top notch, with a detailed description, many many tips and comments to help you avoid pitfalls and find short cuts, along with the photos, learning is really not a problem and truly attainable, it really is just a matter of practice (which will take a long time, I think the younger you are and looser your fingers the easier everything will be, for those of you starting out as adults like me… it will be rough).

A break down of the chapters, to get an idea of the content is as follows:
A full T.O.C can be found on the main site

  • One-Hand Single Cuts
  • One-Hand Multiple Cuts
  • Fanning
  • Springs and Drops
  • Two-Hand Single Cuts
  • Two-Hand Multiple Cuts
  • Arm-Spreads
  • Two-Hand Shuffles
  • One-Hand Shuffles
  • Deck Flips, Twirls and Spins
  • Table Flourishes
  • Throwing and Juggling

Jerry, was kind enough to sign the book as well.

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Beyond the content, Jerry put forth a wonderful work, which will likely become a classic and belongs on anyone’s shelf who is serious about cardistry, flourishing, and card magic.

The magic road – 5

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I wish I had started this path as a child, my hands would be so much more dextrous. Even after years of guitar and other hobbies, nothing really prepares the hands and fingers for Cards, Coins, etc… It’s all supposed to mimic natural, but everything about it is unnatural. Every so often, I must rest the hands, step away from the cards, practice different things, etc… hand health apparently.

I am really enjoying the Giobbi Light, Lighter book series, starting to really feel the idea of routines, and tying tricks together to mask methods. Some crazy head stuff when you really get into it. And the idea of an almost sure fire method for a trick, built into a routine with 2 or 3 tricks that build on each other is just great, the reactions from my spectators after the second trick or end of routine is just phenomenal. It sets a wonderful workspace to work on practicing False shuffles and Cuts all day long, the longer you casually toyed with the deck the more impressive the first trick will seem. Throw in a few (not too many) between each trick, and it starts to be very magical for certain.

In addition, it allows room to evolve patter when I don’t have to worry as much about the sleights, or process. For example, one routine, I am working on a thought where we will run some tests to see if the deck is our “Friend or Foe”. In the first trick, I prove the deck is my friend by finding a pair of selected cards lost in the deck. In the second trick I prove the deck is the spectators friend by allowing 2 people to prove their perfect intuition via the deck.  I did not like the 3rd trick in that particular routine, so I am looking for a replacement, but even those 2 by themselves (T.N.T , INTUITION) are very magical.

The Magic Road – 4

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That moment when you pull out a stacked deck, and play with it for a while casually letting your friends know it’s a fair deck smile emoticon

After a while, of course, someone will say… so let’s see a trick…..

Sure, why not, let’s do a test and see if this deck is friend or foe…
you proceed into T.N.T, 2 participants, everyone floored… wow….
The deck at least proves to be my friend. Let’s try something else.

You take the 2 cards, and riffle them into the deck somewhere…
and you lead straight into INTUITION
2 more participants, and the deck… proves to be everyone’s friend.

Circle of people all amazed.

For those who want, these 2 tricks are taken in order as part of a routine in
Roberto Giobbi – Card College Light

If you are following this writing, then I assume you know some FS and FC moves you can do prior to the tricks as you play with the cards, this will aid in the overall effect for the spectators greatly.

If you throw in some between the 2 tricks, it’s even better.

The reaction I got at the end of INTUITION, after the entire mini routine, was simply amazing.

Card College Light is proving to be a wonderful book series to aid in what I have been up to, it teaches a bit about routines, combining tricks that will compliment each other, and advice on subtleties one can do during a routine. Self Workers that give you a wonderful opportunity to work on routine, patter, card control and basic sleights… by removing the sleight as a requirement for the trick, you are left with much more confidence and room to practice in front of people.