August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yesterday my buddy Rich and I met up at Tannen’s to session, and to my surprise, a bunch more magicians showed up. We hung out there for about two hours and then headed to the pizza shop around the corner, Rustico. Apparently magicians gather there every Saturday and hang out in the dining area. It was great. I met Wesley James, arguably one of the most knowledgable card men on Erdnase and learned a lot from talking to him for only about an hour. I’ll definitely be stopping in there far more often—really cool to talk with some guys who have been performing since before I was born.
I also picked up Smoke from Tannen’s, very cool utility item that I’m excited to start using for performances. Last but not least, I finally caved in and bought Aaron Fisher’s, The Paper Engine. I’ve heard mixed reviews from it, but I really want to advance my cardician utility belt, and Aaron’s book seems like a great resource. Right now I’m really working to learn the Diagonal Palm Shift, Tommy Wonder’s Wonderverse, and making my classic pass better. My reverse turnover is pretty burnable, but I think improving my classic pass will help my overall card magic a lot.
August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yesterday I met up with my buddy Rich at the Times Square Marriott and we jammed for a few hours, exploring card ideas and techniques. We took over a table in their lounge/lobby and had decks everywhere—it was great. What I immediately noticed is that as card guys, everyone is skilled at different sleights. For example, Rich thought my Shapeshifter was great, but I’ve never seen anyone do the Duck Change like he does. We came up with some interesting concepts for alternate handlings for an effect I perform from Expert Card Technique, ‘The Dunbury Delusion.’ I never liked using a second deal unnecessarily, so we remedied that with some other concepts—I’ll have a video up of it soon.
Then Rich’s buddy, Brandon met up with us—awesome card guy. He came with a deck that had been slightly warped by the rain and still was blowing our minds with some techniques. He also showed us an amazing pen vanish which I’m working on, as well as some really cool gaff principles that I think we’ll be playing with.
That’s all for now, but I think we’ll record some things at our next jam session this coming weekend.
August 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
As I’ve discussed briefly before, I’ve been slowly building a foundational library on card magic after being a DVD kinda guy growing up. Recently—and I mean very recently—I’ve been acquiring several card magic books. Right now I’m reading through Card College, Inner Card Trilogy, and The Card Magic of Paul LePaul. I also just ordered The Books of Wonder by Tommy Wonder, which I got for a steal at $80.
I’ve gone through Card College Volume 1, and waiting on volumes 2 + 3 to arrive in the mail. Even having just read volume 1 so far, I have to say it’s helped elevate my foundational knowledge. There’s some fantastic nuances and subtleties that Giobbi includes on sleights, and he’s really culled some great, simple effects.I’m excited to read and practice through the other volumes.
Inner Card Trilogy, simply put, is life altering. I had been looking to add this to my library, but I wanted to wait until I was ready for it. From the first effect, this book, or rather collection of books is amazing. From self-working to knuckle-busting, The Professor delivers plots and sleights that are as relevant today as they were decades ago. Even his crimping ideas have really changed the way I’ve thought about card location. It will definitely take me quite a while to work through the material and truly grasp it.
August 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
Let me start this off by saying if you don’t know who Max Krause is, you absolutely need to look him up. I met Max over at The Magic Session and we got to talking about foundational reading, which I’m delving into head first. I’ve spent most of my years performing magic learning from overpriced DVD’s and instant downloads, and missed the classics of magic. After a bit of talking I bought Max’s effect, ‘Mental Killer’, and holy shit—it kills. Don’t think, just buy it if you are remotely interested in mentalism.
Max then called me on my cellphone to go over best practices and how to perform the effect. We then talked more about magic and performance style and he really got me thinking when he said:
“Magic shouldn’t look like you did anything.”
Damn. Honestly, this is a big insight for me. I had never heard thought about performing close-up card magic in that vein. We also talked about deconstructing effects and making them yours with simple principles. It got me very excited about using the knowledge from these foundational books and creating new, personal effects and handlings.
August 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
A few weeks ago my company had a talent show. At that point I had only been there for three weeks, but saddled up and decided to perform. Because I was performing on a stage, it was a bit difficult to properly perform my card magic so I used a starter transposition effect and the invisible deck to close. The video is below, password is the answer to this question: ‘What type of spray makes the invisible deck work?’
Even though I didn’t win, it was fun to put myself out there and perform for a whole bunch of people. However, if I do it again I think I’d make a close-up video and play it for the crowd just based on the size.
August 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
My classic pass has never been amazing. I almost always default to the invisible turnover pass, used by Lepaul. But my current mission is to sharpen my classic pass. I’ve been examining a few resources on the move including The Magic of Paul Lepaul, Expert Card Technique, Alex Pandrea’s Brick Pass, and Jason England’s tutorial.
I’m really trying to start with smoothness and then progress to speed. That usually helps me break down moves and get them, ironically, much faster than working on speed first. The brick pass has such a good flow to it, but a dribble-esque pass seems to fit my style really well. I’ll post a video on here to get some feedback regarding how good the cover looks.