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This might sound crazy, but I’m not a huge fan of “traditional” magic DVD’s and videos.  I know, here I am pitching magic videos and downloads, so it must sound like I’ve flipped my lid, but let me explain.
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I’m sure you’ve seen those “Magic Secrets Revealed” shows where they show the audience how to do some stage illusion out there, and I suppose you’ve always wondered if that means that everyone will know how your tricks are done and no one will be amazed, etc.  Well I’m here to dispel that whole myth.

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I’ve heard it said the you should learn 3 tricks extremely well rather than learn many tricks well enough.  I suppose this depends on what you want to do with your magic.

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[flv width=”400″ height=”270″]http://www.lessonsinmagic.com/vids/20100317/CardWarp.flv[/flv]

This truly is my favorite trick. It was the first trick I learned, but it was so simple and amazing, it had to be learned. The secret is pretty genius, and you should be doing this shortly after learning it. Angles are somewhat important with this, but nothing too serious.


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    Just a quick not to say that I have now leveled off at 204 pounds, so four more to hit my initial target. Actually, 4.1 more pounds, because my initial target is to get below 200 pounds. I think if I can hit that milestone, it will help me feel a little better about myself, and push me in the right direction to get on that excersise bike. I know, it’s counter-intuitive, but it’s me. A box full of contradictions.

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    Good news. As little as I’ve been updating my site with this initial launch (apologies, I promise to get better), I now have a higher than 1,000,000 Alexa rank as of today. I’m actually 977,878. I know, it’s still ridiculously high compared to Google (which has an Alexa rank of 1), but I’ll get closer with time. Thanks to all of you for reading and viewing and hopefully bookmarking.

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    At the end of some tricks, there is something called a “Kicker” ended. Essentially what that means is that the trick has a basic ending (magician finds the card in some amazing way), but then the “kicker” is that the car has a different color back than the rest of the deck. The problem is that sometimes, either the kicker completely overshadows the basic ending (which is great in its own right), or the kicker is timed poorly and doesn’t get noticed after doing the basic ending, when some people think the trick is done.

    As another thing I do when choosing tricks I like and want to perform, I tend to stay away from “kicker” endings, unless it actually makes sense in the trick, and even then, it’s not necessarily an extra part of the trick, but is integrated as part of the trick and so flows much better. Maybe I just like tricks that have a decent flow to them. As of this writing, I don’t have any specific examples, but check out some of the videos I’ve posted to see how well the flow works for me.

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    There are essentially two types of flourishes within a magic trick (and although this could apply to coins and other things, I’m being specific to card magic).  The first is something that is obvious to the audience.  An example of this is a card spread or a fan of cards.  The second is something that isn’t really obvious at all.  An example of this would be a count that might hide or miscount the cards.

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    I find fascination in what people say, and phrases people use.  One of the sets of phrases I find interesting are as follows:

    • “The truth is”
    • “To tell you the truth”
    • “To be honest”
    • etc

    The thing about these statements is that they seem to imply that the person speaking might usually lie when they speak, but in this one instance, they’re ready to be honest in what they say.  It’s a useless addition to any conversation, but I guess people use it to attempt to make a point.  Usually, people use this as part of a response to a question – but if I asked you a question, I expect to get the truth.

    Anyway, I just hate the use of it.  People, please stop.  I mean, honestly…

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