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Re: TaroTutor -- A Simple Tarot Practice Tool

Then what is the problem?
But wait! I bet I know what it is! Does it have something to do with website critiques?
by Aldo Romano
03/31/08 10:34 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: TaroTutor -- A Simple Tarot Practice Tool
Replies: 9
Views: 4495

Re: TaroTutor -- A Simple Tarot Practice Tool

I happen to know that Paul (barefoot boy) has done more tarot readings than anyone on this forum. I am not sure what his "Oh Brother" remark refers to.

Perhaps he could tell us what he thinks of Dougs idea.
by Aldo Romano
03/31/08 07:18 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: TaroTutor -- A Simple Tarot Practice Tool
Replies: 9
Views: 4495

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I think we have veered off the original topic..................
by Aldo Romano
03/31/08 07:40 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale

For some reason the clip does not play any more. The little wheel goes round and round forever with nothing happening. I tried the other day too. I wonder if this Bongo Hat routine is worth the repeated effort. I shall try again later.
by Aldo Romano
03/30/08 05:44 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale
Replies: 7
Views: 2713

Re: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale

I hate e-books too. As for your lost e-book perhaps you should contact the author for a new one. If he is a generous soul he may indulge you. Of course if you paid nothing for the book in the first place he might get a bit fed up sending you one repeatedly because of your computer incompetence. I sh...
by Aldo Romano
03/30/08 05:36 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale
Replies: 7
Views: 2713

Re: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale

I did not see the Bongo Hat in the clip. Of course I didn't watch it the whole way through. I lost rapid interest when I did not see the pop up tie. I shall have another look. I rather like the Bongo Hat. I think I have access to the best routine of them all. Perhaps you do too. It is nearly on a pa...
by Aldo Romano
03/30/08 12:12 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale
Replies: 7
Views: 2713

Re: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale

Rather humdrum material. I think you would be far better off performing something more earth shattering such as the pop up tie.
by Aldo Romano
03/29/08 07:57 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Jolly Roger at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale
Replies: 7
Views: 2713

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Glenn. I think you are correct. Stage magic is harder merely by dint of there being less opportunities to practice it befor live audiences. With regard to close up magic I think the hardest part is not the technical side or even the presentational side. No. It is the psychological side. It is hard t...
by Aldo Romano
03/27/08 08:00 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I personally am not concerned with Cugel's experience or identity. He writes intelligently about the matter even if his views do not fit 4 square into mine. I do tend to think that stage magic is harder in some ways that close up magic at least for me. However he does have a point; close up magic is...
by Aldo Romano
03/27/08 07:45 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I can do both reasonably successfully. However I must say that they are very different skill sets. On balance I found the stage more difficult to master as Mr Kaufmann states. Of course other people may well find the opposite according to their natural talents.
by Aldo Romano
03/27/08 05:21 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Mr Bishop is right. I have always thought that show business was a very hard way to make an easy living. Years ago an agent told me that show business was probably the toughest business in the world. Often all show and no business. You would be amazed to hear the names of certain magicians who are s...
by Aldo Romano
03/27/08 03:44 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I will say in a brief aside to Cugel that the skill sets required for a close up magician are indeed vastly different than those required for a stage magician. There can be no argument about this I would have thought. They are entirely different mediums altogether although I do take his point that t...
by Aldo Romano
03/27/08 10:15 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Actually even though it is common sense that the more shows you do the better you get it isn't always true. The magician could just be getting more practice at doing things the wrong way. After a while he could be doing things the wrong way for so long that the bad habits are so ingrained that he wi...
by Aldo Romano
03/26/08 03:48 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: How many of you are Full Time in Children's Entertainment

The above poster is quite correct when he says that children's entertainment is the most lucrative branch of the profession. I have found this to be quite true by and large. Surprising but true. There are hypnotists, trade show magicians, corporate performers etc; but in many cases they don't make w...
by Aldo Romano
03/25/08 10:52 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: How many of you are Full Time in Children's Entertainment
Replies: 10
Views: 2808

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I prefer not to get into a discussion about it. However I will tell you that it was "Magic and Showmanship" by Henning Nelms. Strangely enough I lent the book to a famous magic dealer of the time (this was when the book first came out) and he wanted to read it on the grounds that "it ...
by Aldo Romano
03/25/08 10:20 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

90% of your list seems to be written by professionals. However I did see one book on there that I know for sure wasn't. It may be coincidental or not that it is a book that I really got nothing out of. In fact in some ways it was detrimental to my progress. I do notice one book that is not on your l...
by Aldo Romano
03/25/08 06:04 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: Double lift mistake

There must be dozens of double lifts. Here are my favourites. I use the Vernon double lift more than any other but there are a couple of very good ones in Paul Le Paul's book on card magic. The advantage of one of those in particular is that there is no get-ready whatsoever. Another lift with no get...
by Aldo Romano
03/25/08 08:27 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Double lift mistake
Replies: 44
Views: 5815

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

You have to be very careful with theory books. Some are good and some are dreadful. Or to put it another more accurate way some theories will suit the performer and some won't. That is why it is indeed wise for the beginner to be out there performing for a while before he reads the books. On the oth...
by Aldo Romano
03/24/08 07:39 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 29743

Re: MacDonald's Aces Handlings

The key to getting good reaction from this trick is a very simple one. Always have the spectator put their hand on the aces throughout the performance. The reaction will double when the aces are revealed. I know that some remarkable performers have not followed this path but I do think in most cases...
by Aldo Romano
03/24/08 07:09 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: MacDonald's Aces Handlings
Replies: 29
Views: 7543

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