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by ashburner
July 8th, 2011, 5:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Real Power or a Trick?
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: Real Power or a Trick?

Please don't pull religion in to this thread. I asked about the ethics of 'real energy/power' versus 'its just a trick' It is not a good idea to fly in the face of a greater power than us; call it what you will 'energy' 'higher power' 'God' whatever. Oswald remember; as a magician you have to be a g...
by ashburner
July 7th, 2011, 4:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Real Power or a Trick?
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: Real Power or a Trick?

I think the word 'trick' should only be used by magicians. If you tell people you are doing tricks; they have the sense that you're making a fool of them and try even harder to 'catch' you doing something. I honestly prefer the word 'illusion' It implies that it takes great skill and you're not fool...
by ashburner
July 6th, 2011, 10:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Real Power or a Trick?
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Real Power or a Trick?

I've been thinking lately whether or not it's actually good to say that it's real power or energy when you do an effect; especially for metal bending and mentalism. Uri Geller was persecuted by alot of magicians because of his claims but I think he was a "true" magician. Magic is not suppo...
by ashburner
June 28th, 2011, 4:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Needle Swallowing Trouble
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Needle Swallowing Trouble

I'm having trouble with the needle swallowing effect. The thread keeps tangling in my mouth. I dont quite understand the illustration in the Tarbell course; the tome does not go in to detail. The diagram looks as if the thread is zig-zagged. I have had avice on another forum to wind the thread aroun...
by ashburner
June 24th, 2011, 3:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spoon switch using a topit
Replies: 0
Views: 352

Spoon switch using a topit

Can anyone recommend or advise me on how to switch a spoon using a topit. I've seen Ammars deck switch but that was created with a very specific effect in mind using a hanky where there is a logical reason for the hanky. Any advice on switching a spoon?
by ashburner
June 23rd, 2011, 9:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Penpals
Replies: 0
Views: 366

Looking for Penpals

Hello my name is Richard Ashburner I'm a south African Magician; I've been doing magi for over fourteen years now. I'm looking for other magicians to chat to as well as share ideas with via e-mail. If you are interested e-mail me at <!-- e --><a href="mailto:ashburnermagic@gmail.com">ashburnermagic@...
by ashburner
June 23rd, 2011, 8:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spoon Switch
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Spoon Switch

I've been looking for a decent fork or spoon switch that doesn't rely on mis-direction or moving around too much. I've been using a simple switch where I have the 'prepared' spoon in my left trouser pocket. After doing a fulcrum bend I put my left hand in to the pocket and act as if I need to move s...
by ashburner
June 23rd, 2011, 4:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Reactions to the Blaine article in the Times?
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: Reactions to the Blaine article in the Times?

Everybody should just relax. The average layman does not know the skill level of a magician. We can all see little nuances that need fixing but as long as the double stays in register and the cards dont spread the effect in the eyes of the lay person stay the same. Only magicians obsess over tiny de...

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