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Re: Best Quote

Postby Tom Dobrowolski » May 18th, 2008, 5:17 pm

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Brad Jeffers » May 18th, 2008, 6:14 pm

There is an Indian proverb that says "Magic is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe".

O.K., the proverb actually refers to the game of Chess ("Chess is a sea ..."), but I think you can substitute the word Magic.

It's akin to the Burger "many rooms" quote.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Mallakite » May 18th, 2008, 8:01 pm

I'm not sure who said this, maybe someone here knows.

"Magicians guard an empty safe"

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Richard Hatch » May 18th, 2008, 8:11 pm

I believe that is from Jim Steinmeyer.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Jim Maloney » May 18th, 2008, 8:15 pm

Mallakite wrote:I'm not sure who said this, maybe someone here knows.

"Magicians guard an empty safe"

Check the first page of this thread. ;)

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 19th, 2008, 5:30 am

My own favourite quote, after performing at a correctional intitute ( read prison) as I regularly do.

I HAD A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 19th, 2008, 6:45 am

Before I forget, my own final favourite quote is

HELL KNOWETH NO FURY AS THE MAGICIAN WHOSE PROPCASE IS STOLEN FROM THE CARBOOT PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 19th, 2008, 11:47 am

That's what happened to Bob Read and he never performed his "Penultimate Cups and Balls" for many years after his props were stolen.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Pete McCabe » May 19th, 2008, 1:29 pm

"My main goal is to fascinate the audience
into thinking that they are dreaming,
even if this is only for a few seconds."
--Juan Tamariz


This quote encapsulates everything I believe about magic.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Andrew Pinard » May 19th, 2008, 2:43 pm

Harry Brandon to his son Arthur Brandon (Milo of Milo & Roger):

"Arthur, I see that magic is really just a lot of [censored]."

"Yes, Pop, you've got it. It is," young Arthur Brandon rejoined. "But you've got to know just how to shovel it."

From Milo & Roger: A Magical Life by Arthur Brandon. Published by Hermetic Press, page 113.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Bill McFadden » May 19th, 2008, 5:02 pm

"Take is better than put."
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Brian Morton » May 19th, 2008, 9:45 pm

"The profession of magician is one of the most perilous and arduous of the imagination. On the one hand, there is the hostility of God and the police to be guarded against; on the other, it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stagecraft, as nervous as the manufacture of high explosives and as delicate as the trade in narcotics." William Bolitho, English author, 1890-1930

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » May 20th, 2008, 1:55 am

Good one Brian.

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To the Chief Genii....what about printing a little booklet ( for the loo) 101 magical quotes or something like that...im sure theres many more good ones around....I know id buy one....just a thought Chief.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Randy » May 20th, 2008, 3:56 pm

John Carney once gave me advice that I believe he got from Dai Vernon. The quote was simply "Attitude". Before taking the stage, remind yourself to have that "attitude" of confidence, fun and of loving your audience. It's a thought that has carried me far beyond magic and that I try to apply to life in general. A simple, one word thought that conveys so much.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » July 15th, 2008, 12:43 am

by Jamy ian Swiss ( Penguin Magic interview)

'Eugene Burger says that that the house of magic has many rooms, but many of magic's enthusiasts are locking themselves into their own rooms and barely bumping into anyone else in the hallway'

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Tom Frame » July 15th, 2008, 1:18 pm

"Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to slice roast beef." --- Tom Robbins

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Doc Eason » July 15th, 2008, 1:31 pm

Magic does indeed have many rooms, some of which are padded.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » July 15th, 2008, 2:00 pm

Money and fame are not goals: money and fame are things you may receive for achieving other actual goals

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Re: Best Quote

Postby mai-ling » July 15th, 2008, 3:54 pm

dad always said this when used the bang gun without the bang
didn't work.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Darryl Harris » July 15th, 2008, 3:57 pm

"The object of art is to evoke an emotion. All art is drama. Technique is what allows us to bring drama to it maximum intensity." ~ Wynton Marsalis
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Re: Best Quote

Postby MaxNY » July 16th, 2008, 8:32 am

We were at the Cape last week, with my Dad, and my 22 month old son. My son is at the age where he thinks he is funny, and has a loud "PR" laugh to get noticed...That laugh happened, and my Dad looked at me like?????? I just shrugged my shoulders and said... "The clown doesn't fall far from the tree!"

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » July 16th, 2008, 2:28 pm

Some remarks from Fred Kaps fine lecture notes (1973), Ken Brookes Magic Place, London.

- Do you want to Mystify? Or entertain? Or both?

- Effect should come first. Method second.

- Mental train your effects.

- Fool your audience any way you like, but FOOL them.
Remember - Method comes second!

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » July 16th, 2008, 2:44 pm

Tom Harris:

- Make mistakes and use them for laughs.

- Make your entrance in your style of your act.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Mats Kjellstrom » July 16th, 2008, 2:49 pm

Stoogie:

- There is one thing that experienced performers do not need and beginners will not take, and that is advice.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Q. Kumber » July 16th, 2008, 4:36 pm

At his February lecture in Manchester, Jeff McBride said two things that struck me:

"If your sleight of hand causes you to break eye contact with your audience, it is too advanced for your skill level."

and

"An artist makes the difficult look easy but a showman makes the simple look spectacular."

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Bob Farmer » July 16th, 2008, 4:46 pm

Quentin, those are great quotes. In a very early issue of The Gen, there is a marvellous lesson by John Ramsay on the first point. It's a thimble vanish. If you have the electronic version, you can probably find it easily.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Lemniscate » July 16th, 2008, 6:09 pm

Information is "Tomatoes are really a fruit"; knowledge is not putting them in a fruit salad.

No idea who said it originally but it was repeated by "docsteve" over on the cafe (do a search for fruit salad and look for his name for the original post).

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Re: Best Quote

Postby 000 » July 17th, 2008, 1:48 am

Magician's shouldnt gamble for 2 reasons. If you lose you're a bad magician, and if you win you're a cheat!

People never ask me how I do card tricks. They ask me why!


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Re: Best Quote

Postby amp » July 17th, 2008, 8:36 am

" Magic, remember,is a voyage of self-discovery"
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Cugel » July 17th, 2008, 8:50 am

amp wrote:" Magic, remember,is a voyage of self-discovery"
-Eugene Burger


Whoah. Deep.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Jonathan Townsend » July 17th, 2008, 9:51 am

amp wrote:" Magic, remember,is a voyage of self-discovery"


? "self-discovery"?? the term used to justify home schooling for the a/anti social or perhaps just a PC term for masturbation?

Either way - if the shoe fits - leave it in.

So much fuss to avoid opening a book and taking that great risk of learning.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby EdAndres » July 17th, 2008, 2:20 pm

Lemniscate wrote:(do a search for fruit salad and look for his name for the original post).


Now that's a quote! :grin:

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Re: Best Quote

Postby amp » July 17th, 2008, 4:13 pm

If you're going to be an artist,and you're going to have a chance to be great,you have to risk looking foolish in high places sometimes.You have to paint a big target on your ass and go, all right,everybody step up. Here it is take your best shot.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby amp » July 17th, 2008, 4:17 pm

Presentation is everything,method is nothing.

-Fred Kaps


...that effect should always come first,method second.
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Re: Best Quote

Postby Cugel » July 17th, 2008, 5:26 pm

Funny, then, that Kaps used some pretty terrific methods.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Tom Stone » July 17th, 2008, 11:39 pm

Cugel wrote:Funny, then, that Kaps used some pretty terrific methods.

I think you misinterpret the quote. I think he meant "Don't compromise or diffuse the effect, by adjusting it for a certain method."

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Tom Stone » July 17th, 2008, 11:59 pm

- "Good magic is better than good sex, but harder to find" - Max Maven.

-"Good magic begins in the feet!" - Bob Read

(The second quote isn't a reply to the first)

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Q. Kumber » July 18th, 2008, 4:12 am

When Bob Read lectured in Dublin in the 1970's he said "Good comedy begins in the feet." Did he later cahnge that to magic?

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Cugel » July 18th, 2008, 4:26 am

Tom Stone wrote:
Cugel wrote:Funny, then, that Kaps used some pretty terrific methods.

I think you misinterpret the quote. I think he meant "Don't compromise or diffuse the effect, by adjusting it for a certain method."


I was actually referring to the first Kaps quote. Looking at the second quote, I concede that you might be right.

But I'm also right in the sense that a literal interpretation of the first quote would produce magic with methods inferior to those Kaps used.

It's all good.

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Re: Best Quote

Postby Cugel » July 18th, 2008, 4:30 am

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