Al Schneider on Clairity

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Postby Matthew Field » 01/15/04 09:19 AM

The best thing I've read in a long time is Al Schneider's "Schneider Technique" column in the February Genii devoted to "Clarity." I consider it must reading for every serious magician.

Also -- check out the mini flip book on the upper left hand pages of the Burgoon article. It'll have you wiping your, er, eyes.

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Postby Guest » 01/15/04 10:42 PM

Perhaps you would enjoy Schneider's complete 'book' that's posted online at

http://www.worldmagiccenter.com/Theory/ ... Magic.html

It kept me up late several nights in a row! --Asrah
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Postby Guest » 01/15/04 11:03 PM

Al is a true gift. I love watching him work, and his clear vision and simple, to the point writing style is refreshing. I always learn or re-learn something important reading his thoughts on magic and performance. He has been very generous in sharing with the fraternity as well.

Thanks, Al.
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Postby Frank Tougas » 01/18/04 10:59 AM

Al is indeed generous. His web sit as noted above not only has a lot of great magic to see but an entire "book" on the art of misdirection.

This can get any magician wanting to improve to think. A great piece of work. I always look forwaed to articles about theory - tricks are okay but they can become a bit boring.

Something that has been added in just the past few days is a coin trick. Not just a demo but complete instructions - what's up with that?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/18/04 02:39 PM

Frank is referring to Al's new trick "Supernova," which is a real killer.
Watch the demonstration, but do NOT read the explanation for a few days!
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/18/04 03:45 PM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Frank is referring to Al's new trick "Supernova," ...!
I watched the thing three times before deciding to investigate the method. Afterwards I had to watch it again to confirm the things I had seen though not noticed. A good lesson. Thanks Al!
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Postby Jeff Eline » 01/18/04 06:38 PM

Intersting article. I like the final line, "Good magicians won't rush an effect. They will understand the needs of their audience and give them what they really want."
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