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by erlandish
April 4th, 2008, 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

1, PRACTICE - Writing, Scripting and practice the magic routines over and over again when they learn it and then add it to their show. This would be the scripting and the rehearsing part as they learn magic tricks and learn to structure a magic routine - for close up or stage magic. This is the thi...
by erlandish
April 4th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kicked out .... and grateful!
Replies: 19
Views: 3698

Re: Kicked out .... and grateful!

...aaaand now we're seeing the sort of stuff that drove Richard to go subscriber-only...
by erlandish
April 2nd, 2008, 2:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Thanks for the advice Jim. I actually chose my path a long time ago. I'm more interested in knowing what paths others have taken.
by erlandish
April 1st, 2008, 12:17 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Best Think of a Card Plot
Replies: 47
Views: 16526

Re: Best Think of a Card Plot

I was out the other night and a guy was armed with his deck in Mnemonica order. He substituted what would have been pick-a-card tricks with name-a-card tricks, including Triumph. It was pretty impressive how he was able to get to the effect a lot quicker.
by erlandish
March 31st, 2008, 1:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Often theory is written about by people who have little to no performing experience and write about performing as they think it should be rather than how it actually is. Sometimes the writer's performing experience is in a very narrow field of performing which means that what they write may be appl...
by erlandish
March 26th, 2008, 4:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Quentin makes a good point in referring to what Bruce Lee called "dry land swimming". Theory is all well and fine, until you are tossed into the deep end of the pool. I think this is something that can go in several directions. In driving school, I learned that if you're slipping on the r...
by erlandish
March 26th, 2008, 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

I am not a professional performer, but I am a teacher, and this basic question of how soon to study theory comes up in my job every single day. I agree that it takes a lot of experience to be able to apply theory effectively. But there is still value in reading theory even before you can apply it. ...
by erlandish
March 25th, 2008, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Aldo,

Which book are you talking about? How did it negatively impact your progress?
by erlandish
March 25th, 2008, 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Too often, books on theory are written by people who have little to no stage experience and are writing about how it should be, rather than how it is. Would you be able to comment on which books of the above list, or other popular magic theory books, were written by the sort of author you described?
by erlandish
March 23rd, 2008, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

Re: A question to pros about magic theory books

Thanks for the replies thus far... A quick clarification... this isn't so much a question on my behalf. I've already read or seen all the above, and I also have professional experience -- I just happen to be an amateur at the moment. There's a discussion being held elsewhere where books on theory ar...
by erlandish
March 23rd, 2008, 2:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A question to pros about magic theory books
Replies: 131
Views: 35185

A question to pros about magic theory books

This is a straightforward question to professional magicians -- people who make their living off magic. I don't mean to slight amateurs (I'm an amateur myself), but there's a specific reason why I'd like to hear from professional magicians. Have you found that books on magic theory have been helpful...
by erlandish
March 17th, 2008, 1:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Criss Angel
Replies: 150
Views: 32245

Re: Criss Angel

There was a Q&A with Banachek that talked about how some of the stuff that would appear to be stooging might actually be dual reality work. It's halfway down this page, with a clever example of the principle in action: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://themagicwoods.co.uk/forum/viewtopi...
by erlandish
March 16th, 2008, 1:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Old puzzle for the statisticians
Replies: 19
Views: 4021

Re: Old puzzle for the statisticians

A quick question, though... Conceptually I get it, but I was wondering, has anybody sat down and written out a computer program to see if the concept works out? Say, with 10,000 random games played?
by erlandish
March 15th, 2008, 5:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Old puzzle for the statisticians
Replies: 19
Views: 4021

Re: Old puzzle for the statisticians

Sorry, maybe that's a poor explanation. Think if the game was in the reverse. You get to choose two doors instead of one. Your odds of winning are 2/3. It doesn't matter if one of those doors shows a goat because there's a %100 chance that one of the two was a goat anyway (the combinations are goat-...
by erlandish
March 15th, 2008, 5:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Old puzzle for the statisticians
Replies: 19
Views: 4021

Re: Old puzzle for the statisticians

Heh, that blew my mind. Totally counter-intuitive. It's like playing three card monte in a random mix where you have 2 guesses to figure out where the winning card is, and it doesn't matter if you get the first one wrong. Your chances improve to 2/3 in that format rather than in the format of one gu...
by erlandish
March 15th, 2008, 2:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Underrated Book(s) ???
Replies: 63
Views: 8006

Re: Underrated Book(s) ???

Even though it's highly regarded by kids magicians, I think Seriously Silly is under-rated by virtue of the fact that people don't seem to appreciate it as one of the finest recent books on performing theory... for kids OR adults shows.
by erlandish
March 15th, 2008, 2:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: February Issue of Genii Now Arriving!
Replies: 94
Views: 19639

Re: February Issue of Genii Now Arriving!

Ha ha, sorry Richard, I was joking around because you guys have already been getting a hard time for it.

Great issue. Nice work again.
by erlandish
March 14th, 2008, 7:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: February Issue of Genii Now Arriving!
Replies: 94
Views: 19639

Re: February Issue of Genii Now Arriving!

Woo-hoo, membership's open again...

That Zarrow Shuffle article is some of the finest reporting I've read in a while, magic-related or not. Great, great job.

Has anybody mentioned the staples yet? Because in my issue the- [dodges rotten fruit]

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