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10 Important Tips for New Magicians: Do's and Don'ts

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10 Important Tips for New Magicians: Do's and Don'ts

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameLately I've been spending a lot of time around young teenagers and kids learning magic for the very first time. I'm already getting them connected with good resources that teach them how to perform tricks. But what advice and guidance should I be giving them more generally?To begin with, it is important that budding magicians are familiar with some of the ethics of magic. Sometimes referred to as "the magician's code", it's a well-known rule that as a magician you should never reveal your secrets. Why? Because by giving away the method of a trick, you're taking...

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Interview with Card Thrower & Magician Rick Smith Jr

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Interview with Card Thrower & Magician Rick Smith Jr

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Rick Smith Jr? When you're an entertainer, you need to find something that makes you stand out from the rest of the pack. This is also true for performers in the magic industry. With magic man Rick Smith Jr, it's easy to see that he has what it takes to stand out from your run-of-the-mill magician. To begin with, Rick has three Guiness World Records.But it's not just that Rick Smith Jr is a world record holder that makes you sit up and take notice, but it's especially the kinds of records that he...

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The Magician's Oath

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The Magician's Oath

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is the Magician's Oath? You don't have to know much about magic to be aware that that there is a long tradition around maintaining secrecy, in order to preserve the secrets of magic. There is even an ancient "Magician's Oath", which is a kind of magician's code that practitioners of magic are expected to uphold. In its modern form is often worded as follows: "As a magician I promise never to reveal the secret of any illusion to a non-magician,unless that one swears to uphold the Magician's Oath in turn."I promise never to perform any...

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10 More of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World

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10 More of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameSelf-working card magic is often unfairly denigrated or overlooked. But it's not fair to dismiss the entire genre by generalizing from the mathematical atrocity we may have learned from our grandfather, or from the many painful self-working card tricks some of us have been brutalized with in our childhood. The truth is that self-working card tricks can be amazingly strong, so you just need to find the right ones.In a previous article I shared a list of ten outstanding self-working card tricks, which I consider to be the best of the best. But it's always tough to...

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Interview with Collector, Consultant, and Card Gaffer Don Boyer (The Deck Tailor)

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Interview with Collector, Consultant, and Card Gaffer Don Boyer (The Deck Tailor)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Don Boyer? I first came across Don Boyer a few years ago. It was in the early stages of my own hobby in collecting playing cards. I'd found a number of playing card communities and forums online, one of which was PlayingCardForum.com. When I asked what made this forum unique from others, I was told by several people: "Well, the advantage of PlayingCardForum is that it has Don Boyer".After joining there, it didn't take me long to figure out what they meant. Don Boyer is one of the most active members of the community there, and...

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