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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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Popular Self-Working Card Tricks for Complete Beginners

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Popular Self-Working Card Tricks for Complete Beginners

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIf you have a deck of playing cards, and are completely new to card magic, the first tricks you should learn are self-working tricks. No trick works completely automatically, of course, but this is a term that refer to tricks that don't rely on sleight of hand. That makes them super easy to learn and perform, so you'll be having fun showing these to your family and friends in no time!Many magic teachers recommend starting with self-workers, because then you can focus entirely on your presentation, which is essential to make card magic entertaining. We'll kickstart your...

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Why Children Should Try Card Magic

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Why Children Should Try Card Magic

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameBesides their obvious use for card games, one of the things that playing cards are most commonly used for is for magic. In recent years I've enjoyed doing some volunteer work that included teaching kids how to perform some simple card tricks and card flourishes. It's been inspiring and rewarding to see their enthusiasm and the impact it's had on their lives.If you're an adult that already enjoys exploring and performing card magic, you won't need any convincing that doing card magic is a good thing, and you'll be well aware of some of its benefits for...

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