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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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How Well Do You Know Your Playing Cards?

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How Well Do You Know Your Playing Cards?

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame The Amazing Colour Changing Card Trick To start off, I need you to do a quick exercise. Don't worry, it's not difficult, and I promise you're going to love this. I want you to watch this short video clip called the "Colour Changing Card Trick" which starts with a blue-backed deck of playing cards. Some of my readers have experience with card magic, but even if you catch the moves or know how this works, I think you'll enjoy this a lot: So did you catch the moves? Or were you completely fooled, and did the...

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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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7 More Top Marked Decks

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7 More Top Marked Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Coded System Marked Decks Marked decks are a very special tool, because they contain a variety of secrets that helps magicians perform amazing tricks that would never otherwise be possible. You do not need to learn any complex moves that take a long time to master, because you can use the markings on the card backs to identify cards, and this enables you to accomplish apparent miracles with relative ease.The markings on marked decks typically come in two main forms: reader systems and coded systems. Reader systems are very straight forward to use, because somewhere hidden on the...

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7 Top Marked Decks

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7 Top Marked Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Marked Deck Basics What is a marked deck? Shh, don't tell anybody. But it's true that magicians and mentalists sometimes use marked decks. A marked deck is a deck with secret marks on the back of the card, that allow you to identify the value and suit on the opposite side, just by looking at the card back.How does a marked deck work? There are two main types of marked decks that you'll commonly find being produced commercially: reader systems and coded systems. Marked decks with reader systems are what you'd expect: hidden somewhere in the back design, if you...

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