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So it begins… again.
Dears readers, you may have noticed I didn’t write a post during most of 2016, that is called “a break”, it is something we magicians do but it is secret stuff and I am not supposed to talk about it here.
I’ve committed myself to keep feeding the blog for 2017 at a gentle pace of one post per month (that makes 12 posts in case you are not keen on the Gregorian Calendar).
As the previous era of the blog the posts will be magic related, but they are written both for magicians and healthy people (aka laymen) to read.
I don’t ask you to share those posts so this site remains kind of a secret and unknown place for the mainstream**
Thanks for joining me!
*I am not in any way suggesting that you don't like magic.
** This is the kind of state of the art reverse psychology we magicians are known for.
We can always choose to show off with our instrument, and it really doesn’t take that much time to be able to do it, we can collect moves and licks, develop our amazing speed and precision. Give ourselves to the discipline of finger building and receive our compliment and “wows” when we perform. There is other way to approach it…
“Magic begins with resistance, at the point where resistance is overcome.” It was that night in Madrid of 1954 when everything changed. I was not there but I’ve heard the tale many times and I’ve recreated it in my mind many more. The great Fred Kaps (1926-1980) was there performing a clandestine close-up session for a little crowd. They were…
It seems that the art of magic has to do with getting spectators attribute an impossible and fascinating meaning to the ordinary things they are actually witnessing. In order to manipulate the spectator mind, or rather, in order to make the spectator manipulate his own mind, the magician first must know how his own mind works because it is something…
“The XXIst century TV magician is an actor playing the part of a magician, who pretends that the guy he’s asking to freely select a card is not another actor playing the part of a spectator” Well I guess everyone can interpret Houdin the way they want… Don’t get me wrong, I do like some magicians who occasionally perform on…
It’s been a few months already, always talking about magic, magic this, magic that, blah blah blah… IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO DO SOME MAGIC!! This is a Magic Ritual, grab any deck you have at hand and join me for five minutes, if you do this right it may help you to achieve an unspeakable desire* of yours.…
Based on my personal experience my advice would be not to try out an Ace Assembly routine, it just dosen’t work. I’ve done some research and up to date it has not been reported a single magician who got laid after performing any version of the Ace Assembly. Sorry I cannot give further advice on this particular subject. Thanks for reading!!…
Magic* is a lie that makes us realize the truth. Pablo Picasso This quote defines art/magic as a metaphor that points to something deeper. However, I think it can be easily misinterpreted, Art is not meant to be a tool to indoctrinate “our truth”. I believe when we try to explicit “our deeper message” through what we do, the result is…
The principles of true magic* are not to portray, but to evoke. Jerzy Kosinski Lately I’ve been thinking how inexhaustible, rich and evoking the old Plots in magic are. Like “The general card (Metamorphosis)”, “Everywhere and Nowhere”, “Remember and Forget”, “The Miser’s Dream”, “The Sympathetic Cards”… these titles are in their own truly evoking and stimulating, imagination flies just by…
This will be nothing new to many but it has taken me a while to realize this, I believe the next revolution in card magic technique will come (or is already coming) from cardistry. Just as it happened before with the techniques from the card table. Those damn kids push everyday a little further the border of what it is possible to do with a deck of cards, looking for impossible combinations of movements without the constraint of looking for a practical use for them. Eventually we magicians will fully take advantage of that work, not to replace the old techniques, which are as great today as they were decades ago, but to incorporate them to our toolbox.
I am a layman in cardistry but I find there an enormous source of new ideas for card magic techniques, and new possibilities are created every day. I am not talking about that now we have to display dexterity and juggle with cards, not at all. Just as we didn’t have to pretend to be clumsy as gamblers do, we don’t have to do fancy cuts or sculptures with cards. It is not a matter of discovering a new way to do magic, but of enriching our technical capabilities. Sure most of cardistry work is not suitable for magic purposes, but still the source of new ideas is great. The exploration of those new digital mechanics, possibilities of the cards, improvements in coordination and “fingerbuilding” will inspire new sleights conceived specifically to resolve magic problems that are unthinkable now (see Tony Chang’s amazing work). Not necessary only for close-up, but for parlor or stage magic as well.
Now it makes little sense to me that rivalry between magic and cardistry. There are plenty of magicians who are not interested in magic, we don’t need more of those. If a boy is not interested in magic, but he is passionate about cards the best thing for him to do is focusing in cardistry, the best for ALL. Even if cardartists have no interest in magic we should have some interest in their work, if only in our own benefit. It is like having an enthusiastic army of young researchers exploring new possibilities with cards 24/7, and they do it for free (some of them may look arrogant and haughty, it is still a cheap price to pay).
I am not a big fan of juggling aimed to overcome extreme difficulty, but juggling aimed to express beauty is something else. That’s why I enjoy much more three balls juggling acts that other proposals more complicated from the technical point of view. Lately I’ve seen cardistry pieces that express beauty effortlessness and I am attracted to that, at least as a spectator.
My good friend Mario Lopez discovered to me Noel Heath, a Martian disguised as a human teenager, and I think he is absolutely insane.
Thanks for reading!