ONLINE WORKSHOP

BUILDING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Theoretical and practical workshop on construction in Magic, the art of choosing and structuring methods to make them as deceptive as possible.

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The workshop consists in 5 sessions.

Total duration of 10 hours.

Price 100€

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Theoretical concepts will be introduced progressively in each class. Although the contents are interconnected, each class is self-contained. Reference will be made to other relevant concepts when appropriate, even if they are not the ones to be explored in deep in that corresponding class

Examples and exercises will be proposed, both to work during the class and to as homework

In each class, at least one routine from my repertoire will be explained and analyzed. The routines require a medium level of skill so the student is assumed to have basic technical knowledge. The material needed for each session will be specified. They will be, for the most part, basic and easily improvisable objects such as cards, coins, cups and balls…

Clarification for the of the time schedule

20:00 (or 8 pm) GMT+2 equals 14:00 (or 2pm) in Eastern Standard Time (GMT-4), this session is most likely for you if you connect from America (or Europe)

12:00 (or midday) GMT+2 equals to 18:00 (or 6pm) in Beijing/Taiwan time (GMT+8), this session is most likely for you if you connect from Asia (or Europe)

SESSION I: THE CRAFT OF SPLITTING REALITY

Table of Contents:

         The characteristics of magic as an artistic
discipline and implications

         Construction: choosing and structuring the
secret method

         General scheme and concepts: External Life /
Internal Life

       General principles of construction

       The brain and false assumptions

       False points of departure and illusions

       Methodological analysis of an effect from the false assumption

       Problem: Solving the method for an effect

       Problem: Finding the effects of a method 

In depth study routine: Attention test

Required materials: Standard decks (2), coins (4), a pen / marker with a cap, Double face card (1), Double back card (1)

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SESSION II: THE CRAFT OF HIDING IN BROAD LIGHT

Table of Contents:

       The method: concept and classifications

       Memory: mechanisms, coding, storing and retrieving. False Memories.

       Information management

       Coverage: Concept and types of mechanisms

       Further development of the principle of clarity

       Exercise: Develop a solution for a new structure for the Chicago opener.

In depth study routine: CTC

Analysis of previous class problems: Coincidences routine

Required materials: Standard decks (1) and an odd backed card

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SESSION III: THE CRAFT OF FADING THE CAUSE OF EFFECT

       Structuring the method in time

       Causality: 3 strategies to attack it

       Method exploitation and reserve of power

         Distribution of difficulties

       Formal unity

       Representing the method in time

Exercise: Chicago Opener solutions

In depth study routine: Streamlined Cups&Balls

Material required: standard deck, cups(3), small balls (2) and big loads
(2), and coins (4)

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SESSION IV: THE CRAFT OF GOING UNNOTICED

       Analyzing the method at the level of actions

       Concatenated movements

       Tension and relaxation

       Method that builds itself

In depth study routines: Coins & Cord, Intuition Poker

Material: Deck, Double
Backer, Double Facer, Chinese coins (4) & Cord

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SESSION V: THE CRAFT OF CHOOSING THE MOST UNLIKELY WEAPON

       Technique and gimmicks

       Gimmicks focused on the effect VS the method

       Resources that favor construction

       Susceptibility of slow execution

         Freer principles – unique methods

       Multipurpose moves

In depth study routine: Twisting Transpo

Material: Deck, Double and a Double Facer

 

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