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.

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…

Duration: 5 session 10 hours total Price 100€

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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)

 

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

REVIEWS

“I took his workshop series, and absolutely loved it. This is a great mixture of teaching great concepts, and applicable effects, and  the way he teaches makes you absorb the most you can. This was my favourite course ever, and I’d highly recommend it.” F.B.
 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION