MyMagic eNewsletter #1,102
May 6, 2023
When I started my gambling related websites, I was warned by the people in the business that when gamblers have money, they rather gamble with it, than spend it on becoming better gamblers. Which turned out to be true. Most of my customers are magicians and playing card collectors.
The same can be said about magicians. Most magicians, including me, like to perform and learn magic rather than work on becoming better magicians.
I picked up two booklets at the 4F convention just for the people who want to become better magicians. The first is by Quentin Reynolds below, and the other will likely be introduced to you in a week or two. Oh… both are autographed.
I was also able to get more copies of Quentin’s Confabulating Confabulation which quickly sold out every time I offered it to you.
Read what I wrote about it previously: HERE and HERE.
►How To Present Yourself To An Audience:
The booklet is subtitled “Tips and Tactics That Will Elevate Your Act to the Next Level,” and is crammed with tips and suggestions that will make a huge difference to your performance.
Discussions include: How to develop your character, What is your style?, Do your clothes actually suit you?, Tips on being seen and heard, Tips on making eye contact when you can’t see the audience, How to walk onto a stage, Eliminating distractions so the focus is on you, How to correctly hold a microphone, How to take a call and get maximum applause, How to develop and script your show, Three types of pausing and how to use them effectively, and much more.
Get one: HERE
The routine then begins with a spectator naming where Quentin’s rash is, a second spectator names what he did to cure it and a third spectator names how long it took to go away.
Another spectator is then asked up on stage and is shown a bunch of rubber banded letters and postcards. One of the envelopes is from Quentin’s grandmother and includes a full letter written to him about his health… the spectator reads the letter which talks about the location of the rash, what was done to cure it and how long it took. The letter matches everything the spectators said.
The routine is now over… except for two kicker endings. The letter is signed by his grandmother and her name is exactly what a previous spectator said. And inside the envelope is some cash, which is the exact amount the other spectator said.
Besides the kicker ending and a bonus prediction the method eliminated the need for double writing and carbon paper. It also makes possible for the prediction to be on a full-size paper which is more logical to be found in an envelope.
Get one: HERE
This is one of the rare, seemingly impromptu routines that puts a smile on people’s faces.
You begin by borrowing a Quarter from someone and drawing a sad face on it while explaining that coins can sometimes reflect the emotions of their owners.
To make the coin feel better by rubbing it, it begins smiling when the sad face changes into a happy one! Another wave, and the coin changes to a very happy grinning face as you hand it back to the person you borrowed it from as a souvenir.
The tutorial includes Michael’s original routine, his new streamlined handling, and Meir’s simple handling.
Watch and buy: HERE
►New eBay Auctions:
Just added 18 magic books, lecture notes and tricks to my eBay auctions. Some are autographed. They will all expire on Sunday.
Direct link to my eBay auctions: HERE
Direct link to my eBay store: HERE
►Sunday May 14, 4pm: Appearing in Comix at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Tickets: HERE
Stay happy, Meir
PS: Sold out of the Bannon book immediately after sending the last newsletter. I will be receiving another case on Monday (no more autographs though). You can sign up for notifications: HERE
“Merely to be acquainted with the basic secret of a card trick, in no way qualifies you to perform it. Few people realize that even a simple trick in the hands of a capable performer can become a minor miracle.”
…Dai Vernon (Close-Up Card Magic, 1962)
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