It’s America’s Got
Talent Auditions Time!
Leigh just got back from AGT Auditions in LA and they are coming to PHOENIX Feb 24th. Go to agtauditions.com for details to register. Leigh and Mamata did well and had a blast. He even got interviewed for Entertainment Tonight tv show.
We have covered two sessions from the Royal Road to Card Magic. I confess, I am still learning some of this material for the first time. So far we have studied how to do the overhand shuffle. We have learned how to use the overhand shuffle to control a card or group of cards to the top or bottom of the deck while seemingly shuffling and mixing the cards.
We have learned the following tricks;
- Topsy Turvy(Half of a deck of cards is cut and reversed on top of the other half of the deck, yet magically the cards correct their orientation into the same direction.)
- APoker Players Picnic,(A spectator cuts the cards, into four piles and apparently has cut to the four Aces.)
- Pinkie Does It(A selected card is shuffled into the deck yet it rises up from the center of the deck.)
- Thought Stealer(A spectator mentally selects one of six face up randomly selected cards from a shuffled deck. The magicianshuffles the cards into the deck so that the spectator’s mentally selected card is revealed by spelling down to their thought of card.)
- Telepathic Cards(A spectator removes 5 cards of their choice with different values and mentally selects one of them. The magician shuffles each card into the deck while asking the spectator to merely think of their selection. Their thought of card is revealed by counting down from the top of the deck to its value.)
Next month, October 4th, we will learn the riffle shuffle and the riffle shuffle control, a few flourishes, and few tricks.
TIPS FROM THE PROs
“The most valuable piece of advice I received when I began learning card magic was to spend time perfecting one control, one palm and one double lift. I was told that with these three tools alone I could perform miracles. It was great advice.”
“Cards are not boring (they have no personality and, as bits of cardboard, can be neither interesting nor boring)
-it is the performer who breathes life into card effects.”
“Do not concentrate on the deck, concentrate on the spectators.
Avoid a closed position as much as possible, move the elbows out a bit, open up as much as can be done.”
“The most helpful thing for me in learning card magic was to try and develop a “soft touch”, and to handle the deck lightly. This is not, as might be imagined, a stylistic choice, but actually aids in the execution of most sleight of hand with cards. This doesn’t necessarily translate to the overall look of your handling — I am not one of those really graceful soft cardmen like Freeman or Skinner. It’s just that when learning new actions I think we tend to be tight, and have too much tension and pressure on the cards Relax and it will come faster and easier. ”
– Eric Mead
“Nothing disarms and deceives an astute spectator more than an unhurried and deliberate presentation executed in a relaxed manner with neatness and precision.”
See you there.
SAM 248 Treasurer
Questions call Jerry at
Wizard Magic Shop located inside Quite A Unique Boutique at Superstition Springs Mall will be moving to a larger store along with the other vendors. The new store will open September 1st and will be located under the food court. The larger store means more room for inventory, more room for people watching Leigh’s free magic shows on Saturdays at 2PM, and close to food court means more foot traffic.
Below are some photos on the empty store we are in the process of renovating.
Right Side where magic shop will be located.
The July 2017 LOTA is now online.
Get it HERE
HI FELLOW MAGICIANS:
IBM RING 55 IS PROUD TO PRESENT A LECTURE BY SHAWN FARQUHAR ON JULY 19, 2017 AT 7 P.M. AT LOCATION OF THE I.B.M. meeting………PUEBLO NORTE SENIOR LIVING VILLAGE 7090 E. MESCAL ST. SCOTTSDALE,AZ (NEAR SHEA & SCOTTSDALE RD)
His awards include being the only magician in history to win First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) for both Stage and Sleight of Hand, twiceCanadian Association of Magicians Magician of the Year, First Place at the Society of American Magicians annual magic convention competition, three Silver (2nd Place) awards, and a First (World Championship) in Card Magic and the Grand Prix World Championship for Close Up at FISM, the “Olympics of Magic”. In August 2009, he won his most prestigious prize at the FISM World Championship of Magic in Beijing. On May 1, 2010, the Canadian Association of Magicians once again named him Canadian Magician of the Year, making him the only two-time recipient of their most prestigious award.
Originating from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Farquhar travels the world extensively performing and lecturing for magicians and consults for TV shows and motion pictures. He has appeared on the cover of the largest magic publications in Asia, Europe and North America. He has appeared on stages all over the world, including the Riveria, Las Vegas, Opera House, Blackpool and Orpheum, Vancouver.
He is a Past President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Canadian Association of Magicians and Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.
THIS WILL BE A GREAT LECTURE YOU WONT WANT TO MISS.
MEMBERS FREE………GUEST AND NON MEMBERS …..$20.00
Wacky Zack’s Magic
Opening Date TBA!
To Our Wonderful & Amazing Customers!
We will NOT be open June 1st as we originally planned!
We are very sorry it is taking longer to open our new shop that we had planned. Being a small Mom & Pop operation it is very hard to get all that needs to be done! However, we are making great progress and we hope to have the new shop open very soon!
We are also going to be hosting a special closeout event starting next week at our old Greenway location. We will have lots of things priced to sell! From Illusions big and small to some inexpensive jokes and magic tricks we just don’t have a place for in our new shop. If you would like to be on a special VIP list for this please send us an email response with the word CLOSEOUT and we will be sure to blast our invitation out to you first… It will be first come first serve and when items are gone they are gone… A few things we will be offering are as follows! Remember CASH is king and we will be looking to make deals! We will also have some fixture items available for sale as well…
- Tip Over Trunk 200
- Top Hat Tip Over Trunk 250
- Sword Cabinet 500
- A Sub Trunk (needs work) 100
- MUCH MUCH MORE!!!
More details to come