Nov 27, 2008
The picture above is a spoon bent by one of the most famous spoon benders in history Uri Geller. He is a magician who claims to have supernatural powers and apparently he had made a lot of money putting up shows that supposedly shows his psychic powers.
However when he was asked to do it for a live audience on national TV with all the props supplied by the show itself he wasn't able to perform any of those apparently psychic feats. His reason for not being to be able to do so was he said that he wasn't feeling powerful that night.
Anyway I saw a lot of magicians actually doing this trick and many times I see the same type of bending. It usually goes wave spoon-bend-bent spoon-rubbed-spoon breaks in two. I find this quite boring and totally not amazing because instead of entertaining audiences some turn this into a boring pseudo-science class.
Some who perform this would say that they're channeling mental energies. into the metal piece that's why it bends. So it's mental to the metal ok anything else? Of course this would go on saying more and more uninteresting and boring things.
Well claiming it as a scientific thing is really quite annoying in my opinion. They claim that psychokinesis in bending spoons is real etc. and this is really misleading especially to those who are not that knowledgeable with the studies on psychic abilities.
Another is how some of these mental tricks are actually psychological ones, well some of course are really psychological ones but there are who claims that even though it is simply not. I remember watching someone who did a trick that guessed the cards in a spectator's hands.
He said that he was reading the cards via body language. For all I know he could be using a special deck in the first place or even worse a "shiner" to see what those cards are. I really don't know but that was one boring trick.
Anyway I have nothing against the tricks, it's just that the way some present them are really boring or even worse misleading. Yes a lot of magic tricks are meant to mislead but only your imagination and not the real facts of life in this world.
Nov 26, 2008
Yeah the first line of the title really sounds desperate. Yes Desperation is actually an anagram of "A rope ends it"and a lot of us has felt despair one way or another but if you are reading this it means that you haven't ended yours yet with a rope. Good for you because for me if you give me enough I'll end your desperation by using rope too.
No I'm not hanging you or anything! If you give me enough rope maybe we could end your desperation if you let me show you a trick or two with it. If we are both desperate the better because we'll be learning that it's not by the rope around the neck that will end it rather it will be by the rope on skillful hands that would make you believe that no matter how impossible a thing is to achieve as long as you believe you'll be able to achieve it. (Ok this is redundant but you get my point right?)
Honestly I have always wanted to do some rope magic. Although I don't get to practice it a lot I have a lot of methods right here in my head ready to be performed even with borrowed rope. I'm not bragging or maybe I am but maybe I should just be performing rather than bragging right?
Well hopefully I could get some rope to practice on but I must be careful with it because the moment I get mad at a heckler I might be showing a trick: Bind the heckler. Anyway until then my rope magic still has to wait.
Nov 25, 2008
Why is the Ace of Spades bigger than the other Aces?
Well this thing about cards is a classic whenever one performs Vernon's Twisting the Aces. Apparently it is only in USA and UK wherein the Ace of Spades is the biggest among all the other aces. In other countries it is the diamonds or the hearts that is bigger or has a more elaborate design.
Speaking of which why does the Ace of Spades has sometimes more elaborate designs that those of the others? Well apparently in History playing cards were once taxed and in order to show that they have paid their taxes they placed it on a card. They did this because if the plastic wrap or the seal is destroyed when a new card deck is opened usually the seal that you have paid the tax is also broken.
Of course as time went by the tax was abolished but making elaborate designs on the Ace of spades remained.
So that's it a little random fact about playing cards.
Maybe I need to wait and listen to myself and to the universe as well on their plans for me. Too bad I can't find the time to do this especially now that I've become too busy with work. So for the meantime I'll just check myself to see if I'm still ok.
Maybe I need to vanish myself or the time being or if not maybe I need to spend it with my closest friends. Or maybe I just need to know what bothers me right now so I could get back to my life.
That's why I searched all over the internet to look for personality quizzes and stuff and so far this is what I found that mirrors more or less myself right now.
|I took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!|
"Needs a peaceful environment. Wants release from s..."
Oh well I hope to get a grip on myself soon.
Nov 24, 2008
Joshua Jay is an American Magician who always has very fresh ideas for magic. According to his website he started magic when his father showed him a tricks and he himself figured out how the trick was done after a few hours. He always says that he didn't find magic it was magic who found him.
As one of the best young magicians out there he always innovates the tricks that most magicians already know or he even creates his own new tricks. Besides having a creative mind he also writes books and some of these have been published already in different languages.
He also knows how to speak French and Spanish (just like me only difference is I look better LOL) that's why he is one of my favorite magicians. Not all could speak more than two languages and those who do are blessed.
His presentation style is really captivating and he always make sure that the audiences are always engaged with his act. Watching videos of him doing magic makes me more determined to become a better magician.
My favorite tricks of him include
1. Waltzing Cheek to Cheek
3. Chinese Coin Challenge
5. and a whole lot more
His tricks are very good and as much as I try to figure it out I just don't because I'd rather enjoy watching it. As his website says "The secret is right in front of you" so you don't need to try look for it anymore.
Well that's just it hopefully in a few years I'll be in a level same as him and I think knowing more than two languages is a good start now all I have to do is work better in magic and my boyband projection just like in the photo above LOL.
Nov 23, 2008
Honestly I have always wanted to buy an instant download product to learn a new trick or two. Even though I could buy online for stuff I'm having hesitations on these kinds of products because it might not be worth my money to begin with. Yes you are buying a secret when you buy an instant download but are you sure it is something really new and aren't there any free copies of it from the internet? Also why should I buy a secret if I could watch it over and over to learn it?
Well that brings me again to why I should buy it. Well yes you could get it by watching it over and over again but the problem is the methods you might be thinking of may be really wrong for the trick and wouldn't it be better to spend more time practicing it after learning than trying to learn the secret?
After thinking about that I decided to give it a try and to buy one from penguin magic. After I decided which one to buy I filled out this form and too bad I can't get an instant download because they do not ship to this country. I mean come on, you get the product via the internet so that should mean that anyone could get it anywhere anytime right? Too bad I can't so I abandoned the thought and decided to e-mail them at least to let them know.
What happened next is really more disappointing and annoying. After spending minutes writing a letter explaining what happened and pressing send on the screen, my e-mail bounced back and apparently my e-mail didn't reach them. I was really frustrated with what has happened and I promised to myself that I'll do the best that I can to get this to penguin magic's attention and it includes this post in my blog.
So I hope this reaches them and appropriate action could be taken.
Nov 19, 2008
I watched a few episodes and as always I enjoyed every episode of it. It was so cool watching all those elemental manipulations that would have made great magic if it was really possible to do. Watching a few episodes made me realize how time flies so fast that when I looked at the clock it was past 8 already and at any time the others would arrive
Anyway there was a certain episode when one of the character Iroh teaches his nephew Zuko, a new technique in firebending. It was emphasized that one should learn from other places so that one could be whole and to avoid the rigidity of staleness of some things.
So that's it a Eureka moment for me. I gained some new wisdom about things and surely it could be applied to magic. Now I'll be looking not only magic from one point of view but from other views as well. This thought lead me to branching out my magic not only focusing on sleight of hand and visual effects.
That lead me to study mentalism. I have downloaded some free e-books about it and I hope i could pull off some mind reading and psychological persuasion tricks to some people. Also studying mentalism gave me some new insight on how to interact better with audiences.
I do hope I could learn a lot from mentalism so that I'll be a better magician.
Nov 18, 2008
Until one of my friends asked me to do a walkaround magic show on a birthday party. I was asked if I could perform for the guests and I didn't hesitate when I said yes. Of course it would be a great opportunity for me to show my skills at the same time to assess myself in case I would be doing shows in the future.
It was good that the Birthday party will have a theme and from there I was actually able to draft a routine for each table consisting of tricks that are simple to understand yet very mind boggling. Since it is walkaround and table hopping style I opted for tricks that are not too flashy, to avoid people from the other table from being disturbed while the show is going on in another table.
I hope to complete the line up at the end of this week so that I could go practice for the remaining weeks before that day. I hope I could pull it off as a magician and leave a good impression on the guests so that in the future I could share more of the magic with other people.
Nov 17, 2008
I just want to write posts about magicians who may not be that known but who are very good when it comes to magic.
So let me begin these series of posts by featuring one of the best magicians out there: Jorge Blass
I've discovered about him actually when I was searching in youtube some good magic. I'm so tired already of all those David Blaine and Criss Angel tricks when I decided to use the Spanish word "Magia" in the searchbox in youtube.There I discovered Nada x Aqui a magic show in Spain that combines Close-up, Street and Practical Jokes. The best part is when the hosts would perform their magic and of course it's always a treat to see Jorge Blass in action. His Close up magic is really very good and even though you're not actually watching it live, it feels like you're very near watching it.
He also does some street magic and his effects are very fun to watch. It is so different from the usual Street Magic that you see in TV wherein the audiences are usually frightened by what the magician did. With him it is always fun and what's best about it is that you are left with a good impression that magicians shouldn't be feared.
So if you want to know more about Jorge Blass you could visit his site at this link.
Nov 16, 2008
Club Magicians by Magicians.com has recently opened it's magic shop. so it means that the definitive group of magicians by magicians, won't only be providing a place for magicians to exchange ideas, but also will provide the necessary material to magicians.
Thanks to Ryan Ogaard a new online magic shop is here, which is really aimed for magicians, both beginner and advanced. I myself had been witness on how this shop came to be. From it's conception and planning, until the final stages of fine tuning, until its opening.
If you would visit the shop, you will be amazed on how much material there is in the shop. Ranging from beginner's kits up to the latest in magic. Their products are all of the best standards because it comes from the best magic suppliers from all over the world. The way the products are categorized makes it easy for anyone to find products that they like.
Overwhelmed by the number of products? Want to find products according to your level of experience? Don't worry the experience filter will help you find the products that suit your level as a magician, whether you're a beginner or an expert.
You're a magician who wants new material or just want to improve your skills? Then try the DVDs section where there are over a hundred DVDs from world Class Magicians like Jeff Mcbride. Joshua Jay. Jay Sankey. Daryl and a lot more. Also there are a lot of new materials that would stun even the most doubtful of audiences.
Have you seen the latest trick by Criss Angel or David Blaine? Well it would be good if you have seen them but wouldn't it be nice if you could perform it for your friends too? Try visiting the As Seen on TV section and impress your friends with magic that they know and would want to experience first hand.
So if you're an aspiring magician or a magician who wants only the best material, go visit Magicians.com Shop to find the best products that suit your taste and your level. This shop really lives up to its dream to share the magic all over the world.
Nov 12, 2008
I've been scouring the Internet this past few days for some inspiration on magic. Youtube has always been a good source but it is tiring to find a good video. I really don't know why those who end up at the top of search results are usually those that are boring.
Good thing though there are a lot of online magic shops that has good videos wherein I could get a lot of new ideas. These online shops of course only shows the best magicians in truly amazing routines. Of course they do it that way so that they will have more profit LOL. No seriously online shops need that for the profit.
Anyway after watching videos from certain online shops, I've actually got new ideas and actually new tricks. As a magician, after watching a trick and appreciating it, finding out how it's done is the next step for it.
I've been a magician for quite a long time and knowing it's essentials make it easy for me to actually know how a tricks is done. It may not be the exact method but recreating the effect is something achievable by knowing the essentials.
Anyway I got some new tricks, not up my sleeve though, ready to be performed as soon as I have perfected them.
Nov 11, 2008
Whenever I visit online magic shops or websites related to magic, I notice that some of them offers you free tricks if you sign up for their website. Signing up would usually give you access to a free trick and more often than not you'll learn a trick or two and maybe you would want to learn even more.
Well that's what they really want, they teach you a trick or two then they'll teach you the rest but of course for a fee. I really wouldn't say that I totally agree with this kind of arrangement but in my opinion it could be the best so far.
Since magic heavily relies on secrets, it wouldn't be good if all these secrets would be revealed for free. It might be the end of magic as we know it, if ever all those tricks are revealed for free. The only thing I don't like about it is that some tricks are overpriced and maybe the reason for that is you don't only buy the trick you also buy it's secret. (Read more about my experience in buying the secret here)
It is quite disappointing but a magician once told me that most tricks have high prices to discourage non magicians form buying them. Although true I really don't agree with it. wholeheartedly because most of the time, you don't get your money's worth and secondly you also discourage aspiring magicians . Maybe because those who sell tricks have that goal is to make more profit rather than make better magicians.
For example a gaffed card could cost you from $10.00- $30.00 over the internet and all the while you could make one on your own. I have my own experience with those cards, basically there is a store here that sells a trick which uses three gaffed cards for PhP150 (around $3.00) quite cheap for some but it would be cheaper if you'll make your own and the fact that those gaffed cards are only limited to one impractical trick makes it really disappointing. Also the fact that the cards aren't long lasting makes it even worse.
Because of that disappointment, I decided that in order for aspiring magicians to be more encouraged I started writing a blog with the essential sleights and a little of history in magic. I also included tips and tricks so that they could maximize the tricks taught there.
Wait I know you're thinking that if I'm a magician, why do I reveal these tricks? Well I don't because all tricks are password protected and I only give a the password to those who are willing to learn magic. That's the only fee I ask from them as well as they should keep the secrets of magic. Moreover The tricks I put there are in public domain books.
So if you really want to learn magic you may check my blog here and follow the instructions and I hope I encourage you to learn magic not just know its secrets.
Nov 10, 2008
Here are my two new blogs
Learn Classic Tricks
Here I post magic lessons from basic sleights to easy tricks. Most posts are password protected though and you must follow first the instructions on how you'll learn those tricks.
For Advance Magicians
Here is where I post tips and reviews for certain magic products, including effects, props, DVDs, books etc. I also post reviews here of TV specials as well as magician's routines.
I hope you support my two new blogs and subscribe in as a reader.
Nov 9, 2008
So went around the mall and we soon found that store. At first you won't notice that they sell magic stuff because the first thing you'll see are the Swiss knives and other special knives. The magic props are to be found on one part of the store.
I browsed through the decks they have and I was actually quite delighted (even though I don't use special decks due to the fact that they are so expensive) to see those decks that I usually see only in internet shops. Behind the decks, I've found something more interesting: books.
I was surprised to see Mark Wilson's Complete Course on Magic there as much as I would like to have that book, I was really short of cash. I also saw some DVDs like Trilogy by the Buck Brothers. I know these DVDs are expensive since these are original ones.
Anyways what I like about this shop is that they sell stuff that are not cheap imitations and at least their high prices are justified by it. It is a good break from all the other shops around Metro Manila. However their product range isn't that extensive and their staff is not as friendly.
All you could find there are card decks, A PK set, some books and a few DVDs. I don't think they sell beginner sets either. Maybe their target are those magicians of intermediate to advanced level. I may still have to compare prices though at internet shops because they might be charging too much.
Anyways at least it's a good sign that the latest magic hopefully would be available here in this country.
My two blogs are very different from each other ,one talks about magic, the other teaches French. I think it's obvious why this blog gets less hits than my other blog: this blog is less appealing because it is not as useful as my other blog. It is a personal magic experience blog and maybe people find it boring since they don't see the point in reading magic. They want to LEARN tricks and know the METHODS but that's against my beliefs. I've had a blog once that teaches magic but I have to put it down because I felt guilty doing it.
Anyway it's just a thought, what matters is that both my blogs gets hits at least there are people that is interested in my writing.
Nov 6, 2008
Lucky for me I understand Spanish that's why I really like this show. It is a different twist from the usual magic,usually the magic shows on TV are patterned after Blaine or Angel that's why watching a show that actually entertains rather than mystifies.
This show has a lot of elements that make it very interesting. Besides the usual magicians on the show, they also invite magicians from all over the world to perform at their show. Guest magicians who have performed there include Pit Harting, Lennart Green and Paul Daniels.
Besides the magical performances on studio they also show street magic and hidden camera magic. Their street magic is actually refreshing compared to the usual stuff. Their hidden camera magic is really funny especially when they go to other countries to film it.
The tricks presented in the show are actually not the same stuff that you always see on other shows. Besides street magic has been overrated already by some magicians who always appear to be mysterious. Nada x Aqui has shown that Street magic is not about mystifying, it is about entertaining.
Watching videos of it on youtube made me realize that magic is not all about the grand things. Sometimes the most subtle tricks are the best to impress an audience. Presentation is more important and seeing you audience smile rather than terrified is a sign that you are an entertainer rather than just a trickster.
Nov 5, 2008
I had been soul searching this past few days. Many of you might know why I am doing it. To find myself once more I read through my older blog entries, even those that dated back in 2006 (that is when I started blogging) in livejournal. Anyway I've discovered and rediscovered myself from reading my older blog entries.
Some entries made me smile, some even made me laughed. Seeing what I have written made me see what I really felt back then. Although it felt awkward, I still continued reading hoping to find new insights on my life as I know it.
Reading those entries made me realize how forgetful I am or at least whatever doesn't affect my present, I can't remember much anymore. For example I didn't know that I used a username "argent" in one of my "lost" blogs. Along with all my older rants on a lot of things, that I can't remember that I have written, I really can't remember why I wrote some of them. Anyway I find that helpful for me because that means that I had moved on from the past.
This brings me to my second realization. Reading through my blog entries made me realize how I evolved in a sense on how I formed my identity. At that time, I was more into anime (like 70% more) than into magic I saw myself from the over anime loving Jordan into the more mature Magician Jordan. Maybe it's just me, whatever I am in to, it influences me and my personality. For example the anime Jordan is idealistic, just like most anime heroes. Becoming the magician made me look at things not as they are. Now I analyze things and see the reality that not all things are ideal, no matter how much you try to make them.
Realizing this I looked at myself again from both my past self , my present self and my future self. I have these characteristics from my past self that has disappeared in my present self. For example I used to believe that everyone is inherently good but now after a few years I have learned to believe that there are people who will use you for their personal gain. Another is before I am the type of person who tackled problems in a way that I swayed with it to avoid conflict. Now I learned how to be headstrong and tackle the problem head on because I learned that being too passive will not get you anywhere. Now I take action so that I won't be left behind.
Of course some characteristics simply just faded away and the bad thing about it is that some of these characteristics are good and could have helped me face my current problems. This the main reason why I tried finding my past, to see how I got through problems that were worse than what I have now. How I wish I could meet my old self and ask him what would he do if I were him.
1.Mandrake the Magician
Created in 1934 by Lee Falk (the same guy who created The Phantom) Mandrake uses an impossibly fast hypnotic technique to create illusions to battle the lowliest gangster up to aliens and demons. One magician actually adapted his Pencil-thin Moustache and Top hat and there's no doubt they look the same. He is Leon Mandrake
2. Doctor Fate
Doctor Fate may not look like your average magician, because his powers came from a certainlord of magic: Nabu who is from Egypt. He was trained in the art of not only any magic but magic of the highest order. He could manipulate objects using that kind of magic. I don't know if anyone would adapt his costume.
She is a descendant from a long line of magicians including, Da Vinci, Flanel and Nostradamus. Before discovering she was a real magician, she worked as a stage illusionist. Using spells she combats evil along with other magicians.
There are more magician superheroes out there and it might take me more than one entry to list them all. I wrote about them because they had made magic not only for stage, but also for comics and TV series as well.
Thinking of this, I started imagining, what If I have real superpowers? What would it be and how will I use them. Then all of a sudden I started daydreaming of how nice it is I have those super powers.
I thought how nice would it be if I know how to teleport from one place to another. If I did then I wouldn't have to pay for my transport fares and maybe I could go anywhere I want. On the side of magic, I could actually make an even better version of the transported man.
Another is what if I could be invisible or at least make thing invisible? Then I wouldn't be worrying about angles if I make things vanish right? (I actually now have the power to read minds and I know that if you could be invisible, the first thing you will do is to go somewhere where you are not allowed to go, to watch some things.)
Well we all know that I don't have those powers and what I do just gives an illusion that I could do those extraordinary things, but come to think of it, isn't it extraordinary too if we could make the people around us forget the harsh realities of life even for just a minute? Seeing them smile is a proof that they believed even for a few seconds that you do have super powers.
Actually putting a smile on their faces is something extraordinary too and I think that is a superpower that we all have.
Nov 4, 2008
I've been playing with a few rubber bands as of the moment. I was practicing my usual tricks with it and when I got bored, I just started stretching them. Trying to make sense of what I was doing, I then remembered something about people and rubber bands.
I've heard once that people are like rubber bands. When rubber bands are stretched they can only be stretched up to a certain length and the moment it reaches its limit, it would either go back into its original form or it would just snap. Just like rubber bands, people when put into a lot of stress either goes back or snaps.
Stretching these rubber bands made me realize what I am really feeling right now: being stretched. I've been stretched to much with problems and frustrations from work especially. I'm trying my best to stretch myself even more trying not to snap amidst the pressure combined with the realization that I should be in another job. What I'm talking about is a usual office day job and I'm not a professional magician so don't worry I'm not planning on quitting magic. (A magician? Why not but of course I need a more stable job than that.)
If I will write all the things about my work that stretches me to the limits, it might take me a whole day writing about it. Besides I think it's not worth the bandwidth and space on my blog. (How I wish I had studied escapology so that I could just escape through all of this.)
Well so much for philosophizing, ranting and comparing myself to rubber bands. I'm more than a rubber band and I know I could surpass even my own limits. So for now I'll let you enjoy an older blog entry with tricks with rubber bands.
Nov 2, 2008
Of course some people would say that there is trickery or it's just that my hands are fast. When I hear that I just smile back at them.
Well an annoying situation might be when someone says how you do the trick although more often than not that person really doesn't know how the trick is done. I've actually heard someone once when I've performed said that it's more fun when he solves the trick.
Ok I'll leave you to your happiness but as far as I know you may know ho it is done but surely you'll never be able to do it. Also I've heard that same guy explained to the person on his side how it is done but as I was listening to him I just laughed from the inside because what he was saying was really a different method for a trick. I was doing an Ambitious Card routine at that time but when he saw me placed the chosen card face up on the center and having it come back to the top, really he just stood there silent and maybe embarassed that he tried to expose me.
So to all magicians out there, don't be afraid of those heclers who says they know how to do a trick. Usually what I do is show them a "sucker trick" wherein a trick might seem to go wrong only to find out in the end that the trick is working fine all along.
Also I try not to present a challenge for this "know it all" type of people, doing this might make them more observant and even to nosey that they will roam around as you do your trick, viewing some angles that might give away your trick.
To sum it all, just remember that when dealing with those know it all hecklers just remember that no matter what they say that they know the trick, they can never do it because nothing equates a magicians dedication and hardwork that has been put into a trick.