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Postby Craig Browning » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:12 pm



philnitro wrote:Hi my name is Phil Nitro and i did have C.U.P.S

Luckily I have recovered. :)
Was advised to what books and research is worth every penny, which ended up being 2 books. I've had my head in them since and I dont feel the need in having to spend loads of money on gimmicks when i can learn and practise what i've been reading. E.G. Sleights.. learn it properly and you dont need gimmicks to vanish items.
Brilliant.... I'm cured!


Baby, if you're into magic you never recover for CUPS... ask any of us that have been involved since the 50s or 60s... :?

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Postby willthong » Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:50 am

I was wondering about bananafish's method of "note-taking." How would you best take notes on a DVD you've bought?

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Postby Jobasha » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:47 am

You can make notes on the tricks you'd actually perform from a dvd, any changes you'd make. After you've tried it out on a few specs maybe some notes on audience reaction. Any extra patter you'd use. Same as making notes on any other trick.

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Postby RobMagic » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:49 am

One of the guys at a meet up suggested that he takes notes and marks tricks on a scale of 1 to 3

1 means he would never see that fitting his style, 2 is maybe with some working and handling changes etc and 3 - I can see this going right into my act.

He keeps these little notes to help him remmeber what it is he wanted to learn rather than having to watch the whole DVD again or forgetting about it in total.

Probably a really useful tip for those like me with CUPS and with too much in the collection of books and DVDs

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Postby MagicBell » Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:22 am

Agecroft wrote:One of the guys at a meet up suggested that he takes notes and marks tricks on a scale of 1 to 3

1 means he would never see that fitting his style, 2 is maybe with some working and handling changes etc and 3 - I can see this going right into my act.

He keeps these little notes to help him remmeber what it is he wanted to learn rather than having to watch the whole DVD again or forgetting about it in total.

Probably a really useful tip for those like me with CUPS and with too much in the collection of books and DVDs


That's kinda cool actually. Very simple yet would work fine. I'd be too tempted to come up with an overly complicated system myself.



DVDs have that little paper holder bit in the case, great place to keep any notes you've made on it.

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Re: Compulsive Uncontrolable Purchasing Syndrome.

Postby EndersGame » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:37 am

I'm a latecomer to this thread, and got here via a link that Mandrake just posted elsewhere.

The original post is fantastic, and still makes for good reading today just as it did when first posted in 2004. I enjoyed trawling through the entire thread and reading some great comments from other contributors to the discussion as well.

As for the issue itself, I think it is indicative of a flaw with human nature. The same struggle often appears in other professions and hobbies as well. We are often very good at looking for joy in what lies around the corner or on the other side of the fence, instead of being content with what we have. We easily get caught up in a never-ending quest for the new and the promising. Greed, covetousness, and idolatry are symptomatic of our human nature, my own included.

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