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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 15th, '20, 20:18



On BBC iPlayer is School Of Hard Tricks, where 6 non magician kids from the streets try to become magicians over the course of three half hour episodes. Usual warning about 'strong' language applies! View online or download.

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby MrCat » Apr 15th, '20, 22:01

:D You are so on fire.

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 15th, '20, 23:44

Whilst the current situation is dire, I can't help but think we magicians are being spoiled rotten with all this free stuff!

At midnight tonight, UK time, there's the 2nd International Stars of Magic on YouTube, stars include Lance Burton, Mac King, Dan Sperry and Piff the Magic Dragon, not sure if this costs or expects donations but it's in aid of Niagara SPCA so I'm sure money will be expected!

Added later: No charge but donations are requested.

The news is that not only is the first show online but there will be a third In two weeks' time, April 29th, same time, same channel!

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 17th, '20, 10:12

..... and there's more....

Courtesy of Magic New Zealand see https://thelanewaytheatre.com/

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 19th, '20, 19:28

Host of Magical Thinking Podcast, Elliott Terral, moderates a panel of esteemed magicians for a discussion on the role of magic in a crisis. Includes Max Maven, David Williamson and R.Paul Wilson.

https://youtu.be/Hk3_MSnZNgk

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 25th, '20, 09:50

Courtesy of Magic New Zealand:

A fun tribute to Slydini involving 1 'toilet' paper ball, 70+ magicians,
from 11 countries with over 30 a mazing tricks! This is worth a watch
with some of the world's best known magicians, award winners, BGT stars
and more! A fun and entertaining video presenting how community and a
sense of belonging to one is so important...especially during this
lockdown when one can feel isolated or alone. I think this is Magic!
Stay safe , stay home and stay healthy and keep busy doing what you
love! Enjoy. A big thank you to all my friends / magicians who took part
in making this a success! Please do like and share with everyone and
spread the magic :)

Produced and edited by Ari Phillips Magician

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_8MgM3m0Y8&t=35s

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 25th, '20, 09:52

The Ambitious Card: Featuring Penn & Teller & Friends
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Message by Teller (US)

While we're staying safe and hope you are too, we got a few of our magic
buddies all over the world to pass around a virtual deck of cards and
show off a bit. We hope you like it. Stay safe. (And please, feel free
to grab a deck, do a trick and edit yourself in!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy6rfq3oC-Q

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Vanishing Inc is giving away a free Paul Wilson magic course

Postby EndersGame » Apr 27th, '20, 12:19

10X10 (R. Paul Wilson)

A quick introductory course in card magic that includes 13 good tricks - and now available free

Overview

Vanishing Inc Magic has made available for free an excellent video by magician R. Paul Wilson with over a dozen card tricks, and which doubles as an introductory course in card magic. In their words: "We've made an amazing video from none other than R Paul Wilson available for free so everyone interested can learn card magic. Not from some youtuber teaching badly, but from a real master." It used to be sold for $10 [link], but they've decided to give it away for free to help people get started in card magic the right way. As they say,"This used to be something we sold a while ago, but we strongly believe that beginners in magic need a resource that is a step up from what they can find on YouTube".

Here's how the ad copy describes it: "Paul Wilson gives a phenomenal introductory course to close up magic with cards - 10 lessons on 10 principles of card magic. 10x10 is card magic for beginners, but even the seasoned card conjuror will be pleased to sit down with Paul for an hour, discussing powerful card magic with methods that are easy to perform. You'll learn how to shuffle and pretend to shuffle a deck of cards, secretly obtain knowledge of a selected card, palm cards off of the deck, and much more. Not only does Paul describe these fundamental sleights, he puts them straight to use by teaching you effects that you can perform as soon as you've mastered each lesson. Join Paul, and go deeper into the rabbit hole."

Here's the official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FgAliTAJVs

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Contents

In their promotion for the video, Vanishing Inc states on their blog that "This is an 80 minute video where Paul teaches you ten card magic moves and then ten card tricks where you can apply the moves you've learned." It's 78 minutes long to be exact, and more importantly it actually it teaches 13 different card tricks, not ten.

Basically the video is divided into 10 separate lessons, and each of them covers a main principle or sleight in card magic, which is taught together with a trick or two that employs that move. The list isn't published anywhere online, so I compiled a complete contents listing by working through the video carefully myself. Here's what it covers:

Lesson 1 - Presentation (Tricks: Ace Cutting, Invisible Card)
Lesson 2 - False Overhand Shuffle (Trick: Poker Player's Picnic)
Lesson 3 - Table Riffle Shuffle (Trick: Mirror of the Mind)
Lesson 4 - The Glide (Trick: Designed for Laughter)
Lesson 5 - The Glimpse (Trick: Gray's Spelling Trick)
Lesson 6 - The Key Card (Tricks: Do As I Do, The Circus Card Trick, Impossible Find)
Lesson 7 - Breaks (Trick: Ace Assembly)
Lesson 8 - Palming (Trick: Cards Across)
Lesson 9 - DL (Trick: Two Up And One Down)
Lesson 10 - The Pass (Trick: Pass At Red)

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Impressions

I've watched the entire video, and was reasonably impressed. In some ways it is like a miniature version of Paul Wilson's acclaimed Royal Road to Card Magic DVD set, and there is some overlap in the content.

The tricks: The video is mostly about teaching the tricks rather than the sleights. Because there are 13 of them in all, most of the tricks are explained rather quickly, and without a huge emphasis on presentation. Even so, the tricks covered include some terrific ones. The majority of them can also be found in Royal Road to Card Magic, with the exception of Ace Cutting, Invisible Card, Impossible Find, Ace Assembly, and Two Up and One Down. Tricks like Poker Player's Picnic, Designed for Laughter, and Gray's Spelling Trick are all very solid and worth learning, so the choices are generally very good.

The sleights: As Paul himself says right at the beginning, it is a very quick course, and not in depth. There's only so much you can cover in 80 minutes after all. In this case, the sleights don't get a huge treatment. For example, the lesson about the DL is mostly about the trick itself, and little attention is given to the teaching of the move; something similar can be said for the section on breaks. On the other hand the treatment of the palm and the pass both give some really good tips and how to master these tricky sleights. I wouldn't rely on this video alone to learn all the sleights that are covered, but it is a good review and overview.

The video: The video itself doesn't have super high production values. It is quite fine, but it's almost entirely a single over-the-shoulder view of Paul doing his card work. So it's not very flashy, but it does the job, and it does show things clearly enough as you go along. Paul Wilson is a good teacher, but he just doesn't have a lot of time to work with here given the breadth of material to be covered. What I did find a little puzzling is the structure of the video, and why an indispensible sleight like the DL would be left until the second last lesson, while the lesson on Palming precedes this. It's also a bit of a mixed bag in that sense, since most introductory courses in card magic wouldn't bother covering an advanced move like the Pass.

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Recommendation

I can't really recommend this as a course in card magic, simply because it goes over the details of the sleights far too quickly, and there's simply not enough time spent on some of them to learn them properly. But it does give you enough of an idea of what they are about, so it is a decent introduction to everything; and you can certainly supplement the teaching here with other teaching material if you need to. On the other hand if you already know most of these sleights, it's a great review, and you will get some solid tips along the way from a respected pro.

But the strong part of this video lies in the tricks themselves, since these are really the focus. Although a number of them will be familiar to many people already, there are thirteen in total, so there's some good variety. For people who have the RRTCM book, it's a nice companion that will help you work through through some of the material in the book.

Considering that you get to learn some tricks and cover some basic sleights, so it's not a bad little package. And you certainly can't argue with the price! For something being given away for free, I definitely recommend it as worth your while to download and watch!

Where can you get it? Either for $10 over on Vanishing Inc's product page or free from this link. For more details on what you need to do to get the download, see this blog article over at Vanishing Inc Magic.

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Apr 28th, '20, 21:55

This one is doing the rounds....

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » May 17th, '20, 23:15

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby MrCat » May 18th, '20, 13:14

Mandrake wrote:This one is doing the rounds....


Hahaha, love it :D

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Oct 19th, '20, 20:10

The Magic Circle invites you to join them on November 15th with a free live online event that will give you a peek behind the curtain of this most prestigious and global magic society.


The live show will feature contributions from leading stars of magic including David Williamson, Wayne Dobson, Jeff McBride, Luis de Matos, Andy Nyman, Michael Ammar, Gregory Wilson, Charlie Frye, Doc Eason, Laura London and many more surprise guests.

Top international magic dealers will demonstrate the latest magic available with exclusive discounts and offers.

Watch live for a chance to win incredible prizes kindly donated from our magic dealers and other one-off prizes.

Make plans to join us on November 15th by simply heading to our dedicated Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/themagiccircleunlocked/ and click like for updates. The event is scheduled for 7pm GMT

We look forward to sharing the magic with you.

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby Mandrake » Oct 19th, '20, 20:15

Almost free!

A Special International Conference and Show

Join us October 22 through 25th for online shows, lectures and more.
Watch the Jim Kleefeld lecture and a whole lot more.

Jim is one of 100 magicians who will perform and lecture at the United Magicians for the World Conference from October 22 through October 25th. Join any time and watch any or all. Shows, Lectures. Conversations. Teaching. Close-Up. Stage. More.

He will give a one-hour lecture on vintage and historic magic sets and guarantee you will see some beautiful, clever, and fascinating magic sets you never knew existed. Date and time TBD.

Learn more at
united magicians for the world.com

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Marvin’s Magic Live – Free Online Even

Postby Mandrake » Dec 5th, '20, 12:33

(Courtesy of Thefancarpet.com)

Marvin’s Magic Live – Free Online Event: An Amazing Celebration Packed With Magic, Master Magicians And Incredible Prizes
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On Sunday 13th December Marvin’s Magic are hosting a special free online event “Marvin’s Magic Live” The show will be streamed live on Facebook & YouTube at 6.00pm - 7.30pm GMT, 1.00pm - 2.30pm EST, 10.00am -11.30am PST.

The live celebration show is packed with magic, master magicians, and amazing prizes. The show is aimed at magic lovers and is suitable for all ages. Marvin’s Magic has inspired thousands of magicians over the years and currently feature in the Argos Christmas advert.

The fast-paced programme will be streamed lived from the new studios at Marvin’s Magic. It will be co-hosted by magicians Michael J Fitch and Marvin Berglas - the creator of Marvin’s Magic and is full of magic, a behind the scenes look into the most famous brand in magic plus an array of magic celebrities with their top tips and tricks.
You’ll be able to hear from the pros and what it takes to be a top performer including exclusive talks with magic finalists from BGT, renowned actor, writer and director Andy Nyman and Debbie McGee.

Marvin will also interview his legendary father, the original International Man of Mystery, David Berglas - a former President of The Magic Circle and the first magician to have his own series on commercial television back in the day. Now 95 years old but still very much young at heart as he launches his fascinating digital scrapbooks.
Watch live for a chance to win amazing magic giveaways throughout the show and a competition for a family of four to win a luxury three night all-inclusive stay at the amazing Forte Village Resort in Sardinia where the kids will get to learn magic at the Marvin’s Magic Academy.

Watch on YouTube or Facebook on Sunday 13th of December. 6-7.30pm. MarvinsMagic.com

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Re: Free stuff!!!

Postby MrCat » Dec 5th, '20, 13:11

Mr Mandrake!
It's always such a pleasure to see you holding the torch and keeping the flame..... dude. You're a hero.
Thanks :wink:

... Debbie McGee! Gosh I haven't seen her since the Paul Daniels magic show I think. How little TV I watch

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