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Secret Twitter, an italian review

Secret Twitter di Roberto Giobbi e’ stato un esperimento curioso… Se non lo conoscete leggete questo articolo. In breve si tratta di una versione “social”, dei due libri Secret Agenda e Hidden Agenda.

Quello che mi affascina della Magia non e’ il “metodo”, il trucchetto, il meccanismo tecnico con cui si esegue un effetto, ma principalmente il “Pensiero Magico”, la Storia, i ragionamenti che vengono sviluppati e rendono il metodo un effetto, una vera Magia.

Ci sono tantissimi artisti e studiosi che hanno un Pensiero Magico bello e completo, che con una parola, una riflessione, non strettamente inerente alla Magia, riescono ad far scoccare una scintilla nei nostri ragionamenti, aiutandoci a comprendere meglio la Magia ed a rendere più forti ed emozionanti le nostre esibizioni. Un po come “101 Storie Zen“, se mi permettete l’accostamento, dove attraverso aneddoti si cercano di spiegare concetti molto profondi.

Roberto Giobbi e’ uno di questi artisti, e nel suo Secret Twitter, ancora una volta, lo ha dimostrato. In ben 426 Tweet, uno al giorno, ha dato una gigantesca mole di informazioni, concetti, idee per creare un proprio Pensiero Magico.

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STAND-UP CARD MAGIC – Card Magic for Parlor and Stage Card Magic is not simply a bunch of excellent card tricks that can be performed with a normal deck of cards under almost every condition, mostly even surrounded, standing up for a small and a large group (as if that wasn’t enough!), no, it is also and above all a systematic, detailed study of the principles, techniques, tricks, presentations – the theory and practice – that make the performance of magic standing in front of an audience a specialty of its own within the world of magic.

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Who is Afraid of the Stage?

Thoughts on Nervousness and Stage Fright for Magicians (and other performers)

This essay is intended for all those among us who feel that they are not giving their best in a performance situation because of uncontrollable nervousness. It is also meant for those who do give excellent performances, but would like to feel better before they do so.

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Roberto Giobbi’s Introduction to Card Magic

Roberto Giobbi’s Introduction to Card Magic is a great resource for anyone interested in the science and art of manipulating a deck of cards for the purpose of artistic magical entertainment.

It includes over 150 pages of text, photographs, and imbedded videos. In 14 clearly organized lessons you will learn how to handle a deck of cards like a pro. And along the way you will acquire some amazing, yet simple card tricks, which will allow you to successfully perform a little card act for an audience.

158 pages in an attractive and easy-to-read layout.

14 comprehensive Lessons teaching techniques, tricks and theory.

Over 150 color photos and 85 video clips. You must be connected to Internet to view these, but can use all other features off-line.

Use it on your Smartphone, Tablet, Portable or Desktop.

We think that using it on any tablet is the ideal surface for an enjoyable study.

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Charlie Miller’s Wisdom

Charles Earl Miller (1909-1989) was one of the outstanding figures of 20th century magic. His column “Magicana” in Genii magazine has become legendary, but information about and from him can also be found in various publications of his, such as An Evening With Charlie Miller, various etc. of lecture notes, and last but by no means least, a lot of the material in Hugard’s & Braue’s Expert Card Technique has been written by Miller.

The successful magic and mime team of T. Daniel and Laurie Willets, who are based in Chicago, in 2002 gave a lecture at the Zauberring Basel in Switzerland titled “What Charlie Miller Taught Me”. At the end of their lecture notes are listed 17 points that Charlie Miller used to make when teaching magic to his pupils. It is with the kind permission of T. Daniel and Laurie Willet that I will reproduce Charlie Miller’s advice followed by a few comments of mine. i hope that you find them not only inspirational, but above all very practical!

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Simplification in Magic by Roberto Giobbi

Conjuring is certainly a complex and deep discipline, however, it is structurally simple, but by no means easy to do well: it takes a lifetime of dedication, study and practice to understand its intricacies.

The present essay offers a few thoughts on some of the essential elements of magic as a performing art, with the hope that the student may gain yet another view of this wonderful métier. And you will be treated to Fred Kaps’s personal version of the “Folded Card in Box”, which has meanwhile become a classic of card magic.

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The Role of the Professor (Prof. Walter Noll)

We need to seek inspiration not only by reading the classics, or studying the work of the great masters of our art, but also by looking at other disciplines, perceiving their problems and how they solve them. Great insights will be gained from this.

In his essay Professor Walter Noll shows great introspection into his chosen area of excellence and eloquently formulates it so that it is easily understood by any intelligent reader (even if you’re not a mathematician).

I hope it will encourage you to look at our own discipline from a different point of view, enabling you to realize the multifaceted structure and intricacies which make it so unique and fascinating to us, and also to those who do not yet fully understand its complexity.

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