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The Magic Memories (124)

Hello everyone!

Today’s topics are: Eleven Fingers Routine (video)

These are The Magic Memories 124, gone online Sunday, May 14th, 2023, at 0:07h sharp.

All The Magic Memories from 2021, 2022, including the Magic Advent Calendar from 2020, can be found HERE.

Back, But

I’m back from the “Anneaux Magiques” in Morges, the visit at Don Silvio’s Magic Museum & Library, as well as from the “Masters of Magic” convention in Torino, but a show comes up in 24 hours, and the “jet lag” plus the preparation for the show result in today’s The Magic Memories being again shorter than usual, BUT I promise a lengthier one with all the reports and photos and some extras next week 🙂 Below a photo taken after the show in Morges, Switzerland:

Artem Shukin, Norbert Ferré, José Angel Suarez, RG (photo: Yann Gentil)

Thank you for Birthday Wishes

Thank you to all of you who sent in good wishes for my birthday on May, 1st – I’m now 64 years of age, and my friend Joe Gallant in his email assured me that at least some among you will “still need me, and still feed me”, in the best of Beatles manner… so, I’ll try to keep doing what I’ve been doing up to now. To hear the song and read the wonderful lyrics, CLICK HERE.

The Eleven Fingers Routine

In my book “Secret Agenda”, entries for May 7 & 8, I mention a very simple three-part routine using fingers.

My friend Alfonso Aceituno asked me for it, after I had shown it to him years before. Therefore, I made this little private video clip for him, and thought some of you might be interested in it, too. So, here it is, with my compliments.

To watch the short video CLICK HERE.

This little routine is ideal to show to a small child, but all the adults around will also enjoy it. I found that it even surprises those into magic, as somehow most have never seen it, at least not the first two parts. It also comes in handy if someone asks you to “do a trick”, and you don’t feel like it: Simply do the stunt as shown, and then say that with those fingers you simply cannot do anything. There will be a laugh, and that will be it.

Besides, I would like to say that it is absolutely not necessary to “do a trick” when someone asks you, as is so often suggested by dealer ads, who want you to sell a trick with which you will be “always ready to perform when asked for”. But this subject is yet another conversation, and we won’t lead it today (but you’re welcome to think about it).

I can’t remember where I saw the first part, but the second part was done by someone at the G4G7 convention, a meeting dedicated to Martin Gardner, at a Night Before Party on the subject of puzzles and stunts. The handling was different, though. When I showed it to my sons, Miro remarked that folding back only one finger instead of two and changing the rhythm could be more deceptive. He was right, and you can see the result in the clip.

The very last part, with the twelve fingers, the one I’m using as the Epilogue, was suggested by Ron Wohl.

Back next week with a lengthier contribution 🙂

Wish you all an excellent week!

Roberto Giobbi

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