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Mastering Magic: How to Hocus Pocus

Ever dream of doing the impossible like making people disappear, floating through the air and reading your friends’ minds? Magicians fascinate audiences by apparently doing what can’t be done by using the art of illusion. Anyone can learn how to do a few amazing tricks, but if you want to really master the art of magic here are some of the best ways to learn.


Buying individual magic tricks or even a magic kit is a quick way to get started, but it can be expensive. A good magic book will teach you dozens of tricks and give you the secrets to creating your own original illusions. Here are the top magic books for learning magic.


The Tarbell Course in Magic should be in every magician’s library. This incredible eight-volume set has helped launch the careers of David Blaine, Criss Angel, David Copperfield and hundreds of other magicians.


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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic has hundreds of magic tricks. It includes magic with ordinary objects and simple props you can make with things you can find around the house. You’ll even learn how to levitate and make a person vanish.


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Magic for Dummies, by David Pogue; don’t let the name fool you, this is one serious magic book. It’s jammed full of amazing tricks and the powerful principles behind them. You won’t just learn a few tricks; you’ll understand why they work and how to do them so well your friends will think you’re a master magician.


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Royal Road to Card Magic will show you how to become an expert in the art of sleight of hand with playing cards. Pick a card, anyone?


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Modern Coin Magic by Bobo contains lots of amazing tricks you can do with just spare change. You’ll always be ready to amaze people as long as you a few coins.


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101 Easy to Do Magic Tricks by Bill Tarr. This is a wonderful collection of tricks you can perform at parties, on the street or even the big stage. All the classic magic tricks are here with easy to follow instructions and clear illustrations.


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You can learn the secrets of magic from these books and to take your learning to the next level sign up for classes with an expert magician. Your local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians can supply a list qualified, local magic instructors. Magic shops are also a great place to meet other experienced magicians who can give you valuable advice. According to New York magician Hijinx, “If you want to really get good at magic, study the classics, master one trick before learning another and practice as much as you can. If you want to be a great magician, never stop learning.”


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AnnaOfExquizurd
"Mermaid_Author14" wrote: @AnnaOfExquizurd  Your post really was helpful!   I didn't do exactly what you suggested, but I did end up bursting with brain popcorn! (Which, sadly, I can't eat...) I somehow thought of horses/unicorns/pegasi, Max and Harvey, a mermaid, and something else I don't remember...   But thank you for the advice! Alrighty XD You're welcome :P (Yeah, it  is  too bad you can't eat it.)
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Mermaid_Author14
@AnnaOfExquizurd  Your post really was helpful! I didn't do exactly what you suggested, but I did end up bursting with brain popcorn! (Which, sadly, I can't eat...) I somehow thought of horses/unicorns/pegasi, Max and Harvey, a mermaid, and something else I don't remember... But thank you for the advice!
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toripizza
since i was young since i was small, stupid, clueless. in a daze in a faze that the world was a beautiful kind place. convinced life was a big and precious thing. i was sought after by pigs. no not the animals. although the male species can act like animals. they can be ferocious, sex###########d cold-hearted. They can go after you as if you were prey. hunt you down. and kill you. but instead of taking your life. it's your innocence. your right to feel important in life. they make the word "beautiful", sound so fake the way it slides off their lips and into my mouth convincing me it must be ok if i let my guard down i don't enjoy being talked to because you like the way i look i like the way that butterfly looks but i'm not going to catch it and rip it's wings off. you like my face you like my body but you don't like ME enough to stay and treat me like i'm worth something. exscuse me. while i walk away from your filthy hands. but don't touch me. one more crack in my porceline skin. and i'm done. go break someone elses body.  
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LittleShadowBird
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:   Now a question for the Flower Crown Crew: What's your opinion on the human population? Humans are nice! Except probably Donald Trump. He gives me the willies. (shudder) What are humans? Closest I've heard of are Hylians. And they can be pretty cool.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
When I try to come up with ideas, I tend to take a cliche and change elements about it so that it takes on a sort of originality. So, for example, let's say we're taking the cliche of a band of friends (or strangers) hunting a dragon. Instead of their motive being that the dragon is, say, eating innocent villagers or holding a princess captive, that it's a more personal issue. Maybe the dragon is a smaller type with a more mischievous demeanor, and is stealing the characters' valuables as a prank, and the characters want their things back. They might be innocent villagers themselves, unskilled with any sort of tracking or fighting techniques, and hire a sort of mercenary to help them out. But if you wanted a plotless sort of thing with a lot of flexibility, you could have the characters be a band of mercenaries who get hired by people to do various jobs. And if you can find more things to swap out in any idea you come up with, you'll eventually find yourself being in a sort of popcorn machine of ideas. Hopefully, this post has been helpful.
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