Originally Posted by rach2jlc
As a college teacher, obvious I'll be a bit biased, but I'd really recommend just sticking with it and finishing at least your undergrad degree. College has SO many stupid things about it, major time and money wasters, and teachers/other students who have no clue how the real world works. BUT, having that degree is also a decent back-up if magic doesn't work out for you. And, TRUST ME, it will be easier for you to get it done now, while you are young, than to realize this ten-fifteen years down the road and try to go back to school while having a full-time job and a wife and children.
I know what you are saying is true - this is precisely why I have remained in school this long...but the lack of tangible rewards when I have such a fun career alongside is very frustrating. Still it's good to have some people knock some sense in to me every now and then. Thank you!
Originally Posted by denning
I used to know a fair number of card tricks, but have lost the ability over the years, but from what I can remember would you say that the most important techniques to master would be the force (all variations thereof), double lift, palm, and pass? From what I recall, those maneouvers in variation constitute the majority of tricks out there. I have issues with card manipulation as I have smallish hands, for example, I can only palm in ten kai, as a classic palm exposes corners of the cards. Do you know of anyone with the same sort of issue who I could study to overcome this deficit? How long did it take you to master the pass? Once again, i have issues with this as my hands are not large enough to cover the actual movement of the pass from most of the angles, and the actual movement tends to catch on my palm. Because of this I tend to rely on the turnover pass which is a passable yet unsatisfying alternative. Cheers.
It's great that you used to be involved with card magic - it does indeed take constant practice to remain sharp. While I do have a background in standard card sleight of hand and do all the moves you mentioned, I find myself moving towards more subtle and novel techniques. It is rare that I do a true double lift, pass or classic palm in my work (though tenkai in the right situation is quite devious.) I spent considerable time (about 3 years) trying to master the pass and ended up with a decent riffle and a half-jiggle that was a beauty if the angles are right - but I have come to view the pass as an inelegant, outdated technique and usually use my version of the Marlo side-steal instead. My hands are surprisingly small for being a sleight-of-hand guy as well - but I find most moves can be modified successfully. Pure sleight-of-hand is a rewarding study and very important to learn magic fundamentals, but I think there is far too much influence on it - this is one of the reasons magic culture has stagnated.