I don't think that many people will read this blog because I confess I deserted the blog for the video camera and my regular readers will have drifted off. Thoughts and tricks now turn up on my channel on YouTube rather than on here. That is a terrible confession from someone who, when teaching magic, recommends reading rather than DVDs. Times change, sometimes not for the better.
In real life terms I am afraid I haven't had much to blog about. Most of my time has been taken up with plotting and planning and making sure my Mother is OK. She is doing amazingly well considering what she has been through and had to put up with. At 96 it can't be nice to be pestered by nurses and carers when all you want is peace and quiet and your independence.
As some of you know I have been hosting Magic Days (see elsewhere on this web site) and they have been wonderfully successful with great responses from those who have been to the sessions. Yesterday, however, the Magic Day took a different turn.
After being pestered by so many people I said I would do a day for absolute beginners. It was great, not just for those who attended but also for me. I had to go back to my own beginnings and found that those so called 'basic' tricks not only worked but baffled and amazed and entertained. OK, I am no longer the raw youth (except in my head) and the basic effects were embellished with knowledge of how to turn them into entertainment pieces but I was constantly so pleasantly surprised by the reactions.
Magicians, I think, tend to forget that stuff and the magic life gets more and more complicated as we seek so called better methods. As an example, yesterday I did a very old mind-reading trick using what is technically known as the Centre Tear. Simple. Easy. It blew their minds. Stunned amazement was the reaction.
I did a Book Test that uses no technology or added gimmicks at all, just two straightforward books. Same reactions.
Magic is a great hobby and it is a pleasure to pass on the knowledge.
Blog? It's nice to be back