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Magic-Con 2011

Magic-Con 2011 is fast approaching being less than two weeks away. I’ll be posting videos, updates, and other cool stuff about the conference at least daily. We want to keep those of you at home covered and in the loop. For those of you who don’t know, Magic-Con is a conference hosted by Dan and Dave Buck in San Diego, California. This is the second year it’s going. Last year it was hosted at the Hilton Bayfront. Magic Con is the first conference/convention of its kind; the line-up of presenters is incredible. Last year great magicians such as David Blaine, Juan Tamariz, Daniel Garcia, Guy Hollingworth, and many other gave talks. Juan’s performance got three standing ovations, from a room full of magicians. The other great part was the sessioning. You learn, share, and get so many ideas spending time with other magicians who are serious about magic. And jamming in a group with Danny Garcia just has a surreal feel to it.

Magic-Con 2011

This year there are speakers from fields other than magic. The whole convention is still going to be focused on the art of magic. Seeing it through other people’s eyes will not only be extremely interesting but helpful and insightful. One of the presentations talked about so far that stood out to me was the Neuroscientists. They worked alongside Apollo Robbins to see how and why the brain can be fooled be magic. Also, they authored a book titled Sleight of Mind, which I hope to have finished before the conference.

If this year is anything like last year, Magic-Con is going to be an incredible experience. Dan/Dave (not sure which) have said that it’s going to be 100 times better, and that’s hard to imagine. There are new ideas, new presenters, and new people which will hopefully make for a wonderful time.

I’ll conclude this post with a discussion portion. Please comment with your answers, or anything else Magic-Con related.
If you attended last year, what was your favorite thing that happened? Your least favorite, or something you hope they changed? If you’re going this year, what are you most excited about? Lastly, what are you hoping to take away from Magic-Con?

Posted: March 16th, 2011
at 12:23pm by Robin Carey

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Essential Magic Conference 2010 DVDs

The Eseentail Magic Conference was the first of its kind. It was a completely online magic conference with many of magics great minds and top thinkers presenting. It was a fun event to watch & be a part of live.

Essential Magic Conference

But the cool thing about it was the DVD sets. As part of the registration we were promised DVD copies of the entire event, so we could watch and rewatch any part. This definitely gave it a bit of an edge over regular conventions since you can see everything again.
There was, well is, a problem about those DVDs. First, at the conclusion of EMC, we were told we would recieve the DVD set “by the end of the year” in a newsletter the EMC team sent out. We have heard little to nothing from the team this year and are still left in the dark.

Now, we’re seeing these DVD sets pop up on major magic retailers such as Penguin and Murphy’s Magic. There’s nothing wrong with the DVDs being sold to retailers, I expected that to happen. The issue is that they’re being sold before the actual members of the conference get their own copies. The “limited access” of the conference was stressed repeatedly, and yet someone could buy the DVD set and have it shipped to their house before I get any word on where mine is. Something seems a bit off.

Posted: March 4th, 2011
at 12:29pm by Robin Carey

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Customer Service at its Finest

A quick update here,
I have just received and been watching Red Mirror, by Helder Guimaraes, and it’s incredible. Expect an initial review very soon.
Red Mirror was supposed to be a Christmas Gift, but it sadly did not ship on time. Since we got the DVD late Dan and Dave decided to throw in a signed deck of v5 Smoke and Mirrors. That definitely made up for the delay, and then some. It’s the little things like this that show how D&D actually do care about and appreciate their customers. Thanks guys.

Signed Paper Denim

Posted: January 8th, 2011
at 12:08am by Robin Carey

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Overcoming Nerves

Hi all,
As I said in my previous post, I had pushed magic back for a while. Both my blog and my performances. But, I performed today! This was the first time in months that I’ve actually sat down and done multiple effects for multiple spectators. It made me realize how much I miss the rush of performance. At first, it was nerve-racking. As I started to take the cards out my hands were shaking violently and my mind was flustered. This didn’t last too long, as I was performing for some of my friends at my high-school. Just to ensure I didn’t make a mistake from my unsteady hands, I started out with nearly self-working material. Then once I got back into the groove of things, everyone starting having fun. I did Benjamin Earl’s Thought of Card to Pocket, a mental deck effect, my own variation on a two card location, 3CM, and finally Stairway. After I finished 3CM one girl was literally almost crying. It was a blast. The situation made me think though… What if I was doing magic for spectators I hadn’t met before?

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Thus we get to the point of my post this afternoon. Even after two years of practicing, performing, practicing, etc. I still get extremely nervous before I start showing people my material. Sometimes the nerves even deter me from performing at all. I know that the more I just go out and do it the less they’ll affect me, but I was wondering if anyone had tips on getting over the initial shakiness. Anything that you guys use to help overcome those first waves of tension, just enough to get past the beginning and into the meat of the performance. I’d love to hear how you deal with this in your own performances, so go ahead and share your ideas in a comment.

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Posted: November 4th, 2010
at 2:07pm by Robin Carey

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  1. Cool post dude I had that problem, its been years since I have performed and my hands were shaking when I did a simple card trick. I discovered it was the fear that makes us shake the fear of messing up. And I read this chapter on fearlessness in jack can fields book the “success principles”. He says you can never get rid of fear but you can be aware that its there and move with it. “feel the fear but do it anyways” I got past my shakiness as I kept performing for different people once you get into the groove your good, just keep on performing.

    Phillip Thai

    4 Nov 10 at 3:47 pm


  2. Hey Phillip. I’ll have to check that out, I love Jack Canfield’s work. Definitely an inspiring man. I never thought of trying to near the fear into an asset rather than a liability.

    Robin Carey

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    6 Nov 10 at 6:51 am



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What goes up must come down…

I’m still here.

Cards & College

It’s been over a month since my last update. School and College applications took over my free-time very forcefully, so magic had to slide to the back burner for
a while. But nothing can keep me away from our brand of trickery for too long, especially with Halloween coming up. Seeing as how my applications will be done before the week is out and school has settled down into a nice predictable rhythm, magic has been creeping its way up to the front of my mind. Expect more very soon.

Posted: October 27th, 2010
at 9:07pm by Robin Carey

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