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I used to put the horse before the cart?

I used to put the horse before the cart?

Don't put the method before the effect. Concentrate on what you are trying to do, not how you are doing it.

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Smile and the world smiles with you

Smile and the world smiles with you

Your face is the best natural misdirection, and fortunately it isn't about how beautiful it is. Once again it is how you use that matters.

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Why would anyone bother to read the original texts

Why would anyone bother to read the original texts

Books are better value, but besides that, they contain the correct way of doing things. Not lazy habits.

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How to build an awesome magic website

How to build an awesome magic website

We all know a website is the number one marketing tool these days. It isn't a case of throwing money at it, you need to avoid silly pitfalls. Guest writer Kevin King explains all.

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Don't be a robot

Don't be a robot

In the world of close-up strong interaction can be more important than precise scripting. Guest writer Saavan explores the need to be human.

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Let's Make This Interesting: Finding Unique Premises for your Magic

Let's Make This Interesting: Finding Unique Premises for your Magic

You can't please everyone, but there is no time like the present to read this. Rob Teszka has an axe to grind.

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Magic with phones just isn't possible

Magic with phones just isn't possible

Effects using phone and apps are amazing, but not magic.

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Shuhari - the secret of magic

Shuhari - the secret of magic

Easy to do is great but what about transcending the physical

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Spoon feeding

Spoon feeding

Spoon Feeding isn't about treating your audience like a baby, but helping them enjoy every mouthful.

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Creativity #2: The mind-set of a stock-line magician

Creativity #2: The mind-set of a stock-line magician

Why do magician's think it is okay to use stock lines.

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The Importance of Versatility

The Importance of Versatility

As a seasoned professional, Kevin King explains why having a lot of tools in your box is important. Steve Martin once said, everything you learn comes in useful eventually (he performed Professors Nightmare in The Three Amigos).

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Creativity #1: Why do stock lines exist?

Creativity #1: Why do stock lines exist?

There really shouldn't be any such thing as a 'stock line'. The first in a series of articles of creativity.

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How to get more TIPS at Gigs

How to get more TIPS at Gigs

A lot of professionals get more in tips than their fee, this is a Do's and Don'ts Guide for the Working Close-up Magician by Kevin King (a working professional).

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Friends and Family can be right b@@@@rds

Friends and Family can be right b@@@@rds

If you have a big fish in a small pond spoiling your tricks, use the right bait and reel him in.

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Suits you sir! What to wear.

Suits you sir! What to wear.

What you wear says a lot about you. Lets look at your wardrobe.

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The Magicians Omelette

The Magicians Omelette

The sleight by which a magician can be judged

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How misdirection can help with nerves

How misdirection can help with nerves

Help yourself, take the heat of your hands.

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Spot the difference a good story makes

Spot the difference a good story makes

It isn't what you do but how you do it. A lesson demonstrated by the brilliant Tommy Wonder.

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Spice up your act with variety

Spice up your act with variety

Why not show off a bit? if you've got it, flaunt it!

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Packet tricks are brilliant

Packet tricks are brilliant

So much power can be carried in your everyday wallet, you can blow people away in a moments notice.

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Mentalist Prop-aganda

Mentalist Prop-aganda

Don't go propless, put on a show.

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It is horses for courses, but which stack should you learn?

It is horses for courses, but which stack should you learn?

Fight all you like, there is only one stack worth learning.

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Share the spotlight and spread the power

Share the spotlight and spread the power

Take your favourite trick and just see if you can give your volunteer magic powers.

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Start clean and get dirty

Start clean and get dirty

Why it is important your audience believe the constraint of the trick before you break them.

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Should you try to be funny?

Should you try to be funny?

It's an interesting subject, it works for some, it doesn't for others!

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Visualise to actualise

Visualise to actualise

Visualisation is not just for athletes! 

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Give them a chance

Give them a chance

Is your latest purchase really that bad?  Maybe ...mabye not.

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Does Size Matter Poker v Bridge

Does Size Matter Poker v Bridge

Bridge? or Poker, that is the question!

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Take the rough with the smooth

Take the rough with the smooth

Why do people give the rough and smooth principle a hard time?

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To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

With so many effects available, what's hot and what's not?

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One reason to read a book - and a few extra

One reason to read a book - and a few extra

Book or DVD, that is the question!

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The Holy Grail - it is always in the last place you look!

The Holy Grail - it is always in the last place you look!

Some wise words from PropDog's Alex

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