Monthly Archives: September 2013

Resident Magician for PR-NET

It has been a while since I last wrote, but I have been very busy not only in studying for my upcoming postgraduate exams, but also more importantly (I hope my parents don’t read this… YOLO), taking my magic out into the Real World and entertaining strangers.

Recently I officially became the Resident Magician for PR-NET, a platform for media-related discussions to take place, develop media contacts, and interact with others from other businesses. They have weekly meetings both in Cape Town and Johannesburg and it there, in Cape Town specifically that I come, before the meeting begins, and entertain the guests. Guests range from managers of big companies to representatives and heads of social media departments.

Performing magic with PR-NET at the PUMA studios

Performing magic with PR-NET at the PUMA studios

I use this as a platform for me to meet important people and establish a connection with them as well as practice new material and continuously perform for strangers in real-world environments.

Performing at 12 Apostles with PR-Net

Performing at 12 Apostles with PR-Net

The last meeting was held in Tokai (still a part of Cape Town but more southwards) and it was with the TV Manager of Top Billing, a prestigious local TV show. I had loads of fun performing for Patience Stevens, who is the executive producer and creator of the show, and tried my best to show her hard-hitting, hard-to-forget-me magic, so come December, I will get a call to entertain the team for Christmas. Listen guys: If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough!

The challenge with the weekly/fortnightly performing is that most of the same people come to the events, which means I have to have new material to show them. This challenge is welcomed and as Barney Stinson says: “Challenge accepted!”

My thoughts on the constant performing is that something will bite, and until then I’m going to keep wowing people, enjoying what I do, gaining confidence and making connections with important people.

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Wish List #3 Easy To Master Money Miracles Vol 1 – 3 by Michael Ammar

If you read the “About My Magic” section you will see that my magic career started off with a pack of cards. It was all I knew – card magic. I knew maybe a cute little vanish of a coin here and there but that was the extent of it.

In November of 2012 I started to get a little more into coin magic and now I do a neat coins across, coins to glass and some cool little moves. That is why on my Wish List  are the three DVD set of Easy To Master Money Miracles by Michael Ammar.

ETMMM

Michael Ammar came out with a nine DVD set called Easy To Master Card Miracles and those effects that I learned on the DVDs are still a part of my arsenal to this very day. The Practice Sessions are incredible and so I figured if his DVDs could raise the level of my card magic, he can definitely raise the level of my coin magic with his ETMMM.

The coin magic on the three DVDs are “Easy To Perform” which is exactly what is needed. You need magic that is easy to perform. Laymen don’t care much for the intense skill and the “moves.” Bottom line: Laymen want to be fooled. Sure as my coin magic grows I will be able to do the “moves” but for now you want practical coin magic to entertain spectators.

It was only until a few years ago did I start using the pass in my card magic. Those flamboyant moves do not need to be a part of a magician’s arsenal in order to perform. They are a luxury that can only be achieved once you have mastered the basics.

What is great about these DVDs is that Michael performs effects not only that he created, but also from coin geniuses such as David Roth (Whom I met without even realising – I still regret to this day not being so dof to not recognise a legend).

These DVDs can be found at Penguinmagic but also on Michael’s website and they are going for $92 for all three on Penguin and $25 each on Ammar’s website.

Have a look at the discs and enjoy the clip below from one of his DVDs. These two effects are incredible. The first, Incredible Coins Across was created by Michael and it his take on the Coins Across effect; the second, Hanging Coins was created by David Roth. Enjoy gang!!

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