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Hi John,

I just started out in magic and came across your site. I'm quite interested in the ice trick and the clothing change trick. To explain further, I've included the links to the vid where Cyril did a clothes change trick and the ice trick.  Clothes changing- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhCgATjD0sg

Ice trick -http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=0GxEV7SVekI&feature=endscreen

I wonder how he does it. Thus, would you be able to reveal the tricks and explain it to me please? It would be wonderful to learn those. Thanks :)

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Hi Amirul

I just started out in magic and came across your site.

Welcome to the world of magic. You are in for an exciting journey. I hope that you discover that the best way to learn and grow and share good quality magic with others is to start at the beginning and put in some foundations. Then, build in the area you feel you can do best at.

I'm wondering which "site" you refer to. I have many websites (a well as blogs etc) - which one was it or did you mean AllExperts site?

I'm quite interested in the ice trick and the clothing change trick.

There's no such thing as "THE" ice trick. Ice is a substance and many magicians use ice in numerous ways in their routines. Of course I know what "clothing change" tricks are .... but again, it's just an effect and there are many many ways of achieving it.

Thanks for the links to the Cyril performances. The T-Shirt trick he performs is an excellent 'quickie' and the good news is that it is sold, so you can purchase the method for this!
It's by the talented Calen Morelli and is called 'Dresscode'. Once you 'know' enough about magic methods, you'll be able to look at Cyril's (not very good) performance and work out how to do it. If you WANT to discuss this more - please reply IN PRIVATE mode, as we cannot discuss methods in this Public mode.

The 'Cyril Makes Ice' isn't a trick that you could manage. It is specially designed for a TV Special and not one you could do in 'real life' situations. Even IF you knew the various methods employed, you'd need some fairly advanced magic abilities plus a suitable location, particular audience and TV crew! There is a bare hand production of ice available to purchase .... but I assure you, if you purchased it, you'd play with it for a day and then dump it in a drawer as you'd never ever actually be able to perform it. Strong magic isn't THAT easy!

It would be wonderful to learn those.  

Whilst it probably WOULD be great to learn and perform these ... until you have learned some magic performance and presentation basics, you wouldn't be able to perform these with any confidence or conviction! So .... my suggestion IS .... spend some time on learning the basics of magic, then move on to effects like these once you have some experience and can carry them off without failing and exposing methods.

To do this ..... reply in private and I'll recommend ways for you to learn and grow your magic skills.

John

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I am a professional performer, and attained status of Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle and, over and above this highest degree, I am only one of about a dozen performers alive who has been awarded their coveted 'Silver Wand'. I perform at the highest level as well as train and coach both beginners and experts in learning a few tricks to creating a brand new award winning act. I ran The Summer School at The Magic Circle for many years as well as booked performers for the monthly public shows. I run a company called `MagicWorks` which provides magic for adult private and corporate events, television, film and theatre productions. I also hold training workshops and seminars, teleconferences and online training on using magic in business, performing at Trade Shows, Magic for Presenters etc and provide after dinner or conference talks and speeches all on the subject of business and personnel development. This includes creativity, presentation, online and offline marketing etc.

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Whilst I have been a performer for many years I now spend an increasing amount of time as a personal and business coach, using magic as a metaphor in my teaching and training sessions. I have several Internet Businesses that include Coaching and Mentoring entertainers in the whole business of self Branding, Promotion, Marketing and filling their diaries with bookings.

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I have been mentored by the leading magicians in the world and achieved top status at The Magic Circle. This means I became Gold Star Member Of The INNER Magic Circle! Also .... I am a trained coach.

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I achieved Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle I was awarded The Silver Wand by The Magic Circle for services to magic and TMC I was bestowed with Lifelong Membership of MOB - The Magicians Of Basingstoke

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