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For some he was that guy in Deadwood, for anyone into Magic he was one of the greatest card magicians who ever lived.
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didn't know the name but recognize the face, as you say, from Deadwood.
I love those "simple" card tricks. My first job when I graduated was in an office which was situated in a 3 story town house, there was 2 or 3 of us in a room.
One of the more senior guys, was in the magic circle, every now and again, he'd come in the room and show a card trick, or something he had learned/bought at the weekend.
I remember one time the boss walked in, as we should have been working, but he was mid trick, the boss looked at us, shook his head, and said " nevermind, I'll come back later" :)
Anyway, I'd be a foot away from the guy, and I never saw how he did these card tricks, or the ones using little gadgets. a couple of times he wouldn't let me touch them, other times he did let me look at the deck of cards :)
I had a Paul Daniels magic set when I was a kid, I remember there was a pack of cards in there, and they were slightly angled, so that when you asked the volunteer to pick a card, you'd turn it round when you put it back in, you'd shuffle the deck, then it would "easily" slide out, unless you had dropped them and had several the wrong way round :)
I'm a great fan of the Invisible Deck, where a randomly chosen card is revealed to be the only card the other way up in the deck. Like most card tricks, it's all in the presentation, but the mechanics of the trick are, as usual, stupefyingly simple. Dynamo does it a lot and you'd think it takes a great degree of skill to pull off, but you can buy the deck for £6.99, so like most of his tricks, they're all off the shelf.
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You need these 'distractions' to keep you sane in a '9 to 5' office job
Thats why I moved to a site office job early in my career, where most of the time you are out and about, and not stuck on a seat..