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Topic: Seven Habits of Successful Magicians
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jun 2, 2008 09:50AM)
Successful magicians around the world share seven powerful habits. How many do you share?

[b]1) Successful magicians protect the secrets of magic![/b] Magic consists of illusions presented in a manner that replicates mystical feats. When the secret is revealed, whether intentionally or accidentally, the illusion ceases to amaze. Protect the secret. Remember and honor the Magician's Oath.

[b]2) Successful magicians practice, practice, practice![/b] Knowing how an effect is done and presenting that effect in a convincing and entertaining manner are two totally different things. As magicians, we must practice our effects until we can present them in a manner which protects the secret and thoroughly entertains the viewer.

[b]3) Successful magicians respect their props and equipment! [/b]Your magic props, books, videos and equipment are very important to you. These are the tools of your trade. Care for your tools as the valuable possessions they are. While you're at it, respect and care for the tools used by your peers. Never handle a prop, notebook or piece of equipment without the consent of its owner.

[b]4) Successful magicians are original! [/b]Watch the top magic names. Study those performers who are most highly regarded in your local area. The one thing they all have in common is their uniqueness. They stand out because they are different from common off-the-shelf copycat performers. Add a bit of yourself to every routine, every prop and every thing you do. Be the magician that others want to copy!

[b]5) Successful magicians seek advice from those who have journeyed where they would like to go![/b] The superstars of magic learned their craft from the minds and sweat of the masters who came before. Understand that no matter how good you think you are, the path to success is easier when shared with talented peers and mentors. Ask for help from those who have already developed their skills, produced shows and established a presence in the world of magic. Reach out to the masters who currently have stood on the spot or traveled the path that you would one day like to reach.

[b]6) Successful magicians respect the creative rights of their peers! [/b]Magic relies on the fertile minds of creative people to advance. Without these brilliant minds and their willingness to share, new ideas and effects would slowly cease to flow. Stealing another magician's routine or idea crushes this desire to create and share. Selling or buying cheaper knock-off versions of another magician's work discourages the creative process. Treat your peers as you would like to be treated.

[b]7) Most importantly, successful magicians engage their minds, eyes and ears while disengaging their mouths. [/b]All too often, we're so busy talking about our own successes, exploits and plans that we miss valuable tips and warnings from knowledgeable pro's around us. To get ahead, close your mouth and engage your brain!
Message: Posted by: Kevinr (Feb 18, 2011 01:08AM)
Hey Skip,

I haven't been in this posting section in years. Me and my son just read your article and noticed no one ever replied and I felt it was worthy enough to say:


Would it be ok if I print this out??
Message: Posted by: DominotheGreat (Apr 1, 2011 04:17PM)
That is so true skip!
Message: Posted by: harris (Apr 13, 2011 01:05PM)
Awesome post. We could use post like these on Ring 2100. (link in a near by thread..... http://www.ring2100.org

I also like the fact that Kevin asked if he could reprint this.

Ethics and magic..a great combination...

I once saw a presentation by a Chicago based improv troupe on the 7 habits of ineffective teachers at a beginning of the year all staff rally. It was funny and thought provoking. Your positive approach is also great food for thought.

still too old to know everything....
uking it up before ukulele's started to become popular again...
Message: Posted by: MoonyD (May 10, 2011 03:50AM)
Wow... this was very thought provoking. Will try to abide these seven steps from now on. Thanks for this post.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (May 10, 2011 08:49AM)
Moony, thank you and welcome to the Café!
Message: Posted by: jackofspades11 (May 24, 2011 07:51PM)
Great pointers! Every magician should have this posted on their wall! haha
Message: Posted by: Dal (May 28, 2011 11:07PM)
Skip, I have to tell you, I'm a little ticked off. I've known you for a long time and have never heard this from you. I would like to respectfully submit an eighth powerful habit for a successful magician.

8. Successful magicians share their brilliance with their friends.

I realize that you put this up in 2008 but you can't expect us to find all the gems you leave lying around like Easter Eggs on the Café. Seriously brother, this is fantastic...I wish I had heard it before.

Message: Posted by: Skip Way (May 29, 2011 10:38AM)
On 2011-05-29 00:07, Dal wrote:
I wish I had heard it before.--Dal

:) I reposted it on the Red Nose site a month or so ago AND on SamTalk about the same time. What...you want me to spoon feed it to ya, young fella? :)
Message: Posted by: ikarla (Jun 27, 2011 05:43PM)
Thank you Skip Way for your value advice.
I will print your letter and place it at my "Remember board"
Message: Posted by: Iris Caraway (Nov 19, 2011 12:14AM)
This should be the preface to a magic book.

Words we can all live by.
Message: Posted by: Magic-Scott (Jun 29, 2012 07:33AM)
Great post for all in the magic community
Message: Posted by: Ricardini24 (Nov 17, 2012 02:33PM)
Have nothing to add other than, again, how fantastic this is.

Hope that bringing it to the top will mean a few more get to read it.

Regards and thanks,

Message: Posted by: StevetheGreat (Dec 29, 2012 04:03PM)
That's good skip!
Message: Posted by: vladimir.hr (Jul 16, 2016 12:46PM)
Nice post. Rules nr.6 is not still accepted in Croatia. Sad. Kids how are not magicians copy-paste contents from websites, not respect rules practice, practice, practice... :rotf: