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Well let me tell you a little bite about first.
My interest in magic started since I was very young (I don’t remember exactly when), bout I don’t start into it since I was 20(to years ago). I was started into magic by a friend of my sister who gave me some classes. I learn there, a lot off tricks and beginner stuff of all kind: Some card tricks, some sleights (DL, Elmsley count…), some coin tricks, even the IT. Then the classes finish and I buy some book and videos, especially on coin magic, which I love by the way, (Bobo’s, encyclopedia of coin sleight), and in general magic.
All of this would be great BOUT the little problem is that I never take the time to practice very much…I don’t now why, it’s just like that and I know now I was wrong.
And now that I want to really practice, to really stick into magic, to become a magician! I don’t now where to start. I know all of this stuff but I don’t really know them.
So where to start? Should I start just by one trick? Or more than one? Or simply some sleight?
Please help
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Ok,Firstly it is is extremely cool you can recognize your problem.

Should a magician learn one effect perfectly then move on?Should a magician know lots of tricks and do em all back to back?

The answer is simple. It is a COMBINATION of both. I suggest you get a list of 3-5 tricks and work HARD on those. Take the time to create some great patter(things you will say) and master them technically so no one will notice any of the "moves."When that is done you are ready to perform. Make sure you feel it is clean tho. REALLY clean. You will know when.......

So how can You go about making time for them?It is a hard question since I don't know you personally. But I can tell you one thing. Whenever you are in a position of "It's boring,""I have nothing to do," or even "I think practicing magic instead of doing this would be better." GO FOR IT. The thing is that discipline is not a simple subject. It is something you must FORCE upon yourself.

Have the Discipline and do as much hard work as you can. I know you can truely do it and it will work out in the end.

If you truely don't have time then Master just ONE at a time. It is THE ONLY way.

Good luck.

Ps. IF you want to be a magician it will take time. It will take countless hours. So make it high on the priority list!If you truely want to do it,,,,,,,,simply , you will. Study the greats and the art and become better. That is how you become better and a magician.
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I would begin by practicing what you already know. The DL and Elmsley are valuable sleights to know for card magic. You already own the bible of coin magic, so read that book and practice some coin tricks. I recommend that you invest in a good book about card magic such as "The Royal Road To Card Magic" by Hugard & Braue To learn some more sleights and tricks. Also you could acquire a few card packet tricks such as Color Monte or Ultimate 3 Card Monte. But don't get caught into gaffed card magic and concentrate on the sleights instead, but a few commercial effects are fine. Visit the web and do some browsing thru out the endless magic supply companies to read about new stuff. Determine if your interest lies in close-up or stage magic and go on from there. Most of all, wherever your interest lies, learn to practice and love it and always have fun! Good luck!
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Personally, I like to learn the sleights first, then work out how to put them int o diffferet tricks which I then practice. I then practice the patter and then put the trick in to a routine.I find breaking pracice up like this helps me, and I'm also narrowing what I can do at each level, so when I learn a sleight I cna use it for many I tricks, and I can then find the fewId like to take further. And from there when Ive added patter I can try various ideas for putting it into a routine. Basically its keeping your options open near the beginningof learning somethign new.
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I'm not sure where you live or what resources are available to you, but one way to help is to get involved with a mentor or a club.

Look around and see if there is an IBM or SAM club near you. Knowing that you have a meeting each month helps you to stay focused. Club members can look over your effect and give suggestions on how to perform it better. And just getting together creates it's own level of excitement and encouragement.

This is not a substitute for practice, you still have to do that, this is just a way to encourage you to practice more.

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You are on a good way - you have already tried several aspects of magic. Now you have to focus on what you like. You said for example that you like coin magic, so practice coin effects. You will realize pretty quickly that you know the theory, but you are not able to do the effect smoothly. That´s where you have to start working!

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I agree with Kipp, IF you are able to join a club or find a mentor this will be your best solution. I have a mentor since last year when I got into doing slieghts and card and coin magic and he has been a wonderful help. Im aslo in the IBM and have been fortunate enough to have people in my local ring that I can call friends that help me with things. As for your Practicing its kind of a disipline thing. Just take 30 minutes in the after noon to practice and 30-45 minutes in the evening. Practice when your not doing anything, like when just watching TV. Some one else mentioned making a list of about 3-5 effect and learn them well, I agree with that. don't worry about how many effect you can do, but the few you know that you can do perfectly and without hesitation.
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Thans for all of your replies.
I think I will start with lets say 3 effects or sleight until I get them complitely right then move on.
By de way I'm form mexico.
Thanks again
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That's a good thing to do, v4c4. Don't try to do too much at once. Tommy Wonder once said to learn 7 tricks 100% rather than 10 tricks 70%.

Like Corey said, a mentor really does help if you are able to get one. I have one and it has helped me to advance in magic much quicker.Good luck in your magic!
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