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Hi,

I didn't read all of the posts above mine, so I guess I'll just respond to the original one. I'm sixteen years old. Therefore, not old by any possible standards. I grew up with magic, as my dad's a magician. When I was five and six, I could perform a fairly complex Professor's Nightmare routine. Now, over a decade later, my dad does the same routine, and it confuses me. My sleight skills have seriously disintegrated, I can't do much at all outside of self-working,
and it's been taking me a long time to even get down a sponge bunny routine.

This has nothing to do with physical disintegration, but it's like, as I get closer to adulthood, I'm having more trouble believing in the magic. The classic children's tales that are really written for adults, where children can access the magic realm but the adults can't because they no longer have imagination. I'm desperately trying to get it back.

Alexa
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I'm going to hit you right square between the eyes on this one. The reason you can't do this stuff is probably that you don't practice. If you do practice, you aren't going about it correctly. Don't work on a dozen different things at once. Work on one routine until you master it.
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Oh, no doubt about that. I'm at a boarding school, it's my junior year. Most of my practicing is in between classes. I just think it's interesting (and frustrating) that I could do stuff like that when I was five, but I lost it.

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If you want it back, you can get it.

Just don't give up.
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It's been nearly a year since I played my piano seriously, ma fingers ached. I missed a lot of notes and had to think way too much. Not much time off loses considerable skill.

I haven't performed magic (for an audience) for about the same time, but at least I practice..... Still I am un-improving.

The guys who stick with it are/will be fine performers well into the old, old age of the fifties. Smile Actually, my piano teacher is still my favorite to listen to, and he's pretty old. Age or disabilities are something a guy can work around, if he wants to. I have found that proven true by the many elderly people I have had the opportunity to grow up around.
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I think that, as we grow older, there'll definitely be a loss of dexterity, or when we try to perform complex knuckle busting sleights or flourishes, certain parts of our hands may hurt or ache badly. There may be sleights that we may no longer want to do anymore, then.

However, there's definitely still going to be countless sleights available that we can still use to perform. So, magic can still be a part of our life till the end.

Also, I think doing some strength building exercises to develop the muscles around the wrists and palm would help in combating some troubles that come with old age, like the wearing out of ligaments. So if you feel that certain parts of your body are feeling weak in some way, doing light exercises to build up the muscles there can really help to alleviate the problem.
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Definitely! I'm not going to give up. Magic is going to be a part of my life throughout the whole cycle, birth to death.

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As I get older some sleights may be harder, but the ability to believe is easier -- and thus, the magic more believable...
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I hope that keeping up with the sleights and practicing regularly will keep me in good shape, but everyone is different, so it's a hard one to comment on. Ask me in another 40 years when I'm 80 (if I live that long), and I'll let you all know. lol
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When I'm older, I'd love to be like Mr. Ash from Ash's Magic Shop in Chicago. He can use a bright silver pipe in place of a TT and still have you wondering where the silk vanished to. He can have a prop misbehave and still have such a smooth presentation that it's still a great trick. He has the power to pull you into the illusion. A good deal of magic takes place in the mind of the beholder, and he knows how to direct that mind.

If you're ever in Chicago, look up the shop. It's an experience.
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Yes, Ash's shop is an experience!

And as many have said in many different ways, for the most part, "we can do whatever we think we can do" and "cannot do that which we think we cannot"!

At ANY age!

Mark
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