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Jim Poor
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By nature, I'm an introvert, but for many reasons I fight very hard to stay out of my shell. I started with karaoke and then magic, among other things.

In some ways, the pendulum swings the other way and I end up with some extroverted habits. For example; practicing solo drives me nuts. I almost have to have someone to show things and get feedback. I do my best to work an effect to the point that I can do it without revealing the workings before I show anyone, but I develop a smooth performance by performing.

My wife is my usual test audience until I think I can pull it off without blowing anything to the completely uninitiated.


Anyone else feel driven to practice with a live audience?
Or driven to seclusion for hours at a time solo first?


Best,
Jim
Strangelittleman
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I've always found that after some practice, then some playing with scripting and rehersal that I have to see the reaction on a real person...cue poor unforutante housemates. They give great feedback on everything from the trick itself, to timing and script/patter issues. I then go back to private practice - rework things and once I have the housemates loving it - its ready to roll.

Never forget parties aswell - as a lot of my friends know I practice magic - any party Im at I can be gurantteed to be asked to do something....also good live practice (plus one of the few ways to really practice audience management with drunks lol)
Andy the cardician
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Jim,
your mail does not sound like you are introverted. I do a lot of "solo" practice runs before I show a trick to someone - as I strive for perfection.

best
Andy
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I was going to post a thread but figured why not just tag it onto here as it could be easily seperated by just a semi-colon:

What actually improves a person's magic, experience or practice?
Andy the cardician
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Both.
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Jim Poor
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On 2007-01-28 19:32, Andy the cardician wrote:
Jim,
your mail does not sound like you are introverted. I do a lot of "solo" practice runs before I show a trick to someone - as I strive for perfection.

best
Andy


My mail?

Like I said, I work hard to stay out of my shell. It's exhausting sometimes.

Jim
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I'm rather obsessed with perfection, having just started to get into magic 9 months ago I always feel that I have to have something absolutely perfect before I show it off. I've been practicing my strike DL for 5 months :-p
-Larry
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Nothing worse than a "magician" who discloses a secret due to bad handling due to insufficient practice. . .
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Father Photius
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I'm very introverted by nature, but have learned enough extroversion to do my job and work with people and perform, etc. But I'd say my introversion has a lot to do with my love of practice and study of magic, something I can close myself away with for hours at a time.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
rgranville
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Performance is a skill, quite separate from sleights. Like any skill, it requires practice for one to get better. So experience is "just" the practicing and honing of performance skills. It isn't more or less important than practicing - it is practicing.

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I'll prefer solo practice until I got everything ready. I performed for my best friend once as a practice run and messed up because of nerves and ill-preparation. It's a good experience for me though cause it really made me think and apply what I've been reading and how to improve and work on it.

It's just that nowadays, I can't help but wonder what my family think of me whenever they hear me talking aloud in my own room behind a closed door.
Gary Richards
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I believe public performance of any kind requires either great courage or great foolhardiness, and sometimes a combination of both. I don't pretend to be a master magician, but I have witnessed master magicians in action, and they never fail to leave me breathless.
They have, it seems to me, much in common with tightrope walkers who perform without a net. They may privately practice a foot off the ground, or using a net, but sooner or later, they have to put it all on the line.
Inadvertently revealing the secrets of an effect through carelessness and lack of practice is tantamount to falling off the wire. So much wonder hangs in the balance. And even with all the diligent practice in the world, there's still that unexpected gust of wind that can come up suddenly, and for which there is no way to prepare, that can abrubtly destroy a second rate performer, or magically turn them into a real Master.
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