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mitchb2
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Thanks for all the great advice.
I'm going to focus on just a few basics for now, and get those down.
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All the best to your development of your routines and your growth in the performing art of magic.
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Personally, I asked for a lot of advice, read a lot of posts, and made a list of the basic "must have's". Then I found the best pricing online for all of them, and ordered them. I still havent used most of it....but I havent bought anything else either. I wont buy again, until I am, at least, competent at what I have.
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Ruben Padilla
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As for being scattered and unfocused, the best thing you can do is...

uh...

um...
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Super pixel is right on--pick 4 or 5 distinguishable effects, that have had the greatest impact on YOU thus far in your magical endeavors. Then practice and, whenever possible, perform them. Make them absolutely perfect, then revise them, hone them, sculp them, like a true artist. Chances are you will not need to spend another dollar.

Magic has very much been "cheapened" in recent years--it's because there are hoards of "magicians" who buy and know many, many tricks but have not spent the time to make even one of them a true piece of art. Don't be one of those people.
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I find it truly depressing that I now already have enough books and DVDs and playing cards to last me a lifetime. Or at least two decades.

Not only that but I cannot start reading these unopened books because I need to put in a few months of transcribing old notes for and rehearsing old stuff I half way know.

And I simply cannot find the energy to do that boring "office work". I can practice sleights for hours a day, but I'm realizing that I lack the stamina to do all of the dull work on learning already familiar material with no rewards of new toys or discovering new effects.

Rehearsing is like watching the same movie for the tenth or fiftieth time. How can anyone not buy new things and still remain freshly interested?
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I know the feeling, I have enough effects, DVDs and books to last my kids and myself a lifetime probably twice over. Now all I'll buy occasionally is one of the classic magic books to add to the library, mainly to get my spending fix. I think those books are the true gems of magic.

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Quote:
On 2007-09-02 09:24, mitchb2 wrote:
The only thing I practice consistently is my basic coin sleights.


I think you just answered your own question! Coin and money magic is awesome!
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I've had/have the same problem. Then one day a friend of mine (can be found on the Café') helped by providing points that is mentioned in the above post.

Application wise, I stop buying stuff. Pick my favorite 10 (we had to cut it back a to 6 or 7) and focus on them and developed routines with those.

I've been doing my top 10 for a while now, but I can do them with my eye's closed.
And I am not scattered (as much) anymore and I am more confident when it comes time to perform to a real audience.

I still buy, and I am still a little scattered, but I focus on my 10 first. And at times, reward myself for job well done. That job in performing my one or two of my top 10 to a real audience. Now that top 10 has become my close up/strolling act..

I think this is somewhat the same of what was already mentioned above.

Hope this helps.
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Great advice here! I am in the same boat. I'm going to start with mastery of one effect (thanks Brad), which will also force me to discipline my practice and rehearsal sessions.

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It all depends upon what you want out of magic. Sometimes you need to get away from your things, and your environment, go to the mountaintop, sit for a while, and ponder what is important for you. While undergoing cancer treatment I performed for others with cancer and for two shows I had already booked before I found out about the 3 1/2 inch tumor that was in the process of killing me. I realized then that performing magic took me into another world where interaction with others made me forget about my own personal problems and caused me to focus on the here and now.

When the magic bug bites,we can get overwhelmed, as others who are addicted to booze, drugs, gambling, food, ebay, video games, collecting things, impulse buying, etc. have to deal with. Magic is no different. We get sidetracked and overstimulated, causing us to shut down and become disenchanted.

It really does not matter how many tricks you have, whether they are expensive or things that you already have in your pockets. What matters is that you are getting something out of the experience that is positive for you and for those whom you entertain.

Remember Doug Henning's advice: The art of a magician is to create wonder. If we live with a sense of wonder, our lives become filled with joy.

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"Magic has very much been "cheapened" in recent years--it's because there are hoards of "magicians" who buy and know many, many tricks but have not spent the time to make even one of them a true piece of art. Don't be one of those people. "

Hey, are you picking on me!


I would add two things that I didn't notice above,

1) Have an objective. Make the magic you decide to learn fit some objective; like a impromptu routine after dinner, or a 30min childrens show...

2) Then list out some effects that may meet that objective, and then decide which fit together, and settle upon your "show".

3) Practice, and revise as needed.


I also agree with an earlier post of reading a book. Wilson's Complete Course is a fantastic resource for tricks, but it doesn't talk much about routining, or combining of effects. For that I found Magic for Dummies, or Fulves' The Magic Book to be helpful.

John
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The Amazing Noobini
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Actually I'm suddenly finding that reworking old material is very rewarding. What I do to make it interesting is to try and find effects that go together into little modules of 3 or 4 effects. These can then be assembled into a routine or performed as separate units.

This is probably very obvious stuff, but anyway it is very satisfying when something clicks and you find the link between a few separate effects. So that they fit together.

So far because of stress and nerves, my only (few, very few) performances have been of separate effects. And even if I have known all along that the end idea should be to build routines out of them, I have found it more tempting to learn new things instead.

Now I'm discovering that tweaking and combining what I already know isn't boring at all. It feels like the next step on the ladder for this newbie.
"Talk about melodrama... and being born in the wrong part of the world." (Raf Robert)
"You, my friend, have a lot to learn." (S. Youell)
"Nonsensical Raving of a lunatic mind..." (Larry)
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