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My effects.. Well I'm not too sure, they aren't getting that many views on YouTube, I don't know whats wrong, SOMEONE TELL ME Smile

(If that's allowed)

Help would be very much appreciated
Tina I
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Uhm... I really don't know a polite way to say this: You need to practice a whole lot more! I understand that you are very young and eager to show off but what I saw was not very good.

My tip would be to really work hard on the moves. Get some books and videos and study them, learn how to do the moves before trying to use them. And practice practice practice. Practice the lifts, the colorchanges, the palming... everything. And until you master it you may want to take the videos down, because if you work hard they will not do you justice in a few weeks.

Best of luck!
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Ok, Tina pretty much nailed it right on the head there. Awesome that you're into magic at such a young age, and that you've got aspirations to be a great street magician, but you really need to slow down. Slow down the whole process; from receiving the DVD/Book, to learning the sleight, to performing the trick itself.

Here's some advice; forget about the trick, focus on the sleights. Example - if you're going to do a colour change trick, forget about choosing a card, forget about getting it to the top, just do the change. Erdnase, arm-change, shapeshifter - whatever, just the change. Over, and over, and over again. Do it til it's automatic. Do it sitting in front of the television, waiting for a bus, in your spare time - just keep doing it. Then pick the next sleight. Rinse and repeat.

Also; Slow. It. Down. Quick game is a good game, fast magic isn't. You list Brad, Wayne and Daniel among your influences. Watch when they do a reveal. Watch the whole trick. See how magical it looks? See how slow it's done? Try it for yourself. Film yourself doing it slow, and compare it to your current posts on YouTube. Look at the difference.

One more thing. Make the trick your own. Add your own spin to the trick. Do it your way. What you've got on YouTube looks like an amateur version of the original performance. You know how Brad, Wayne and Daniel do the trick. What you don't know yet is how YOU do the trick. Find out. Keep handling the cards until it feels right for you, add your personality to it and make it YOURS.

Endeavour til you forget how it's done - it just happens. Enjoy YOUR magic.

All the best,
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Professionals wait until they can perform a trick extremely well before they perform it for others, whereas amateurs are often fighting off the impulse to perform a trick as soon as they possibly can. Professionals know turning tricks into engaging, marvelous routines takes A LOT of patience and time practice, whereas an amateur is often fighting impatience and the impulse to take short cuts.

Keep in mind that I'm not putting someone down for being an amateur. (I'm an amateur hobbyist.) But if one is an amateur, they have to recognize the mistakes that amateurs are most prone to make, and work carefully at trying to overcome those mistakes. They also have to recognize that overcoming these mistakes is not easy and that if overcoming these mistakes does seem easy, then one is probably continuing to make the same mistakes and not recognizing it.

Athletes have coaches and trainers; budding musicians have instructors and organized music programs. While magic instructors and magic organizations do exist, they are less common, and so many magic hobbyists are self-taught. And just like it's impossible to directly stare at the back of one's own head, it's difficult to overcome one's own mistakes when working on one's own. But one can strive to make progress. Cultivating one's approach to learning magic and cultivating one's attitude about learning magic are important.
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I admire your enthusiasm about magic as that is quite obvious since you are posting videos on the net. And I want you to keep your enthusiasm! However, I would like to see you convert that enthusiasm into more practice, before showing an effect or converting it to a video and posting it. By practice I mean hours and hours devoted to one move until you don’t have to think about doing it as it is ingrained in your brain and every single finger of your hands, as well as every muscle of your body. It is not important “how many tricks you can do”. It is important that you DO THEM WELL! Slow down, speed is not important, but presentation is. The old saying “the hand is quicker than the eye” is a myth. Quick moves are detected by the eye quicker than a slow move. Well practiced and rehearsed slow, graceful moves are deceptive and not detected.
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