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Paul Budd
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Y'know.....I'm an odd duck......(or maybe I just like to think I am!)

I'm the classic hobbyist: I "hide" a'lot by reading magic books. I go thru fits of practicing, then don't touch anything for days at a time.
But.....I do AGONIZE over the effects I do/don't put into my repertoire......I mean, I think A'LOT about whether I should/should not perform this trick or that trick

I've recently "chucked it all".....and have declared that I only do "2 tricks!!!"

[Those being Danny Archer's "Animental" and a little effect from Mark Wilson's book using a DB card (it's good!)......

has anyone else ever done this? Just decided, "I don't feel good about those 8 tricks....I'm not doing them for a while."

....I'm a little rambly today!
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Jack McMillen over the years had a large repertiore and invented many tricks. As the years passed, he narrowed down his repertoire to the ones he could remember. His logic was that if he couldn't remember his own trick, it must not have been worth remembering.

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The core is the core is the core. My core is two sets of 3 for the street. After that I play with this and that mostly for my own gratification. Occaisonally something will make it into the freewheeling after dinner show.
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On 2010-09-03 14:10, Paul Budd wrote:
Y'know.....I'm an odd duck......(or maybe I just like to think I am!)

I'm the classic hobbyist: I "hide" a'lot by reading magic books. I go thru fits of practicing, then don't touch anything for days at a time.
But.....I do AGONIZE over the effects I do/don't put into my repertoire......I mean, I think A'LOT about whether I should/should not perform this trick or that trick

I've recently "chucked it all".....and have declared that I only do "2 tricks!!!"

[Those being Danny Archer's "Animental" and a little effect from Mark Wilson's book using a DB card (it's good!)......

has anyone else ever done this? Just decided, "I don't feel good about those 8 tricks....I'm not doing them for a while."

....I'm a little rambly today!


Man you have my full admiration! Wish I could do that, too! But I'm another Jay Sankey. Just GOTTA do different things.
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Yes, the core is very important but variety keeps you on your toes.
You can perform the same act in tourist areas or large venues. If you have a steady gig in a small club, the regulars expect to see new material every week.
If your character and performance skills are in place it's not difficult. Routines that work especially well eventually become part of the core. Sort of a natural rotation where the cream floats to the top.

It's good to occasionally look back on the things that didn't work so well in the past. Maybe today there is a different approach or more experience to pull it off.
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There was a time that I was being asked by family and friends to do 'a trick' every time I saw them. Because of this I was constantly learning new stuff and probably not as well as I should have.
I still had my few effects for gigs but those went fairly quick in these situations.
It came to a point where I began say, "I have nothing new." and the asking eventually stopped.

I haven't accepted any gig in the past couple of years because I had to get away for a while. I still have a few standbys that I do well and will do one or two of those when asked. Yes, I have gone from 'magician' to 'trickster' and it don't bother me one bit.
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I especially know what you guys are saying about your situation determines your repertoire. if you are performing for the same crowd ,you need a constant inflow of new material.

But if you are always entertaining a different crowd, you can live off the same 6 effects for a life time.
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On 2010-09-03 15:55, HerbLarry wrote:
The core is the core is the core. My core is two sets of 3 for the street. After that I play with this and that mostly for my own gratification. Occaisonally something will make it into the freewheeling after dinner show.


Yes! I really think that is the secret, Herb! First of all, when I am "playing" with this new idea and that, I am usually at the 11th hour and really not fully focused- it is just that- play. When I am practicing for a gig, it is also just that- real practice when I am fully engaged.

I feel it is a mistake to forsake one for the other. Pull back to just 2 effects you really practice, and you will be like one one-gun owner... deadly! But enjoy looking into other magic almost as a "busman's holiday" of sorts, if anyone here is old enough to understand that phrase...

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It appears that you are doing two tricks that nobody else does, congratulations. Do what ever satisfies your need for magic, afterall you are an amatuer, and there is no pressure on you to know 100 tricks.

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Just the ones they ask me to do for their friends. Until a trick passes that test pretty regularly it's just a plaything for me.
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I think it was the great David Devant who was apporoached by an amateur who said he did dozens of tricks, the master Devant said he did only six tricks.
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I say, have Six Routines, not Six Tricks you do well.

However, to get your Six Routines, you have to go through as many ideas, experimentation and tricks that interests you...

Imo...
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On 2010-09-03 14:10, Paul Budd wrote:
Y'know.....I'm an odd duck......(or maybe I just like to think I am!)

I'm the classic hobbyist: I "hide" a'lot by reading magic books. I go thru fits of practicing, then don't touch anything for days at a time.
But.....I do AGONIZE over the effects I do/don't put into my repertoire......I mean, I think A'LOT about whether I should/should not perform this trick or that trick

I've recently "chucked it all".....and have declared that I only do "2 tricks!!!"

[Those being Danny Archer's "Animental" and a little effect from Mark Wilson's book using a DB card (it's good!)......

has anyone else ever done this? Just decided, "I don't feel good about those 8 tricks....I'm not doing them for a while."

....I'm a little rambly today!


Hi Paul,

You have articulated a ramble well worth chasing.

You describe a syndrome that has been expressed to me by many practitioners - professionals and hobbyists alike.

In my case, the line might read, “"I don't feel good about those 80 tricks....I'm not doing them for a few decades."
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"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
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