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jonesc2ii
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I have the enviable ability to be practicing or researching (or discussing) magic ALL DAY, every day. So I tend to get carried away and then burn out for a period.

How much do other members practice, research, discuss magic?

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Many times I can't sleep because my mind is trying to figure something out, like how to produce a duplicate signature for example!

Does anyone else have this kind of insomnia?!
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Personally, I think it is great that you are like that. The more the better. Just take some time to do other things once in a while. And when you hit those "burned out " periods, take more time off from magic. Just make sure to kepp checking back here at the Café to keep "into" it and still practice, but don't kill yourself. This is just what came to my mind, I'm sure other Café members will have just as good and even better advice.
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Just perform/practice when you feel like it. Perhaps you should pace yourself a little bit. Try and learn somthing new; that always helps to keep from getting bored.
Just the other night I woke up with this really good idea for a trick, but now I forgot it. Try using your dreams for patter, it's weird!
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Wassabi, if I slept I might have dreams! As it is, I'm too obsessed with magnets and cards and dice and beer to sleep. Smile
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When I get bored, I just pop in a Magic DVD to get me hyped up.

About practicing; I always practice a week or so before I know I'll be aked to perform, like at a family member's birthday or something like that, or before I go to a S.A.M. meeting to show off some new things. But you've got to be doing other stuff other than magic; for me I have a girl friend and we're always going out to places so that keeps my mind off magic. Keep busy and keep practicing... Smile
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Jesse, I have a wife and two kids but ... Smile
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I feel kind of obsessed as well
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I try to find a balance between magic and other parts of my life.

My wife is helpful in reminding me.

This Spring and Summer have been very busy with practice, shows and last weeks IBM Convention. It was my first big Convention.

We were swimming last night and I was
practicing a new song for the vent act.

She kindly asked if I could put aside the show while we were swimming.

Of course I did.

Puppets and Magic are great but they don't give as much as my wonderful and very magical wife Annie does.

I learned the hard way in my younger years about not balancing things.

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An hour on the web surfing latest info, another hour for either books, videos, or simply a decks of cards to practice sleight.

This start about 2 years ago and will goes on for sure.
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Some days 4 hours, some days none. A good balance in life tends to lead to a better quality of life.
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I've found a true passion for magic, and so I delve into it up to 5 hours a day. Even though I do other things to keep from getting bored I still find myself with a deck or a coin, or righting some patter or something that has to do with magic. It's obsessive but when you really have a passion for something you just can't help it.

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I just live for magic....When I am not working, I am practicing.

I try to help others magicians in my time off.

I quit buying much tricks....Now,I buy books on theory of magic.

I enjoy reading magic a lot.

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I'm still a beginner and I find I do pratice a lot. Maybe not so much in front of a book. But when ever watching the TV I've always got a pack of cards in my hands. Just springing, fanning and generally sleighting away!
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I practise about 3 hours a day. Is that good or bad? Smile
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As long as you're practicing intelligently.
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I wish I could practice all day, but I have to balance my real life with my magic life... So, I always try to practice, at least, one hour per day. I have decks of cards in every room in my home, in my work, even in my car (this last is dangerous, but I try to use it when I´m in a traffic jam or waiting for someone, in that way I´m not getting desperate Smile )
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I practice sporadically, which might be why I don't get anywhere. I generally practice for a month a LOT, and I get pretty good, but then I have finals at school or AP tests, and I forget about it for a couple months...
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On 2003-07-19 13:01, lpelletier wrote:
I practise about 3 hours a day. Is that good or bad? Smile
finance dragon answered:
As long as you're practicing intelligently.


This is the key. Set aside some time for basics -- technical studies, if you will. Work on a pass. Get it perfect.

Dai Vernon has often been quoted as stating that a double undercut was a good substitute for a pass. This was a statement that was taken out of context. The actual statement was more like "In most cases, the double undercut is an acceptable substitute for a pass." But there are things that you can do ONLY with a pass.

If this were not true, why did Vernon still do one? (or MORE!) and why did Bruce Cervon devote so much time to perfecting it?

Spend time on coin sleights.

And practice your routines.

Then rehearse them.
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Another note on having breaks. Try once in a while to have rest periods from magic. What I believe you will find like I myself have done is that after these rest periods when you go back to magic you are full of new ideas that are waiting to be explored. If you spend too much time continuously on one thing it can end up that you don't move forward. How long your rest period is varies from person to person. Personally for me it’s a week at most. Other I know it has been months even years. This rest period however is not to do with going off of magic. It is purely to regenerate.
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I wanted to expand a bit on the idea of practicing.

There are several areas that can be practiced. As Bill P. comments, some time can be assigned to the basics. However, one must practice more than just technique (at any level) to become a proficient performer, even if one only wishes to perform for friends.

Divide your time between several subjects, in whatever manner you want. I advise that you devote some time to mastering technique, some to research, some for reading books and magazines, and the lion's share to developing, working on and polishing finished pieces (assuming you already have some technique).

Having finished pieces as your goal will pay off, as there is an end in sight for all the various forms of practicing. It also pays off in terms of presenting FINISHED pieces, instead of inflicting a hesitating, bumbling performance on one's spectators. It's easy to get sucked into reading or web surfing, or on obsessing about finger flutter during a pass. Even so, one can always reallocate time to practicing a particular technique that may be problematic. I see many individuals who dedicate time to mastering sleights, but who have no clue as to performing the piece. They treat their performing as the perfect time to practice. OUCH!

I recognize that some don't have professional magical performing as a primary goal, but think of it this way: If I were playing violin on a particular piece at the same level at which I perform a particular magic piece, would I be embarrassed to perform it in public?

Good luck!
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