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Brad Burt
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Yes, I did. At my peak I practiced about 8 hours a day every day. And, that was going to school and working also. It would sometimes keep me up half the night trying to work out some problem with a sleight that was driving me nuts, etc.

Personally, I find doing magic too much is probably one of the truly benign fanaticisms. It won't give you cancer, cause you to rob a liquer store or drive you too crazy. Carry on,

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I personally practice for 3-4 hours a day but I’m not in school at the moment and when I’m in school that narrows down to about 1 hour to 2 hours.
"A genius is 1 % inspiration and 99% perspiration "-Thomas Edison
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I constantly rehearse. The real reason is so I can beat the laws of numbers. The chances are that sooner or later you will have a really bad show. Your hand will cramp up, a gimmick will fail, the audience is drunk...whatever. But if you are practicing more than performing, the odds are your bad show will be in your rehearsal and not on stage. I firmly believe that this has saved my butt many times! But still try to take some time off so you don't eventually suffer from burnout. This can be just as damaging.
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I have natural breaks in life. Work, school, etc. after a while it just eats away at me. I wanna practice and work on new concepts but, I should sleep instead. Sometimes when I have been up for 2 days and still can't sleep I get awesome ideas. Balance is life from an eastern philosophy. Ying Yang. Karma. I get fidgety and need a deck of cards every once in awhile. Where’s a good Doc. when you need one? LoL.
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My wife sometimes feels neglected because of magic... I try to make it up to her but it's difficult to balance two passions...

Richard
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Mike Robbins
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My family is my first passion. It all depends on your priorities and everyone has different ones. But I do recommend getting into something else (in fact several something elses) if you can. The more well-rounded you are the better performer you will be. Then you can integrate these other "passions" into your performance. Look at Jeff McBride. You see his passions of mime, movement, Kabuki Theater, and martial arts melded into his performances to raise him to a level far beyond that which someone who does nothing but sleights will ever reach.

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On 2003-07-08 14:56, jonesc2ii wrote:
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?!


You have no idea. 90% of nights up lying in bed for at least hours, mentally practicing my tricks. And magic is only a hobby for me!
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Play with your kids!!! Before you know it they will be in their teens and you'll regret not spending time with them!
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On 2003-07-08 14:56, jonesc2ii wrote:
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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?!


We must be brothers. I have spent days trying to work out an effect and have solved it while I was asleep. Sleep is the friend, not the enemy Smile
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Emily Belleranti
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Lately it seems that I'm almost always fiddling around with a deck of cards or a couple of coins. But I do try to set aside a few hours a day for serious, focused practice and rehearsal. I tend to get more accomplished during these sessions than when I am simply playing with a deck of cards while watching TV or something.

There have been times, however, that I have gotten kind of crazy with my practicing (8, 10 hours a day) and I do tend to get a little burned out after a while if I get to that extreme.

I don't seem to have problems getting inspiration to practice; I have problems with keeping magic from taking over my life.

I too suffer from insomnia, and I will occasionally get up at three in the morning to practice when I can't sleep. I know what you mean, Gary; sleep is a wonderful thing that I certainly wouldn't mind getting more of.


Emily B.
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It seems that is a personal thing. Everyones lives are a bit different. I personally wish i had more time to practice and do research. It seems I am always having to switch gears (so to speak). But, like many, I am balancing a lot. A few of the things that I have to keep in balance are as follows:
Time alone for prayer and meditation (I will leave it at that as i do not want to turn this into any sort of a "religious" discussion).
My family (time with my wife and raising two children).
My job (engineer in the aerospace industry).
My church (I am involved as a deacon and chairman of our missions committee).
Those are the major components in my life at present. But I would'nt have it any other way, it's all good!
Then whatever time is left I am practicing magic or watching a video or into a book or strolling around here at the Magic Café'. Smile

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I practice way too often also. Smile But if you enjoy it its ok. I practice about 1-5 hours a day. And if I do it before bed I do find myself getting up several times a night to pick up a pack of cards and figure things out. Your not alone. We both need breaks....
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