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Does it help to make more sense of a sleight if you learn it in the course of learning a new effect or would it be more beneficial to learn it on it's own?
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IMHO, I like to do both! I will normally want to learn a routine that has a new sleight that I don't know, I will break down the routine and learn only the slight, until I feel that I can do it correctly. Then I add the sleight to the routine, and practice it in context... Smile

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A routine can serve as both motivation to learn new sleights, then provide context for other sleights that are learned.
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Great question.

Looking back at the show I've created I'd say almost everything I've learned has come in the process of creating the routine.

I think the definitive advantage to learning a sleight within the effect is that it enables you to develop the true timing needed to accomplish the move.

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It makes sense for me.
I like tricks.
I would much prefer to work a trick and its related handlings. I find that in practicing the handling during the practice of a trick, I am less frustrated. Perhaps, that is because there is a reason and a rhythm to it. Robert Bloor's statement of developing a true timing is oh, so very true.
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Most of the time the new sleights and moves I learn I come across while learning a new effect or routine. However, there are times that I learn sleights or techniques because I know they will prove to be useful in the future (possibly in more ways than one).

There are also certain sleights and moves I use to warm up my hands, such as the basics of stage manipulation. Right now I don't have much of a performing outlet for manipulation, but who knows what the future will bring?

There are different reasons for why one learns a new sleight, and I don't think either way is superior.

Emily B.
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I agree.It's best to learn it doth ways. Smile
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