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Jason -

Assuming limited time for the dedicated hobbyist, would you recommend that the time would be better spent practicing and performing a set act for as many audiences as possible, really trying to drill down on improvements based on actual experience, successes and failures, or doing a bit less of that and spending more time studying and expanding your awareness of the great ideas in magic? Ideally one would have time for both, but with family and career, it may not be so. Where would you suggest that the energy be focused?

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Hi MaxfieldsMagic:

Thank you for that question. I think the answer really depends on who you ask. I know some of my fellow performers are very interested in (for example) the history of magic. So what they do is read a lot, study a lot, and get to know as much as they can about it. I also know others that prefer to (as you wrote) perform as often as possible, etc. You are correct, it would be great if there were enough hours in the day to do everything....but I don't think that is possible. As the comedian Steven Wright said: "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" lol

My interest first and foremost is performing, so my personal suggestion is that you do more of that, and hone those skills. You simply cannot beat the experience of performing in front of live crowds.

However it really is a personal choice, and you have to ask yourself what is it that interests you the most, and what is it that you really want to do. If you want to improve your knowledge of magic, its history, and other ideas, then by all means work on studying that. If on the other hand you want to improve your experience in front of a crowd, then you may find benefit in doing shows for as many sets of audiences as possible (video the shows, review them), etc.....Of course if you're on the fence and can't decide which to do, then I would suggest perhaps compromising and doing a bit of both.

Does that sort of make sense, or was it too vague? Please let me know, and I will be happy to expand on something if you'd like. Thanks!

Best regards,

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