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Jeff Dial
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Gene Anderson (of newspaper fame) lectured in Seattle last month. He said something about practice that I thought was very profound.

"When doing a sleight in performance you will have to do it cold. So in your practice hit it the first time."

The idea was if you are learning the top change. First learn the mechanics of the move. After you are fairly confident move on to hitting it the first time.

Leave a deck of cards around the house. As you walk past, pick up the deck and do one, and only one top change, and then go about your business. You may do this only a dozen times a day.

The idea is to simulate real working conditions where you have to do a move in the middle of a routine, not after you have done it five times in a row.

Sage advice.

Thanks Gene.
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silverfire9
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That makes sense. Akin to martial arts practice, kinda. Practice the technique slowly, getting everything right, until you can do that in your sleep. Then the speed can come in. If you practice at speed right away, you'll probably let bad habits and errors creep in without realizing it.
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