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 Post subject: When good magicians go bad
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 12:59 pm 
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Hey everyone. I'm seriously considering quitting magic. I have been performing for a while now, and my skills were vastly improving. I was fooling people left and right, here and there, everywhere. Recently, however, my skills started to decrease. It's become so bad that my last performance I couldn't do more than 1 or 2 tricks without botching something up. I seems that the more I practice, the more I screw things up. Has anyone else had similar experiences when they were starting out? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:13 pm 
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Maybe you're overpracticing. Take a couple days for a break. Get some sleep. :?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:20 pm 
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Yeah....back off....regroup. Take a few weeks or a month away from it. Maybe when you decide to get back into it, things'll work out better for ya.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:41 pm 
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Hello,

I have never actually got worse by practicing a lot, but i have been a little tired of performing all the time,
When your tired of performing some times, you can tend to mess up tricks that you have been perfect in for a long time. I started to get a little tired of doing shows every weekend so i decided to take a break, for one month, im still on my break and ill tell you what it feels pretty good.

I dont think that your were over practicing, but i think you might have been over perfroming a lot and just got tired of it.
Like RoatC said, take a break whether it be one week or one month, but do not quit the art you love.

sincerely,
Kyle


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 2:10 pm 
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You should definitely pick a different hobby to cross it. For example, sometimes I get wrapped up in constant magic and never touch my guitar, and then i pick up my guitar and remember how much fun it is, forget about my tricks and play more. And then i get sick of it and rediscover my magic. This cycle completes about every 2 weeks for me and it balances my hobbies actually giving me a maximum performance. also lighten up. never do a magic trick before youve broken the ice, unless you have a specific plan of action to use the magic to break the ice. Keep it balanced


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 2:22 pm 
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Don't do anything you'll regret later. Take a break but don't break your toys. Put 'em aside for awhile and get your mind on something else ( I have a few suggestions if you're up to it ). Get your priorities straight (God, family, friends, studies, career, etc.) which should put some balance in your life therefore getting your magical interests in proper perspective. Remember what got you started in the first place, your love for magic - don't divorce yourself from your love of magic just because you're having a bad hair day. Take a deep breath, count to ten, exhale! Then go do a card trick.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 3:11 pm 
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just stop doing it altogether for 1 month. trust me, when you come back, you'll be all aobut it. plus there'll be some sweet new tricks :)


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