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 Post subject: Practicing Card Sleights, Sleight of Hand
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:05 pm 
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I am curious, how often should I practice my card sleight of hand? Every day? 5 days out of the week? Any tips or advice?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:21 pm 
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3 times a week, a day between each work out.
Eat a lot of carbs before practicing and when you're done eat a lot of proteins


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Depends on who you are and what you are working on. It took me two months to get through the Royal Road to Card Magic when I first started out and as I venture into more advanced techniques it may take me two months to get the hang of one sleight.
My advice is to pick up a card clip and never leave home without your deck. I never set aside "practice time" but when I have a spare moment or I'm just bored I practice the moves I'm working on. You will find that adds up pretty quickly.


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eostresh wrote:
Depends on who you are and what you are working on. It took me two months to get through the Royal Road to Card Magic when I first started out and as I venture into more advanced techniques it may take me two months to get the hang of one sleight.
My advice is to pick up a card clip and never leave home without your deck. I never set aside "practice time" but when I have a spare moment or I'm just bored I practice the moves I'm working on. You will find that adds up pretty quickly.


Thanks, I was just curious how the other card magicians practice. I pretty much practice the same way you do though at times, I will go to the coffee shop and sit down at a table off by a corner to practice.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:36 pm 
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daniel116 wrote:
3 times a week, a day between each work out.
Eat a lot of carbs before practicing and when you're done eat a lot of proteins


I'd skip the healthy stuff. I find my half pass is much more convincing after a few beers...though I'm the only one who seems to think so :?


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eostresh wrote:
daniel116 wrote:
3 times a week, a day between each work out.
Eat a lot of carbs before practicing and when you're done eat a lot of proteins


I'd skip the healthy stuff. I find my half pass is much more convincing after a few beers...though I'm the only one who seems to think so :?


lol yeah
I find my passes much more invisible when it's dark


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daniel116 wrote:
eostresh wrote:
daniel116 wrote:
3 times a week, a day between each work out.
Eat a lot of carbs before practicing and when you're done eat a lot of proteins


I'd skip the healthy stuff. I find my half pass is much more convincing after a few beers...though I'm the only one who seems to think so :?


lol yeah
I find my passes much more invisible when it's dark


Mine are perfect when I'm using my imaginary deck.


Sean


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I normally practice my sleights when I have some spare time, or if I have a deck in my hands I just practice them as well.


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Spare time and when watching TV is when I get my practice in.
I have cards in my hand right now...


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every spare moment you have. You can get really good really fast that way. I don't do it but i'm try to as much as i can.


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 Post subject: Re: Practicing Card Sleights, Sleight of Hand
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:47 pm 
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VForVendetta43210 wrote:
I am curious, how often should I practice my card sleight of hand? Every day? 5 days out of the week? Any tips or advice?


Studies have shown that the best practice is concentrated practice for generally shorter periods of time. For instance, pick up a deck of cards and spend 10-15 minutes working on a particular move, etc. and then change to something else. There appears to be a kind of optimum time frame for gaining the right amount of muscle memory, etc.

As for me, I find that I gain progress by practicing in short intervals and regaling in long periods of idleness, sometimes up to several weeks. If a particular sleight becomes a stumbling block, I drop it and attempt practicing it later.

Make sure you are practicing the sleights correctly or it will be harder to unlearn the mistakes later. Remember that "Perfect practice makes perfect".

Best regardz,
OLMAGI52 :D :wink: 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Practicing Card Sleights, Sleight of Hand
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Olmagi52 wrote:
As for me, I find that I gain progress by practicing in short intervals and regaling in long periods of idleness, sometimes up to several weeks. If a particular sleight becomes a stumbling block, I drop it and attempt practicing it later.


That's sort of what I do when I learn something new. I get it, read the description, then let it go for a couple of weeks (or even months). Then when I pick it up again, I find that I'm able to do get it fairly quickly.

(Still 'working' on NFW that I got a month ago :D )


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Yeah.. I spent many hours practicing magic when I should have been doing homework... I usually carry a deck where ever I go. In Physics class senior year (high school) I sat there and practiced fanning and false cuts.


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