I however disagree. "Old School Magicians" say that you should get an effect and practice it in front of a mirror for weeks and weeks or months on months of nothing but practice.
1: "Good Magicians" say that you need to practice an effect till you can perform it well - before you try to perform it.
2: If it take you that long, you need to find a new hobby. A month is more than enough time to learn most effects, and as you progress in magic your learning time will shorten.
Circumstances are different for kids and adults. Kids have to go to school, they mainly perform for their friends and for people who see them everyday.
Child = school for 6 hours a day
Adult = work for 8 hours a day + commute + assorted other errands
Adults have more demands on their time than children - and yet we somehow find the time to practice.
So you have spend three months practicing and perfecting a very angle-sensitive routine. You show it to your friend. You floor him. He is totally amazed because you executed it flawlessly, luckily not flashing. "Do it again!" It does not matter who you perform for, if you do something good they are going to want to see it again. You know that since they are looking for it and your angles are tight, you can not perform it like that again. SO you try to smooth talk your way out of it, "Let me show you somthing else..... Ohhh crap I don't know anything else..." Your stuck, you just say no. But they persist. You can do nothing but walk away and look like an idiot or expose the trick.
I have no idea what this section is suppose to be about, since it doesn't further your point at all.
1: If you know your performing environment is a school yard, you shouldn't be buying angle sensitive effects to begin with.
2: If it took you three months to learn the effect, you need to find a new hobby.
3: If you've leanrned the effect appropriately, why can't you re-adjust your angles and do it again?
4: And finally, why would you use an "out-line" that you couldn't follow up on?
Apparently this guy is just plain stupid.
Then there are the twelve year olds who buy a lot of overpriced tricks from E and perform them all the next day. Some twelve year olds don't completely suck.
I demand proof of that.
They show lets say an ambitious card routine. Do it again! No how about I show you something else. He then goes into some other routine and manages to pull it off. By that time the people are satisfied our have to go somewhere so the twelve year old just had a half decent performance and looks like he could have done more so the people will be back and asking for more magic. While with the other one who practiced and honed one routine will look like an idiot and no one will want to watch him perform.
The problem is that what you're suggesting is incredibly unlikely. Ambitious card is a 'sleight-heavy' routine. Wihtout practice the method is obvious and the effect is pointless. Beyond that, the kid will have a hard enough time remembering what to do next, let alone how to execute the moves - let alone how to do another effect after that.
At least the twelve year old kids perform. Unlike the other ones who stay secluded from society and to nothing but practice. The point of magic is to entertain. To perform is to entertain if the kid doesn't screw the trick up.
If their performance is pooly exected - it's better for them to stay home.
Those of us who spend significant amounts of time practicing are also the ones who spend the most time performing. We practice because we want the performance to be good - without performing, there is no motivation.
So those of you who say that twelve year olds are ruining magic are, in my opinion, wrong. They are the next generation of magician's if any of them see to stay into magic into their adulthood.
Well, your thoughts on the subject suggest that you probably are a twelve year old, so I'm guessing your opinion is a bit bias.
With a little misdirection any sleight can go unnoticed.
True, and it takes practice to learn misdirection. It also takes practice to learn how to do sleights in the open.