So, before focusing on learning everything, put together a STRONG routine.
Good essay, and the longest one paragraph I have ever seen!
I agree with most of your viewpoints, but just a few things. One should not try to learn "everything" at once of course, but they should try and learn everything that is 'essential' to creating that "strong routine." You can't create a routine, or magic recipe without the ingredients first. I assume you meant that though, and it was just mis-worded.
No Pauses, no Improvisation.
Maybe, as far as what is "supposed" to happen during your routine. But I also believe strongly that one should be prepared to both "pause, and improvise" during a live performance should something unexpected come up. One should practice every perceivable out that could happen, and be able to continue on smoothly as if nothing ever happened without missing a beat.
A performer should absolutely not just ignore the unforeseen circumstance, and continue on like some robotic magician. He should adapt to the circumstance to the best of his ability, and go with the flow in an effort to utilize the unpredictable outcome to his advantage if at all possible. Practicing, and rehearsing improvisation can go a long way come performance time should any mishaps, or interruptions occur.
Unlike in sports, you have complete control over EVERY SINGLE PART of your show -
Do you? Well you should, but that is dependent upon the performer's ability, and audience management skills. You can't always assume you will always have complete control of your shows, but you can strive for that goal always. But as I said above, one has to be prepared, and be able to account for unpredictable circumstances.
You're not fooling anyone by being mechanical, and stuttering etc., when you do a 'magic' move. Even though they didn't necessarily se you do it, if they suspect it, you’re not fooling anyone.
True you are not fooling anyone, but "fooling" the audience is not nearly as important as "entertaining" them. Granted you most likely will not entertain them if you are not fooling them, unless you are doing some type of comedy routine. But if one only relies on 'raw technique' as opposed to an 'entertaining presentation,' this is almost just as bad.
You are only confusing your audience for the most part, not captivating, or entertaining them. Where as if a magician with a great personality may be able to get away with more stuff should he lack a few technical skills. But technical skill, and presentation go hand in hand, and both combined are definitely the best 'secret ingredient' for any magic recipe.
And lastly, use your head. THINK about everything you are doing. If it doesn't make sense why your hand is going into your pocket, change it. . To conclude, don't rely totally on DVDs, videos and books. Focus on your WHOLE routine. Use your head, and be natural.
Are you saying THINK while performing, or while practicing and rehearsing? During a performance one should not have to think anymore, every part of their routine should now be second nature, as all the thinking should have already been done in the practice room.
Also the 'source' of any form of education is not as important as to how one is able to 'absorb, and utilize' the knowledge acquired. The main difference between books and dvds, are simply that books are far more 'cost efficient,' as they contain a lot more material than dvds do for the price.