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 Post subject: Need a Kick
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:46 pm 
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I wanted to grab some advice about what can kick me back into what I used to be. I have been doing magic for around 5 years now. Recently tho (Last 6 months-1 year) I haven't been doing magic hardly at all and definitely haven't been practicing. I can still do most of the tricks but I feel like I have made no progress and it really bothers me. I really want to get back into it but I'm not sure where to start again. Should I be relearning the basics? Are there any new tricks in the last 6 months that are top notch? Yalls help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Need a Kick
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:35 pm 
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Work on how you present your effects instead. Unless you want to be the next Dai Vernon or some other technical card expert, why not focus on the way you perform and make the same tricks different?

Either that or Dresscode is pretty sexy.


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 Post subject: Re: Need a Kick
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:41 pm 
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I haven't posted here in a WHILE! I've had a similar problem myself though so this was a refreshing question to see :)

I used to think Magic was lame for a majority of this year. I realized how un-true that was when I got a girlfriend though (wait, a magician got a GIRLFRIEND? [GIRL{FRIEND}]) Yup! Not only does she love the magic, but she showed me how much I loved the magic myself.

I've had tons of times in my life when I got super passionate about it and that slowly faded away. Ever since I've had someone to perform for consistently and will always watch the newest routine I'm working on, I've gotten A) much more comfortable/less nervous and B) MUCH BETTER. Before, I would get really really nervous and never wanted to put myself under that, so I made magic something I only practice for myself. Loads of people love magic and I realize that now.

She got my a show at the pre-school she works at, and now that I have an audience that wants me, I'm excited to know I'll be performing again. Previously I haven't been very active with it, which is a total waste of talent. Now, however, I'm looking back at all the great routines I have and picking out a KILLER show which is really refreshing. I think what makes it so motivating is that these are all things I'll be performing and won't collect dust.

I saw a comment about working on presentation and I totally agree. My interest started to peak up to more than what it was when I did just that, and found my character (casual magician). All of that helped me tons and I'm so glad I did.

Get back into it!


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 Post subject: Re: Need a Kick
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:47 pm 
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Thanks for the advice, its very helpful! I think hearing just a few words from others can really be powerful/ encouraging. I really love the reactions on people's faces after a trick well done and that has been what keeps me in magic. Ive done magic for a few bands (Cage the elephant, Switchfoot and Manchester Orchestra) and its great to be able to have a skill that hardly anyone else does and be able to provide an experience not many get to see.


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