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 Post subject: The problem of practicing.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:35 pm 
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Sorry about all of these threads I'm making.

I'm just kind of having a problem. I don't have someone to practice on. Like a partner or a friend who can just come over all the time and discuss tricks, presentation, etc. with me.

Practicing alone presents the problem that I won't know how well it will work out in the real world. And so I ask, what would some advice for someone in my situation be?

Also, once again, I posted this in the "Advice" section, and somehow it ended up here in Off-Topic. I don't know why this keeps happening...


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 Post subject: Re: The problem of practicing.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:47 am 
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I moved it to advice with a shadow in off topic.


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 Post subject: Re: The problem of practicing.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:30 am 
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Do a few free performances, and ask for criticism from anyone who comes up afterwards. A camera might also help.


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 Post subject: Re: The problem of practicing.
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:38 am 
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Planswalker is right about the camera. make a movie of yourself performing. The only thing I disagree with is the four letter word he uses, FREE! Remember that anything "free" is usually worth what you paid for it and that's the way the audience thinks too.

The ONLY unpaid performance I give is to any "Make A Wish" function. And i always make the wish child the star of the show.


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 Post subject: Re: The problem of practicing.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:43 am 
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Camera is a great idea. Mirrors are a bit of an issue because you get use to looking at yourself as you perform, and you need to be use to looking at an audience.

Have you tried looking for a local IBM ring? Lots of people there who I bet would be willing to get together for practice sessions. Other than that, you could do what I did/do which borders on violation of our magical ethics. I practice on someone I know can keep the secret. This person I have ALWAYS practiced on, so she has a way of spotting things she shouldn't. My goal is always to fool her, and I still sometimes do. Often times she'll give me insight I otherwise would have missed on my own. I really don't recommend this option because you ruin magic's wonderment for that person. It works out for me because I have always done it that way.

-ArchAngel_G


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 Post subject: Re: The problem of practicing.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:37 pm 
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Thanks everyone. :D


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