Audition: 1. a trial hearing given to a singer, actor, or other performer to test suitability for employment, professional training or competition, etc.
I am not disagreeing with you Paddy and I do respect what you have to share. Though I do see way too much of a discouragement (and I know I have done the same) towards the younger and less experienced magicians that ask questions.
If you started performing only once you perfected all the moves, yet without the real world situations, you were only half way there. You cannot learn crowd control, how to handle the heckler, the breast feeding mother, etc. in front of the mirror. Things like that can only be learned from experiencing the situation. It is the interaction which allows learning ones personality and own limitations from actual working conditions.
Reading the how to and practicing the moves until they are perfected does not allow one to grow towards being an entertainer.
Saying that someone does not have enough experience to go out and perform and to wait until they are masters is not realistic. In order to get better, there has to be mistakes they encounter that hopefuly he/she should learn from. These situations cannot be learned from books, other performers, or from perfecting the moves.
Thank you, thank you this is my argument in most of the threads Paddy put his 2 cents into, we cannot learn most of these things without making mistakes, you don't learn from success but rather from failure.