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How long should I practice a trick before I try it on people?

Asked at 10:25am on October 28th, 2013 by (0 karma)
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This is a tricky question. I don't think there's a 'right' answer, but what I do know is, when I'm working on a new trick, I always perform it for people I trust--people who will give me honest feedback--before I take it to the masses. Whenever a trick is new, I know I'm going to suck at it. But that's okay. The key is improving and improving...so when I do take it into a 'real' set its ready to go.

Answered at 01:50pm on October 31st, 2013 by ricklax1 (86 karma)
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Practice it no less than a 100 times and 500 is usually better. 10,000 to truly master it.

You want to be able to do the mechanics without hesitation or pauses and no "flashing". AS you get that into muscle memory, you can work out the presentation.

Show it to magicians first, so that you don't expose magic. They can give you tips as well.

Finally show it to some people and modify your presentation based on their responses.

Answered at 01:06pm on December 19th, 2013 by kgphoto (5 karma)
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I work in the hotel industry and I practice on my own first to get the handling down and then I go to town on my coworkers , if I pass them I know I'm ready for anyone , these people are a tough crowd, and will give no room for error that is what makes you perfect, let people catch you but learn from it and you'll rearly go wrong.good luck.the street is unforgiving bro.don't get busted .

Answered at 08:22am on November 16th, 2013 by edge55 (3 karma)
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It feels like that's something that you should know or feel. When you are able to perform a trick without thinking about the method and just able to focus on the presentation you know you're definitely close!

Answered at 02:57pm on October 31st, 2013 by robertsonmagic (45 karma)
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Ricky Jay said he practiced a trick for a year before showing to anyone but practice until you have down smooth and not just the trick practice your script for the trick also

Answered at 03:19am on March 11th, 2015 by jimmymagic123 (14 karma)
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I'm old school. I practice my butt off until I think I have it without fumbling. Then, I practice in front of a mirror to get the audiences view. If you can do it in front of a mirror and fool yourself, you're ready.
Start off by showing friends and family to work out the nerves...plus it's a great way to learn audience management as well.
Good luck!

Answered at 07:36pm on February 25th, 2014 by Cool4cats (2 karma)
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First practice the effect over and over until you feel comfortable. Then find someone you trust, perform the effect for them. Get their honest feedback and then practice again.

You will know when it feels right.


PS - Stay off Youtube.

Answered at 12:58pm on October 28th, 2013 by s_branham (155 karma)
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I always practice a trick (no matter how easy) for three days before taking it to the streets.But if I need more time and haven't gotten it down yet.Then i practice it for an extra 3 days.

Answered at 10:08am on September 5th, 2014 by Sonicturboturtle (74 karma)
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