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daffydoug
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I'm edging closer to 60 and I'm still learning new effects!

So I'd have to say unequivocally NO! You are never to old to learn!
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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Never too old to learn. I'm retired and after years of collecting and hobbying at magic, at age 63 I performed my first magic show for charity. I kept doing charity shows and enjoyed it. And I learned that I thoroughly enjoy performing for kids in the 4-8 year range. Perhaps that's something to focus on, what do you like to do and who do you like performing for? I did learn however, that at my age I don't wish to do magic for a living (after all I am retired) or to make money at it. It's hard work when you consider travel, set up, performing, take down, etc. But I'm now going on 66 and still loving it. And it's especially nice that you have your son to work with.
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Just practice more never give up
JohnIJ
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Practicing, practicing ...... I'm making progress. Sleights are still difficult but I think I have to develop some muscle memory.
liormk
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Im 31, and my main problem is that I don't have much time to practice, between work and family. So maybe being a bit older helps Smile
Magic Pierre
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Nope. I'm 54, and I seem to have less time every week...
JohnIJ
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Time is always a problem even if your older.
MikeHolbrook
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This discussion on persons of a more mature age is a great one for me. I'm 57 and at the present time I'm unemployed. Even though I'm not working for pay, I have so much going on lately that I have not practiced in weeks. Once my daughter gets settled in her new home and I'm not at her house about everyday working, I hope to get back to practicing and be able to start picking up some paid performances. My only performances so far were free ones for my church or the kids at a ministry I'm involved in.

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I sometimes think about whether I'll still be into magic when I'm 50+. Then I realize magic will probably lose it's appeal by then, you know, with all the flying cars and time traveling etc..
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I started when I was 64 (am 70 now) and know enough moves to do dozens of card tricks. Unless you're a total klutz it's not that hard and you don't need to know that many moves. Learn a double lift, Elmsley count, glide, a few false cuts and shuffles and you're ready to do about a 100 or so tricks. In addition there are many card tricks that require no moves at all and still blow people away. At my age I'm not ready to put in hours of practice and don't have the dexterity anyway. Also, there is lots of magic besides cards you can do that is not difficult to learn. Sponge balls, ropes, coins, and chop cup are all great. I'm talking about basic routines with these items. PM me if you want more specifics. Just remember that you're never too old to do anything. I also learned to do ventriloquism at this age so as long as you have the interest you can do it.
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You are right, my friend! It's all in the mind and in the attitude. It truly is.

There is enough "self working" effects in magic that are still amazing to keep a person busy for a lifetime.

So even if a person doesn't desire to learn sleights, they can still fool the pants off people.

So really, age is no object.
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
Dallas Robbins
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One is never too old to start anything new.
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I've just started learning magic for the benefit of my young kids. I thought if they see me doing tricks then they would be more inclined to take it up too. I admit, at first I thought maybe I was a bit old to start (I'm 40) but then, like the general sentiment of this thread, I came to the conclusion that no I'm not!

I think the problem is that once you start convincing yourself that you're too old to do something (not just magic, but anything in life really) then you kind of create a self full-filling prophecy. Thinking like that succeeds only in denting your self-confidence, self-belief and puts un-necessary, additional pressure on yourself when you stand up and try doing a trick.
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I'm just now starting to relearn card magic and I'm 54 and I'm loving it and I think in about another 6 months I'll better than I was when I was really in to magic as a teenager. Just keep at it and always have a deck within reach or in your pocket.
Kaneda
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I believe its never too late to learn anything new. If you have the drive to learn it, your age doesn't matter.
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I started when I was 45 (I'm 58 now). Age has not been as issue for me. If anything, it makes it better!
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Just keep doing it. A deck of cards will feel uncomfortable, holding, shuffling, different moves, holding two cards. the cards will slide around, you will drop cards, but eventually that will start to change. It will start to feel natural, it just takes some time, regardless of what age you try. One piece of advice. Don't try to do too much at once. Get the basics and practice continually, get good at two or three routines, and then add on.
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Just do it!
Mr. Danny
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Started performing at 50, man, all that time wasted! This is FUN!
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Yep...the cut off is 50. Sorry to be the one to tell you, but you are too old.

Ridiculous!!! As has been written many times already, it is never too old! In fact, recent science supports the notion that an old dog can indeed learn new tricks. It's all about neural plasticity, but I won't bore you with the details. Rest assured your brain can adapt, change, and learn for the entirety of your lifetime!
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