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I want to get really good with a few tricks, but I find myself getting distracted from practice and performance and review by all the other cool stuff in magic. For example, I really like a particular effect, and so set about trying to learn it, practice it, perform it etc. But before I've mastered it I come across another effect that looks even better, and it pulls my focus away from what I originally set out to do well.

How do people cope with this, because it seems that no matter what effect you set out to develop there's always a 'better' one just around the corner ...
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It's simple, just stop surfing the web for new realeases while you're learning something. It will still be there when you're ready to move on.
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Everyone's going to be a little different. I just try to maintain enough discipline to push through, because I still like the distractions. I allow enough time in my schedule to play with new things, on the condition that I don't neglect the old.


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This is a tricky one. As we all learn different ways. But here are few things I find use full.
1) Stay of the net,
2) Scheduled time- I have time for research were a I buy a few effect and DVD and books and just flick throw give things a ago.
3) focus- I have a box which at the moment has my dye tube in it and photo copied page of a coin trick. This cuts down distractions.
4) Note books- write down to do list and time line. I have the dye tube noted down that I need to take it out and try it out on people over Christmas. I also make note on ideas as they come up so I don't get distracted I make a note to come back to it.

Hope this helps and I am going to log of and find that dye tube.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
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"there's always a 'better' one just around the corner ..."

the standard should never be what impresses you or "tickles your fancy" as to possibilities. The objective is to kindle magic within a spectator and create a long term story of the experience.

There can be no "better than" until you have something to compare it with -- a perfected effect performed dozens of time before various audiences and refined through error. Only if this process fails to produce the desired results will it be possible to consider what effect might be "better." The imagined "more exciting for you" is a fantasy.

Yes, it is always exciting to browse what is "out there" and what other performers are doing. Do not confuse this fantasy dabbling with a search for anything "better."

To paraphrase a great actor asked if he ever got bored after performing the same lines a thousand times -- "No, I perform a new show a thousand times - new audience, new opportunities. I can always be better tomorrow based on what I have learned today."

Today you can only be the "best" with what you have. Dare to do what no other has done and to be what no other has ever been. There can be nothing "better" than that.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst

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Terrible Wizard
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Good tips - though I find it difficult to stay away from the net Smile
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I think when just starting out its almost impossible to avoid distraction. So much wealth of information that its inevitable. I have made purchases I regret but never regret buying a book.

I use Yellowcustards approach now. I have storage boxes for things I'm planning on working and a close up case case for my current workers. In the case I have my note book for presentation ideas at the front. set lists and random idea notes in the back.
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I just retired and am getting back into performance magic. Over the years I have collected boxes and boxes of magic effects and books. What is funny is that since I am now older, that print in the ole BoBo's Coin Magic book has shrunk, Ha!! Plus, I am now spoiled to the new DVD's that visually demonstrate the tricks and you can go back and review routines over and over, start and stop.

So here we go again. I am buying DVD's to bring me up to speed. This magic business sure gets expensive, Ha!!
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Buy and learn from a book, you will notice the difference.
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I think that, personally, you should do what you like. I got into Magic and Mentalism because I enjoy it. I study these things because I like to have fun and I like other people to have fun too. I don't promote performing without practice and stuff but I enjoy learning new things. I like to jump around, but I think that if you want to perfect a trick you have to set time to do so like Yellowcustard was saying. I do magic to have fun so if I'm having fun, regardless if other people are or if I am not perfecting a move, I am still enjoying myself.

Just my two cents =]
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Good point, c biskit Smile. I am enjoying myself.
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