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So, I am practising the erdananse change, a move I should have learned a while ago, but only got to it now inspired by a trick I want to do by Jay Sankey. Now the problem I have, is I'm struggling to stay concentrated while practising a move. Usually when I have a move I need to learn, I practise the whole trick at once and this helps me stay going.

The problem is, in this case, the whole trick is just one move. A move I don't know yet. So I'm struglling to concentrate. What tips do you have on staying concentrated when practising like this. Smile Thanks in advance for any tips. I know there isn't a real answer other then just keep going but I'm kinda hoping for a tip or two.
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One thing that I do is always have a deck with me and when ever I get a chance, I will pull the cards out and work on a move or two. I do this while watching a movie or whatever. Do this until the move is second nature. It will happen, just be diligent.
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I will stress the importance of a break. That is taking time away from it to let your mind think about the process. Visualization also helps a lot. It worked wonders for wrestling and there is less at stake with magic. Think about doing it and you will find that your real moves work much better. I do this a lot with my act. I mimic moves and just go over them in my head.
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It's all about your hands and fingers to get used to the move. I would suggest you keep practicing but throw in other moves or effects with it.don't just do one move or trick. You want to give yourself a rest so to speak.

There have been plenty of times I was working on a move and just couldn't get it exactly right...so I would work on another slight or effect and come back to it. More often than not when coming back to it it would flow better and I could see something I was doing wrong.

So I am not saying don't practice. You need to practice and you need to practice your slights outside of a complete effect over and over. But my tip is to rotate different moves around when you do practice to give your hands a break and your concentration leve a rest, doing different moves aids in this so you don't get stuck frustrated and losing your concentration by doing one relentlessly
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+1 for practising whenever you have a spare minute.
+1 for not getting bogged down by constantly doing one move.
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