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Sam Hagen
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Hello everyone. I'm a new member of Magic Café. How can you avoid being bored when learning magic? Thanks.

S.H.
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I have never been bored with the magic I learn. There is times I find practicing a sligth and it not gelling become annoying but that's different to boredom.

Can you give a example of when or what gets you bored.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
Sam Hagen
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Hi Yellowcustard.

When I was on highschool, I came to the point where I felt thrown up whenever seeing my magic drawer and see a lot of cluttered, unused props. At that point I didn't want to do any magic at all.

Then, I started to explore card magic when in college. The almost limitless number of plots in card magic has challenged me to keep learning.

However, at times I felt thrown up whenever I see cards around. Smile

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Strange, at 71 I don't recall ever being bored. Magic is just one of the ways to make sure I am never bored since it is "of the mind."

Whether in an easy chair, on a bus or lying awake in the middle of the night --

I can role play an effect in my mind and try new sleights or combinations, and thereby create new effects to practice should I have a rainy day.

Wood to split, gardens to nurture -- whatever. Those take physical effort and can lead to weary, but never boring,

since the repetition can provide a rhythm to your creativity of writing a story or song or planning a meal for a friend.

Guess I just don't understand "bored" -- no time for it. LIfe is filled with awe and wonder.

Maybe it is looking for tricks that is the problem.
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I have never been bored with magic, if I was I would give it up, why would I want to do something that bored me ! Apart from anything else if I felt bored that would show when I was performing so yes , I would just give it up.
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It is a strange question. Learn different kinds of magic and mentalism. If you still get bored, then magic is not for you.
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I can see that constantly repeating moves can be boring - but sometimes you need to do it to get used to the move - however, at those times I do that bit whilst doing something else - so I'm watching TV whilst trying out the move. But I would generally say it's never boring to me, as it's fun!
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For me I used to say it depends on which rules.

My ADHD or my OCD.
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I agree with most others. I have NEVER been bored with magic.
its what I think about when I wake up and its the last thing I think about before going to bed.

May be if you are bored magic isn't for you.

try doing different things not just cards this might help the boredom.
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My show has become like a long monologue.

Magic is just part of the journey.

It also includes the art of puppetry(including ventriloquism and marionette work), and music. (several string instruments and harmonica)

Yes I got bored and learned something new.
Then went back to get better.

I improved when I started taking lessons. (in magic, puppetry and music)
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On May 7, 2015, Harris wrote:
My show has become like a long monologue.

Magic is just part of the journey.

It also includes the art of puppetry(including ventriloquism and marionette work), and music. (several string instruments and harmonica)

Yes I got bored and learned something new.
Then went back to get better.

My good friend Harris. How could you ever become bored when you have your puppets and your ventriloquist side kick talking back to you? Personally, I have never been bored by magic. Like Funsway, I sometimes get tired of the practice (especially when I don't get it right the first time).

Ray

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I don't know who said it, but I have always found this quote helpful:

Do it til it's boring, then do it til it's beautiful.
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Also, you talk about the drawer full of props and the limitless number of card plots...maybe you are mis-naming what you are feeling. Perhaps overwhelmed is more correct? If so, try to add discipline and focus. Work on a few things that you enjoy instead of getting lost in the possibilities.
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What is it that makes you feel bored.
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Sam Hagen
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Hi all. Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I guess I am bored of practicing and not enough performing. I am an amateur, after all.

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My show has become like a long monologue.

Magic is just part of the journey.

It also includes the art of puppetry(including ventriloquism and marionette work), and music. (several string instruments and harmonica)

Yes I got bored and learned something new.
Then went back to get better.

I improved when I started taking lessons. (in magic, puppetry and music)


That's truly beautiful insight, mister Harris. Thank you. Smile

I will keep learning and won't give up on magic. Smile
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Sam Hagen
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On May 7, 2015, funsway wrote:
Strange, at 71 I don't recall ever being bored. Magic is just one of the ways to make sure I am never bored since it is "of the mind."

Whether in an easy chair, on a bus or lying awake in the middle of the night --

I can role play an effect in my mind and try new sleights or combinations, and thereby create new effects to practice should I have a rainy day.

Wood to split, gardens to nurture -- whatever. Those take physical effort and can lead to weary, but never boring,

since the repetition can provide a rhythm to your creativity of writing a story or song or planning a meal for a friend.

Guess I just don't understand "bored" -- no time for it. LIfe is filled with awe and wonder.

Maybe it is looking for tricks that is the problem.


Hope I can keep the spirit until 71 as well. Smile
May you live in interesting times.
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As an amateur it can be hard sometimes to find times to perform - I always take something with me to visits out/family events etc and if an opportunity arises, or can be made to arise, I will take it and perform something.
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On May 7, 2015, JoshTmagic wrote:
I agree with most others. I have NEVER been bored with magic.
its what I think about when I wake up and its the last thing I think about before going to bed.

May be if you are bored magic isn't for you.

try doing different things not just cards this might help the boredom.


Apparently "some people" are too bored to reply to their emails. You asked for some information (in mid March, 2015). I not only replied with some information, a day or two later, I also sent you a script for a very common trick as a "sample".

You, apparently were too bored to even send a thank you! I'm beginning to think that "some people" are not worth my time.
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[quote]On May 8, 2015, Sam Hagen wrote:
Hi all. Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I guess I am bored of practicing and not enough performing. I am an amateur, after all.

You have another option. If you have money, buy gaffed cards, gimmicks, gadgets and you almost won't have to practice. More and more people do this nowadays (sadly)
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I"ve gotten bored with magic sometimes too,but magic is a hobby to me not my livelyhood like probably most on here.I jump from magic to retro video game collecting to record collecting.Maybe you are just a hobbyist too.I do carry tricks or props on me at all times though(ignition by magic smith,2 rubberbands,a zezo hotrod,and thumb tip with small silk.)
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