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If you could take a magic pill and achieve all your aims as a magician, would you?

Would it benefit you to have everything you want at the snap of your fingers, or is it wiser to take things slowly?
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I am enjoying the slow ride.
The stops along the way are fun.
Learning new things every day is fun.
Like they say... If you can't enjoy the ride, you're not going to enjoy the destination.
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If I got it all now the reward would be limited by what I have imagined to date,
But knowledge begets horizons of imagination yet untapped --
so, a slow process of appreciating a bit of magic knowledge will mean the tap will flow forever.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst

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Take and enjoy things as they come. - What would you do if there was nothing left to do or learn? Also as my Wife used to tell me (tells me) "BE POSITIVE" and I'll add,Be Patient - Have Faith.
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I know it is a hypothetical question, in which the pill would work as you say. But I could never trust a pill like that. Learning (especially learning magic) is a process, that takes numerous individual steps. Whenever I learn a trick, I don't just copy the necessary moves, but I think about, why am I doing what I am doing. How can I make it better, more convincing?

Could that pill really do this for me?
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My suggestion is to read the book Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz. He explains what is too fast. He explains what the snap of the finger does. The cliff notes version is write two scripts. One the audience sees. One the magician sees. Then ask a bunch of relative questions the audience might ask to figure it out. You have done your job when the audience is asking the wrong questions.
The audience will determine you did nothing and it was impossible.

The answer to your question is yes, you are going too fast. The above book will explain when to slow it down. It will help all of your magic.
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I would be tempted to take the pill in the moment when I can't even imagine what the sleight I'm trying to learn looks like, but each time I've put in the work to slowly build it up to speed, it feels great to know I've finally got something down that passes the mirror test.
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