The art of practice is what we need to also master to be top of the game.
While most of the people are satisfied following the adage ‘practice makes a man perfect’, magicians set themselves apart by upholding a slight modification of this proverb which is ‘perfect practice makes a man perfect’.
Indeed for a magician, the only way which would help him to perform with a natural flair in front of an audience is to practice perfectly, meaning not only devote time to practice but derive the maximum that he can out of such sessions.
If you are willing to practice, the sky is the limit as regards the number of magic tricks which you can master – a word of advice would be to begin with simple and easy tricks which can be performed anywhere and any time without requiring any props or extra gimmicks.
Observe any expert magician and the first point that becomes evident is that this professional is invariably ready with at least a bunch of tricks which he can perform impromptu in any given setting.
A tryst down the memory lane further proves the veracity of this method as famous magicians like David Blaine, Criss Angel and Cyril Takayama started out by stopping strangers walking down the street and entertaining them with their magic.
It was after having gained popularity in this manner that they progressed on to acquire worldwide fame.
When compared with other artistic forms, the art of magic bears some similarities and some distinction as well.
Undoubtedly it needs plenty of practice but in this case the quality of practice is as important as quantity – there is no point in practicing for long hours if the practice session lacks organization, is bereft of certain areas of focus and is full of distractions.
Therefore, to excel at performing magic flawlessly, for a professional as also a novice, squeezing the most out of practice sessions is a must.
Some of the fundamentals which enable a magician to derive the best possible results from The art of practice on implementation are –
- Picking an appropriate location – This is one of the most seminal factors in determining whether the time spent is well utilized or a complete waste.
An ideal location for practicing magic must be well lit, feature a full length mirror and should consist of a variety of storage spaces like shelves and tables within easy reach.
Tranquility and minimum of distractions in surrounding areas is an added advantage as is extra space which permits free movement.
- Determining props and their positions – A detail which needs to be decided upon from the first day itself, this cannot be neglected or procrastinated by the magician if success is important to him.
From the very first day of practice, the individual must make up his mind as to which props he would require as also where they should be placed.
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- Time for The art of practice – What would be the best time for practice? Obviously it is that time of the day when you are free from other commitments, are mentally relaxed and can be followed every day till it becomes a habit.
Initially, the practice session need not exceed half an hour at a stretch but later as fluency and mastery over tricks is achieved, it can be extended for another 15 minutes.
An important fact pertaining to time is that the magician must be cognizant of his own concentration limits and must not exceed them – doing so would not only add to mental fatigue but would mean a compromise on alertness which spells doom in this art.
- Sequence of learning – Like every skill which is mastered gradually, magic also has its incubation period wherein every magician must first learn the trick, practice it till he is confident of being able to perform with his eyes closed and finally is able to perform it confidently in the presence of an audience.
Adhering to this sequence is a must as also is the incorporation of the following points –
- Mirror or a video camera – At the time of starting out, it is the video camera which is more helpful as reviewing the recording is the best way to realize the short-comings of the act and making improvements.
It would also help to watch from the other side of the fence namely from the spectator’s perspective. Likewise, a mirror would come in handy once the moves have been memorized and critical review is required for further polishing.
It is the art of practice which would reflect during the final act being a refined performance as the time well spent.