Would you like to be able to practice and learn magic tricks faster than you thought possible?
There is a rule becoming a master any anything. It’s called the 10,000 hour rule. Proposed by Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, the 10,000 hour rule claims you need 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill. That’s around 10 years of consistent magic practice!
Have you got time for that?
Would you like a quicker way?
Let’s look at some ways that you can cut that time down, and still get the same results. The 10,000 hour rule refers to practice through simple repetition. Is it possible to looking at your practice technique, and introduce some smart behaviour into your routine that could cut the time needed to master a magic trick?
Practice your magic tricks just before you sleep.
Sleep is a lovely thing, and it’s very good for you, but it’s also a time when your brain processes the information that it has taken in through your day and sorts it for long term storage. Information is consolidated during sleep as memories are created and associated with previously stored information.
If you study your magic shortly before you go to bed, you should find that you retain much more of the information than if you studies earlier in the day. Bookending your day with your magic practice sessions can greatly boost the effectiveness of your practice.
Commit to formal magic practice.
What did watching all those kung-fu films teach you? The Zen masters know a thing or two about mastering skills!Instead of just going through the motions as you perform your moves, focus on every detail. Slow your practice down so you can pay attention to the process just as much as the result. Practice in the present, thinking about what you are ACTUALLY doing, not about the past or what you hope for the future. Continually ask yourself how you could adapt or change the process to improve the final result). This is a move away from mindless ‘reps’ as you examine each step of the movement and timing the technique requires.
Know your strengths.
You can get anywhere you want, with enough hard work and commitment. But some people have an easier journey than others. We can develop skill over time, but you will have a natural talent for some aspects of magic. Perhaps you are a natural actor, maybe your mind is hardwired for creativity. If you have a talent, find it and use it to your advantage.
Channel your time and effort towards magic tricks you already have a natural ability for, build a compatible set of skills to complement it. You will be practicing magic that you already have an advantage to use.
Stand of the shoulders of giants.
Pretty much everything in magic has been done before. New magic is often a variation of previous techniques with a new spin added.
The core principles are classic principles – adapted and refined from magicians that worked on designing magic tricks long ago.
Read as much as you can, and study the classics from famous magicians. Learn from other magician successes and their mistakes – You can learn faster by avoiding errors that have already occurred.
As you build up your core knowledge. Seek out new magic tricks that take the principles that you already know. The core sleights from your already mastered material, and build up a working set of material around those moves. It’s possible to do a wide range of different coin magic tricks that secretly all use the same 2 or 3 moves. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel every time you add a new magic trick.
The 10,000 hour rule isn’t set in stone. You can create shortcuts in your practice by spending time, designing a strong practice program. Take just 1% of the time you spend browsing the internet for new magic tricks, and spend it organising your practice regime. By practicing smart, you can get to the mastery of any magic technique or trick, much faster than you ever thought possible.