Taking the time and effort to learn a new magic trick can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging at times. Whether you’re learning to control playing cards for cardistry, introducing some sleight of hand into your magic performance, or focusing on developing mastery of a move or magic performance technique, the key to success is practice. Here are a few tips to help you learn a new magic trick and practice your magic effectively:
- Set specific goals: Before you start practicing, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Setting specific, achievable goals can help you stay motivated and track your progress as you learn. For example, if you’re going to learn a new magic trick, you might set a goal to learn only a new technique or to improve your overall magic routine.
- Practice regularly: The key to becoming a better magician is to practice regularly. Set aside a specific time each day or week to practice, and try to stick to a consistent schedule. Even just a few minutes of practice each day can make a big difference over time. Read the book Approaching Magic Practice by Dominic Reyes. It’s free from Merchant of Magic and contains a huge amount of advice of perfecting your practice each time you learn a new magic trick.
- Find a supportive environment: It’s important to practice in an environment that is supportive and conducive to learning. This might mean finding a magic coach or mentor to guide you or simply practicing with friends or fellow enthusiasts who can offer encouragement and support. There are loads of magic clubs around the country, and they are excellent places to find community and support as you practice your magic. See this list of local Magic Clubs in the UK
- Be patient: Learning a new skill takes time, and it’s essential to be patient and not get discouraged if you don’t see immediate progress. It’s normal to have setbacks and moments of frustration, but the important thing is to keep practicing and staying focused on your goals. Dominic Reyes suggests setting a 21-day cycle for your practice sessions, with a video assessment at the end.
- Stay positive: Finally, it’s important to stay positive and keep a growth mindset as you learn. It’s natural to make mistakes and encounter challenges along the way, but it’s important to view these as opportunities for growth and learning rather than setbacks.
- Don’t practice in silence. It’s important to drill the moves of a trick, but you should also drill the whole presentation as you make the moves. In learning, we often tie together audio cues with muscle memory, so if you practice as you say your ‘patter’ it will help link everything together and stop you ‘freezing’ when it comes to performing live.
By following these tips, you can effectively practice and learn a new magic trick, whether something simple like a new hobby or something more complex like a full magic show production. So if you’re ready to take on a new challenge, don’t be afraid to give it a try!