I asked Scott: What are you struggling with right now?
Here’s how he replied:
I’m an older guy, but a beginner magician. In my professional life, I present material in front of crowds and run meetings all day long – and fearlessly. But, when it comes to debuting my new little magic trick to friends I am uncharacteristically shy – I can’t bring myself to do it.
This failure to perform is affecting my practice, since it’s non-motivating to spend hours on a trick no one will see. This lack of confidence also leads me to over-thinking – is the patter right, what other tricks should I link it to, etc.
Just spelling out the problem gives me stuff to think about, but I was touched by your request and thought I’d make myself respond.
Thank you for any thoughts you have, Scott