Practice Your Magic

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Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

-Vince Lombardi-

Have you ever watched a magician perform card magic?  Card magic is also known as slight of hand, meaning that everything happens right in front of the spectator and in the magician’s hands.

Back in the 90’s, I dipped my fingers into the card magic pond and thoroughly enjoyed learning new slights and hearing the audience gasp in wonder as I completed the trick. I’ve attached a video of the Great Michael Ammar, one of the best card magicians of all time.  Before you watch the video, I’d like to point out a few things.

While Michael performs his magic, you should be aware that he has spent countless hours practicing, not only the trick itself but how to handle the cards. The video is just over 3 minutes, so please watch it next, and I’ll catch you on the other side…go ahead, you’re going to love it.

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I learned some of my best card tricks from Michael Ammar and to date I love watching him perform.

Michael has not only learned how to handle cards, count cards, keep track of an individual card, flourish the cards, force a card, and cut the deck. He has also practiced delivering a convincing story, how to direct attention away from what he is doing and towards a predetermined action happening right in front of his audience.  One note, Michael studied with the late great Dai Vernon, possibly the greatest card magician to have ever lived.

Michael’s magic looks seamless, flawless, and perfectly natural because he has practiced his craft until it has become second nature.  That is what makes him world class, that’s what makes him a sought after instructor and entertainer.

How often we put out our magic for the world to see, to experience, and to pay us for when we have had little to no practice aside from the 40 hours, or so we devote to our field.  To be world class takes study, practice, effort, dedication, and focus.  All of these Michale Ammar has in spades..pun intended.

Robert Kiyosaki says that we don’t become our best on the job, we grow and become our best on our own time.  How?  We devote our own time to the personal growth that is required to become world class in our chosen field.  It’s really that simple.

Your homework for this week is to go and practice your magic.

Tino Hernandez

 



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