Perfect What You Know

In magic, it is very easy to get carried away.

The new release comes out.

The new book comes into the mail.

Your friend showed you this great new sleight.

In magic, we easily want to start learning new and more things and we get carried away from the basics.

We often want to learn all of these crazy and great new moves while we haven’t perfected the techniques that we know.


Guys, I’m not perfect, not by far. I have a lot of moves that still need improvement, my shuffles are sometimes still sloppy and my false cuts sometimes look uncontrolled in a bad way. Uncontrolled false cuts can look great though, if they appear to be uncontrolled but are actually really controlled.

However, In my magic, I want to have a touch of mastery in my handling.

I know I still need a lot of improvement, but, I’m completely aware of this.

I want to challenge all of you to not learn anything new for 40 days in magic, use these 40 days to perfect and analyze the technique that you already know.

Who knows, maybe you will discover something you didn’t know.




  • Ken aka Magi-Ken

    Most professionals I know have perfected (for the most part) no more than about three key routines consisting of a total of about 12 to 20 tricks. These are their go-to or fallback material which they do every show, often daily or multiple times a day. New methods and nuances they can add to these routines without adding too much more time or that can replace something else of about the same time frame are considered and field-tested a few times before adopting them as a regular part of their act or changing or dropping them. A few, whose venues or customer pool is limited to within a “willing to a travel” smaller area, may consider using similar effects with a different look, theme, or patter to continue playing to the same crowds. Some, after a few years of "playing” with (rehearsing and adapting) very new material, can include it comfortably into their repertory. And while most toy with and learn all the new and latest “for fun,” for the most part, they stick with the tried and true things which they have made uniquely “them”; “their own.” — There are a few notable exceptions to this rule, mostly by those widely televised who burn through material/audiences faster, but in general, this has been my observation over my past 60 plus years on the magic scene.

  • Markus

    Great post! You are so right man… can’t wait for more :)

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