Class Behavior

A goal is to keep your hands moving throughout the entire seminar. You are only learning when your hands are moving. This is ingredient A that makes the seminar work.

Chit-chat between members is not only encouraged but is critical to the process. Part of the plan is to develop naturalness while being deceptive. Constant banter is therefore necessary. This is ingredient B that makes the seminar work. If you see someone do something good, tell them. If you see something bad, don't tell them. That's my job.

Part of the success is doing something strange that doesn't make sense while others doing the same thing look amazing. This is ingredient C: watching others advance doing what you are doing.

In all of this please follow my directions. Questions on my directions are expected. Suggestions on better ways to do something are not expected. Non-magicians have no trouble with this. Magicians can object to this. If you feel you must say something, Sunday is the day for that.

During practice one can become uncomfortable. The seat becomes uneasy. Tiredness sweeps over one. Continuing through the weeds leads to success. This is ingredient D and where the gold is.

Often someone will feel they are doing something wrong. My method is to correct one thing at a time. I focus on the most critical error and beat on it. This means allowing lesser mistakes to go by for awhile. Be aware that mastery means learning the errors and mastering them as well as the correct path. Encountering the errors and handling them is ingredient E.

Mastery has three phases. When learning something new, doing the move seems easy for conscious effort rules. However, upon repetition, coconsciousness cannot hang in there. Fumbles occur and control disappears. Constant repetition eventually wears down the fumbles and eventually the action can be executed without thought. The trick is to break down complex tasks to simple ones, master them and put them together for a complete effect.

Effort is invested in always moving forward. Hitting the tiredness and fumbles is not a stop or pause. It is where you move forward the most.

In one of my presentations a lady that did window dressing for a large retail store said,"This approach changes the way I design window displays."

I hope I am not to strong about this. All of this is a result of teaching magic in Minneapolis for six years. Students off the street became very competent in a very short time. One 16 years old girl mastered a coin vanish in two classes. It looked incredible. After finishing my classes, she taught magic at a Jewish community center.