Magic, like any other passion, can lend itself to burnout when enthusiastic new fans dive in headfirst, immerse themselves in it too much too fast, and then get worn out. Merchant Of Magic’s research suggests most new magic hobbyists — about seventy percent — will quit within six months, although most of the rest will stick around long term. Avoid getting so caught up in how good the top performers are that you feel like your own skills are too meager to bother developing. Practice the same tricks until you master them, but to different audiences, and avoid binge-practicing.
- Most people who begin learning magic, burn out in a short time and give up being a magician.
- Break down your goals. Learn and perfect just one trick at a time before moving onto master another trick.
- Vary your practice times into small increments instead of large blocks of time. And vary your audience so you aren’t practicing in from of the same people all the time.
“In fact, statistics from our research at the Merchant of Magic have shown that almost 70% of total beginners drift away from learning magic within 6 months of ordering their first proper magic trick, book or DVD. The remaining magicians tend to stay studying magic long term (5 years+).”