• The One Secret That Will Make You The Best Magician In The World.

  • February 22, 2021

  • I know that seems like an immense promise. One secret that could make anyone, yes, anyone, the best magician in the world? But it is true. There is one secret to being the best, and every magician you can think of has put it to use.

    A Parable to Understand the Secret

    Before I tell you what the secret is, I want to tell you a pottery teacher's story. This teacher has a class with fifty students and breaks them into two groups. Both groups will be given different assignments for a one month period.

    During that time, the first group is told to make as many pots as they can. Nothing matters except the number. Just make as many as possible.

    The second group is told they have to make the best, most perfect pot they can.

    So off the two groups go.

    A month later, they class re-convenes and compare their assignments. The teacher reveals that whoever has the best pot will receive a reward. So, which group would have the best pot?

    The first group. Because they just focused on churning out as many pots as possible, they learned how to make excellent pots. While everyone in the second group just focused on getting one pot perfect, they never improved their skills.

    So what is the secret?

    Okay! Here it is. The secret is:

    Practice!

    Yup. That's it. That is the secret to becoming the greatest magician the world has ever seen. It's the same technique that Bill Gates uses, that Gary Vee uses, that every successful person in the world uses.

    Grinding. Practising endlessly. Only through repetition and practice can we improve our skills to where we want them to be.

    Bruce Lee said, "I fear not the man who has practised ten thousand kicks, but the man who has practised the same kick, ten thousand times."

    How can I apply it?

    Have you ever heard the expression, "A professional magician knows ten tricks and shows them to the world, while an amateur magician knows a thousand tricks and shows them to the same ten people"?

    Well, you have now.

    Look, I get it. Magic is tough enough as it is. It is the art of hiding the art we spent so long learning to perform. It is incredibly counter-intuitive. It is also the only art form where we try not to let anyone see how we do what we do.

    We live in fear of those awful words, "I saw how you did that".

    In what other art forms do the audience actively try and ruin the performance? None!

    So, we have to be better. So much better than some smart ass audience member. Remember, though, love your hecklers; learn from them! But also, use them as fuel for the fire!

    PRACTICE!

    I know, it seems like I'm repeating myself; I have mentioned this before, after all!

    But if there is one thing that is a recurring theme for all of my students, they need to practice more.

    My students get lessons with me and then turn up to lessons without learning the material we covered last time. It is infuriating.

    I see all these talented students come through my lessons, and they don't practice.

    Daily Habits

    While the secret of regular practice is super uninteresting, I know, what is also essential, is the regularity of it.

    Make it a part of your daily routine.

    Our habits define us. And if practice isn't a daily habit of yours, make it one. (Here is a great book on this)

    Even just five minutes a day. And don't say you don't have five minutes a day spare! You do. You absolutely do.

    Everyone has the same amount of time in the day. It's just all about how you put it to use.

    It really is that simple

    I wish the secret were some sort of "ritual" that you performed at midnight, on a full moon, while wearing a tuxedo and sacrificed a rabbit, or some such nonsense. The scary thing is, some people would go and try it out rather than just put in the hours and hours of practice it takes.

    I'll leave you with one last little story though I cannot remember who it is attributed to.

    After another incredible magic show, one of the audience members went up to the magician, shook his hand and said, "I would give my life to do what you do", to which the magician replied, "I did".

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