When practicing your magic skills, it can be sometimes be hard to know if you’re actually getting any better. This is especially true of physical skills involving slight-of-hand. Some moves take hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to finally be able to do them. So you may wonder at hour number 95 if you’ve made much, if any progress at all. Yeah, it can be very frustrating.
But if this were easy, everyone would do it, right!:).
Here is one good way that I have found to know without a doubt that my practice has been paying off. Lots of moves involve just one hand – especially in coin magic. I’ve been practicing the coin roll-down (where the coin rolls/flips down the outside of your fingers between the knuckles. It’s been months and I still can’t do it well or smoothly.
But I’m been practicing almost exclusively in my right hand. It is wise to learn to do things in both directions and with both or either hand in magic. So I decided to switch over and practice the coin roll with my left hand. Wow!
I THOUGHT I wasn’t making much progress with my right hand until I saw how ridiculously bad I was with my left hand. I knew right then that I had made a lot more progress than I had thought with the right hand.
It was encouraging! Try it. You may discover than what you thought was hours of wasted practice getting you nowhere has actually been working all along.
I hope that helps someone.