Where You Are
By Andi Gladwin - Sunday, February 7, 2021
Ten years ago, Tom Stone wrote something on the Genii forum that has stuck with me since (writing about Tommy Wonder):
The repertoire is often a few years behind where you are in your mind. And it is difficult to drop a piece that consistently gets good reactions, even when you've realized that it is crap.
It's something I battle with often: the tricks that I want to create are always stronger in my mind than the ones that I am currently performing in my active repertoire. I'm not so sure they are "crap" (to use Tom's word), but I always want to strive to perform better magic.
And while Tom's quote sounds somewhat negative, I prefer to flip it and think of it positively: the tricks we are currently performing are springboards to a better repertoire of tricks that are more deceptive, relevant, and entertaining. And that doesn't always mean refreshing our repertoires with new routines, but instead fixing current ones, and, as I talk about in my introduction to The Boy Who Cried Magic, making incremental changes until the trick is finally as good as the one in your head.
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