To continue on from my last posting, one thing I have learned and embraced is that success in any field of endeavour is not an accident. It is a process and a journey, which can yield some surprising results. The end goal of success is not the final result, the journey and what it makes of you is the point of the process.
One of my favourite books on Magic is called CARDSHARK by my friend Darwin Ortiz. When I got this book and started to study it, I realised that my card magic wasn't as good as I thought it was. I felt intimidated by this book and inadequate at the same time. However, the material in this book inspired me with a simple possibility; if I could learn and master some of the routines, it would represent to me a huge achievement beyond the learning of very difficult sleight of hand.
CARDSHARK is the one book that transformed me as a magician and sleight of hand artist. I reached a point where anything is possible and my capabilities were limitless. I want to thank Darwin Ortiz, because he became a friend and his guidance and coaching has made a huge difference to my studies. The point of this posting is that aligning yourself with people who have achieved success is the pathway to mastery and excellence. Who you associate with can have a big impact on your own levels of success. The video below features one of the outstanding routine in this amazing book.
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Until my next posting, happy Monday.
One of the biggest shift in my life and magic has been my interest in Personal Development. Two of my favourite books on the subject are "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie and "Think and Grown Rich" by Napoleon Hill. What I got from both books was the importance of surrounding myself with people who are on the pathway to success. The people you associate with will have a direct impact on your own success.
I applied this concept to magic; I made it my business to seek out the best magicians and study with them. It was a great thrill and privilege to meet and study with Slydini and Dai Vernon.
These two great masters are no longer with us but their magic lives on in my performance and I work hard to continue the legacy of their teachings. In mentoring my own students, I now see how important it is to pass on the teachings of my mentors. This is so that the craft of magic will continue long after I am gone.
The Mastering Magic Seminar is an opportunity to spend the day with me and like mined magicians. Together we will form a mastermind group and network which will expand long after the seminar is over. Our network can and will make a difference to the craft of magic.
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It has now been a week since The Convention and it has taken me a while to adjust my thinking to normality. The Convention was fantastic; Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin are to be commended for putting on one of the strongest line-ups I have experienced in a long time.
Mastery in Magic is all about associating with like minded individuals; people who have set a high standard for themselves and their work. The Session Convention featured an extraordinary collection of individuals from a wide and diverse magical background. The highlight of the convention was the extraordinary Dani DaOrtiz.
Dani comes from southern Spain and his mentor for magic is the great Juan Tamariz. His work features an wonderful mixture of sleight of hand, psychology, audience management and an infectious joy of life. It would be near impossible to describe his work because I cannot pin point any one effect that stood out for me. What I can say is that Dani's work is magical, memorable and stunning to the senses. He is living proof that who you associate with can have an impact on your magic greater than you can realise.
The Mastering Magic Seminar has been designed to create an environment where magicians can learn in a supportive environment and come away inspired to raise their standard.
I hope, if you read this blog post, you will consider joining me for a magical afternoon on Saturday 5th May.
Until the next posting.
This week has started of with a bang. Mastering Magic is well and truly alive and in the space with The Vincent Academy conducting two training sessions; one over skype with a student in Sheffield and a full day coaching session here in London yesterday.
It has occurred to me that coaching and mentoring is the missing link in the development of all magicians. With so many resources available like Books, DVDs, Downloads, You Tube etc, it has never been easier to learn magic than it is right now. Rapid progress in the craft can be had with the intervention of a professional coach. The Vincent Academy is all about making a difference to magicians around the world. If you need expert coaching, advice and support with your magic and performance I am here to help. The Academy has supported many magicians over the last five years, you can read their testimonials here.
The Mastering Magic Seminar on Saturday 5th May is all about coaching and mentoring inside a structured and supportive environment. This is a golden opportunity to have an action packed day with me, where you can really get to grips with magic as a craft. Come and join us at The Sherlock Holmes Hotel, where you will learn some fantastic card magic and hopefully come away inspired to take your magic to the next level.
This week I am presenting two Lectures, one for The Zodiac Magical Society. This takes place tomorrow night, so if you are free and would like to come along, check their website for details. Over the weekend, I will be presenting my lecture and performing at The Sessions Convention in Cheltenham. I look forward to meeting you there.
Stay tuned with this website, lot's more updates to follow.