Those days don’t come. At least not immediately. For most of those tricks, the day they get broken in never comes at all. Thus the magic tricks you plunk your hard-earned money on, the ones that make you salivate looking at their pictures and reading their ad copy on online store’s web sites—they remain in your cabinet, never to be shone by a stage spotlight.
Well, it takes an iron determination and a gritty discipline for a magician like me to control myself not to splurge on tricks I won’t perform anyway. Since I don’t have that kind of will and discipline–my determination is made of plastic instead of iron, and my discipline is mushy instead of gritty—I always part with my money when I see advertisements of tricks and props I fancy.
I don’t mind spending money on tricks. What I mind is spending money and not adding the tricks to my program.
For more than two decades, I have been a banker. That’s long enough to understand thoroughly the advantages of ROI (Return on Investment). ROI simply answers the simple question: how fast can I get back the money I spend on new magic gizmos.
Tricks that don’t go right away into the program have long ROIs, and therefore are not good investments. I know that by heart. However, I’m still a sucker when I see an ad pitching the latest, newfangled tricks. I still sent for them, even though I know I won’t get my money back in the foreseeable future, because they will just reside inside my cabinet when they arrive. Bad business.
So today, looking at the jumble of tricks inside my cabinet, I make a decision. I’ll learn them all and put each one of them in my program. If I can do that I will have five, maybe eight, non-stop hours of show!
I really don’t need another trick. I don’t need a new prop, either. So beginning today, I swear never to buy a new magic trick or prop.
I’ll stop buying and spending money on tricks—as soon as I have bought my dream Cube a Libre, Kirkendall Reel, Steve Spill‘s Mindreading Goose, JOL Wallet, Joe Berg’s Professional Wonder Nest Of Boxes, Okito-Nielsen Chinese Sticks, and a dozen accessories. And oh, I will have two or three illusions built from plans I already have.
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