Kent Gunn wrote:Ryan,
You're awfully cynical. I feel the exact opposite. I don't think many people have any innate skills. I think those who succeed in this life do so because they work really hard. I read through Tommy Wonder's book. All those effects that look as though it is his wonderful personality that just carries them along . . . He worked and refined them his entire life. Was that hard work to him? I don't know. It was his life's work.
Every great magician started out as a non-magician and worked at their craft. There is no inherent gift of the Gods. I think it is all about practice and rehearsal.
I know the lack of practice and rehearsal are what keep me from ever becoming even a passable magician. Oh, and a complete lack of original material.
Ryan Matney wrote:Mai-Ling,
I respectfully but strongly dissagree with you. Talented people are born with a certain innate ability and no amount of hard work will ever help the hopeless
Do you have any evidence to back up your claim you are 'born' with ability/talent?
I am evidence of it.
I was not born with anything.
Just the want and passion to be better.
I asked questions, I listen.
I search, and I worked my ass off.
I didn't take anything
that I had any kind of inate ability.
Even to this day, I work hard at what I do.
Because if I don't make higher goals for myself
I will fail at my own expectations of what
I want to succeed in life.
Even if for the umteenth time I have been
told I have the skills of such great and high esteem
artists; or that I am like Mozart.
I don't just figure that I can just
stop and let it just happen. I know that as I
get older, I will reach a higher and higher level.
Because I am constantly expanding my knowledge
and wanting to learn.
That is why I say so.