Originally posted by ChrisDavid:
If something works so well, how do we replace it? for example, if you get wild reactions from a certain copper/silver routine, is there any point in learning several copper/silver routines? why bother, right?
Chris, I guess it depends on what you are trying to do. There are different attributes that make up a magician. One of the attributes is a love for learning the craft. Why learn more than one copper silver routine? For me it allows me to analyze the copper silver routines I already do. To add or subtract, to improvise and improve. I love the chance to find a handling "better" than the routines I use. The more you learn, the better your chances of being able to decide what fits your performance style, and what routines are best for different conditions.
My most favorite copper silver routine I can only do for a few people close to me because of angles. For a bigger crowd I have to use another copper silver routine (if I even do it at all).
I learn other routines for:
1. The challenge
2. The fun of it
3. To seek something better than what I have
4. To test against what I use now
5. To possibly modify what I use now
6. To KNOW WHY I DON'T want to use the new handling (knowing why NOT to use something is almost as valuable as knowing why TO use something). Trying different handlings can help you learn why not to use something.
7. To maybe find something completely knew that I love.
Lastly, the props and routines are only a part of a sucessful performance. One also needs the ability to perform and entertain.