"I have no idea how fast a student can learn something like the Steven's cull. It depends on the student and how much time they put into it I guess." How hard was it for you, not how much time, but what would it be compared to?
"Here is my opinion about magic - you may or may not agree with it. If a student wants to learn card tricks - I would suggest they learn the basic stuff first. The force, palm, control, change. I think that Matt Schulien said - if a magician can force - palm control and change a card then they can do more card tricks than anyone would want to watch." Exactly what I think. So why do you need any more than just that?
@Andrew Pinard Ohh, but wow, you have a lot of books, good job :).
@Pete McCabe That's true, and in a decade I can't imagine how much you can learn/have in books. And it is true, you do learn it better after you teach, even if you already know it, and I like teaching it.
@Richard Kaufman "The more sleights you learn, the more tools you have to do the job (just like a plumber)." What if you only know 3 sleights, a double lift, a control, and a force, and can amaze your audience with only them. The audience doesn't care how you do it, only what the result is, and if something can be so effective, and so simple, why not just use that?
"You need to learn about 20 killer tricks and how to present the hell out of them. It may take you 200 books to find those 20 tricks.
Or you can just read Stars of Magic."
I only know like 5 killer tricks that fit my style, that I get great reactions from, and that I really like :(. Stars of Magic is for sure on my list on books to buy :).
@Glenn Bishop "Sleights are only secondary and are only needed to get from point A to point B in a magic trick. The "effect" the trick has on an audience is what important.
It is not the trip it is the destination."
Exactly what I have been saying, and that is exactly one of my questions, the effect can be very simple, and very effective, so why isn't it?
@John Wilson"There are some moves that I practice just for fun, but there is always the possibility that I will find a use for them later. I like to practice and if I only practiced the few sleights that I actually use when performing, practicing would become a bore." We practice some moves just for fun (no use for the move), but what about the tricks, a lot of the simple once are so good, so why go to the more complicated ones?
Thanks everyone that's been helping me!