He states in his conclusion that:
Whilst I accept that it is difficult to practice spontaneous resourcefulness, I do believe that it is entirely possible to prepare for it in the following ways:Beginners ask, How can I practice spontaneous resourcefulness? Are there any drills?
The answer to the beginners question is not really.
I believe that there is only room for spontaneous resourcefulness when the routine being performed is thoroughly (1) practiced and (2) rehearsed. This preparation has two advantages:
- First, the performer has the ability to devote his or her entire mind to solving a problem and or taking advantage of an opportunity, whilst maintenance of the performance will require relatively little concentration.
- Secondly, if the performer is thoroughly prepared, he or she will be performing at a lower level of stress and so the additional stress of a problem arising is less likely to send them into a tail-spin.
In addition, during thorough practice and rehearsal there will be occasions where things do go wrong. There is a tendency to pack up at this stage and recommence the practice from the beginning of the trick or routine. I believe that, once the basic moves have been learnt, it is vital to consider on encountering a problem how you could continue and then to attempt to do so. When it comes to real performance, the mistakes made or the problems arising will almost certainly be different from the ones encountered in practice/rehearsal, but the performer will be dramatically better equipped to handle them if they have considered and attempted, say 5-10, different outs from problem situations.