sprongshift wrote:In your opinion, based on the comments above, would you say "advanced" card work is misguided? Or am I misinterpreting the message?
It all depends on your interest, context and goals. I know quite a number of magicians who have exceptional sleight-of-hand skills, especially with cards. Most of them are amateurs (in the sense they have a love and passion for their art). Nothing makes them happier than working on moves. I also know a number of professionals who can do moves with the best of them, but when it comes to paid performances for the public use no more than the basics.
I think people should go where the magic takes them and follow what makes them happy.
Having said all that I've seen Michael Vincent perform routines containing more "advanced" moves that would fill a Harry Lorayne book, yet the effect was direct and clear.