Dear Mr. Priest,
As usual, Mr. Palmer and Mr. Alexander are spot-on.
Isn't it said that there's nothing new under the sun? We ALL stand on the shoulders of giants, no?
A couple of the most-performed effects in history (for examples), the linking-rings and the cups-and-balls; have had their originators LONG-lost.
--In-fact, it happened that seeing Richard Ross perform the rings 30 years ago, absolutely-cemented for me the idea that I HAD to become a magi...
Mr. Alexander is right: in magic, 4 years is the blink-of-an-eye. Seriously hombre, you can't imagine what you'll learn these next 10 or 20 years.
As they teach in art-school: you really DO have to know the bases of the rules before you can break them--But when you get a clue, LOOK OUT!!
--Coloring outside the lines is seriously encouraged, ESPECIALLY when you know what the hell you are doing. :D
Evidently, you are humble and appreciative, and I must say that the fact you are aware of distinctions such as "doing the creator (of an effect) justice" indicates you are already WAY-ahead of many.
If everyone had to invent every trick they performed, the ranks of the fraternity would instantly be reduced by 99% or more.
--That is precisely why chaps such as Max Maven, Michael Weber, Jay Sankey, Derek Dingle, Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings, etc., are rightfully-considered to be geniuses: they have demonstrated time-and-time-again that (where devising new effects and methods is concerned) their brains twinkle just a bit differently than do the majority of ours.
But that certainly does not keep the rest of us from success!
Brother, to say you have just begun your journey is an understatement.
Read everything you can get your hands on, pick intriguing tricks, practice, perform, enjoy, and the world just may be your oyster.
Ain't that right fraters?! :cool: