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Better Learning

Whatever you want to accomplish in life, you need to learn how to do it. In my career (so far) I've had three major endeavours. I was a martial arts instructor for many years. (see below) I studied math intensely at the University of Toronto (not a fast track to popularity), and now my life revolves around creating and performing magic. Those are vastly different disciplines that cross over between the physical, intellectual and artistic, but it's clear that are good and bad ways to learn.

Suffering for your art... literally.

Suffering for your art... literally.

We all have skills which are required to get done those things we want to get done. Being able to acquire new skills faster means you have more time for accomplishing those goals. This provided some interesting advice.

(I'm a little partial to these films as they're made here in Toronto.)

The second thought, about repeating practice with variation was new to me in particular.

Remembering Names

Performing a lot, I get introduced to a lot of new people and remembering names is tough. I actually have an extremely good memory, probably just a bit shy of what most people would label as freak-status, but names are difficult. Part of it is that my memory is poorly focused: I remember a ton pretty accurately but not necessarily the things I wanted to remember. I'm very good at remembering names, and very good at remembering faces, and absolutely awful at remembering which name goes with which face. A few nights ago at a show, I was so incredibly relieved that both of the people up on stage with me were named Carol, I was grinning for the entire length of the trick.

None of this was really news to me, but I know many people, performers included, who face similar problems and maybe this will be helpful.

They're clever and they're Canadian.