While the Ellusionist Blog covers many important updates for magicians who hold a high profile (David Copperfield, Criss Angel, David Blaine, etc), I also think that it’s important to focus on improving ourselves as magicians. For those who don’t have the career (yet), it is especially important for all magicians to focus on themselves and find areas where we can improve. This way, everyone’s magic impoves and thus the art itself improves, too.
Something that I like to do is look at each piece I’m performing and find out which one I feel is the weakest. Using this technique allows me to judge my own act and discover which areas need to be improved the most. The weakest part of your show doesn’t always have to be a trick; it can sometimes be a transition between two tricks or the order of your tricks in the act itself.
Once we know which area needs improvement, then working on those improvements comes next. I like to bounce ideas off of magician friends of mine and also to try out some of the ideas in front of live audiences until I find out what improvement works best for me. I hope that this helps magicians reflect a bit on themselves and inspires them to improve their own magic.