I have always loved magic. On our honeymoon for part of the trip my wife and I spent a few days in Las Vegas and we took in one magic show. It was pretty spectacular and I still regret not paying the extra prices to go backstage afterwards. It wasn’t until a few years later that I myself got into magic. I managed to find a few DVDs and slowly mastered some of the techniques necessary to pull off some pretty miraculous ones myself. One of the things I learnt was that in many cases it isn’t so much the trick itself that is so amazing but how it is presented. Card magic especially is a lot of sleight-of-hand and while it takes time the rewards are great. Magic is not many people know how to do and so when they get a chance to see it live they are blown away.
But to become a magician doesn’t take any special skills, it just takes dedication and time. I spent a year and a half studying 2 hours a day and I have absolutely no regrets. I have since changed my focus to study business and self-development but am still grateful for the time I invested in my presentation skills and learning how the human mind works. Time is something we all have, rich or poor, and it can be invested, or wasted. There is no real magic to success in any field.
I always tell my students at Smith’s 英会話 Hirakata that they can achieve whatever goals they set for themselves and hope that English is one of them but they don’t need a magic formula. It just takes a little bit of elbow grease.