There is a perception that hard sleights are just hard for no reason. You always hear from magicians, “That’s too hard. I’ll just do a double undercut.” or “That’s too hard, I am not a man so therefore I will do only girl stuff.” Okay, maybe not the first quote. While this kind of thinking is wrong in many ways, I do understand where they are coming from.
I would agree that the current trend of creating “original” sleights are becoming to the point where one creates something harder for the sake of variation.
In the old days, sleights were created to accomplish things. To make things efficient. Now? We see many kids making sleights different and “harder” so they can claim it as their own while they don’t add improvements. Either its a lateral movement or even a step down.
From the above thinking, hard sleight of hand makes you a “move monkey” or that you are “masturbating” for the audience now.
Sleight of hand is all about making a certain effect come across clearer and more direct. The method being hard or not doesn’t matter. If you use a easy sleight that takes many steps to get to the same place as a hard sleight in less, then it’s a no reason not to learn the harder sleight.
Saying that a move is too hard is saying you are fucking lazy. Magic is a Craft.
I always try to make sleights that are more efficient. Usually they do come across as hard moves. But if you take a look at the sandwiches I just recently put out, I personally feel that the moves in the trick are justified. They aren’t just in there to make it harder for my own personal satisfaction.
We need to stop thinking in terms of a move being hard or easy, but instead think in terms of does this sleight make my effect come better? Cleaner? Less Suspicious? If so, it doesn’t matter how fucking hard or easy it is.
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