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Michaelblue

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Anyone here ever feel a lack of inspiration?    I've been feeling that way the last few days, in a real slump. Once i pick up cards to practice, i just sit and don't do anything. 

Is there a good way out of this? Get a new book or deck or something?
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While your malaise may be attributable to any number of factors, it is always a good idea to consider whether this is an entirely new feeling, or if it's something you've experienced before. Life has its ebbs and flows, you know?

Personally, the change from autumn to winter always gets me down. The term "seasonal associated disorder" has been coined to identify the condition in which some of us are adversely affected by the reduction of daily sunlight. Combined with, or exacerbated by, the change from DST back to EST (I live in the southeastern U.S.), I always find myself more fatigued, less energetic, and routinely unmotivated. It is an effort to push myself through. I find that forcing myself to maintain certain important routines, hours of sleep, exercise, etc, helps to keep me focused on slogging through the dreary days of late fall and winter. I also get outside as much as possible to soak up what sunlight I can.

If this doesn't describe you, you might try any number of remedies, but ultimately it will be up to you to determine what works best. Consider times in the past when this feeling came upon you; what did you do then to get through?  

One thing, please don't let it get you too down! If things seem bleak to the point of depression or despair, reach out to friends and family who can offer support. The holidays can be a terrible time for some.

Best of luck getting through this [temporary] rough patch! Let us know if we can help!

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When I played music for a living, I would experience that sometimes. Sitting back and thinking, it would seem that playing guitar for various groups would be a dream job, but sometimes it was just 'work'.

I found what worked for me in those cases was to dig through all my music books/sheet music (do they still sell those?), and find something I hadn't looked at in a while, or something I wanted to that was particularly complex and made me think.

Barring that, new artists always fired me up. I'd share vinyl with my trumpet man and he'd give me his Maynard Ferguson records to listen to. That concept might not cross over exactly to magic, but working out Maynard's riffs on guitar and then trading riffs with the trumpet guy on a gig was fun.

I have a pretty large magic library and since I'm a hobbyist, I can switch from cards to ring/rope to rubber bands, to some mentalism things and then when I work my way back to cards it all feels good and comfortable.

If you're REALLY stuck, I'd say keep the conversation up here... lots of folks to talk to!

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Thanks, dudes. Last time I felt this way I went to a cafe place I had never been to before, for practice. That kind of got me going,

I guess what it is, is that my best friend is moving away and I don't want her to. So it's been on my mind, She said we can communicate online and with texting and all, but it's way different.

We play rummy with a rule that if you cheat and don't caught then you get the points. But if you do get caught, the other person gets them. We call it Lie, Cheat and steal.

I'm probably making too big a deal out of it. She said it's not goodbye. She's going to college, so she'll be back.

I've got Bannon's Smoke and Mirrors with me. That should be fun.
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I feel we were denied critical, need-to-know information! [biggrin]

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i feel you are correct. Not sure if i put it together on the first post.
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So sorry your are feeling this way.

I'm sure this relationship you have is weighing on you as well.  Sounds like you have a great friendship, so I'm sure there's some grieving needed to go through...at least in how the dynamics will change with her moving away.

I've only done magic 4 years and I hit my first slump this summer.  Oddly enough, it was just coming back from my first ever Magic Convention - Magic Live.  I saw lectures, shows, made some connections, and bought multiple books, rubber bands, coins...and then when I got home...I felt overwhelmed, listless, aimless.

I'm still somewhat in that funk, but being as magic is just a hobby, I'm leaning into that feeling, acknowledging that it's okay to feel that way, and allowing myself to move at my own pace.  At this point I'm futzing around the edges of things I want to learn etc., but again, I don't earn a living from this, so no sense in making myself feel bad for well, not being inspired.

I sincerely hope your slump will pass in time.  I've heard interviews about magicians who have had slumps, so we are all in very fine company.  You are intrinsically unique and valuable apart from your magic (or anything else for that matter).  And you are cared for by your friends and community...even if you never do another double lift, pass, bobo switch, etc.!!

Cheers and take care!
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Thank you. i feel way better now. i hope you do, too. [smile]
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