President's Report - January 2023

Happy New Year

Wow it is hard to believe that it is 2023, time marches on. Do you make New Year's resolutions? As I write this, we are past the first half-month of the New Year. Most people that have made resolutions have already broken them (You know work out every day, eat healthy, and don't get annoyed with "that" person I work with. The type of resolutions that are almost impossible to keep. I go to a gym, and I usually hate the month of January as it is really busy. I know that it won't be long until it is just the regulars again.

My challenge to you, as it concerns Magic, is not to make a resolution that can be easily broken but rather to make a SMART goal. SMART is an acronym for a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. So here are some examples of a couple of my Magic goals this year.

     1. Perform a specific card routine that I found in ("My Best" a magic book that I have) at the Cavalcade of Magic in Eureka Springs. If you want to see it you have to be there. Notice that it is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and Time-bound. (Notice I didn't say I would back-palm a half a deck of cards at the Cavalcade (while specific and measurable for me it is not attainable). My goal is relevant, this year I am also going to build a cigar-box guitar but that is not relevant to my Magic Goal. My goal is Time-Bound it is not open ended that some day I would learn and work on this routine. The day is approaching so I better learn it, practice it or fall on my face.

     2. Work on a cups and balls routine. While I am still in the exploratory stage of this goal (Have to decide on a routine) I am planning to perform it at the Cavalcade in 2024. I liked Suzanne's routine and purchased her routine but I also like a routine that I have read in Tommy Copper's short book so decisions, decisions.

So, for 2023 what SMART goals will you make for your Magic?

Dane Dover
President, Ring 29