Dai Vernon–the Greatest Magician of the twentieth century– gave us all a useful reminder of the importance of perseverance and effort.
“Before the reader turns the pages I would like to ask a question. Why does ‘practice’ frighten so many people? Practice can and should be thoroughly enjoyable because it brings the pleasure and satisfaction of achievement. Achievement is a universally gratifying thing, and, by practicing, one ends up with something of value to one’s self–and others. If skill and cleverness could be acquired for the asking, there would be little to profit anyone.”— Dai Vernon, cited from ‘The Dai Vernon Book of Magic.‘