Watching the shows of other magicians can be handled in the same way that you would read a book. To discover new methods, try to guess the one he is using. If you would use it, decide why. If not, why not? What don't you like about the method? How would you change it to make it something that you would use? Is it practical for the type of performances that you give? Is that the best method for accomplishing that effect? (Hew much is he getting paid? Why is he up there instead of you?) All of these are questions that you should be asking yourself. As before, if you like the effect, work on it.
What if he fools you and you don't know his method? Back to the books. Virtually everything that appears on stage has previously appeared in a book. Keep that effect in the back of your mind as you read other magic books. You'll be surprised at how often you'll find the method he used in one of the books you've already read or will soon read. Keep in mind that this research comes after you have thoroughly applied yourself to the problem and exhausted all of your possible solutions. You may invent a method superior to his without even knowing what his method is.
If you invent a method for accomplishing his effect that works for you, then his method is no longer important to you other than to add to your arsenal. And, what better method is there to add to your body of knowledge than one that you know works because it fooled you?
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