1. Clean hands Clean hands will not only allow you to keep your deck alive for much longer, but even the best trick can be ruined by having dirty hands or nails 2.Card Cases When you Put your cards away, get used to the habit of ALWAYS putting them into the box in the same way...for me I always put the deck in with the back towards the back of the case, this allows me as a first "effect" to either show or hide the faces when I take them out. 3.Cutting Get used to always cut the cards in the same fashion, if you cut the top with the right hand...then always do this, it will make it easier for you in the long run to learn other moves that follows the cut (ex: Erdnase false cuts/false shuffle) 4.Palming cards and coins To learn palming the fast and dirty way, start bringing atleast 5 cards with you wherever you go. walking the dog,going to the store..etc etc. it might feel weird at first walking around putting groceries in your basket and talking to people while palming cards, but once it starts feeling natural then you have it. (for extra dexterity practice, try palming coins while you are shuffling/dealing cards as well) 5.Spend your "dead-time" wisely while watching Tv-series, reading books...pretty much whenever you have one hand (or both) doing Nothing, start doing something. (one tip though, don`t do riffles if you are in class, it really annoys the teachers) 6. Don`t be afraid to get caught out if you are doing a trick and someone says "I saw what you did" (or something similar) if you aren`t getting paid for the performance, then use this to your advantage and ASK them what they saw, compliment them for being observant as well...99% of the time they will tell you, and now you know what you need to work on for the next person to say "WOW" instead 7.Strive for perfection, but don`t wait too long This goes hand in hand with nr.6, Practice your moves at home, but don`t wait 3 years to show that 30 second trick...Alot of what you need to a trick to become perfect actually comes from Performance Practice, not only at home infront of a mirror 8. Remember your character development Alot of the time, Card artists/magicians spends so much time on sleights and perfecting tricks they forget about character development. Your Trick can be the best one out there, but with a dull personality you won`t get far. 9.Have fun This one is probably the most important point.