Hello all, I have just recently discovered this forum and was hoping for some help. Probably about a year ago, I dabbled into the world of card magic and learned some simple self-working tricks and haven't really gone much further than that. However, I have decided I wanted to go deeper into learning card magic and though I do not plan to do this as a profession, but as a hobby. I still would like to learn the ins and outs as I find the different tricks and ways one can handle cards simply fascinating. I have done a little research into this, and to make this a little easier, it would seem that I plan on getting two books: Card College (planning on just getting the 1st Volume for now) Royal Road to Card Magic (Don't know if I should read with Card College, but plan to get this later) While I order these books though, I found a nice little PDF by Giobbi that includes excerpts from his book. So I decided to use that for now as a way to learn while I wait for my books, I am not sure if I can post links, but if you search: "Robert Giobbi Intro" into google it should come right up, it includes some of what he wrote in his Card College and if the structure is the same, I say I like the way the books is structured and how it teaches. However, this is where my main question comes in. My way of learning is very methodical, but I tend to rush things a little to fast and I am attempting to control myself of not rushing anything. I think I got through the dealing positions just fine and the first chapter was nice for reading the history and some fundamentals before you even touch the deck. THEN I come to my current problem, I am currently trying to practice "Spreading the cards in the hand" and although it looks maybe ok. It is nowhere elegant to the way I see others do it, I am attempting to try and practice it over and over again, but I have to say that practicing this is getting tedious. I am aware that many things may take months or years to learn, but I feel that I should at least get a decent spread if I have practiced in my spare time for about a week now, and I admit that my impatience is starting to get the best of me, but I am controlling myself on learning slowly. However, I would like a second opinion. Is just practicing one flourish/sleight/handling /trick over and over until I get it absolutely PERFECT the best way to go through learning? Or is spreading cards an example of something I will develop naturally overtime and I should move on? I understand there is no "best" way to learn magic, but I suppose the best way to phrase this would be: Is my current method ok? If not, is there a more effective way I can do this? Also, this being a cliche: "I'm new please help." I want to ask for any general advice that would be good for me to know. Thank you for reading my wall of text, and I hope that I have explained well enough, I had trouble trying to phrase my words.