If the ultimate goal of the magician is to enjoy creating an experience and change peoples lives for the better, then there can be nothing else. I believe that the only way to become better is to dedicate your entire life to your passion. At the end of the month I am going to leave my home and live on the streets with nothing except a backpack full of cards, clothes and some acupuncture needles. I have been thinking about it for the past year or so and I have finally decided to carry it out. I have saved up some money so I won't starve. Hopefully by the end of this journey I will have found out what I need to and will be better for it or end up in a ditch somewhere. but both a better than living a life always wondering. Now obviously no one would have to do this, i could try to get an actual gig but the adventure has always attracted me. I have tried to follow the practice of shugyo. I am giving up a comfortable life and certainty. What are you willing to sacrifice for your art?