Obsessed with your Craft

Are You Obsessed With Your Craft?

Firstly, this is a pretty random blog, one which I will go off on a little bit of a tangent with as it involves a love for one’s craft.

The reason for this is because it’s something I know from experience and from talking to other people who have mastered their field.

Obsession equals Commitment to your Craft!

If you are an artist, performer, speaker, or athlete, then being obsessed with your craft is very important for you to be extremely good at what you do.

If you look at top performers in various different art forms and sports, they have an obsession with what they do. They have  a deep love and passion for their craft that will stay with them.

Leeds Magician Francesco Mattiello

Take a look at Christiano Ronaldo, Is he obsessed with football?

Are Beyonce and Rihanna obsessed with making music?

Is Al Pacino or Rober De Niro obsessed with acting?

The answer is obviously yes!

If you want to be more than just good at what you do, then being obsessed is an absolute necessity.

In Robert Greene’s best-selling book “Mastery” he explains this thoroughly.

Robert talks about the 10,000 hours of practice it takes to master your craft, and learning from a mentor. It’s always best to learn from the best.

My question is, if someone I going to practice their craft for over 10,000 hours, are they obsessed?

Yes, they certainly are!

If you are not obsessed, you won’t be one of the best in your chosen field.

Obsession is commonly viewed as a negative trait because it is associated with obsessive partners. The truth is obsession itself is not bad, what you are obsessed about may be.

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For now, check out this video of me performing at the Leeds Cocktail Experience 2016.

Magic – It’s Not in the Trick, it’s in the Emotion!

When a Magician (a good Magician!) performs magic, a very common response is ” Magic is not real” or someone may ask “Is it real or is it trickery?”

Well, I can tell you that it’s all trickery in one way, and it’s real in another. Let me (the magician) explain.

Leeds Magician Yorkshire Magciian

The Trick

As a magician, I must practice my sleight of hand every day.

On top of this, I have to read books on psychology and apply some of the information to my magic. Here are some of the different things I’m constantly working on to improve my magic and performance.

  • Sleight of hand
  • Psychology
  • Misdirection
  • Audience Management
  • Memory Techniques (by choice)
  • Mathematics (by choice)
  • Presentation
  • Storytelling
  • Confidence

These are the first things that come to mind when I think about how I do the amazing things I do.

As a performer, and this goes to any performing art or sport, it is the artists or athletes responsibility to stimulate people’s minds and hit their emotions. Also to give a fantastic impression of their particular art or sport.

When I am booked to perform, just prior to entering the room I’m booked to perform at, I say to myself, “these people deserve the very best, and I going to give it to them.”

Now, the part that may have surprised some, when I said earlier, that the magic I do is real in a way. Once again, let me explain.

The Magic

The way I make someone feel is real magic. Regardless if what they have just witnessed is genuine magic or a trick. The emotion it brings to them is magic.

The magic is not in the trick, it’s the feeling.

When someone automatically says, “How did you do that?”, they mean that question because the fact that most of them know it’s not real magic makes it more impressive and magical.

My audiences are not fools. They usually know something’s going on, if it was real magic, and we knew it existed, it wouldn’t be half as impressive because it then becomes possible.

However, because most people don’t believe in the kind of magic I do, it then becomes Impossible, but I still do it! They have literally witnessed the impossible, and that’s the real magic!

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Leeds Light Night 2016 – Great night of Magic

Did you go to Leeds Light Night 2016?

Mattiello Magic decided to hit Leeds Light Night 2016 and perform some magic at the Leeds Corn exchange.

We arrived at around 6.15pm and immediately started doing some magic to people, everyone loved it and so did we.

Leeds Light Night 2016

Lots of children came to our table. I (Francesco) amazed them with card magic that they certainly won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

The reactions were great and the feedback we got was fantastic.

Leeds City Centre was packed on this Friday night. There was people everywhere, a mixture of people going to bars and restaurants, and people wanting to see the Light Night displays spread throughout town.

This was my first time going to Leeds Light Night, and I will be going again next year.

Here’s what I enjoyed about Light Night –

  • The displays, (An obvious one!)
  • Lots of people (I like being around people)
  • A great atmosphere, lots of smiles
  • Great time and place to perform your skills and talents
  • It was a great start to my weekend

We chose to go live on facebook as I was entertaining some youths in the Corn Exchange although the lighting wasn’t great in this particular spot, you can check it out here –

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Also, we will be doing competitions in the future where you could win discounts and maybe even a free booking for your function , whatever the occasion happens to be.

“Get down to Leeds Light Night in 2017, we may even see you there!”