Oh that’s easy, you just practice one or two hours a day for the rest of your life. You have to stay in shape, it’s like a workout without the gym. If you can afford it you can hire a trainer.
Seriously, you can start almost anywhere. In the time of the Dinosaurs we would go to the Library and take out books. The information was somewhat limited. Not all libraries carry the best kept secrets. The internet has a plethora of information, but you could spend most of your time separating the wheat from the chaff. Time spent searching to discover actual useful information you obtain may be out of proportion to be of any help. More wasted time.
Some professional Magicians write some good books for lay people. So good, it irritates some Magicians. You might check out Joshua Jay- Magic: The Complete Course www.joshuajay.com/store/item1.html another resource is Harry Lorayne’s The Magic Book, www.amazon.com/ Of course there are many others, but these are two of the best.
Your next step is to walk into a “Magic Shop”. You will be blown away by all the DVDs. Books, individual tricks, special gimmicks. Be careful you might walk out feeling you had a bad week end in Las Vegas. There are also Magic Clubs. The Society of American Magicians, (S.A.M.) also the International Brotherhood of Magicians. (I.B.M.) In a club you will interact with real people of many skill levels.
Most sponsor professional lecturers as part of your dues. The greatest value is that you will interact with human beings. Human beings who generally have your best interest at heart. Some will share, others might not. There is nothing like learning directly from another person. You can advance your skills quickly as a member of a club.
Last, I must mention there are personal tutors. Check out www.joeferrantimagic.com, I hear he is very good. Actually, the first thing I go over is what your goals are, and specifically if I am knowledgeable in the area of your interest.
Once I know what your goal is, I devise the quickest path to attain a small goal and let you fly on your own. I do not see students as endless sources of income. I try to provide a quick learning service to get over a hurdle, and then you are on your own.
This should give you plenty of resources for learning the “moves”. Later we will talk about actually being entertaining. That’s a whole other story.