Odd thing, about the way memory works... I've been watching classic magicians on DVD lately, and tonight I picked up some old moldy half-dollars I had and started doing sleights in front of the mirror. I pulled out moves that I was astonished I remembered... let's see if I have the verbals... I want to say it was a Victor Frankl move, but he was a WWII author I learned of subsequently and not the European VF I recall as the author... it was a coin, right-palmed, dropped to fingertips, swiveled around under *back* of upraised left hand to show both hands empty, a post-vanish feint... also a bunch of Ramsay moves that I wouldn't have anticipated I'd remember, some George Kaplan vanishes too.
The stuff just popped out, as I was having fun. I had wired that stuff in, 'way back, but didn't have any verbal tags to call it back up over the past bunch of years. Once I started running moves, though, the sequences came right back.
I'm working on Mandarin conscientously each day, with TV news and audio and pocket dictionaries and a textbook in my pack at all times... I'm just laying the groundwork now, though, I'm not wiring it in yet, and I don't have the same rote mastery that I had with coin moves.
And I learned I had good choice in moves, too... while watching some of the DVDs, particularly the Ramsay stuff, moves I had thought "how could that work!?" actually don't actually work. But stuff I liked, like the retention-of-vision swivel moves, really do work -- well, Vernon had physical capability that made *anything* look good, even after being partially incapacitated -- but those types of coin vanishes do work, and I did recognize that back then.
I do think I'm doing the right thing now, too.