Learn The Art
Above: clockwise: Brandon Wagster, Bates Jernigan, Matt McCoy, Joey V. / Joey V, Bauer Westeren, John Tudor, Cameron Burks, Brandon Wagster.
Welcome to LEARN THE ART (of Magic)!
MAGIC CLUBS & EVENTS
There are two worldwide magicians’ organizations. Applicants must be at least twelve years of age and interested in magic for at least one year.
To learn magic, the best place to start is your local library, the number is 793.8 (look also under Conjuring).
Recommended books :
• The Amateur Magician’s Handbook, Henry Hay, 1950.
• The Mark Wilson Course in Magic, Mark Wilson & Walter Gibson, 1975.
• Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Bill Tarr, 1980.
For other resources and information, go to the LINKS page.
See also: Easy Magic Tricks
LEARN THE ART
Magician’s Rules: Before you learn the tricks It’s important that you learn some basic rules:
1. Practice and Preparation
The tricks are not that hard to learn, but you need to practice them carefully. Nobody is ever great the first time they try something, so keep trying. DO NOT try to perform the tricks for anyone without practicing well first! Practice before a mirror or video camera, to develop your technique. Work hard at it.
Magicians don’t ever tell their secrets! Revealing how the magic works destroys the mystery and the enjoyment of the magic. Even though people will ask and tell you that they want to know, DON’T TELL because the audience will be very disappointed when they find out; disappointed in the magic and in you. DO NOT reveal the secrets.
It is your personality, not the trick, that the audience will be most interested in! Relax and let the real you shine through. DO NOT use the magic to be smart-alecky or cocky about what you know and the other person doesn’t. Don’t force your magic on people, and be sure that it’s interesting to watch.
Once you’ve learned the magic and you’re ready to show it to someone, set it up so that you will give a good performance:
A. DO NOT tell the spectators what you are going to do before you do it.
B. Be sure you are ready.
C. DO NOT repeat the tricks twice in a row for the same people.
D. DO NOT be boring!
“Silence please. Close your eyes and look deep within yourself. Listen to the voice of your heart. In this calm place, you know what magic is.”
- Sam Sharpe
© 2009 John Tudor