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My daughter is 5, maybe I am waiting to long to send her to magic school.
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I picture a world of love and peace, a world without war where people live together in harmony.
I also picture us attacking that world 'cause they just wouldn't expect it
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Hi Again,

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to fill in for a magician friend of mine whom had for many years taught magic at a All Girls Performance Camp/School in NY. There were 350 girls to 150 staff whom were employed from around the world. The girls took subjects like theater, magic, dance, and a host of other activities. I was hired as Director of Magic and taught 6 classes per day, six days per week. Those that were further interested were free to attend the more enhanced classes at the end of the day.
The magic taught were the basics (readily found in any public library book). The girls were encouraged to come up with their own personas and patter and present to the rest of us. Those that showed they were serious and wanted to pursue it further were encouraged to perform at the year end show. It was obvious which ones did and I'm hoping that perhaps in years to come, I'll some day run into them again. My friend returned from his hiatus after his wife gave birth to twins and resumed his position. It was one of the greatest experiences and I'd do it again!

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Keep in mind that I've sort of been a comic for a while now, and that sort of affects my thinking on this subject, but I think my point will be the same.

When I see a working pro I am always delighted because the vast majority of the time the working pro (provided magic is his/her only living) has to be something special to make this their full time ocupation. Whenever I see a woman doing fulltime entertainment I know I am in for a treat. The reason is that women usually have to work much harder to get noticed because the entertainment field is so male dominated. Maybe it's just me, but I also find that women usually have a closer attention to detail than men do. Sure we with the Y chromosome tend to get fixated on something, but our X chromosome counterparts just have a keener eye most of the time.

As for women to watch in Magic there is a woman out in Vegas, I don't remember her name but I think she does close-up at the Belagio. She did the anything deck, and completely floored me. Also Angela Funovits has made a few waves of her own. Is it just me, or do women have a much softer touch with a deck of cards? I've only seen one woman who was rough with the cards, and let's put it this way, she was a rather rough woman herself. I didn't realize how much metal you could get into a persons face. Of course she wasn't a pro, so I'll give her time.
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On 2006-03-12 01:29, Sue-Anne Webster wrote:
but the boys are growing up with the girls thinking that girls involved in magic is a natural thing. They're sessioning with them like it's a perfectly normal thing to do.

These type of comments are what get me on "female magician" threads. The implication that a female magician is some kind of phenomenon. The shock and awe that a BOY might think a female magician is natural and normal. Female magicians themselves perpetuate stereotyping and defeat their own cause much of the time.
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There's no "shock and awe" magiclaurie - only observations. History has shown clearly why females are stereotyped as assistants. It's also clear that as time moves on and access becomes easier for both male and female in this area of the arts, that it'll be perfectly natural that females will come to be more prominant in the magical arts.

Belinda Sinclaire from New York is a lady making some great moves in more than just the performance of magic. I'll leave her projects to unfold, but they are of great benefit to magicians and the public. There are other ladies doing some exciting work in magic, not just the performance side - which are great indications of a more solid foundation for females to use and be inspired to move ahead and do great work.

Exciting times ahead.
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Back in my day - I didn't see any magic. I only saw half naked girls in glittery dresses alongside men in top hats that were strangely out of date.
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Elly May,
I wish that you would be a "Guest of Honor" here.
We could use a bit of good, christian, charitable thinking around here.
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