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rboyd
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Hi

I have been a fan of watching magic all my life but recently O have started to learn and perform tricks for family and friends. This was prompted by my eldest son getting an interest in magic (he's determined to fool Penn and Teller one day!

I think it's fair to say I've caught the magic bug and trying to learn as much as I can and develop basic sleight of hand.

My wife is getting bored of my magic so feel it would be good to join a local club, there is a magic circle affiliated club near me, but know it's too soon.

I would be grateful for advise and opinions on what should be the basic knowledge held before joining a local club and whether you should have been "doing magic" for a certain period as well.

Many thanks
gomerel
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You don't have to be experienced to join I.B.M. or S.A.M. Join and get helpful suggestions.
jimgerrish
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You'll be doing your local magic club a favor to join them as an inexperienced beginner. They will have someone new to practice their magic on, someone who hasn't already seen it a hundred times. They will also enjoy introducing you to magic, once they are sure you can keep a secret. So go for a visit and I think you will find they will welcome you.
rboyd
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Thanks for the advice. I have reached out to my local club.
rboyd
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Went to my first meeting of our local magic club. It was a lecture by a full time magician so had to pay but we'll worth it. I learnt quite a bit just from this one visit and was made to feel welcome.

I was worried that they would view me as a wannabe because of !y lack of knowledge but they were very encouraging.
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In my experience most magicians at the local clubs are friendly and encouraging of new people. Glad to see that was your experience as well.
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Hi Rbyod, have you been back to the club again? If so how was it?
I am currently thinking of doing the same thing so am keen to know how your getting on?
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J.morl and rboyd

Ive recently joined my local magic club, and the only thing you need is a desire to learn new magic. You'll get to see a bunch of closeup magic, get to perform if you wish, and learn more magic than you will be able to perform. I don't think there are many clubs out there who will reject a newby because he does not have enough experience.
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I know it isn't ideal but a lot of younger magicians video chat now as it seems there are fewer and fewer magic clubs. While video chatting is no where near as much fun as being physically there, it still lets you try out new tricks without annoying your wife, I know my girlfriend gets annoyed seeing tricks all of the time.
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On Mar 11, 2018, paulalpha wrote:

I don't think there are many clubs out there who will reject a newby because he does not have enough experience.


Decades ago it was different. While no one was rejected, one had to demonstrate a knowledge of magic history and tradition.
All required a demonstration of at least three magic effects of different types.
Some had an inner and outer circle depending on demonstrated skill and willingness to practice.

In my base Circle back in the late 50's every member had to perform at each meeting, but it could be a story or demonstration of a new prop.
There was no "I just bought a trick and want to try it out" thinking. Mentors were available at all levels who demanded mastery before a performance.
The youngsters got together at another time for shared-help and experimentation.

There was a contest each month on a theme for young/new magicians, with prizes donated by older members.

So, be sure to ask questions if there are several clubs available. There is no standard.
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John Oaks
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On Jan 21, 2018, jimgerrish wrote:
You'll be doing your local magic club a favor to join them as an inexperienced beginner. They will have someone new to practice their magic on, someone who hasn't already seen it a hundred times. They will also enjoy introducing you to magic, once they are sure you can keep a secret. So go for a visit and I think you will find they will welcome you.


Thanks for posting that. I needed the encouragement also. Smile
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I was introduced to my local (at the time) magic club - The British Magical Society - by a friend who was a member, about 25 years ago. That began a journey that led to what I do today. I had been interested in magic since I was a youth but I had no idea that there were such things as magic clubs until my friend introduced me to the BMS. It opened my eyes to a whole new world.

Like any 'society' there can be cliques, but in the main you will be welcomed and encouraged, so I would recommend anyone interested in 'magic' to seek out their local club.

Unfortunately now my nearest magic society is a 3 hour drive away!

Keith Hart
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rboyd
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I have paid my subs to join my local club and have attended three meetings so far.

It has been a really enjoyable experience and I've found everyone to be encouraging and friendly.

I have to do a 15 minute performance in two months to be considered for full membership but assuming this doesn't go to bad I expect my monthly magic club meetings will be the highlight of my month:)
ActionJack
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I am new here and glad I saw this thread. I was wondering myself about contacting a local group but was worried my inexperience would be unwelcome. This thread motivates me to reach out to them. I have already started visiting the local magic shop and ordered up some books from it.
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