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Topic: Getting in to it
Message: Posted by: magicalmeelie (Nov 13, 2005 03:00AM)
Heya! I'm only 13 but have always been a huge magic fan. I'v read books got DVDs practiced a few tricks but as you lot will all know its not as easy as that

what I need to know is how I can REALLY get into it

Thanks for your help xxx
Message: Posted by: boomassacre (Nov 13, 2005 08:20AM)
Youre on the right track. learning through reading or watching instructional dvd's IS the way to get into it.... unless you have someone who is going to teach you directly. Also this forum is a great place to learn, keep posting, and keep asking questions, there's a lot of very intelligent people here.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Nov 13, 2005 09:11AM)
Magicalmeelie, welcome! The Café is a good place to find out excellent resources. Also don't forget your local library and your local magic shop. There are many good books out there - check out Steve Brooks' Recommendated boods for beginners (at the very beginning of this forum idex), Look before you leap by Dave Scribner, and Magic books and videos for beginners by LeConte. Good luck and have fun.
Message: Posted by: Small-hands Luke (Nov 13, 2005 10:30AM)
Book: Royal Road to Card Magic

DVDs: Easy to Master Card Miracles

Be yourself and practice.
Message: Posted by: The Magician (Nov 13, 2005 12:37PM)
Mark Wilsons complete course in magic is an excellent book to start with
Message: Posted by: abc (Nov 13, 2005 01:27PM)
I second Mark Wilson. I rate it as one of the best books to use to learn magic. I still use mine after 15 years of doing magic.
Try to join your local magic club. Hang out with the guys and get to know them. See what they can do. It will inspire you.
Message: Posted by: R.T. (Nov 13, 2005 05:43PM)
Mark Wilson is what I started with....you can even find it at Barnes and Noble!!!!
Message: Posted by: PatrickDonovan (Nov 13, 2005 05:55PM)
One of the best things to do is to watch as many magicians perform as you can. TV, library programs, festivals... there are usually a few magic shows in any area in a year. They will inspire you and show you want you can achieve.

Keep on practicing... everyday...

Have fun.
Message: Posted by: kent (Nov 13, 2005 08:58PM)
Watching other magicians if you can is a great learning tool. Actually watching *any* sort of performing artist (actor, comedian, musician) is helpful in learning how to interact with an audience (or how not to interact, depending on the performer!)

Most importantly, realize that you're not going to be David Copperfield overnight. Like anything (and here's the important life lesson), it takes time and practice to get good. Avoid the temptation to show tricks that you're not 100% sure of - when you are solid with them, the impact will be even more rewarding.

But most of all - HAVE FUN. Read the posts in the Café, read books about magicians, carnys, clowns.. there's lots of Magic history and info to soak up, and if you learn a trick or two along the way - even better!
Message: Posted by: PatrickDonovan (Nov 13, 2005 09:16PM)
Kent is right. Not only should you watch other magicians you should watch all types of performing artists. Showmanship is very important, and you can probably learn a little from all performers.
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Nov 14, 2005 04:19AM)
I suggest that look into local SAM /IBM rings. Most rings have a junior program and becoming a member will expose you to the many facets of magic. Besides the comraderie, you will learn from experienced magicians and have fun. Books and DVDs are an excellent way to learn but finding a mentor will really help you tremendously! Have fun!
:bluebikes: :bikes: :bluebikes:

Message: Posted by: magicalmeelie (Nov 14, 2005 10:39AM)
Thanks everyone for all your help!

ill check out some of the stuff you've suggested..so far the only trick I can do is " was this ur card" ooo yes it was! lol!

I'll keep going with thanks again love Meelie xxx
Message: Posted by: magicalmeelie (Nov 14, 2005 10:41AM)
Wayne Dobson is a fantastic magician-iv loved his stuff ever since I was tiny!

in september this year he was going to watch Joe Pasquale in a show and he and his wife were parked next to me and I had a chat with him about magic and he gave me some advice-he is lovely and iv endlessly studied his magic
Message: Posted by: what (Nov 14, 2005 02:31PM)
On 2005-11-13 04:00, magicalmeelie wrote:
what I need to know is how I can REALLY get into it

Put together a show and perform it for a live audience.
Choose your Venue. Decide if you want to do a stand-up show, strolling magic, kids show, or what.
Come up with a good costume, magic table/case, Make an act.
Rehearse the act, then perform for a live audience. I suggest that your first perfromances be non paid charity performances.

Start with the tricks that you already know.


Message: Posted by: magicalmeelie (Nov 14, 2005 03:14PM)
Heya that's a really good idea ill do the best I can

Message: Posted by: MagicDan21 (Nov 22, 2005 12:33AM)
For card magic--Use Bikes!!!
Message: Posted by: Foucault (Nov 23, 2005 05:51PM)
Welcome, magicalmeelie!

Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic is an excellent collection of tricks. You'll keep on referring to it, I promise. It's a great introduction to lots of different types of magic.

However, the book I recommend to complete beginners is "Magic for Dummies". What's great about this book is that it teaches so much more than the tricks, including presentation, what to do when things go wrong, how to put together a routine, etc.