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Topic: At what age did you get into "magic"?
Message: Posted by: Newsround (Dec 20, 2014 04:10PM)
I'm quite late into it myself, but my 6 year old Son is showing a massive interest and a good knack for certain things, ie. he was playing around with some plastic cups then went and got a ball and started hiding it under the cups and moving it from cup to cup-easily seen, but he didn't think so! Just wondered, what age would you say is about right to start learning rather than just enjoying? I know you can do both, because that is where I am at, learning and enjoying, but for a 6 year old, would learning take away the enjoyment?
Message: Posted by: JoshTmagic (Dec 20, 2014 08:15PM)
That's awesome that he is already showing interest!
I would show him a few things and teach him a little but don't be too hard on him and don't force him to learn new things!
Just let him go at his own pace!

May be even a magic set for Christmas would be a good idea!

Message: Posted by: MVoss (Dec 21, 2014 01:20AM)
My parents took me to a magic show when I was a kid, I don't remember it as I was too young. A shame because it was the amazing Le Grande David show. It left a big impression on me, even thought I can't remember it. Around my teens is when I got serious.
Message: Posted by: Mike Gilbert (Dec 21, 2014 02:07AM)
I can't say how young I was when I took an interest in magic, but I probably started getting curious about performing magic when I was about 10 years old or so. I ordered a couple of small things from a retail catalog (I forget the name, but it was not a magic catalog), and was fascinated with it. As time and life went by, I would drop it for quite some time. I picked it up again significantly when I was 21 and stationed in San Diego. After a couple of years and a nasty divorce, I dropped it once again. Now, at 34, I am finally picking it up again, and hope to stay with it, as my life and time finally permits :)

I have an 8 year old son that is interested in magic, and has expressed interest in the things I have shown him, so I am slowly trying to get him more acquainted with the art. I am in no hurry though, as I want him to ease into it and have a true appreciation for it. This way he doesn't become overwhelmed and decide that it is too complicated and give up before he really knows what is going on. I just started him off with a cheap little magic kit that you can get from Toys R Us...just to break the ice. He can take a look at the different tricks and tell me what he is interested in learning first. We go from there ;)
Message: Posted by: Jay Store (Dec 21, 2014 02:18AM)
It was my daughter discovering some gimmicks in a drawer at my parents house that got me back into magic about six months ago. She was four at the time but did quite a reasonable 'pins through coin' performance, and has since added a colour changing silk, and TT 'dancing lights' to her repertoire. She thinks she is very good at it. She fools her mummy! All basic tricks, commercially available in toys shops, but a great start... that I won't be pushing her in unless it's what she wants.
That said, you can guess what Father Christmas is bringing her! I think I can guess what she is planning to give me too!
Message: Posted by: Shadowstalker (Dec 21, 2014 04:38AM)
I got into magic around when I was 7 years old, because I got a magic set for christmas, I've been in and out since then.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Dec 21, 2014 06:51AM)
I was 19 years old, my girlfriend worked in London next door to a magic shop and she brought a couple of things home. Been doing it ever since.
Message: Posted by: BeThePlunk (Dec 21, 2014 07:26AM)
I really started just two years ago at age 65. My father was an amateur magician from his teens and into his twenties. Magic was in the house, and there was that secret trunk up in the attic. He performed very occasionally for local organizations but mostly dropped it when family and career took off. Two years ago, I was helping him clean out his attic prior to selling his house and... duh... there was a four foot long shelf of his books, many of them classic early editions. He gave them to me along with that secret trunk, I discovered Magic Café, and I've been preoccupied with magic every day since. I plan to start performing and to explore the local SAM assembly right after the first of the year. But mostly, it's a wonderful way for me to connect with my father, now 96. His hands are stiff, but I bought him Color Monte for Christmas, because the sleights aren't hard, and it's something he can do for his friends in his new elder community.
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Dec 21, 2014 07:57AM)
At 9, I was inspired by magic in watching "The Magician" starring Bill Bixby along with Doug Henning's "The Magic Show." I was hooked after a few trips to Lou Tannens. I also had the privilege of meeting and having a great conversation with Doug Henning when I ran into him at a restaurant in Fire Island. I've always effectively used magic in corporate presentations and sales presentations. I must say the "Brick & Mortar" guys were always (and still are) a HUGE inspiration when hanging out with Barry Taylor (Barry's Magic Shop,) Denney Haney (Denny & Lee's,) and Nick Ruggiero (Collector's Workshop.)

I am proud that this a part of who I am and I have no regrets. :)

Message: Posted by: Dougini (Dec 21, 2014 09:57AM)
My Mom died suddenly two weeks before my 13th birthday. They put me in jail, where I spent 6 months waiting for a foster home. A book cart came along regularly, and one day, I spotted Greater Magic. A whole new world opened to me. It got me through those six months and beyond!

Message: Posted by: Newsround (Dec 21, 2014 01:40PM)
Great responses, thanks people. My Son has a set from last Christmas that he loves fooling around with, on an off and on basis, and has asked the big man in red for additions. So we have pointed the elves in the direction of a cheap toy set with included magic hat for magic rabbits disappear- I think he'll love it; if not I'm sure I will!
Message: Posted by: drmagico (Dec 21, 2014 06:24PM)
Around age 12 doing some basic stuff from Dunninger book as I recall for a year then stopped...but started seriously learning and studying at age 21 and haven't stopped since.
Message: Posted by: acesover (Dec 21, 2014 06:59PM)
Fooled around with magic book by Dunninger and a book by Blackstone on card magic at around 9 or 10. Off and on until much later. Now as a hobby and just an interest as to how effects are performed. Mostly card magic along with the shells and some mentalism.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 22, 2014 04:15PM)
I started at the age of 12. My mother purchased me a magic set that was on a commercial. It was a Marshall Brodien magic set.
Message: Posted by: krowboom (Dec 23, 2014 11:43PM)
I was always interested in magic but didn't start until I was 63. I first learned ventriloquism and added magic little by little to make my shows more interesting and diverse. It's a great hobby.
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Dec 24, 2014 02:41AM)
Age 9 at the Disneyland Magic Shop.

Svengali deck. Today I was cleaning house and guess what I found?...a 31 year old Svengali deck with the Disneyland price tag on it!

Memories...and who would have thought that about 15 years later, I would end up performing magic at Disneyland...
Message: Posted by: MScapes (Dec 27, 2014 07:51PM)
Started with a magic set at Christmas when I was around 7. Grew with the Copperfield TV specials. Reignited with the first David Blaine special where I started doing card magic at social events and bars, then about 2 years ago became an obsession after my sister bought my son a magic set for his birthday.
Message: Posted by: Kbuck54 (Dec 31, 2014 10:07AM)
At about 7 or 8 years old. I just turned 60 this month.
Keith Shazam
Message: Posted by: Joey_Z (Dec 31, 2014 10:13AM)
10 and 30 and 42...This time I think it is sticking
Message: Posted by: Hydrostevo (Dec 31, 2014 01:42PM)
Got a Paul Daniels magic set when I was 7 and I was hooked :D. I spent the next thirty years dabbling with various bits an bobs until about two years ago a close friend suggested I stopped fiddling about and made a commitment. With the guidance of some very awesome magicians I am now more focused on a few illusions professionally performed than a ton of tricks.
Message: Posted by: MikeDes (Jan 3, 2015 10:27AM)
Got a set of TV Magic Cards when I was six. In the instructions there was descriptions of tricks you could buy through the mail. With the first trick came a whole catalogue and the rest is history. That was 45 years ago. 😊
Message: Posted by: Phoenicis (Jan 3, 2015 03:18PM)
Aged 7 or 8 on a school trip to London we passed David Nixon's house - I was the only one who knew who he was.
Message: Posted by: somethingupmysleeve (Jan 3, 2015 05:58PM)
Aged 8 initially, and again now I'm 29...
Message: Posted by: Philip Busk (Feb 5, 2015 09:48PM)
I was nine. Have come and give for fifty five years. It always calls me back.
Message: Posted by: Chris Meece (Feb 5, 2015 09:56PM)
Age 5. I started watching Magic Circus with Mark Wilson and soon after saw David Copperfield. I am 41 now. I read every book in the library.

It has been a wonderful life.
Message: Posted by: B. Edwards (Feb 5, 2015 11:25PM)
Initially, when I was about 8, then quit I until late 90's when I was 33-34. It's a long story that's both boring and ironic. :eek: :lol:

Message: Posted by: anderbr1 (Feb 6, 2015 03:01AM)
My parents hired a magician for my 6th birthday party, and I was hooked. I still remember the goldfish in a bowl.(that poor fish didn't live very long after he gave it to me. I tried though.) I'd save all my allowance money and order from Abbott's and Chicago Magic in the 70's. I still have all the tricks, much to my wife's chagrin. Boxes and boxes of tricks. She doesn't understand my obsession!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 6, 2015 03:57PM)
I saw Stanley Susan's show at school. I was about 6, going on 7. By 10, I was doing little "show and tells". At 13, I did my first real show at our local Jr. High. I made $26.00 in 30 minutes. (That would be about $275.00 in today's money.

That was the beginning of my part time pro. "career". Through high school, college, and the Navy, I was a part timer. Then, I "turned" full time. I retired a few years ago. I'm 83.

I NEVER lost interest. It has been a wonder-filled life!

I'm doing 15 minutes in my church's annual "Cabaret Night", tonight. It's a "pro bono"!
Message: Posted by: KenRyan (Feb 6, 2015 04:19PM)
I got into magic when I was 50. The day folks on this forum convinced me I was not too old to start, I purchased the pdf version of Tarbell's course and started studying and practicing immediately. That day was Nov 9th, 2014:). After working on magic every single day (minus the day I had surgery on my nose:)), since then, I did my first short performance last night at my first magic club (SAM) meeting. I did a 2-minute routine, incorporating everything I've learned from this forum and the material I've been studying. It was my take on David Roth's Flurry. I had a blast, and I'm moving forward full-steam ahead:).

I'm still 50, BTW:).

Message: Posted by: Philip Busk (Feb 8, 2015 05:07PM)
[quote]On Dec 31, 2014, Joey_Z wrote:
10 and 30 and 42...This time I think it is sticking [/quote]

This was me except it was 7, 30, 42, and then 51...I too think it will stick this time