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acetucker
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Well, I'm new to magic, probably going on one month now. I'm not really sure what to suggest...

When I was little, I became interested in magic, but wasn't learning any new material, and so wasn't amazing anybody. Now, though, since I've learned a few tricks that are very simple, yet stun people the first time they see them.

Here's what I suggest. find a few tricks like that, and to get your parents more interested, show them what magic can do...
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On 2007-12-05 09:43, black-dragon wrote:
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On 2007-12-04 22:00, Ethereal wrote:
I don't understand. Do your parents not support you because they think it's a fad or is it because they think its evil or something?

nope thay thinks it's just a fad.


Well, all I can say is stick to it. Hopefully if you get good enough, you can amaze them enough for them to like it. Smile

Oh, also, do you buy tricks online? That might be a problem if they're unwilling to use their credit card...
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My family does like seeing magic tricks, only to debunk them and try to ruin the trick... except for my father, he is very supportive and LOVES my magic tricks (or acts like it, lol who knows), and he also doesn't mind if I start performing for a summer job.

as for your family, I like to look at it this way. when performing for them look at it as a way to PRACTICE A LOT, because the only thing your siblings want you to do is crash and burn... and you have to prove them wrong.
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Ahhh, for me magic is just a passing fad. Any year now it'll pass, I just know it will.
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How long have you been at it?
Steven Steele
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When I was in high school, my mother liked my magic, but my dad thought it was a waste of time. He thought I should do something productive with my life. I'm now doing magic full time and at 54 (my father is 79) I still have to listen to him tell me how it's impossible to make a living doing magic and it's such a waste of time. He will die not accepting it and it does bother me...but only because he can't get past it. In any event...life goes on. I'm doing magic and I've never been happier (or healthier).
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On 2007-12-05 19:13, acetucker wrote:
How long have you been at it?


Me? about 45 years, off and on. It's still a passing phase though. I'm absolutely sure I'll get tired of it some day.
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When I was a kid my family loved watching me do magic. I used to put on shows in the living room and the whole family would stop and watch. At extended family events I always did a show.

But my grandfather was a pro. I suspect it wasn't the magic that they loved so much as my joy of performing. My grandfather had it and so do I. They liked that.

Now most of them groan when I reach in my pockets. That's probably because they have a hard time 'catching' me any more. It happens but that's because they purposely refuse to be misdirected. They openly stare at wherever they think I'm dirty.

So I don't do simple sleights for them. At the last Thanksgiving celebration I took my brother's cell phone, waved my hands and POOF! It was topitted. Then I reached into my pocket and pulled it out. He stared at me, took his phone, then snapped my pocket shut (It's a duster and has two snaps). While he was doing that I topitted it again. He stared at me and I unsnapped the pocket and pulled it out.

He was stunned - but then again, he's never heard of a topit.
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I'm sure it's tough to pursue something that doesn't meet with your parents' approval. On the other hand, everyone may well be jumping the gun here. You are a bit young to decide on a permanent career path at this point, and I think they are being a little premature in getting concerned about it (in my humble opinion as a parent of a 25-year old myself).

It may also be that they feel that magic is not a suitable interest or career for a woman. If so, that is not supported by the facts -- Adelaide Hermann, the wife of Hermann the Great, had a long and successful stage career as a gifted coin magician in the early 1900's; Francis Marshall was a very successful children's entertainer and part owner of Magic, Inc., a legendary magic shop; magicians Dell O'Dell and Suzy Wandas both had long-running nightclub acts; and today there are Melinda, Tina Lenert and several other very successful female conjurers and illusionists.

In any event, at your age it is perfectly natural to explore lots of different things and to have many different interests. Magic is a very wholesome hobby that can teach you valuable skills in dexterity, hand-eye coordination, stage presence, psychology, and even things like electricity and physics. In fact, there is so much to learn that no one can ever learn it all, much less perform it all.

I have been doing magic since I was about 12; I'm now 57 and still having a very good time with it. You do not have to be a full-time professional magician to perform magic, and there are plenty of talented amateurs and semi-pros out there. So I suggest that you continue to pursue your interests, including magic, and simply see where they take you. In the meantime, be sure to pursue your schooling, because a good education will help you with whatever you eventually do, including magic. It would be hard to argue with that arrangement. Good Luck! SETH
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I think the answer lays in your situation, if they think it’s a fad then show them that’s it not. Stick with it, and maybe they just might come around.

Even from a magicians perspective I have seen many new comers have a fleeting interest in magic simply by an experience of wonderment at a performance, which seem to go as quick as it came.

I think the longevity of the pursuit of magic in little to do with the secrets or knowing how something is done but the enjoyment it brings to others and yourself. So I guess knowing if your doing for the right reasons is more important, and once you have that worked out then you can start thinking of working on others.

If you’re doing magic for the right reasons then most often then not things will automatically fall into place. They will see this and take your interest as genuine. Maybe their a little ignorant to the possibility’s, take them to a live show, make them watch a magician on TV. You would be amazed how perspectives change from these simple things.

In your first post you said you wonted to be a magician, in what sense? Being a magician working for a living or a magician as a past time or eventually one becoming the other.

In the magic pro means two things, being a paid pro (working professional) or professional in terms of being proficient in what you do. One distinguishes the other with the exchange of money well the other on merit. Magicians can obversily be both but it’s a no-brainer which holds more merit. I only say this as this may also help find out if this is really a fad, are you prepared to put in the work?

If so, then welcome to world of conjuring.

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Please allow me to add my 2 cents to the table consider I'm only 19 and I'm relatively young compared to most of you.

Although my family never really said 'no' to my magic but I know they weren't please with all the money that I've been spending on magic. If you look at it objectively, it's their money anyway, since your pocket money does come from your parents who work their butt off.

Anyway, after they see and realise that how much magic can change and transform lives of others, they began to appreciate all the magic and stuff that I do for church, hospitals and old folk's home. Although I've been encouraged my many of my friends and those much more senior than me to put in more effort into magic so that I can one day turn professional, but my family and I realise that being a professional magician isn't going to put food on the table or pay the *** bills.

I know many of you are working as a full-time magician and have a successful career but here in Malaysia, the market for entertainers ain't very big and many of them are taken over or monopolised by the super-awesome old dudes who are really nice and they are so fantastic.

Maybe if your parents know where your stand is in magic and understand what you can give or get out of it, I'm sure they will come to understand Smile
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Some Familys are not into magic for various reasons also it might scare them! and again may think it is a passing thing! Just pratice and have fun with it of course again if and when you start to bring home money from shows I think they might start to think different. and if it is just a hobby just enjoy it! not everyone turns pro.
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