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I am a perennial beginner, so I feel justified in posting here, even though I've been interested in magic since I was 6, and I'm now 60. Smile My question has to do with a fascinating quotation from an old interview with the late, great Orson Welles that appeared on the Tannen's blog recently. Mr. Welles said that he never did much AMATEUR magic because he didn't have any friends who were interested in magic. Since he was a famous magician in his time, I take it that he meant that he did PROFESSIONAL magic, performing for paying audiences rather than for the amusement of friends and family.
I am not Orson Welles, by a vast distance, but he and I have at least this one thing in common: I don't have any family or friends who really like to see magic performed either, not even by an accomplished magician (which I have never really been). And, of course, UN-like Orson Welles, I am not a professional magician either. Beginners are always told to start out performing for family and friends -- but if they are not available, what is a beginner to do? I don't want to be tiresome to the people around me and pester them to see the tricks I'm working on. So, who to show them to? I guess this is one good argument for joining a magic club, or otherwise getting some NEW friends who do appreciate the art of magic so as to have willing spectators. Does anyone else have this problem? Where do you find people to watch your magic?
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I don't particularly have the problem, but I have never found any difficulty finding someone to show a trick to. The lady at the dry cleaner's counter, the waitress in the restaurant, somebody standing in line with me at some store. There is always somebody willing to watch and enjoy.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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You already know the answer - join a magic club. There has to be a good one in St. Louis. It's the best thing I ever did; wish I would have done it 40 years ago.

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Check with local Children's hospitals, etc., to see if they need some entertainment for the bedridden kids, etc. You will go through a rigorous vetting process, but it can be a great way to work for a very appreciative group, if only one on one.

Check with your local volunteer center, etc. Best,
Brad Burt
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A magic club would be a good start. You can also hang around in your fave magic store - if the place facilitates small gatherings...

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Good advice from Brad. I volunteer (performing magic) bedside at a children's hospital and it is a wonderful experience. Not only are the kids and staff appreciative but it also has been a great way for me to hone my skills. I work for 2-4 hours every Sat. afternoon and it's sharpened my skills considerably. I also belong to a local IBM chapter in my hometown and have gained an immense amount of knowledge there also. I'm getting close to feeling that I'm finally starting to move from the beginners level to the "next" level (whatever that is). Take every opportunity to perform, even if its in the line at the supermarket Smile .
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Bob Sanders
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I vote with Jim on this one. Magic clubs are a grand solution to getting to show your stuff. And you are in the Center of the Magic Earth! Saint Louis is the home of Ring 1!

I don't believe in "ambush magic" as such. (That is trapping people on the elevator to see a magic trick. LOL) However, there are opportunities to do magic for small groups. Do get permission first. Hospitals, scouts, nursing homes, awards banquets, city park festivals, etc. take all the free entertainment they can get. Expose yourself! LOL

One often missed is the "Bloodmobile" for the Red Cross with people waiting to give blood.

Good Luck!

Bob Sanders
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I agree the magic clubs are a great place. There you can share what you know and there is anyways someone there to watch.

One thing that our IBM257 club in Las Vegas does is we have themed nights where we should what we know in that theme... Robe, Card, Coin, etc... Then after you are done you will get some great feedback.

We also put together free shows for the girl scouts, boy scouts, or who ever that would want to see a magic show. We do this at least once a year and offer the guys that don't have much stage time or any at all the chance to show off. What is nice about this is that you have the support of the pros to help you if you needed.

I think most groups work in this manner... so check them out... IBM, SAM, and/or Kidabra. You will find the support to show your stuff there. Smile

B-Rad "The Kids Magician"
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"A child's smile is one of life's greatest blessings."
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