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David White
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Beginners, who are your biggest influences? What professional excited you about getting started in magic?

I'm curious about this as I'll be writing an article on the subject for a foreign magazine.

Thanks.
MikeyM71
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I was influenced by a magician who did a gig for the vacation bible school attended when I was 9 years old. He was a member of the church and problably did it for free. A hanky vanish, a couple coin tricks, and man, I was hooked.
<BR>Mikey M.
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I'm not a beginner; but I certainly know those who inspired me to get involved with magic. During my childhood, it was Doug Henning and David Copperfield. I never missed any of their specials. My love for those shows caused my Dad to buy me a magic kit for Christmas one year. I don't remember anything else I got that Christmas; but I'll never forget that magic kit.

Then, in my early adult years, I worked with a guy who was a part-time professional magician and whose father was a professional magician. He performed illusions for me at work and I'd never before seen "close-up" magic like that. Wanting to make others feel the wonder and amazement I felt after having watched and/or participated in illusions is what made me move from spectator/fan to actually performing magic.
Bob Johnston
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David White:

Many magicians started their interest in magic from watching non-professionals, like an uncle or another child.

Bob
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I agree with Bob. I was first exposed to magic through close friends of mine (they were self-working tricks).
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I am a beginner and I never knew or met anyone who did magic.

I didn't know that you could learn to do magic anywhere until I saw a trick by what appeared to be a regular guy on YouTube. I started searching a little online and quickly ended up right here where I have been helped along by the best.

But before I came here I found some video tutorial material online after Googling for it, which of course was mostly pirated stuff really. I have since spent a small fortune on actually buying books and DVDs, but the first tutorials I knew of were either on YouTube or on downloadable video files. I'm fairly certain that this is a common portal to magic nowadays, although few people will probably admit it.

The first person I saw (also on YouTube) who completely floored me was Lennart Green. That elevated everything to a whole new level of thinking for me.
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Erik von markovik got me intrested in magic, I never knew you could learn magic until I found some tutrials and stuff online, after that my biggest influences have been
dai vernon - for obvious reasons
max malini - my idol atm
david williamson
ricky jay
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Not exactly new either (50+years), but Mark Wilson in his Time for Magic days in the 50's is what got me started and through most of my early career he was the primary influence. Next was Harry Blackstone, Sr., who although retired, was a relative of mine and gave me some serious instruction. After that I'd say Tony Slydini and Johnny Thompson were my main influences.
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I'm a beginner and for me it is David Ginn. I was looking up clowning books when I came across "Clown Magic" by David Ginn. I checked out some of his routines on YouTube and then bought all his KidBiz DVDs and a few others. I love comedy and kids magic!

Magic has taken my career to a whole new level. I am an elementary school art teacher. I use it as an incentive in class. If they follow directions and clean up on time at the end of class, I will do a trick. I'm also our school's mascot. So each month I put on a 15 - 20 minute magic show for the whole school promoting a character trait (like "Responsibility").

I also have the Tarbell Volumes, Mark Wilson's books, Silly Billy's book and DVD, and several others.
David White
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Thank you for posting, I appreciate the responses.

If anyone else cares to post, please do so.
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Not quite a beginner, but here goes.
My biggest influences are probably Reed McClintock, Christian Chelman, Ricky Jay,
and Teller. There's a lot more magicians that I am a fan of, more than I could ever name at one time, but these guys have really inspired me in the way that they have pushed the boundaries of magic to present unique material.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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Not quite a beginner as well, but we all have influence - both now and when we began.

When I began my influences were more celebrity known magicians such as McBride, Burton, Penn and teller... ect...

But as I grew in magic and became familiar with those not in the media limelight, I found my influences to be (and they are my current ones as well)

Gazzo
Cellini
Kozmo
Slydini
Jimmytalksalot
those guys for the street and real world magic

Reed McClintock
Michael Vincent
Banachek
Tommy Wonder
Jeff McBride
for magic in general
Mark Reed
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I've a rather eclectic group of influences... Penn & Teller, James Randi, and Joe Givan are at the top of my list of magical influences-- but there are plenty of non-magical ones as well.
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Cardician99
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Don Alan: Watching his "Magic Ranch" TV shows back it the early 60's.
spatlind
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Paul Daniels piqued my interest many moons ago..
Actions lie louder than words - Carolyn Wells

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I think as kid just seeing people at holiday camps doing magic was always interesting. Then I also watched Paul Daniels magic show. It was one of the special guest that got me into the diablol. My older brother was really into magic so that was always about.

However some one that made me want to perform and make people laugh by any means was Tommy Cooper.
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Yellowcustard
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I almost forgot Jeffrey Durham the Great Soprendo.
Enjoy your magic,

and let others enjoy it as well!
Vaughn Ver Steegt
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Lance Burton and Jeff McBride were the first two that got me interested.
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Lance Burton, Jeff McBride, Richard Osterlind, Max Maven, Penn and Teller, Dai Vernon, and of course David Copperfield.......
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Bill Bixby in "The Magician"
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