Eleven years has passed quickly by and Jerry Foster and myself have known each other through the Internet. We first met online at another Forum dedicated to Magic. We exchanged email addresses and phone numbers and kept in contact all those years. Recently, I took a trip to California to help my Mom celebrate her 90th Birthday. Jerry also resides in California, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally meet face to face (live and in person). Jerry was kind enough to drive… Continue
Added by Mark Williams on August 18, 2011 at 12:45pm —
Many magicians may be their own worst enemy. (Now, naturally, I’m not talking about you, or me.) Their acts are rampant with stereotypical behaviors that often cause their audiences to roll their eyes. Audiences are sick of innuendo… Continue
Added by Lary Crews on August 4, 2011 at 1:54pm —
There are lots of mistaken impressions about magicians. Chief among them is the idea that they are here only to "fool" audiences. Anyone past the age of 10 who watches a magician perform knows intuitively that there’s some kind of… Continue
Added by Lary Crews on August 4, 2011 at 1:57pm —
The coin didn’t vanish because the hand is quicker than the eye. Magic is successful because the spectator’s attention is misdirected. It is their own brain that deceives them. Our audience sees with their mind which sorts what they see into understandable images.
Because the mind sees… Continue
Added by Lary Crews on August 4, 2011 at 1:59pm —
The idea of bending reality is simply another evolution in the performing of magic. The magic doesn’t have to change; just our way of presenting it
. Reality Benders are simply evolved magicians.
(For those… Continue
Added by Lary Crews on August 4, 2011 at 2:02pm —
I am known as a close up card magician. I am really into cards more than any type of magic. Lately I have been rereading other books on magic theory and more on presentation points. Most of this books are more on mentalism and this has made me think that I could incorporate more of this mind-reading and mental effects into my routine.
There are two things which made me venture into learning mental effects. One is my left wrist had an injury and I might now be able to do card… Continue
Added by Jordan on July 25, 2011 at 6:46pm —
As you may know, I learned magic from books and I have a lot of books and e-books on magic. Unfortunately, I don't find all the material that's in there useful. There are just a lot of bad tricks in there that are not really performable in shows.
There are a lot of bad magic books out there. Some have bad photos, bad instructions and the worst is a lot has bad tricks in them. With a lot of bad things in a lot of magic books, I really can't blame those who prefer to learn from… Continue
Added by Jordan on March 22, 2011 at 2:58am —
One thing I noticed with good magicians is that they are able to maintain a certain level of interaction with their audiences. They are able to make their audiences participate and interact with them that they are not just performing but leaving the audience an experience.
This brings me to think that magic is not just performing but having interaction to leave your audience with an unforgettable and magical experience. Though I heard a lot about the magic moment within a… Continue
Added by Jordan on January 14, 2011 at 5:36pm —
I am always looking for opportunities to network with others who want to try and reach our children with the gospel through the art of illusion. It is my true joy to work with God's kids. The problem is that although i have some talent in the area of speaking to children, illusion, clowing and illustrative preaching, I lack the creativity to develope routines. Once I have been introduced to a basic routine I have no trouble adapting it into a gospel message. I am always trying reach out in… Continue
Added by Jeremy Mohl on January 3, 2011 at 1:06am —
Many, many thanks to the Club Magician's member who recently donated a monetary amount to support this site! This club is a personal passion of mine and as such is also a personal expense! It's well worth the time and investment I've been putting into its growth over the past several years. Every little bit counts and your contribution was very generous!
If it's ok with you, I'd like to mention your name as a giving supporter of this community!
If others are enjoying the… Continue
Added by Ryan Ogaard on November 17, 2010 at 12:50am —
I've read a text by Scott Adams on his Book The Joy of Work. This is about bringing humor to the workplace. He cites that if there are 2 of at the 6 types of humor then it would really be funny. I think that the same rule could be applied to magic.
In Magic there are eight basic effects namely:
Added by Jordan on September 22, 2010 at 3:30am —
I really don't like the term "laymen" being used in a wrong by some magicians. It gives a sense of mediocrity and usually that what makes a bad magician. The term laymen was used to describe the people who don't know how an effect works and that's what give that false sense of security to some magicians. The "Don't worry they don't know" is really just a sorry excuse for not mastering the effect itself. Relying on that thought sets your mind to be okay to do mistakes that might reveal how the… Continue
Added by Jordan on September 8, 2010 at 7:07pm —
I actually download a lot of e-books over the internet. Unfortunately not all are good material and worse some are really just a waste of money. I'm writing this post to give fellow magicians advice on the things to consider when buying… Continue
Added by Jordan on September 6, 2010 at 7:00pm —
I am currently reading two new magic books containing more advanced material for both card and close up magic. Reading these books made me realize the importance on how when I was just starting to learn, I tried to learn a lot of moves rather than the effects themselves. I invested a lot of time studying, dissecting every effect into each move, memorizing them and applying them to other effects (both original and adapted) so that it would be more convenient and natural for me when doing… Continue
Added by Jordan on September 5, 2010 at 6:34pm —
There has been an ongoing debate within the Magic Community. The arguement centers around Books and Visual Media. The question at the nucleus? Is it better to learn Magic from the written word (Books) or to learn our art watching DVD's, Videos and Instant Downloads?
There are many Magicians, like myself, who learned Magic from reading tome after tome. There were none of the modern day gadgets like iPods, DVD Players, Blue Rays etc. to help supplement our learning. When I… Continue
Added by Mark Williams on August 28, 2010 at 11:00am —
This was a very excellent summer. The weather was picture perfect: hot and sunny during the day cool at night.
My magic took me across Ohio many many times. The comment I heard over and over from camps, libraries and municipal functions was "Wow I am so glad you arrived early and you were ready for the show at the time we hired you for." Now I would think that if you were a performer you would show up and be ready to go on at your set time. But in talking with many I guess a lot of people… Continue
Added by Bob Durante on August 29, 2010 at 5:30pm —
I thought I would tell everyone that I attended this show. McBride showcases various Magicians, along with other variety acts and puts them all together for a great show. Jeff McBride's Magic Wonderground is currently playing here in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is scheduled every third Thursday, each month. So, if you are planning to visit Las Vegas...make sure to plan your trip accordingly. McBride's Magic Wonderground is at The Olive (a Hookah Lounge in Henderson, Nevada). The lounge is… Continue
Added by Mark Williams on August 21, 2010 at 10:30pm —
I had a boat load of magic shows on Long Island
this week, but one show stands out. I was hired to do a one hour show for a family event. It was a good mix of kids and adults out in Medford, about 50 people all together.
I opened with a simple vanishing and reappearing silk that changes into a sponge ball. It's a routine I worked out by doing a zillion kid shows and busking all over Manhattan. No great "moves" but it's a visual… Continue
Added by Hijinx on March 22, 2010 at 8:19pm —
Greetings fellow artist I have a rant to throw at you this evening. When you perform magic do you have a show or do you just throw out a bunch of tricks one after the other.
When I first started doing magic shows in 1977 I would do a whole lot of magic tricks in a hours time. Now I can do an hour show with four or five items that are all related together one after the other. Martin Nash (Canadian Card Expert) once told me he loved to read Shakespeare and that each of his… Continue
Added by Bob Durante on February 19, 2010 at 9:35pm —
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. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for somebody to own this premium, generic domain.…
Added by Ryan Ogaard on January 19, 2010 at 10:30pm —