Want to Learn Magic?
People often seem curious about magicians learn magic. How does one obtain all of those secrets? They are, after all…secrets right?
Like most good secrets, they’re hidden in plain site. Right in front of you, and there for anyone that really cares to see them. For me, I learned how to do magic from books. My first magic book was called Mark Wilson’s Course of Magic. I spent hours reading each page and studying each illustration. Hundreds of tricks were hidden in these pages, and I needed to learn how to do them all!
Children today often learn from DVDs and YouTube. Many magicians discredit learning from videos because they make it easier for students to mimic the styles of the teacher. However, when you learn music, you don’t criticize a child from mimicking Chopin? You don’t ask a beginner to be more creative with Beethoven’s 5th. Over time you hope he or she will develop their own style.
While I don’t share some of the criticisms against learning from video, I still prefer learning from books.
When children tell me they want to learn magic, I almost always send them to my first magic book. One reason, is that it make them work for it. Finding time to read a book can be hard, and I think that’s a good thing. When things come too easy, sometimes the appreciation for them is lost. I want them to respect and cherish the secrets, they way I did.
Of course, I know that in the near future most magic will be learned by video, and that’s OK. I’ve even put out a few videos to help students get started. But if you’re reading this because you, or someone you know is new to magic and wants to get started…do me a favor, and point them towards a good book.
amazing to witness close up. The magicians rotate through regularly, so even frequent cruisers have little chance of seeing the same performers. The show has been so popular that Crystal has expanded the number of performances per sailing. The best way to enjoy the sleight-of-hand: don’t try to figure it out, just watch and be amazed.”
I’ve been honored to be a performer in the Magic Castle at Sea. We just made the pages of USA today!
“I love magic shows and Crystal’s new Magic Castle at Sea show is superb. In a small venue that hosts up to 25 guests at a time, professional magicians from the famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles do things with coins, cards and other objects that are simply amazing to witness close up. The magicians rotate through regularly, so even frequent cruisers have little chance of seeing the same performers. The show has been so popular that Crystal has expanded the number of performances per sailing. The best way to enjoy the sleight-of-hand: don’t try to figure it out, just watch and be amazed.”
I’m one of the producers of an incredible magic show in Gaithersburg Maryland. Every month we have new performers. This week we were featured in the Gazette. It’s always fun to see your name in the news!
Magician Robert Haudin- Father of Modern Magic
Magic and Illusion uses the application of science to a mystifying spectacle. In the mid nineteenth century Robert Houdin became the most popular magician and in our modern age. To this day, magicians around the world strive replicate his passion. To this day, Robert Houdin is called the father of the modern magic. His techniques were new and exciting. His presentations were original and astounding. Few magicians in history have had such an influence on the art of magic.
Robert Haudin’s career as a magician spanned 11 years. Born in France, his father would train his son to follow in the family business—clock making. Robert would continue making clocks until he was well over 40 years of age. Robert Houdin became obsessed with creating glass clocks with hidden mechanisms. They became a great puzzle of their time.
This training greatly influenced his works as a magician. His illusions had intricate clockwork type methods that were undetectable. A pot of flowers would vanish in a blink. A wooden doll would beat an audience member at chess.
His style was the first of his kind. He was the first magician to dress in formal attire and use electricity in his act. He was celebrated by societies elite and was asked to help use his magic abilities to help stop a battle in Africa (which he did).
Truly a legend—Houdin inspired magicians with his style and technique. One magician, a young Eric Weiss, was so inspired by Houdin’s work that he would change his name in an attempt to be more like the famous French performer and became ‘Harry Houdini’. Few magician in history will ever be held in such a high regard.
In my conservative upbringing, my brothers and I were bred to blend in. Unless I’m working, I avoid the spotlight. I suspect that’s one of the reasons I rarely get recognized as ‘Hey, aren’t you that magic guy?’ in public – even in Maryland, DC or Virginia where I’ve performed thousands of shows. However, I once was recognized on a date at a restaurant in Arlington, VA, when a couple stopped me as we were walking to our table and said: “Aren’t you Northern Virginia’s Most Popular Magician?” Of course, I knew they were repeating a joke from my show, but my date didn’t. As my date made her way to her seat, I whispered to them that I was on a date, and they just made me look like a rockstar. To help, they started arguing over which of my tricks was the best just loud enough for us to hear it across the room. By the end of the meal, guests had already tweeted and posted a picture of it on Facebook. The moral of this story: If you see me out with a girl…put in a good word for me. SIDE NOTE: The girl on that date and I will be getting married in September.