I’ve never written a blog before, but decided it was time to start. Especially since I’m building up to doing all of this on camera eventually! for now thought, I wanted to create better habits in myself and to start getting thoughts out of my head.
If you’re curious about the inner workings of a magician’s mind, or you want some tips that I think might be helpful for magicians and performers alike, then I may have something for you. If I don’t, please get in touch and let me know!
I may still be ending my posts a little abruptly, so apologies for that. I certainly didn’t leave the impression that I would be doing another post on this topic so soon, to be honest, when I finished the post yesterday, I hadn’t[...]
The importance of creating a character – pt. 2 – 5 reasons to create your own
Picking right up where I left off yesterday, I was now playing the role of the gambler at[...]
This was terrifying for me. Aside from the fact that I am close up magician by trade! My mentors pushed me into it though, saying it would be parlour, or grand cabaret; it would make for good training. They were right of course, but here[...]
Talk to yourself, listen to yourself and see what you have to say. After all, sometimes you need an expert’s opinion, and no-one knows you better than you do.
Repetition, more repetition and even more repetition.
I realise you may well see the similarity to what I wrote yesterday. That is mildly intentional, and because I’m[...]
Practice, more practice and even more practice.
I doubt that was really the answer you were looking for though. As you are no doubt aware, magic requires a whole host[...]
Despite being suspended from the magic circle, I was able to still perform at any event that would have me. Before my membership returned, I resigned from my lofty position in the corporate office job to pursue magic full[...]
I’m not sure if that title is an ominous one, though it does imply I left the magic circle voluntarily. This is not the case. I screwed up massively, and the punishment would definitely fit the crime.
While approaching the ¾ mark of my time in a lovely, underpaid office job, not that I[...]
I swear I am trying to stick to the “pertinent” details of my life that got me to where I am, but apparently I enjoy talking about myself a little too much. I cannot thank you enough for continuing to read this drivel.
On with the story though.
Having quit my corporate life, I went[...]
I promise, I never thought I would be able to drag this story out so long and as soon as I’m more or less up to the present day, I’ll get back to my ramblings on the whatever magical topics pop into my head!
We left off with our hero performing in a stimulating environment, with a great[...]
It seems there could be a few more parts to this still. Perhaps it is my fault for keeping each “part” to around the same size as the articles I’ve written so far. But if I didn’t do that, the whole thing would be one article that is just way too long. And I would have less content if I put it[...]
I really didn’t think this would take this many parts, but apparently I thoroughly enjoy talking about myself, so thank you for continuing to read and listen to me ramble on!
So, I was lucky enough to have a few mentors, an incredible venue, and be performing regularly. Not much more a[...]
I should probably apologise for writing up the rest of this story so far from the first part. Especially since you’ve clearly been waking up every morning, rushing to your computer, and then desperately refreshing my feed to see if today was the day that I would finally finish my enthralling[...]
Honestly, I didn’t. I never had the aspiration to become a magician.
That may sound like a strange thing for a full time professional magician to say, which it is.[...]
Mostly, because a deck of fifty two playing cards (fifty four if you include both jokers) represents randomness in its truest form. A deck of cards has also become completely synonymous with magic to the point where every single magic kit contains at least one deck of cards. They are also an[...]
Strange and interesting but unproven facts about playing cards
Yesterday I talked about the history as we best know it to be in regards to how playing cards came to be what we know them as today. Though, as I mentioned, there are lots of interesting stories, to me anyway,[...]
Well, I hope you are ready for a bit of a history lesson, as the playing cards we are so familiar with took over 10 centuries to reach the form that we know and love.
While the exact origins are hard to trace, most theories agree that playing cards would have most likely originated in[...]
When it comes to learning magic, there are a plethora of different ways to learn, all with different advantages and disadvantages. In this modern day and age though, I find a combination of all of the following gets me the best results.
Magic books are almost a cliche at[...]
Recently I wrote about doing magic with animals and how it is something I don’t do. So today, I had the bright to idea to talk about magic with and for children.
I don’t do kids parties. That’s my rule. I will teach children magic, if they are interested, but I won’t do performances for[...]
Today’s post is a bit different to what I usually do. I like to try and find a question that I have either asked other magicians, or have been asked myself and answer it in a way that I hope is informative and interesting, without giving too much away.
I have spent today really struggling[...]
This is always an interesting topic for me. In my short time alive on this planet I have seen magicians do incredible things with animals, having grown up watching magicians such as Lance Burton produce an endless stream of doves from nowhere and always enjoyed the performances. Siegfried and[...]
Failure is a part of life. It sucks, but that is a fact of life. This is especially true when it comes to magic. I have no problem admitting to my students, and anyone who will listen, that when I was first learning magic I spent a good portion of my time playing “52 pickup”. In fact, I still do[...]
In essence, there is no difference between these three. However, what is different is the mentality behind them and the magician who performs them.
All three of these terms can be interchangeable, for the most part. Though in my experience, any magician who calls a close up magic effect[...]
Yesterday I talked about the big three overarching types of magic in terms of the size of the performance. Magic is also broken into seven other types of categories which are based around what the magic effect’s presentation is and what the magician has actually done. In no particular order,[...]
There are quite a few different ways to answer this question, but I’ll give you the main breakdown in this article, and I’ll have a second run at this tomorrow!
The first way of categorising magic, is the scale/size of the performance and the audience who watch it. My preferred form of[...]
As with any art form, there is actually a saying for this, as there are three parts. Practice, more practice, and even more practice.
Resist the temptation to roll your eyes, believe me I certainly did when I used to hear this. As unfortunately, no matter who you are, whether you’re a[...]
One. Yes, you heard me, just one; at least to start with. The temptation is always to think you need to learn as many as possible so you can show an endless stream of magic effects one after the other for your friends. This will have the opposite effect to what you are hoping to[...]
Yes and no. As far as I am concerned though, Magic is absolutely real. It really just depends on how you define magic.
The reason I personally, I think magic is real is because I see it whenever I perform. I see it whenever I watch great magic, even when I know the secret behind how it[...]
This may differ from magician to magician, but personally, yes, I get nervous before every show. Well, almost every show. For the large majority though, I am racked with nerves, whether it is a stage performance, close up, or even a small[...]
Like all art, magic is subjective. For me, the magic I like comes down to the performer more than anything else. I’ve seen great magic, done poorly, and boring magic done in a way that leaves me baffled, confused and more entertained than[...]
This is a difficult question to answer. It really depends on you as a person and how you learn best.
For most people, I would say that yes, it is worth investing in a cheap one, at least to start with. So you can dip your toe in the water as it were. The problem with buying these kits, is[...]
“As a magician I promise never to reveal the secret of any illusion to a non-magician, unless that one swears to uphold the Oath in turn. I promise never to perform any illusion for any non-magician without first practicing the effect[...]
The short answer is no. A longer answer is that it can be, but learning any skill has certain hurdles you have to get over, magic just has those hurdles in some different places to other art forms.
I realise it is a bit strange to have a second piece about the most important part of a magic trick, since surely there is only one answer. I covered that answer yesterday by the saying that there are three parts; practice, more practice and even more practice. There is another part to that, and[...]