Why learn magic?
May 18, 2020
We are so lucky to live in the world we do today, the information age. There is so much information out there, and it is truly staggering. It can quickly become incredibly overwhelming. However, magic is a strange one when it comes to this sort of thing since as we know, Magician’s never reveal their secrets. This a stupid saying for the most part, since if they never told their secrets, all performance magic would have to continually be rediscovered from scratch, which is blatantly not the case.
What are the benefits?
Whether you are looking to have the kids distracted while learning a new skill, discover some magic yourself to surprise a loved one, provide a new kind of corporate team building, or perhaps even begin your career as the next great Magician, there are many great reasons to learn magic:
• Understanding another’s perspective
As you get better at magic, you have to learn to see things from your spectator’s point of view. You have to understand what they will see, hear and feel in order to elicit the best possible reactions. Whether you are learning a close-up magic effect or a grand illusion for a stage performance, if you can’t put yourself into your audience’s shoes, you will never create great magic.
Understandably, this skill has far-reaching benefits from helping with negotiations, communication and just about anything that involves interacting with another human being.
• Improved hand-eye coordination
Learning any kind of sleight involves precise and careful movement of your hands in a particular fashion. You will have to learn to develop muscle memory, as when you are performing a magic effect, you can’t be watching everything you are doing, you have to worry about what you are saying, what is your audience doing, are they engaged and many other tiny details.
Even so-called “self-working” magic effects require you to have your hands and eyes cooperate in a way they have never done before.
Learning any new skill and becoming proficient at it will lead to an increased amount of self-confidence. Magic, though, is a performance skill, which means you have to go in front of an audience and perform. Time and time again, this has been shown to be one of the most terrifying things we can do, so if you can learn to conquer your fears of performing to a crowd, you will be amazed at how the confidence from that will bleed into all other areas of your life.
• Detail Focused
Of the many things that magic has taught me over the years is that when you get ready to perform, there is an enormous number of things to think about in preparation. Are your props where they need to be? Will you have a surface to use when performing? What does your outfit say about you? How will you handle when something unexpected happens?
All of those little things and many more have to be considered before you can begin a complete “act”. You will learn this first hand when you start trying to put your act together, and it will improve each time you do it. Not only that, but there is a cumulative effect whereby the more you do it, the more tiny details you will realise could be introduced to help improve your performances.
• Handling mistakes
When you are in the middle of a performance, and you make a mistake, you can’t stop, restart the performance and act as if nothing has happened. You have to learn to make a mistake and be okay with it. To let it happen, and to keep going. You learn how to turn an accident to your advantage. There have been plenty of times when I have actually improved one of the effects I perform because while doing the effect, I realised at that moment how to do it better so that it doesn’t happen again. I’ve even ended up doing it a completely different way in the future to avoid the mistake or found a way to integrate the effect into my show, so I genuinely hope for that mistake to happen again.
I’m sure that misdirection is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of magic because the two have always gone hand in hand together. Magic is the art of misdirection. And misdirection is everywhere in the world that we live in, you just have to know where to look. Once you learn to understand it and to use it for a performance, you will begin to recognise it elsewhere.
Misdirection is not the big, brash distractions that people think it is. Often it is confused with someone pointing and saying, “Hey, look over there!” while they do something sneaky where you aren’t looking. This is not the case; it is so much more subtle than that, playing off the parts of human nature that most of us aren’t even aware exist.
So what are you waiting for?
Yes, I am hugely biased on the topic of learning magic, but you can see how many benefits there are to learning it, and I have barely scratched the surface of what can be gleaned from this incredible art form.
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