So you want to become a magician? Magicians tend to be a secretive bunch, so it can be hard for you to know where to start. Read and take action on these 10 tips and you’ll find yourself on the road to success in magic magicien Lyon
Read. Most magicians start learning magic by reading. Visit your local library and read as many books as you can about the art of magic. Reading about magic is a lot of fun, but another benefit is that it’s free, too! Other places to look for magic books include your local bookstore or magic shop. Although there are thousands of books you can read about magic, the following books are highly recommended by magicians at all levels: Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson, Magic and Misdirection by Dariel Fitzkee, and Magic: The Complete Guide by Joshua Jay.
Watch Professionals: You can learn a lot about showmanship and stagecraft by watching another person perform. After you see their show, ask yourself what you liked and didn’t like about the show. If you pay attention to local event calendars, the chances are good that you’ll be able to see a magician at a mall, theater, library, fair or festival, civic organization or community center in your town. Although nothing replaces the experience of watching a live magic show, you should also watch and learn from YouTube videos of famous magicians such as Mark Wilson, Siegfried and Roy, Harry Blackstone, David Copperfield, and Ali Bongo. Another resource for magic videos is your local magic dealer.
Find a Mentor: Whenever you see a magic show by a local performer, introduce yourself after the show. Be respectful of the performer’s time (he or she may have another show to do), but ask about private or group lessons. If they don’t offer magic lessons, then they might be able to refer you to someone who does. Another way to find a mentor is to join your local Society of Young Magicians.
Practice. If you want to master any art form, skill or trade, then you have to practice: the same holds true for aspiring magicians. Practice each effect so that every move looks natural and you don’t have to think about what happens next. There’s nothing worse than watching a magician think about how to do a secret move: it really ruins the awe and mystique of an effect. To get an idea of what the audience sees, start by practicing in front of a mirror. You should also video tape yourself performing each effect. Afterwards, watch the video to see what looks good and what you can improve upon.
Rehearse Your Routines: Rehearsal is what you do after you’ve practiced: you rehearse once you have mastered the sleight-of-hand, patter, and blocking needed to perform your routines. When you’re just starting out in magic, then you’ll have to be your own director and give yourself notes on how to make your routines better. You can also rehearse in front of a friend or family member that you trust to give you honest feedback.
Study Theater: There’s a lot more to magic than just learning secrets. If you want to be a successful magician, then you’ll have to learn about voice and speech, movement, improvisation, acting, scenic design, theater history, theatrical lighting and other elements of stagecraft. You can get a good foundation in these topics by going to college and majoring in Theater Arts. Other ways to enhance your theater background include participating in school productions, joining a community theater group, reading, getting an internship at a local theater, doing summer stock, and taking theater classes at a studio or community college.