How to Learn Magic

howtolearnmagicHave you ever watched a magician perform and wonder how he or she is able to defy physics and common sense? Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew how to perform some of these tricks so you could impress your friends and family? Believe it or not, learning magic isn’t just about learning tricks. Although that is an important part of becoming a magician, you also need to develop presentations for each of your tricks and become accustomed to standing in front of and performing for audiences.

Learning how to perform magic tricks is not something that happens overnight. With very few exceptions, most tricks require hours of practice before you are ready to perform in front of other people. Easy Magic Tricks shows you simple magic tricks that you can master relatively quickly to get your feet wet in the mysterious art of magic and sleight-of-hand.

Types of Magic

As a budding magician, the first thing you need to figure out is what kind of magic you wish to study. Professional magicians usually specialize in many types of magic, but it is advisable to start with only one and master it before moving on to a different type of magic. The most popular types of magic in use today include:

  • Card Magic

  • Coin Magic

  • Mentalism/Mind Reading

  • Escapology

  • Bizarre Magic

  • Stage Magic

If you haven’t decided what type of magic you want to specialize in yet, you should study each discipline carefully before making a decision. Magic Tricks with Coins provides an introduction to coin magic; one of the easier disciplines to learn quickly.  If you are interested in Mind Reading magic, Your Future is in the Cards teaches you how to impress your friends in only 7 days using mentalism.

Equipment

Most magic relies on certain props. You can purchase a ready-made kit full of magic tricks and supplies, but these are often expensive and may not provide the exact props you are looking for. As your skill level grows, you will know exactly what you need as far as props are concerned and you can usually source these relatively inexpensively through magic supply stores or via the Internet. That said, there are a few props that every magician needs to properly perform magical acts.

A deck of cards – Cards are used in all sorts of magic tricks and many card tricks are extremely easy to learn. Successfully demonstrating a cool card trick to friends and family can give you the confidence you need to try more daring tricks in the future. When shopping for a deck of cards, make sure you get poker sized cards rather than bridge cards as these are much easier to manipulate for a variety of tricks. Bicycle brand playing cards seem to be very popular with magicians because they are well-made and can be manipulated easily.

Coins and Bills – Money is another very common prop in many magic tricks. You can create some very impressive optical illusions using simply the coins and bills in your pocket. Many magic supply stores also sell special magic coins with special properties that make performing certain tricks easier. These “gimmick” coins are by no means necessary and there are more than enough tricks you can perform with common coins.

Resources – In order to learn new tricks, you need to have resources at your disposal. Hacking Perception is an excellent course to learn new tricks and magical theory. You should also consider joining a magic club or online forum to exchange ideas with other magicians and ask for help if you are having difficulty performing a certain trick. Chances are someone else has already figured out the answer to your problem and will be more than glad to help a fellow magician in need.

Close-up Mat – A close-up mat is used when you are performing magic tricks on a table. Make sure you choose a color that contrasts well with your playing cards and other props which makes it easier for spectators to see what’s going on. Although magic supply stores do sell specialized close-up mats, in most cases a high-quality tablecloth of appropriate color works just as well.

These are the primary props you need to perform great magic tricks right now. As your repertoire of tricks grows, you will end up with a lot more props, but do not think you need to run out and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on props to become a magician. In fact, the skills you learn with just these simple props will make more complex tricks much easier to perform in the future.

Going Pro

After you practice for some time and have performed in front of friends and family at parties and special events, you may decide you’re ready to make a go at becoming a professional magician. If you are good, you can make a very respectable living by turning your hobby into a profession.

Many of the biggest names in magic like David Blaine and Criss Angel actually got noticed by performing magic on the streets for anyone who would watch. If you have a few good tricks, you will quickly have a crowd of people surrounding you that are absolutely impressed with your abilities as a magician.

You could also provide a party service where you perform at children’s birthday parties. You can use social media, a website, and conventional business cards to spread the word about your service. If you do a good job, customers are likely to refer you to their friends and you can create a steady stream of income as a magician at special events.

Whether you decide to keep magic as a hobby that you do in your spare time or convert your skills into an income stream, magic is a very rewarding pastime that is constantly evolving. You can always learn a new trick or even start to design your own original tricks based on things you have learned as a magician. The only way you’re going to get better at performing magic tricks is to get out there practice them – so what are you waiting for?