Magic has astounded people for thousands of years. From sawing a woman in half to death-defying stunts, magic has captivated audiences, and has provided a getaway, for some. Even in 2013, magic is still strong as ever. What I will attempt to do in this post, is to give you a behind the scenes view of magic(no, I will not divulge and magic secrets.)
Being an amateur magician myself, I have had the pleasure of practicing the art of magic. It is an art form that is incredibly hard, and unfortunately, it does not get the credit it deserves. Magicians spend countless hours practicing illusions, sleights, etc. Magic will humble you, and at the same time it will bring the greatest joy to you. After spending time rehearsing an illusion/trick, it is time to test it out for people. In the beginning, the magician will test out tricks for family and friends. Once the magician is confident enough performing for family and friends, the next phase is to perform for strangers. It is one thing to astound your family and friends, but it’s another thing to pull off a trick for a stranger. When you astonish a stranger, it is one of the best feelings in the world. Knowing that you have pulled off something special is very powerful for the magician, and the stranger. In one instance, you get the magician feeling great, and the stranger is completely blown away. Today’s world is nonstop and constantly moving, so when a magician performs, it is a great escape for the stranger, and ultimately, the feeling of real “magic.”
Sooner or later, the question arises: How did you get into magic? This question will get answered a thousand different ways by magicians. For me, it started with Harry Houdini. When I first learned about Houdini, I was hooked. Escaping from handcuffs, straightjacket, 100 ft. of rope, and performing some of the most incredible illusions, Houdini instantly became my hero. Then when I was about ten, my mom and dad took me to go see David Copperfield. It was an experience I will never forget. Watching David Copperfield ignited my passion even more to do magic. A few years later, David Blaine came on the scene and inspired me even more. Glued to the TV, I could not believe some of the stuff David Blaine was doing, and his connection with people was even more magical. And lastly, the magician that really catapulted me in the art of magic, is none other than: Criss Angel. Each of the magicians I have mentioned all have their own mark on magic, and that is what’s great about it. You get so many types of magicians in the magic world, and it’s great to see what certain magicians come up with.
Magic is a great teacher, and it will teach you a lot about life. Failing, succeeding, learning how something works: magic provides it all. Learning about magic is a very rewarding experience, and I encourage everyone to at least try it. Start with a deck of cards and a magic book ( I will include where to purchase magic) Learn a few card tricks, and perform them to your family and friends. You just might end up wanting to learn more, and become a magician.
I leave you with this: Right now: someone, somewhere, is practicing magic. They are learning the sleights and mechanics to perform the desired illusion. When they are done practicing, and have shown their family and friends, they will get ready to perform for a stranger. That stranger may very well be you. Enjoy the magic, and always cherish that moment.
Check out these sites to learn and perform magic: theory11.com, penguinmagic.com, elmwoodmagic.com