Welcome to Learning Beginning to Advanced magic tricks.
I have been a professional full-time performing magician for over 20 years. People always ask me ;How do you do that! ; Of course if I give away my secrets, I wouldn't be a magician. However, through this blog, I will be teaching magic tricks for those who seriously want to learn and perform magic. There will be topics ranging from beginner to advanced on Cards, mentalism and more. These topics will grow and be added to over time. I suggest that if you are truly interested in learning, to start at the beginning and go through each topic in order. Some of the earlier lessons will be needed in order to accomplish some of the advanced. You will be learning techniques and also actual tricks. I will also be suggesting books you can purchase from Amazon that will further help your learning. You are welcome to send me comments and suggestions on the topics. Also let me know if you want something explained more thoroughly.
You have probably heard this many times ;Practice makes perfect ;. This is very true when performing magic tricks, whether you purchase a magic trick or learn it from a book or blog. Many tricks seem easy, however, until you actually do the trick you won't know the intricacies of the trick. Even as a professional magician, whenever I read about a trick or purchase a new trick, I practice it until I feel comfortable with it. Then I perform it for family or friends before I perform it for strangers.
Anyone can learn to do a trick. However, it is how you perform your tricks for your audience that makes your tricks memorable. Make sure your patter (what you say as you perform your trick), is entertaining. Many tricks that are purchased, come with their own patter. However, I always make up my own patter based on my style of performing. Many years ago, I was hired at a restaurant to do table side magic. I replaced a magician who was there previously that had many years of experience. I was only doing magic for about 2 years at that time. I was nervous about following someone who had so much experience and was very adept at what he did. Before my first night, I developed my magic effects and practiced my patter. One of the tables that I performed at on my first night were diners that frequented the restaurant regularly. They were surprised to see me, as they were used to seeing the other magician. Though I was nervous, I did my act for them. Just before I left the table several people said that I was better than the other magician. I thanked them for the compliment, but wondered to myself, how can that be possible? He was a much better magician than me technically. At the end of my shift a waitress approached me and also told me I was better than the previous magician. I was surprised and asked her why she said that. She told me the last magician did tricks, you entertained the customers. So I have always made sure in all my magic shows that I ;entertain ; my audience and don't just show them a trick.
Don't ever expose the workings of a trick that you perform. You will lose credibility with your audience whether it is strangers or friends.
I want to let you know about other resources about learning magic.
Here is a link to the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.). They have Rings (groups) that meet regularly all over the world. I am a member and also a member or Ring 59, the New Haven, CT ring (which actually meets in Trumbull, CT). The members of these Rings are always interested in helping new people who are serious in learning magic. The page is http://www.magician.org/
Also I do sell magic tricks on my site for beginners to professionals. http://www.magicpresto.com/
Many restaurants all over the world have magicians that perform table to table. I have developed a lisiting of restaurants in Connecticut that have magicians weekly. Here is a listing http://www.ctrestaurantentertainers.com/
Thank you for reading and remember always practice a trick well before performing.