Guest Author - Kristin Peoples
Have you always been interested in magic? Maybe you have watched the magicians on television or that came to your childís classroom and thought you could do that? Itís not as hard as you may believe to become a magician. In fact, itís just like anything else. You have to put the time in to really be able to do this art form.
The very first thing that you should do is to do your research. You donít have to buy expensive programs or attend magic school for this portion. All you have to do is go to your local library and check out some books and DVDs. The librarian can assist you if you need help. The point is to get all of the information that you can get your hands on to learn more about the background of magic and basic techniques. At this stage, your time is best spent learning about magic. You may decide that your personality is not cut out for the performance portion of the act.
Once you have done your research, itís time to put together a few simple tricks. At this point, less is more. Having no more than five tricks as a beginner will allow you to really practice your skills. Your previous research probably showed you a few simple tricks that you would like to learn. Practice those tricks until they become second nature. Depending on the type of magic you want to perform, you may have an audience who may sit at a bad angle. The angle may allow those members of the audience to see more than they should. Make sure to practice at all angles in front of the mirror. Do not perform the act in front of others until you are very comfortable with it. You may decide down the road to combine tricks. Depending on your personality, you can change up your show based on different combinations. The audience may not even know that they are seeing the same thing. It is all in how you create the illusion.
Moving from having a hobby of being a magician to more will take some time. It may not happen overnight or even in the same month. The important thing is to make sure you are entirely comfortable with the process and tricks before you step up your act. Remember the magicianís rule. Never tell how you perform a particular trick. There is nothing worse than an audience member who knows how the trick will end and how you do it.