With all the amazing illusions that magicians deliver to our eyes, it’s obvious why most people share a fascination for the art of magic. Both old and young minds alike can be fooled by a trick, but it is especially when we are young and impressionable that this art truly captivates us. So powerful is the charm that many even attempt to become masters of this profession. But what are the best ways to start with magic?
Due to its wide availability, a deck of cards is often sought by magicians as a tool to perform illusions. The range of difficulty for handling a deck can vary so considerably that both amateurs and professionals can successfully benefit from this item. After obtaining a couple of decks, a quick search online will then reveal countless websites offering free written and video tutorials on how to perform card tricks. Some of the most amazing deceptions are self-working and require almost no handling at all. With only a few minutes of practice, most amateur conjurers will be ready to demonstrate some incredible card tricks.
If ordinary playing cards do not motivate enough, another option for beginners is a gaffed deck. This item looks exactly the same as a conventional deck, but in reality it has been altered for a specific magical purpose. Gaffed decks are ideal because these normally require very basic manipulation skills, spectators are unable to detect the modifications, and deliver seemingly impossible illusions.
Gimmicks are objects used by magicians to help them accomplish a desired effect. A gimmick tends to remain hidden from the spectator and if used correctly, it can reduce the difficulty of a trick significantly. Imagine an illusion in which a coin vanishes from an observer’s hand. To accomplish this with no gimmicks, one must think of a very unique set of movements and actions that will fool such person. However, if we had an object that could secretly steal the coin, it would require much less effort to perform this illusion. A device named ‘The Raven’ does exactly as described above and can usually be found, along with many other useful gimmicks, in any average magic shop.
Meet Other Magicians
Often when starting in magic, it is easy to feel lost and frustrated with no clear path to follow. Online forums are great platforms for enthusiasts and professionals to discuss the art of magic. Most forums are free to join and typically contain beginner’s sections with many magicians eager to help. A vast amount of different members makes it easy to find posts regarding almost all imaginable issues that a novice might have.
Another great method to connect with magicians is by joining local magic groups or circles. Unlike online forums, these groups provide opportunities to connect with individuals and learn from their experiences at much deeper levels. Seeing an effect performed from only a small distance away is much more beneficial than reading a description.
Becoming a Magician
Though the feats performed by magicians seem impossible and complicated, any ordinary person can easily start learning magic. Cards, gimmicks, and forums are just a few simple methods through which beginners can venture into the world of illusions. If one is interested enough, then performing magic can certainly become a career. However, for this to be true, we must all start somewhere.