If you’re a big fan of Harry Potter, you may be captured by the mystical word of wizards that author J.K. Rowling has created, complete with all of the magic, mystery and suspense that your heart could desire. You may even wish you had some of your own special powers. But if your own natural abilities fall short of qualifying you for entry into Hogwarth, you can still learn some impressive magic tricks sure to captivate an audience.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t
The earliest forms of magic can actually be traced back to ancient times. There are many references to magic in the bible, and the three wise men are also referred to by some as having magical power. But while many of the oldest magicians were thought to possess supernatural talents, today’s counterparts are just regular people who have mastered the art of fooling others with sleight of hand movements, deception, misdirection and other forms of trickery.
The Greatest Magician
You’ve probably heard of Harry Houdini, who was one of the most well-known magicians ever. He become famous at the turn of the 20th century for a variety of conjuring tricks and escape techniques and could use these to successfully remove himself from many different confining situations. Houdini was also one of the first magicians to explore the relationship between a performer and his audience. To this end, he captured people’s attention and made them care about his situation and believe in his magical abilities. Today, such a bond with the audience continues to be at the heart of most modern magicians’ successes, since they need to convince the audience that their tricks are “real” occurrences.
Do Your Research
A Page From The Past
If you want to become a successful magician yourself, you will want to begin by getting a feel for the field and determining exactly how and what you want to do in this role. A good place to get your feet wet is by reading up on the history of magic. By learning what Houdini and his counterparts have been able to accomplish over the decades, you will get a better understanding of what it takes for a magician to be effective.
A Connection To The Present
You may also want to find out what resources exist locally to help you in your quest to becoming a magician. You can find out if there are any local groups dedicated to magic in your area. Check the local newspaper and research your city online. You may just hit upon a local magic circle or magic workshop that could help you get started, and will help you understand exactly what this new skill will entail. This can also be a great way to meet with other magicians and learn from their experiences.
Paving Your Career Path
Once you’ve gathered enough information to reinforce your career decision, it’s time to sit down and get serious. The first thing you should ask yourself is what type of magic you prefer. It helps to pay close attention to what gives you the most pleasure when you watch other magicians perform, so you can narrow in on different areas and add the same types of things into your own repertoire.