Who Do I Go To For Advice?

Many times in a magician’s career, whether a seasoned professional or beginner, one asks “Who do I listen to for advice on my magic?” The question seems easy at first, because advice is always plentiful, and usually free. But then, is at always the right advice, or the advice that is right for YOU?

Throughout history, the magical arts have been taught by apprenticeship; closely guarded secrets have been passed on to the next generation as very precious gifts to be given back to audiences of tomorrow. Today, many great magicians recall learning magic from their mentors, all great people who seemed to pass on more than just a trick, they actually take part in the formation of the magician as a person.

Unfortunately, many magicians view their magic as simply “tricks” to be shown off, or thrown around at meetings like part of everyday conversation. Could this be why many audiences have the opinion that magic is losing its importance today? Perhaps many magicians have de-emphasized the great mystery and personal nature of magic, simply wanting to learn as many tricks as possible.

As the mother of a young magician, who is always seeking advice, I learned that learning magic is as much about learning about oneself as it is, learning the tricks. Finding a mentor who will take the time to discover who you are, and guide you to learn how to express yourself uniquely through the magic media, is worth its weight in gold. Then, you will realize that certain types of magic are well suited to you. You will travel on a journey not only learning more about that trick and how to incorporate it into your show, you will learn how to make it meaningful to you, and give it meaning to the audience.

Advice that my son now lives by: First, find someone that you admire as a person, as a talented individual whose magic stirs up emotion in you. Then, see if that person is interested in teaching you a few pieces of wisdom that has helped them along the way. Perhaps they are willing to watch your magic, and give you suggestions. Then, listen to the suggestions, but learn enough about who you are to know when it just doesn’t feel right for you. Do not be afraid of change. Embrace that which is new or foreign to you; magic often seems that way to the audience. Lastly, remember that magic is an expression of you; it is precious. Share your magic with those who make you feel safe, those who share your love and excitement for magic. Then, remember to give something back for the next generation.

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