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My name is Lyn. I am very much interested in learning the art of magic.
I’d like to read books and watch DVD’s on how to perform magic. Can you recommend a book or DVD for a beginner like me?
My main purpose is to entertain kids, relatives and friends. Maybe I will use some tricks to entertain when I do charity works for children.
I hope someday to meet you and the rest of IMC members at your meeting, when at least I know enough tricks to be confident in your company.
Thank you and more power to you and the rest of IMC.
I’m glad to know you are interested in learning to perform magic.
Magic to “entertain kids” is vastly different from magic to “entertain relatives and friends”.
They are two different types of audiences needing two different sets of skill and performing material.
While children may be easy to “fool”, they are difficult to entertain. The humor that makes them laugh are on the slapstick and silly sides. According to kid magician Silly Billy, children place a premium on the journey (the bits of business toward the accomplishment of a trick) than on the magic moment itself.
As for your relatives and friends, they are a difficult audience because they are familiar with you. They know you don’t have magic powers, even though you claim to be, and style yourself as, a magician. For that matter, you need stronger stuff and carefully thought-out presentations to impress them.
The trend today in learning magic is toward DVD instructions. While there are many good books out there, for a beginner wanting to learn magic quickly, you will do well going via the DVD route. You can’t go wrong studying the videos of Michael Ammar, Bill Malone, Jay Sankey and Gregory Wilson, just to mention a few.