Almost all professional magicians in the world began their careers after spending years and years performing tricks and illusions for their families and friends backed by a deep passion for the art of illusion. You may also enjoy doing tricks for your friends at school and family members in gatherings. If you think you have what it takes to do what you love for a living, this article will provide you with some very useful information on how to do this.
Learn and perfect the basics
While there are many amazing tricks in the field of magic, as a beginner you must first learn to perform the basics right. Tricks involving marked cards, hand sleights and cups and pebbles is a great place for a beginner to start. It is after this stage you will know for certain whether you’ve got what it takes to become a pro magician and invest your time, money and effort to get to the highest level attainable.
Identify your niche
Once you start practicing several tricks, you will sense that you find it a lot easier to perform some tricks than others. Such tricks are the once that can be categorized as your niche/category of specialty and you must allocate a sufficient amount of time for practicing those to make sure there’s no one else who can perform those tricks as well as you can. Club magic is one such category that involves close up tricks using dice, marked cards deck and cups and are usually performed in front of small or medium sized crowds. Stage magic is performed in front of relatively much larger audiences and involves more complicated tricks such as vanishing, transformation and restoration. Escape tricks is another category which was famously performed by Harry Houdini and it involves tricks where you must free yourself from chains, shackles and handcuffs etc. Mentalism is a much more interactive category of magic where the performer must have good communication skills in the performance of clairvoyance and telepathy tricks.
Read, watch and take lessons
Much like music, magic is an art form which requires hours of learning to master. There is a very large number of useful books on magic that have been written by world famous magicians over the years. In addition to these, today you have the luxury of watching detailed videos on how to perform various magic tricks thanks to the internet and these will give you a comprehensive understanding about the acts. Many pro magicians believe the best way to learn magic is to utilize both books and online videos in order to cover all areas of an act. By watching world renowned magicians such as David Copperfield, Doug Henning and Lisa Menna perform their amazing illusions in front of mega crowds, you will also be able to learn about the body language, style and professionalism that one must possess in order to attract an audience to a performance.