Thursday, July 11, 2013

Creators Of Magic Tricks -- A Brief History Of Magic Tricksters

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We've all heard the term "magic." Some of us use it in our daily lives. But what really is magic? Well, the formal definition of magic is something like this: Magic is the performance of illusions meant to entertain, baffle and amaze. The purpose of magic is to give the illusion that the impossible or supernatural has been achieved. Although magic deals with the illusion of the supernatural, no ghostly beings or entities actually have any part in a magic act. Truly entertaining magic is always done by a skilled performer who knows how to use natural means to create the impression that something next to impossible has been done.

Early magic was most likely probably used for cheating in gambling games such as cards or in times of war like the use of the Trojan Horse. But during the 18th magic became less of a series of seemingly pointless deceptions and more of a respectable activity done by professional illusionists.

The earliest recorded modern practice of magic tricks was done by Jean Eugene Robert Houdin in the mid-1800s. In fact, many consider Houdin the father of modern magic. Houdin, originally a trained clock worker, switched to the practicing of magic when he opened a magic theater in Paris in the 1840s. Houdin's special magic trick of the time was creating small mechanical pieces that seemed to move and act as if they were alive.

After that the popularity of magic continued to grow. In 1873 two men, British performer J. N. Maskelyne and his partner Cooke established their own theatre, the Egyptian Hall in London England's Piccadilly. The magic tricks these two men were best known for performing were hiding special mechanisms in their stages to control audiences' points of view. So, the magic was in people and items suddenly disappearing and reappearing, or being distorted in some way.

The late 19th century brought on celebrity magic and celebrity musicians. This was the time of the world-famous Harry Houdini, whose real name was Erich Weiss. Houdini's magic tricks were based on the ability to escape impossible situations. Today this term is referred to as escapology.

Depending on whom you talk to today, magic is a trivial passtime for children, or magic can be a real source of entertainment. At least that was the common attitude towards magic in the 1980s and 1990s.

Today magic seems to be in vogue again. But most modern workers of magic follow a strict code of ethics. For example, those who perform on television don't use camera tricks and videotape editing to create the illusion of powerful magic. Magic workers today use only traditional forms of magic. This means they use the same forms of magic for television as they would for a live magic show.

The old saying about magic being smoke and mirrors is true. The art of magic tricks is all about fooling the audiences' eyes and getting them to think they are seeing something that really isn't happening. That's what true magic and the practice of good magic tricks is all about.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Magic Tricks - Impressing Friends and Family

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Learning a magic trick does not have to be difficult. Although you typically see some of the finest magicians and illusionist performing incredible feats, you too can impress family and friends with basic tricks. You might not expect to perform on the same level as David Blaine or David Copperfield but with commitment and the right resources, you can do some amazing things. The great thing about magic is that even some of the simple tricks are fascinating and often difficult to figure out to the person watching.

If you are interested in learning a magic trick, you first need to understand the basic rules. Remember, part of any magic trick is the way in which it is performed, meaning keeping mystery alive. However, if you do not capture the respect of the people by taking time to learn the trick but also practice the trick until you have it down to a fine art, part of the effect and integrity are lost.

For starters, even if the magic trick is simple, never tell anyone how you did it. Keeping your trick a secret is what makes it so exciting. Once you get your magic trick perfect, people will ask how you did it. At this point, you need to be polite but firm, stating something as ?Sorry, I never give out my secrets.? Usually, people will back off or rib you a little but on occasion, you might have someone that pushes the issue. If this happens, simply remind yourself that keeping the magic trick secret is part of the game.

Another important rule associated with magic is to perform only when conditions are optimal. In other words, if you were to go to a party and someone were to mention that you do magic, choose only the tricks that you know you can do spontaneously. Although it might be tempting to start doing trick after trick, becoming bolder with each, know your limits. This way, you can impress people with just one or two magic tricks rather than bomb by a failed attempt at the third or fourth trick.

The key, even with family and friends, is to leave people wanting to see more. As with anything, be humble, allowing the magic trick to speak for you rather than brag about how great you are, only to make a major mistake. If you were interested in building a career with magic, knowing when to stop and when to keep going is a fine line that needs to be learned. As stated, it would be far better to know one magic trick to perfection than to know 20 so-so. In time, you can expand on this one magic trick, learning a second, and a third, also perfecting them.

To become good with any magic, even the basics, you need to dedicate time to practice. Most magic tricks use sleight of hand, movements so precise and quick that the eye does not see them. The result to the audience is having the belief that some amazing thing just happened. However, to reach this point, even if you have just one magic trick, you will need to spend months honing your skill. To be successful with any magic trick, never compromise your standards.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Magicians Magic Tricks

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While the magic tricks are great, most are easy to do. Magic tricks are designed to please crowds, which inevitably forms a majority at most gatherings. Magic tricks are the most popular form of magic entertainment. Self-working magic tricks are effects that require essentially no skill, and can be learned in a few minutes. Magic tricks are often amusing, surprising and make us think. Magic tricks are based on scientific principles but people do not seem to connect magic and science. The best magic tricks are based on simple premises.

Occasionally magicians think that revealing their magic tricks is bad for the art, especially if it is free. Everyone always wonders how magicians perform all those fascinating, incredible magic tricks and illusions? Over the years, hundreds of magicians conjured their names into the history books. Many magicians will work alone because they don?t want others distracting the audiences? attention while performing the magic tricks. As long back as one might be able to remember there have been magicians and magic tricks. It is very enjoyable watching magicians perform their amazing tricks. People who use magic as a hobby will be able to amaze the audience, while the real professional magicians will astound and mystify their peers.

The most popular magic trick is the Three Card Monte. You can find many magic tricks in magic shops; one of the most popular tricks that you find in stores is the card tricks. Performing incredible feats of card magic which will make you look like a professional sleight-of-hand artist in just minutes. There are many card tricks that you can use that will astonish your acquaintances on poker or card night. Be the life and soul at any party with this amazing collection of card tricks.

If you want to pursue magic, you'll want to learn some simple tricks. But starting out it's most important to have simple magic tricks to learn. We recommend the simple magic tricks you can get started with. A wonderful collection of simple-to-do; easy-to-learn magic tricks with objects generally found around the house. People are able to learn magic will be able to amaze and amuse their friends and colleagues with some basic but incredible tricks. So remember, with a little practice and showmanship, you can learn to be the life of the party by performing simple magic tricks. Simple magic tricks are available through trainer?s warehouse and in books designed for young readers. You can perform these tricks with simple step-by-step instructions. It is simple entertainment with no lasting value. You too can learn simple Magic Tricks and amaze your friends.

Many of the magic tricks are found on the ability to misdirect, create disbelief and the ability to astound in the audience all at once. Just because most magic tricks are essentially the same doesn't mean all magic shows are alike. From the pulling a rabbit out of a hat to the coin that disappears, basic tricks will astound and please everyone. Magic tricks are always a big hit, and with practice you will be able to amaze the people around you.

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Magic Tricks and Illusions For Great Parties or Events

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Everyone loves magic tricks.

Remember being enthralled by the colours and the music when your favourite magician was on stage. Remember being mystified by the tricks and illusions that you really thought were magic. Remember being told that all magicians were sworn to secrecy about how they performed their 'magic'?

Well with the internet it's easy now to find out exactly what they did and even learn how to do it for yourself.

You can imagine being in front of an astounded audience (who can't guess how you do it) and perform those same illusions that you have seen all the famous name magicians performing time and time again. Wouldn't that be great.

This is just one of my favourites that you can learn and repeat dozens of times:

Numerical Prediction

You produce a sealed envelope and announce that it contains a numerical prediction. Placing the envelope on the table for the moment, you hand a small piece of card and a pen to a spectator and ask them to write a number between 1 and 1000 on the card.

This done, the first spectator hands the card and the pen to another spectator and you invite them to do the same, writing their number below the first one. This is repeated with a third spectator before the pen and card are retrieved.

The card, pen and sealed envelope are handed to a fourth spectator who is asked to total the three numbers written on the card. When he's done this he opens the sealed envelope to find that your prediction matches the total of the three numbers.

All you need to do is make sure the people you involve are seated well apart and you have another identical card which you have already written numbers on. Then a quick replacement switch and you're a mind reader!

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

How To Do Magic Tricks

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How to do magic tricks: Simple steps you can take

Want to learn the magic tricks that you see the best magicians do? Want to be able to impress others at parties or in the bar and get instant VIP treatment? You don't have to have super powers to be able to do what the greatest magicians do: you simply need to know the secrets. Unfortunately, it can be extremely hard and expensive to learn what the great magicians know.

There are a number of ways you can go about learning the tricks of the trade, you can pay thousands of dollars for someone to teach you in person, or you can search the internet for books that will tell you in writing. Either way, it's a bit of a daunting task and the truth you still need to learn how to perform the tricks yourself, knowing the secrets is not all there is to it, but it's a huge part! Let me tell you that now.

If you don't want to spend a huge amount of money: I would suggest getting a hold of a book relating to magic tricks and how to do magic tricks. You need to read the book properly then dedicate a good amount of time learning what you've read. Only time and dedication will give you the ability to perform the amazing tricks you see on television. Of course, once you know some of basics, and you have ideas swimming in your head and will be able to create your own magic tricks!

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Magic Tricks and the Magical Performance

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If you wish to be a Magician, you have to do more than learn a few Magic Tricks. The trick is the mechanical detail of the effect; to be a Magician, you have to PERFORM!

You have to turn the Magic Trick into a Magical Effect. Make your audience believe that you just did the impossible - however simple you know the trick to be, the effect on your audience is what matters. They have to believe that you just produced a card out of thin air, made a coin enter a sealed can of Coke, restored a torn up newspaper - whatever the trick - if your audience don't believe that you actually did it, you have failed.

One of the best ways is to weave a story around the magic trick. I once saw a famous magician slide a knot off a piece of rope and make it disappear. Very slick. He picked up the rope, tied a knot and then ran his hand down the length of the rope and the knot had vanished. 5 seconds in the middle of an hour long stage show. I forgot about the trick until some years later when a close-up performer did the same trick for me. He took 5 minutes over it; told a story about Harry Potter walking along a river bank and meeting an old sailor who challenged him to a knot tying contest ... the effect was somewhat embellished but basically the same trick, and I remembered it - use it myself, now!

The point is; make it interesting rather than clever; better yet, make it amusing if you can. The public know that there is no such thing as Magic (well, OK - MOST of them know it ... there are a few odd-balls out there!) and so they realise, at the back of their minds, that we are fooling them. No one likes to be fooled but they will forgive you if you amuse them, entertain them, at the same time.

You don't have to be Tommy Cooper; it would not be a good thing if the entire Magic profession suddenly turned into comediens! Lighten your act; throw in a few jokes at appropriate points, perform some comical effects amid the more 'serious' ones. Above all, remember that you are an entertainer; try not to make your act a showcase for your own cleverness. Entertain and amuse your audience and they will want more. Prove to them how clever you are and they will clap but not care if they don't see you again.

The Magic Trick is just the method. The Magical Effect is the performance of that method in an entertaining and convincing way. If you 'do magic tricks', you are a technician; perform Magical Effects and you are a Magician.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tips On How To Do Magic Tricks For Free!

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I?m often asked what the best way to start to learn how to do magic tricks would be, and although it can be different from person to person, I?m sure I can provide a few hints and tips that may help and probably more importantly, - what you should try to avoid.

I think the most important thing to do when just starting to dabble in magic, is to learn a few simple magic tricks that can be done without having to use any gimmicked apparatus or special props. I mean magic tricks that can be done using ordinary items that can often be borrowed and handed out for examination after the miracle has been performed.

This can be really stunning for any lay audience, as they are so used to seeing magic tricks and illusions on TV and video, where fancy and often expensive props are used and also where camera tricks and clever editing are used to create a more exciting TV program.

I?m sure you?re well aware that most magic can be purchased from reputable magic suppliers and you?ll also know that the cost of most magical secrets is usually very high. (Often very expensive)

So how can you possibly learn how to do magic tricks without spending a great deal of money for these secrets and when most top magicians will just not explain how their magic tricks are done.

Most magicians first started to do magic tricks after receiving a small magic set, but unfortunately the typical magic set is usually made up totally of ?self-working? tricks, with trick cards and boxes etc., none of which can be examined by the audience after the trick has been shown, and so there?s the problem and worry of having to hide your tricks as soon as you finish each one.

For a beginner this creates a problem, especially among friends and classmates, who are always desperate to examine the magical props and try to find out ?how it?s done?.

So that?s why I suggest learning some simple magic tricks with ordinary everyday objects that can often be borrowed and then freely handed out for examination. Ordinary everyday items like coins, pens, banknotes and such like, appear to be beyond any suspicion of trickery and doing magical things with them is so very effective and yet often very simple.

This really adds tremendously to the magic and of course, as most professional magicians will tell you, - ?the simple effects are the ones that are usually the most stunning to the audience and in my experience, get the best response?.

Some of the best items to use to amaze your friends are coins, banknotes, pens, rope etc. and there are a few basic skills that are so easy to learn and will very quickly allow you to vanish and exchange coins and several small objects.

One of these basic skills is known as the ?French Drop?, which is what all magicians use to vanish and exchange small items like coins, keys, balls etc. So I would certainly recommend that one of the first things that you should practice, as a beginner, is just that (French Drop) and coupled with the simple Palming of a coin.

This will allow you to carry out a nice magic routine with borrowed coins etc. and will leave you ?Clean? at the end of the effects. It will also get you out of difficulty when you are expected to do something magical.

This is magic that requires no props or fancy apparatus and there are now many great magical Websites where you can learn hosts of magic tricks for free.

In fact I set up my own Magic Website with the soul purpose of passing on my experience and knowledge to help all those eager would-be magicians to enjoy the sheer joy and pleasure of performing magic and entertaining others.

So in today?s digital Internet world you can get some amazing and exciting magic for free if you just search for and visit the right magic websites. ? So go ahead and look around and welcome to the wonderful world of magic.
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