Throughout the month of April/May I had the wonderful privilege of visiting China. Over a three week period, I visited 10 cities and presented elements of The Mastering Magic Seminar to a very enthusiastic crowed.
This has been a magical milestone in my life and it ha inspired me to run The Mastering Magic Seminar again.
To get a sense of my workshop check out the video performances below
I am so thrilled to announce that my friend Darwin Ortiz will be joining us at The next Mastering Magic Seminar. His magic and books on the subject are the absolute best in the field of modern day card magic.
I consider Darwin to be the 'Hofzinse' of our generation and what a privilege it will be for all of us who participate in the Seminar to have this extraordinary magician share his knowledge and wisdom with us.
Be sure to learn more about Darwin's contribution on his dedicated page on this website.
Recently, I have been intrigued by the notion of what does it take to present magic in such a way that my audience will connect powerfully with the experience? This is such a big question because I discovered for myself that the experience of magic is a profound emotional state to be in.
Just take a moment to think back on all of the great magicians you have seen. Try and remember how the experience left you. Think of a great film - how did you feel after the film was over? What about a great song or beautiful work of art? All of these experiences can be meaningful and memorable. The craft of magic is no different. What is the difference that makes the difference between a memorable experience and one which leaves you feeling indifferent?
These are questions which I will attempt to answer in the next Seminar of Mastering Magic - 'Communicating with Magic'. For now, start to engage in these questions, study videos of great magicians with these questions in mind. If you decided to participate in the next seminar, (which I hope you will) please bring your evaluation to the conversation. Your point of view will add value to what I am sure will be a fantastic conversation which we can all learn from.
Until the next blog, keep well.
Have you ever wondered why some magicians can take a simple effect and create a magical, meaningful and memorable experience with it? And yet, the same effect in the hands of another may not register as powerfully? These questions have intrigued me for a long time and I have been passionate about finding the answers - the secrets to creating a magical and memorable performance with my own work.
The Mastering Magic Seminar will be taking place over a weekend in early September 2012 (date to be confirmed tomorrow) and we will be exploring the answers to these questions and a lot more.
To wet your appetite, the answers to these question are actually staring us in the face. All you need to do is study the work of great magicians at work and model their approach - this is easier said than done. The secret to modelling will be found in having a direct access to the magicians who inspire us. Regrettably, many of the great masters are no longer with us.
Fortunately, we do have archive footage of great magicians to learn from. Take a look at the video below.
From this video performance of Fred Kaps, we can see how he has taken a classic trick and effused it with his charm, technical precision, great acting ability and class to delivery one of the greatest performances of 'The Homing Card' we have ever seen.
At our next event in The Mastering Magic series, we will be exploring in great detail, the secrets to presenting magic in such a way that our audience is left touched , moved and inspired by the experience.
"Who you associate with is who you become"