The 2nd Mastering Magic Seminar took place on the 8th & 9th of September. I am happy to report that the two-day event proved to be a successful outcome for all concerned.
I want to personally thank Darwin Ortiz and Charlene Collins for their outstanding contribution and to the following delegates who attended - Tilman Andris, Sam Reynolds, Darren Kidby, Jonathan Allwood, Jose Castro, Giannoz Chalaris, Antonio Zuccaro, Jessica Biase, David Stidler, and Jin Ai Lee.
This particular seminar proved to be the most challenging for me. There was a lot more to organise and working with a team was a new venture for me. This was a growth period and I personally grew as much as the delegates.
The seminar featured my usual lecture style conversations looking at different aspects of communication and how we as magicians can further improve the quality of communication with our audience.
The highlight of the seminar was a beautiful conversation inside the actor’s craft. This conversation was facilitated by Charlene Collins and featured a very powerful improvisation exercise. The improvisation exercise was designed to allow magicians to put down their props and role-play different characters with each other to experience their full-blown self-expression.
One of the biggest challenges we have in magic is that we are all guilty of hiding behind our tricks. During the ‘Improv’ exercise, I was astonished to see how brilliantly all of the delegates were so self-expressed without any props. All they had was their natural ‘child like’ qualities to play and have fun – which we did.
This got me present to how difficult it is to learn magic, execute it impeccably and present it artistically for the enjoyment of an audience. There are many levels in our craft to master, which is why there are only a handful of magicians in the world who have transcended their technical mastery and their artistic presentation effortlessly.
The Mastering Magic Seminar is my attempt to create an environment where magicians can explore what it takes to achieve a level of mastery for themselves.
One of the surprising elements of this seminar was for every magician to come fully prepared to present two of their best tricks. This was a great joy for me, because all of the delegates presented their magic impeccably. Their performances were so stunning it would not have been out of place in a public setting.
The jewel in the crown was on Sunday, with the full day workshop by Darwin Ortiz. The day started with Darwin presenting one of his many close-up acts. His material was stunning and set the tone and context for the rest of the day. He facilitated a hands-on- training session with the delegates covering techniques such as; The Bottom Deal, The Second Deal, Riffle Stacking, Palming and he also taught a routine from his forthcoming new book "Lesson in Card Mastery".
The day completed with Darwin and myself in conversation about his relationship to magic, his journey, his mentors, the books he has written and supporting us all with a new approach to how we can practice and take our magic to the next level.
I am absolutely delighted and proud that this seminar and the contributions by all concerned inspired all of us to become better magicians and performers. I offer my heart felt thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of The 2nd Mastering Magic Seminar.
I would like to also acknowledge The Victory Services Club, who hosted our two-day residential, for their professional and outstanding service and I look forward to working with them again.