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Topic: Where did you learn from?
Message: Posted by: Dusty the magic clown (Sep 8, 2005 02:07PM)
I was just wondering where the rest of you learned magic from, a school, a teacher, a video, a book, internet, did some one teach you or did you learn it yourself?
Message: Posted by: Dusty the magic clown (Sep 8, 2005 02:12PM)
I taught myself form books, tapes, dvds, interenet,and a few form other magiacians but it is very hard to find soem one willign to teach you and their seen to be no magic schools in the North East region :pout:
Message: Posted by: milamber (Sep 8, 2005 03:03PM)
I am mostly self-taught as well. Initially from books and over the past year or so from DVDs.

When I was a kid I had a 'mentor' who taught me several coin sleights (palms, transfers and vanishes). But since then I have had no other teachers...

Provided that someone is willing to teach me, I'd love to get another teacher sometime in the future.

Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Sep 8, 2005 03:17PM)
Books, old books from the library. Books written in the forties when the words were too hard for a young kid and the illustrations sparse.

Television! A chance to see magic, Mark Wilson's The Magic Land of Alakazam and Don Alan's Magic Ranch.

Mail order catalogs ordered from the back of Popular Mechanics. Saving pennies to buy something that may be a treasure or just as easily an piece of junk.

Learning magic was both a fun and arduous journey. Gleaning secrets.

The discovery of a local magic store! (Now the oldest in the United States) What fun!

Then - the discovery of local SAM meeting. These were my various routes to learning magic. Almost as secretive as the art itself.

It is easier now in terms of availability, but just as dark and mysterious a journey as it always was. Fraught with danger, rip offs, snake oil salesmen and a few nuggets among the dirt.

In short - Trial and Error (lots of error) and the trip was not only worth it, but I wouldn't change a bit of it.

Frank Tougas
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Sep 8, 2005 03:40PM)
Mostly books, some videos, a co-worker and fellow magicians.
Message: Posted by: Corey Harris (Sep 8, 2005 03:44PM)
Books, DVD/videos and a Mentor, and some great guys in my local IBM Ring
Message: Posted by: Jerrine (Sep 8, 2005 08:52PM)
Solid books, and electronic from Lybrary.com, some Michael Close VHS videos from the bargan bin, and a lot of info gleaned from posts here at the Café. I'd love to hang out at the Pizza place Jonathan Townsend mentioned.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Sep 9, 2005 08:34AM)
Since I've been into magic for a little more than a year now, what I know, learn and perform essentially come from dvds and ebooks. If asked who influenced me the most, I'd have to say Jay Sankey as his magic's my first exposure. I don't belong to any magic clubs and I don't have a mentor. However, I'm starting to see the importance of local magic clubs and mentor as I venture into magic.
Message: Posted by: calexa (Sep 9, 2005 03:13PM)
Mostly books, some ebooks and DVDs.

Message: Posted by: pedrothegreat (Sep 11, 2005 04:05PM)
Mostly books and dvd's

I found a guy near me who does magic tuition. he was really good but I cannot afford too many lessons. I think I will join a local magic club and see what that has to offer. I love magic and I love learning the art of magic but I also would like to share views and learn face to face with other magicians to gain a wider view on various aspects.
books, video's and dvds are all essential aids to learning magic but I don't think anything is better than bouncing ideas and being taught one to one from another magician (especially as a beginner)
Message: Posted by: Jim Snack (Sep 11, 2005 07:06PM)
My mentors were Slydini, Vernon, Hugard, Christopher, Hoffman, Hilliard, Bobo, Tarbell, Scarne, Devant, Okito, Ganson, Miller, and many more....all discovered through their writings.

It may be more difficult to learn magic from a book, but your education is so much richer.

Message: Posted by: Sean Comer (Sep 11, 2005 07:56PM)
Pedrothegreat, I agree with your post. When I first started magic, I learned from Books, Tapes and DVD's (still am actually). While living in MD, I also had a friend of mine who also was learning magic. We would meet about once a month and 'show off' and get feedback and exchange ideas. Working with a fellow magician was one of the best expereriences I have had personally. I am going to be joining my local ring in Sourthern California to share/gain experience as well.
Message: Posted by: dreid007 (Nov 6, 2005 08:12PM)
I taught myself but past national president of the s a m bill andrews put the finishing tuch on my acts
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Nov 6, 2005 10:01PM)
My magic journey began under the tutelage of a fine gentleman by the name of Tom Hood. His stage name was "Hoodini." He sparked within me a true love of magic. He never charged money for doing magic. He said that life and magic were gifts that were to be given away.
I did not listen to that bit of wisdom and paid my way through college doing macic fundraisers.
I studied books, worked with friends and some of the masters.
As I never lived close to any of magic's greats, I could meet with them only on occasion and would usually come away with a new idea.
I spent time at the Magic Castle, watching, learning and asking questions.
Only recently did I start watching videos.
I really love learning from the greats in our art and some of the greatest are not the most famous.
I owe huge thank you's to so many magicians throughout the world for sharing with me the bits that went into making me who I am.
Magically yours.
Message: Posted by: Azza7777 (Nov 6, 2005 10:35PM)
My friend introduced me to magic after performing some basic card tricks that grabbed my attention and left me wanting more. Before long I was on google doing a search for magic and one of the sites I came across was ellusionist.com . I was naturally astonished at the dvds that they had on offer and ended up purchasing almost all of them. After further research I found that their was far greater magic to be viewed such as dai vernon, harry lorayne, bill Malone, juan Tamariz, gregory wilson etc and the list goes on.
Message: Posted by: The Magician (Nov 7, 2005 08:54AM)
Taught myself from Books , Videos and dvds.
Message: Posted by: DomKabala (Nov 7, 2005 10:12AM)
Self taught from books mostly and a few videos and one on one with a few magicians. I was never lucky enough to have a mentor. :bluebikes: :bikes:

Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Nov 7, 2005 05:42PM)
Books are the best way to learn magic, yhen local Magic Club where you can experiment techniques you learnt. DVD as a 3rd medium (the problem is that you tend to stick to DVD and not to adapt it to your own style.

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Message: Posted by: dpe666 (Nov 7, 2005 08:20PM)
Books. :devilish:
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Nov 7, 2005 09:00PM)
I started learning from some young local Dallas magican back in the early 50's he had a 15 min show on twice a week called "Time for Magic", and for 6 Dr. Pepper bottle caps he sent you a little folder of tricks. Plus he did supermarket shows and if you bought a 6 pack of Dr. Pepper and package of Neuhauf franks, you got a trick and a wand. That was my start, plus a couple sleights with coins my dad taught me. Then the dallas magician put together a little magic kit and sold it at the local Tiches dept. store in Dallas, I learned cups and balls and a few other effects from that. Then he went off to California and did some TV show, I think it was called the Magic Land of Alakazam. From there on it was largely books for a while, and a few sessions with Uncle Harry (Blackstone Sr.), after that my first exposure was a Harry Lorrayne lecture and I started learning my first real card sleights. Magic clubs, books, etc. occassional traveling lecturer from there on out. Couple trips to the castle to get the professor to slap my hands among others. Like Parson Smith , in recent years I've gotten tapes and dvds to study new effects and moves.
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (Nov 7, 2005 09:25PM)
I've learned from a lot of sources but I really think the best source was a local magic store in Idaho Falls, Idaho (Black Jacks Magic).

The guy that owned the store was a great salesman. He would show me an effect and wait to see when my eyes bugged out. He would not reveal the secret until I purchased it. Once I did that he was a master teacher. He would not only show me the gimmick he would continue with tips and tricks for performing it right. He would tip me on all the little things that most people would miss reading the instructions alone. It was the polish, the fine tuning, the thought process, and the psychology behind magic.

Much of the psychology he gave me for a particular effect I purchased I still use today for other effects. Sound principles are transportable.

Don't over look your local Brick and Mortor shop. Ya, you can probably purchase the effect cheaper on the internet, but the advice you get from the person behind the counter is priceless.

Break a Wand,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Nov 7, 2005 10:58PM)
Mostly self taught. Books, videos, DVDs, etc...

I have also been fortunate over the last several years to be around other magicians. They have helped me a lot with things I have struggled with through encouragement and a willingness to help others who have "the magic bug."
Message: Posted by: pkg (Nov 8, 2005 04:16AM)
Books, videos, and I am lucky enough to have a mentor!
Message: Posted by: Donnie W (Nov 8, 2005 07:43AM)
Books, Mark Wilson's especially, and the internet mostly right here on the forum
73 Donnie
Message: Posted by: jcards01 (Nov 8, 2005 07:58AM)
Books, self-taught for the first 10 to 12 years, then was fortunate to find a round table full of mentors!
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Nov 8, 2005 08:53AM)
My grandfather, Howard Brooks. Then much later Fred Donaldson of Austin, Texas. Of course books, dvds, videos, and experimentation.
Message: Posted by: lperna (Nov 8, 2005 09:30AM)
When I was a kid, we had a family friend that was a Magician. She sort of guided me in my exploration. Now, I just use books and DVD's primarily.

Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Nov 9, 2005 09:45AM)
Mostly self-taught through many many books. In the last year or so, I have made some very good friends in the magic community and have learned a lot from them. I love sitting down with my fellows of the craft and just jamming on new ideas, moves, etc.
Message: Posted by: Starkindler201 (Nov 9, 2005 08:08PM)
Videos first... then books... then was mentored by a magician and voila!
Message: Posted by: Loual4 (Nov 10, 2005 01:02PM)
Back in the 70's, there were no videos or DVD's... So the only avenue for me were magic sets, old books with way too much text and way too little pictures...

I have to say it used to be harder to learn magic back then... But once you did, it certainly was a lot of fun. Come to think of it, it still is!

Louis Jutras
Message: Posted by: Static (Nov 11, 2005 03:16PM)
I have learned like so many from books and DVDs. Mark Wilsons Complete Course in Magic, several books from Bob Longe, The Art of Modern Conjuring by Professor Henri Garenne, Vernon, Ellusionist, and of course the Café!
Message: Posted by: teoswand (Nov 11, 2005 04:16PM)
At 90 % I was my teacher :-0