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Magic clubs are nice, but the majority of the members are not even that interested in performing; they also tend to be elderly, on average.

What about forming a magic club for people who are more serious about performing magic? Am I the only one frustrated with the average magic club? Is there a club for the semi-pro and the serious amateur?

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I think it depends on the location...

While I think the clubs themselves might be for the older members or non-performers, there are many people I never would have met if not through the local clubs and club events.

Generally "magic clubs" for the serious consist of a couple people going to someone's house for a barbeque or out to some resturant that doesn't mind you hanging out for 2-4 hrs and has table space and privacy.

Any "club" is mostly overhead... if you want to get a monthly or weekly meeting together with the serious people then search them out and invite them, but I don't think any of you really want the overhead of a club....

I'm a bit disappointed at local clubs, but I wouldnt say frustrated, as you can still meet with serious people on your own time, and use the club to find new people and whatnot.
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Nearly every working performer I know has an active membership in SAM, IBM or FCM and supports each local club if one is available. This said, most local club meetings will consist primarily of retired performers, magic enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors largely because the working performers are... well... performing somewhere on the meeting nights.

I once tried to create an informal gathering of working pro's once a month to share tips, stories and advice for one another. It fell apart after two months because we couldn't all agree on a single night each month that at least half of us weren't working or traveling. I miss 2/3rds of my local IBM and SAM meetings due to my schedule...and yet, I will always keep my membership active and support the groups any way I can.

Don't sell the local clubs short. They offer a wealth of networking oppotunities and keep the history of the art alive. They provide a home for novices and retired pro's. They keep the magic fraternity in touch. Even if you can't attend every meeting, support the club.

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KIDabra, is an organization of Performing children entertainers. It's worth a look into.

Our local KIDabra Chaper, is fantastic. It has been said deveral time, the "more is learned in one night than an entire year at the other clubs". This is true because we are a focused group. No contests, no card magic, little close-up magic, just off the shelve children magic or magic effects we've created.

Although I like the other clubs a lot, and presently a VP in one, I still enjoy the social atmosphere of being around magicians.
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Where you live Dai, You should join the magic castle, which is totally "performer" based. Not cheap, but worth thinking about.
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I'm biased because I'm secretary of a magic group.
We are for serious magicians and we require a ten minute act for entry.
We are also a social group,
but remember any group of people will form themselves into sub-groups.

Some of our members are getting on ! What do you suggest ? putting them out at a certain age ?
Some members are involved, some aren't; I can't do much about it other than making the meetings as interesting as possible, and trying to listen to everyone.
And getting go lecturers.

Unfortunatly its some of the young, keen, close-uppers who are the ones who pick and choose which meetings they attend. and the ones who are first to complain.
As you are !
Seriously - join the group, get on the committee and try and put your ideas in through that.
Trying to form your own group, although possible, will almost certainly end in dissension. I have tried it !!
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If you don't like the club in your area, if you find it is mainly looky-loos and not performers, join it and change it.

We do all sorts of things in Houston to encourage members to get off their butts. We have a mini lecture at every meeting. We have teams of magicians who go to hospitals and perform for kids every month. We sponsor lectures. We teach the kids.

And don't sell the retired performers short. We know a HELL of a lot more about magic than some twerp who has bought three DVD's from Ellusionist. We actually earned a living at it before we retired.
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