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Alan Wheeler
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Hello Friends!

I know from my experience in writing and literature that the best teachers are not always the best authors. Likewise, the best authors are not always the best teachers of writing--except by example.

I have a question for those who have been around a long time and have a big picture of the realm of magic:
Aside from the time-tested classics of magic, among those who are producing videos and books now, which are the best teachers and which others are the best performers? In other words, who would be best to study as teachers and which others are best just to watch as great examples of the art?

A related question is this: Are most of the best magicians really teaching their art and passing it on or is there really a big "underground" of (low-profile?) public performers who do not wish to share their craft?

Thanks in advance for any enlightenment,

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Thoughtreader
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Some of the best teachers are now dead however amongst those that are alive now include Daryl and Michael Ammar. One of the best performers to "watch and learn" is Shawn Farquhar whom will teach you from his performances how to "reach" your audience, and how to connect with them. Mac King also comes to mind for this as do many others including Copperfield.

As for the "underground", yes one exists BUT not to keep the art to themselves but only to those that have proven their value and worth to add to the underground and to be worthy of that knowledge. Sorry to say but the internet plus forums like this is what has renewed a second "underground".

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Anabelle
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I began with an ex boyfriend mentalist who once I showed an interest in learning didn't start showing me a thing until he knew for sure I was not in it for just the secrets. Our relationship didn't last, but my interest and respect for magic and mentalism continues. I think he was a great teacher to me, taught me everything I needed to begin the right way. I guess he can be considered underground, though I understand I have a lot to learn still. I have also learned a lot in here just reading. Today I can say I have a few new teachers who are showing me what this whole thing is all about. I think respect for the art is one of the most important things a teacher should begin to teach.

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raiden
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can u teach em a good trick plzi need more tricks Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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Michael Ammar, I believe, is one of the best instructors out there. I have been to one of his lectures and walked away with a great amount of knowledge and inspiration. Not to mention the instruction he gives on his videos is great.
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Roberto Giobbi is one of the very best. Not only as a writer but also as a lecturer or personal instructor.
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