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Anatole
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The fact that you have acted in amateur plays and musicals gives you a strong foundation in the basics of show business/entertainment that should serve you in good stead in your efforts to become a good magician. My screen name--Anatole--is taken from the name of a magician that Curt Jurgens played on an episode of the anthology series "Dick Powell Theater" and Jurgens--as far as I know--had not previously studied magic. But watching his performance one would have assumed that he had at one time been a pro.

There is a list of "Celebrities Who Are Also Magicians" here:
http://www.magictricks.com/celebrity-magicians.html
and many fine actors past and present are included in that list like: Dick Van Dyke; Adrien Brody; Andy Griffith; Don Johnson; Boris Karloff; Fred Astaire; Jimmy Stewart...

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
----- Sonny Narvaez
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It's never too late to start. It just takes practice and dedication.
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Hi Ken,
you might not know it, but you have a great strong point.
That being your age.

At the age of 63, I have been performing magic since I was 20.
In my experience, at my age, I find people subconsciously assume you are not up to speed, and a little slow.

Big mistake.
I play on it, producing impossible effects.
Producing miracles to behold.

This fumbling old guy performs impossible mental and psychic phenomena ...

PM me if you wish ...
WulfieSmith
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I've found age & a bit of grey lends credibility.
wulfiesmith
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Silvercup ...
my point exactly

Wulfie
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This old guy can't even see without his glasses I've heard them say, and it's true ...
you are correct.

But I can perform psychic miracles with borrowed cards.

WulfieSmith
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I reckon you can never be too old to start something you enjoy. would also agree with wulfie- definitely something you could play on when performing.
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Despite there are many opinions on any topic here on The Café ... When, in fact, there are no rules ... That's where our individuality merges with our creativity. Have fun! Pursue what interests you! Be inspired by others who share your affliction. Enjoy the magic and perform where you feel comfortable; bring a smile to someone else's day. From there, keep building upon your passion in the direction that you enjoy and find most fulfilling. Be patient and start somewhere one step at a time. Life is too short to not pursue something you enjoy.

Dan.
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I think a big part of it is your own mental attitude. The minute you start using and believing the "I'm too old" line then maybe you are. However, if you stop and think "am I really?" Then the answer is "no, you're not!"
It's too easy to fall into the trap of convincing yourself you are too old to do something before even giving it a decent try. Yes, as you get older physical aspects can become an issue if your dexterity is affected but as long as you don't believe this is the case then what's stopping you?
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No way I am 34 and just started getting into it again. I work in a school and trick the students and teachers. You can go to a hospital or any place with people. Any one and everyone are always in a mood for a good magic trick. Also it's a great way to make friends.
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When first starting out in magic, it's often nice to be able to do things that blow everyone's mind even though you don't have many sleights under your belt yet. Look into "Up The Ante" ... there's no question that you'll be able to pull it off (you'll need to concentrate on presentation rather than technique) and your audience will be amazed. Further, the underlying principle is something you might use in the future.
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My thanks for the support, splitrap....I have had soooo much fun with this effect over the years. Play it for all it is worth and you will dazzle them with this. It is all about presentation and your audiences sheer disbelief that this can happen right under their noses......but be prepared to be accused of switching the deck (you didn't) for it is the only explanation that they can come up with!!
Have you tried 'Up The Ante' yet?? The ultimate gambling demo....a self-working wonder! See the reviews here on the cafe.
spiltrap
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My pleasure.
ummer21
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Also try the color changing deck . It's very simple to do but a great effect . Only one real slight to learn but you can manage it
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I’ve enjoyed reading all these wonderful answers; much wisdom here. To the O.P., I’d ask some questions in response: Are you too old to tell a joke? Too old to teach a skill or to demonstrate how to (say) prime a lawn mower?

The longer I’m in, the more I realize I’m just talking to folks, just telling them how things can happen. Of course there’s a subtext that they’ll never be privy to, but the trick is secondary to the presentation. You like them and they like you, and you have something cool to share with them. (BTW, do take the time to make that connection!)

Nobody wants to be tricked, but everybody loves Magic! Are you too old to tell a story? I didn’t think so!

Welcome aboard!
...what if I could read your mind?

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Donatelli and Company at ChattanoogaPerformers.com

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Too old to do magic? When I think of a magician I usually think of an old guy like a grandpa . Usually older people have better stories to tell and just are more interesting. so my answer is are you too old to not do magic
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Thanks guys for all the great advice. I am like the OP and just getting back to trying to learn to perform some magic at are 54. This thread has helped me as well.
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I think it entirely depends on how much time you're willing to put into practising, if you're going to do eight hours a day you'll learn stuff much quicker than if you do a couple of hours a week.

50 certainly isn't too old, I've just started doing gigs and I'm 42 (though I've been doing card tricks on and off for 12 years).

The other point is that you probably don't actually need to know that many tricks to do strolling magic - probably 10 or so - which makes life much easier.

Good luck.
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I think the question "Is it too late to get into magic" can be answered with this simple two-part test:

1. Are you still interested?
2. Are you still breathing?

If you answered "yes" to both questions, then it's not too late to get into magic!
It's still magic even if you know how it's done.
Terry Pratchett
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Great answer Doug!
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