Okay, here's how…
Recently, a grown woman asked me how she could become a magician. My first impulse was to say, "No, no, there are plenty of other things you can do!"
Ultimately though, I asked her – what I believe - are the two most important questions to ask yourself when thinking about becoming a magician.
Who will be your audience?
Why do you want to be a magician?
Answer both of those questions, and you are on your way. The answers will be different for each of us. For the first, the answer will probably come quickly.
For the second question, most of us will take a little longer.
Considering the Why…
"Magic in Mind," is a collection of essays written by renowned magicians – some dead, some alive – brought together in one volume by magician, Joshua Jay.
This free e-book helps answer question two. If you’re considering pursuing magic – give yourself some time to think about why you want to become a magician.
When discussing this question with some friends, a colleague said, “I think there are two types of magicians; craftsmen, and artisans," He went on, "Craftsmen approach their magic as if it were a job. Artisans as if they are creating art."
Craftsmen are driven to create original presentations of magic tricks that exist, and focus on magic as a business. Artisans delve into the creative process, and develop original pieces that never existed before.
I think there’s a little bit of the craftsman and the artisan in all of us magicians. Of course, these are just two things that drive us. Your “why” might be totally different.
When I work on my magic, I strive to create a moment that the audience has never experienced before. Yes, the illusion must be perfect, and yes, there can be no dodgy moves, or suspicious gestures. But, it must be something completely new.
Paramount in my creative process is the audience, not just what they are going to see, but what they are going to feel.
That’s my “why”.