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The Benefits of Practicing Magic

What are the benefits for those who practice magic as a hobby or profession?

This essay examines a question, which does not seem to have received the attention it deserves, namely to what extent the practice of magic, especially magic based on sleight-of-hand, influences the mind, soul and body of the person who exercises it.

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Who is Afraid of the Stage?

Thoughts on Nervousness and Stage Fright for Magicians (and other performers)

This essay is intended for all those among us who feel that they are not giving their best in a performance situation because of uncontrollable nervousness. It is also meant for those who do give excellent performances, but would like to feel better before they do so.

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Charlie Miller’s Wisdom

Charles Earl Miller (1909-1989) was one of the outstanding figures of 20th century magic. His column “Magicana” in Genii magazine has become legendary, but information about and from him can also be found in various publications of his, such as An Evening With Charlie Miller, various etc. of lecture notes, and last but by no means least, a lot of the material in Hugard’s & Braue’s Expert Card Technique has been written by Miller.

The successful magic and mime team of T. Daniel and Laurie Willets, who are based in Chicago, in 2002 gave a lecture at the Zauberring Basel in Switzerland titled “What Charlie Miller Taught Me”. At the end of their lecture notes are listed 17 points that Charlie Miller used to make when teaching magic to his pupils. It is with the kind permission of T. Daniel and Laurie Willet that I will reproduce Charlie Miller’s advice followed by a few comments of mine. i hope that you find them not only inspirational, but above all very practical!

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Simplification in Magic by Roberto Giobbi

Conjuring is certainly a complex and deep discipline, however, it is structurally simple, but by no means easy to do well: it takes a lifetime of dedication, study and practice to understand its intricacies.

The present essay offers a few thoughts on some of the essential elements of magic as a performing art, with the hope that the student may gain yet another view of this wonderful métier. And you will be treated to Fred Kaps’s personal version of the “Folded Card in Box”, which has meanwhile become a classic of card magic.

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The Role of the Professor (Prof. Walter Noll)

We need to seek inspiration not only by reading the classics, or studying the work of the great masters of our art, but also by looking at other disciplines, perceiving their problems and how they solve them. Great insights will be gained from this.

In his essay Professor Walter Noll shows great introspection into his chosen area of excellence and eloquently formulates it so that it is easily understood by any intelligent reader (even if you’re not a mathematician).

I hope it will encourage you to look at our own discipline from a different point of view, enabling you to realize the multifaceted structure and intricacies which make it so unique and fascinating to us, and also to those who do not yet fully understand its complexity.

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The 13 Golden Rules of Magic

Although it is true that there are no rules in Art, it is also true that, to learn a discipline, regardless of what type, following certain guidelines will make the process easier. Inspired by Henri Decremps, who in 1786 wrote down thirteen “principles of magic” in his landmark book Testament de Jérome Sharp, I have reviewed this advice, based on my own experience of several decades as a performing professional and have formulated what I think to be thirteen thoughts that will lead the aspiring magician to success.

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