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THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS IMMERSION COURSE! IT REALLY MEANS A LOT TO ME THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MAGIC AND WHAT IT TAKES TO PERFORM IT. YOU WILL LEARN A LOT OF AMAZING TRICKS BUT NOT ONLY THAT, YOU'LL LEARN IMPORTANT SKILLS FOR LIFE SUCH AS PUBLIC SPEAKING, CREATIVITY AND WRITING.

ON THIS PAGE, YOU’LL FIND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL OF THE TRICKS YOU LEARNED AS WELL AS SOME IMPORTANT NOTES TO REMEMBER FROM THE LECTURES. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL ABOUT ANY OF THE MATERIAL, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME AT JASON@JASONSILBERMANMAGIC.COM.


The Tricks

Here you can access all of the explanations for the tricks that you learned during the course.

Calculator Cards

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Thumb Tip

DOWNLOAD A PDF WITH TRICKS AND TIPS FOR USING THE THUMB TIP HERE


The Invisible Deck

DOWNLOAD A PDF WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DECK HERE


The Notes

Course Description: Over the span of three days, you will learn what it takes to become a magician. You will not only learn several mind blowing magic effects, but will also learn essential skills that go along with performing the tricks properly. These skills include public speaking, acting, script writing, creativity and patience. The title of the course, Magic Surrounds Us, will show the students that magic is everywhere and doesn’t have to be see or performed only on a stage but rather in our everyday lives. At the end of the course, you will pick one of the tricks you learned and perform it in front of the other students. No prior magic knowledge is require although it is a bonus.


DAY 1

The Rules of Magic

In order to make a magic trick as powerful and meaningful as it can be, there are a few rules that any magician should remember.

  1. Never reveal the secret

  2. Never repeat a trick for the same audience

  3. Have something to say when you perform a trick

  4. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

SCRIPTING

When performing a trick, we want to give the audience a well polished routine without the “ums” and “uhhs”.

There are different ways to script a trick:

  • Write out a physical script with every action and line carefully thought out.

  • Speak your tick into your voice memos app, then listen back to it and make changes.

  • Draw a map of the trick with arrows and diagram that visually maps out the trick. It makes things easier to see what will happen.

When a script is carefully put together, it allows you to put your thoughts and beliefs into it to make it your own. It will also allow you to improvise and jump “off script” to play with the audience and then instantly go right back on track.

Scripting allows us to control every moment and command every second of the trick because the audience doesn’t know where you’re going.

CONQUERING PERFORMANCE

  • Go slow. We tend to rush through out routines because we obviously know what’s going to happen.

  • Think about it as the first time that the audience is seeing these tricks. Make it a new experience every time.

  • Breath.

  • Sometimes if you’re performing a new trick, you can say to them “I’m going to show you something brand new.” This would be good for when you’re in the middle of doing other tricks and feel comfortable with an audience like your family or friends. DO NOT do this every time and when you’re being paid to perform.

WATCHING THE MASTERS

We stand on the shoulders of giants and the best way to get inspiration for a trick is to watch the greats.


DAY 2

MISDIRECTION:

  • Misdirection is an essential skill and can help you execute difficult moves under pressure

  • Wherever the magician looks, the audience will look. If you look at a prop, the audience will look at a prop. If you look at someone, everyone else will look there.

  • You can control the moments through misdirection and take the pressure off of your sleight of hand.

TALKING ROUTINES VS MUSIC ROUTINES:

  • Whether or not to talk during a magic routine is totally up to you and will be apart of your style

  • If you want to talk during a routine, you should figure out a script and what you’re going to say.

  • If you’re going to do a routine to music, make sure you find a song that fits the routine and the kind of emotions you want to give to the audience.

    EXAMPLE: The Salt Pour

The salt pour is a very comedic routine and can be performed either speaking or to music.

This is R.J. Lewis speaking while performing the routine.

This is Joaquin Matas performing the same routine but to music. 


GETTING APPLAUSE

  • Applause is exhilarating.

    • It’s the audience showing their appreciation to what you’re doing

  • Sometimes you might not get applause every time and it doesn’t mean that they don’t like you.

    • It might mean that they’re too stunned to applaud immediately.

  • Here are some techniques to getting applause:

    • Make sure that the final trick you perform ends on a very strong moment.

      • The energy should build up and finish with a 'bang'.

      • I don't mean you need to shoot fireballs out of your hands, but rather that suspense takes place as a series of events finishing with a surprising ending.

    • You want the tension to build and release with applause

    • Bow with your hands slightly raised from your body. Don't make a big thing of it, but if your hands are a little outstretched to the sides as you bow, it's a subtle cue to applause.

    • Clap your hands together once and the noise will subtly tell your audience to applaud.

    • If one or two people start to clap, make eye contact right away with a big smile and say "Thank you". That will help get everyone joining in.

Here is master magician Jeff McBride with tips on applause and some of his thoughts about it. This is a great video on the subject and Jeff McBride is a fantastic magician to study.