Do you want to learn magic? Magic is a fantastic hobby, but one that requires practice and some work. If you want to learn to be a magician or just learn a few tricks to show your friends there are several routes available. Almost too many routes in fact! The internet is full of websites selling magic DVD’s, tricks and books. There are even downloads available. How can you choose what is right for you? You don’t want to spend money and be disappointed?
Tips From a North East Magician
Paul says: “My advice would be that if you want to learn magic you should visit your local bricks and mortar magic shop. This way you can get good face to face advice. You’ll see some magic performed and end up with something of use to you.
In the North East we are lucky enough to have an excellent shop for magicians. Magicbox has relocated from its home for more than 20 years in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Just a stone throw from St James’ Park. Magicbox now has one location in the city centre on Northumberland Street, but this is mostly an excellent fancy-dress and facepaint shop. The dedicated magic shop on Leazes Park Road, and the fancy-dress shop round the corner from the Percy Street branch have closed.
The great news is that the magic shop has relocated to a larger, brighter, new premises. They stock an impressive range of magical effects, books, DVDs and props. I’d certainly recommend a visit.
The excellent staff can help if you want close-up magic, cabaret tricks or even stage illusions. The shop will soon be hosting lectures and shows in the onsite theatre too. The new address is Magicbox, Unit 3 Strand House, Camperdown Industrial Estate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 5US .
Learn Magic at a club
As you progress you might consider attending a magic club where magicians gather. Here you can discuss magic, try out material, enter competitions and see lectures. Newcastle Magic Circle usually meet on the 4th Monday of the month at The Copthorne Hotel (Newcastle Quayside, NE1 3RT). It is advisable to contact the secretary of the circle before the meeting. Make sure it is a meeting open to visitors and suitable for you. The Northern Magic Circle is a large umbrella organisation. They have a local branch meeting on the first Monday of each month at the 3 Mile Inn , Gosforth, NE3 2DS. Darlington Magic Circle meet twice a month at The Railway Institute Club (93 North Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 2PP), please contact the secretary if you would like to attend.
I’d advise juniors (under 16’s) looking to progress with magic to contact the wonderful Su Jayne. She runs The Neptune Magic Society which nurtures magicians of all ages. They are particularly proud to have winners of the prestigious Magic Circles Young Magician of the Year amongst its membership.
Magicians have their own conventions. The nearest to Newcastle is South Tyneside International Magic Convention held each year at the Customs House and Sea Hotel in South Shields. The convention welcomes a wide range of talented magicians to perform and give lectures. There are usually at least two large theatre shows and it is excellent value for money.
For the last three years local magician Michael Murray has organised the Minds convention in Newcastle. This is a convention specifically for Mentalists. ‘Mentalist’ being a term for magicians who do mind magic such as thought reading, not just ‘crazies’. Although I haven’t attended this event it comes highly recomended. So if you want to learn magic of this type it may well be just the thing for you. Get details at MindFX.
Whatever route you choose, practice well and enjoy sharing the magic you’ve learned, but keep the secret.
Good luck with your journey in magic!”