How To Make Money With Magic - Part 05

Published: 13 Mar 2012 by Vinh | Comments: 17

Hii Guys! :D
Ok I think I’ve been talking enough about the mind set, it’s time to ask the question “Where the Hell to I learn magic?!”. -_-” With Encyclopedia of Magic! haha okok this is not meant to be a plug for us so lets go through all the places we can go to learn magic.

Magic Shops
I am not sure if you guys have a shop near you but for me when I first started to learn magic I tried going to magic shops to learn magic. This was an ok experience but the guy at the counter kept trying to sell me dvds and tricks and made it awkward... Now we must understand that these guys are running a business and not a charity, they need to sell these things to make a living. I guess times have changed, I had a magician friend who was a lot older then me and he would tell me these stories how he used to learn all his magic from his local magic shop. He told me how he would help clean the shop and help the owners stack the shelves and the owners would share with him a few lessons in magic. You see when I heard this YEARS ago I thought to my self I’d try it! But things are not like they are back in the old days anymore. Sometimes the owner of magic stores are not magicians and are just businessmen, I’ve been to a few magic shops where the owners are terrible performers and just leave LCD monitors playing the trick. So in my opinion magic shops are a great place to buy lessons but not to learn from.

Magic Clubs
Generally it isn’t easy to find magic clubs especially where I live... in South Australia..
But I have been taught the best way to find and locate magic clubs, just look up in your yellow pages and find a magician in your local area. Give him/her a ring and ask them politely if they know of any magician clubs in your city, this is probably the fastest way to find and locate a local club. Once you guys join these clubs you will be able to access their library of books (hopefully), and also generally the members are very experienced magicians and can give you guys tonnes of advice. To be absolutely honest with you guys from what i have found from my own experience, you can’t go there empty handed. You will need to do some learning before you join a magic club, I think the members usually want to see that you have put in the time and effort to learning magic before they will teach you.

To me Magic clubs were ok but they were not the best. I found it good for getting criticism but not really great for learning (remember these are based on my experiences so don’t take them as gospel ok!).

Good old books, this would be the go to method for learning magic just 10-15 years ago but not so much anymore (for beginners anyway, usually they go straight for the DVDs). You see books are the most cost efficient method of learning magic. How is it efficient? Well sometimes you can get these magic books for free! HOW?! your probably asking well not a lot of people know this but you can go to your local library and ask the librarians nicely (maybe even show him/her a simple trick or two to build the relationship) and see if they can order books in from the national library for you. Most national libraries will have access to Magic books from all over the world. I suggest you start like this and slowly move towards more specialised books that are written by professional magicians.

Books are not the easiest way to learn magic, simply because you are in a situation where you have to translate words into actions and this can be quite difficult at times eg. Take the card with you left hand and turn it 45 degrees while holding your right hand 92.65 degrees tilted towards the left and combine both hands while turning them towards the northpole LOL

Ah this is the best way to learn magic (again this is my opinion ok!). You see magic to me is such a visual art and being able to see how something is meant to be performed really helps us understand how to perform it our selves. When I discovered DVDs and started to learn from videos, this is when I began to improve significantly. Another great thing about watching magic on video is that we are able to rewind and watch lessons from many angles thus thoroughly teaching us how to perform.

The internet is a great place to learn magic because there is just so much information. Now this can be a good thing and a bad thing, I see so many videos on youtube of young kids teaching magic. While I think it’s cute and all at the end of the day most of these little kids can not perform the sleight properly and when they teach it.... It’s really a gg situation where they teach it wrong and those that learn from them learn it wrong and then the kids that learn it from that kid will teach it wrong and the vicious cycle continues. This is why Youtube has SO many terrible magic tutorials, the danger of this is that when someone who is interested in magic jumps on youtube to learn they quickly become demotivated and stop pursuing the art. There are good lessons out there online but they are so quickly being buried by these poorly made tutorials, so if you are looking online make sure you spend the time and effort into looking for a good source to learn from :) and here comes the most shameful plug known to man kind..

We realised this and that’s why we wanted to create an environment where beginners and experts can come and learn together. If you are looking for a place to learn magic online you should really consider learning with us @ Encyclopedia of Magic :D (Sorry I had to do it :P).

I am sure there are many more places to learn magic! Tell me in the comments section below where you learnt magic :) or where was the first place you encountered magic?
PS. We are currently in Korea at the moment! :DD


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By kingcole24

  Wow Vihn, great post! I really agree with the YouTube garbage tutorials. I cant stand when I am watching a video and I cant hear what the person is saying but I also understand not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera.

  Have fun in Korea! That is awesome. I really want to try that librarian thing because in my city we dont have any magic shops and only one magician in our town. Doug the great, he is in the Guinness World Records, cant remember which year but most of his magic was with a rope.

  Hopefully when I graduate next year in my High School there will be other magicians. I like learning from books, internet, and EOM but honestly the best way to go is with people. Learning from people that can see everything you are doing and help you improve by seeing your mistakes is the best.

  Have fun in Korea guys!

Your friend,

By bou0010

I learnt from encyclopediaofmagic(have you guys ever heard of them?), mismag822 and andyfieldmagic on YouTube

By .Kaito[KID].

Hello guys…
Ehm… Well , honestly I think that EoM is a great and excellent page… I will upgrade to premium soon.. I am just saving some money…And about some pages where I learnt magic when I was a beginner… I think the best one is FreeMagicLive (Who recommended me EoM xD). EoM , you know JayJay… I am sure that you know him… I hope I can upgrade to premium soon…

Stay cool,


PS: Hope you a have a great time in Korea!!!~!!!~!!!

By George Draven

Yeah I joined a society as soon as i could do some basic sleights
alot of them will want you to perform to them to make sure you not just some heckler tryin to learn the secrets.

but DVD’s are awsome as well, i own the 3 VOLUME Joshua jay close up up close, Michael vincent excellence collection 3 volume, a few jay sanki, michael amar topit use and a few others, its a good source to learn .

even if you go to sites that specialize in sale of magic props and merchandise, i would post a url but not sure if the guys from E.O.M will appreciate it :p if they give the go ahead ill pot a follow up

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