What is the course about?
Exploring the various aspects of magic from a complete beginner's view point, including manual dexterity, sleight of hand, theory in misdirection, psychology, building patter and scripting, performance technique using actingskills, and how to entertain people with magic.
What will we cover?
Cards, coins, ropes and balls will be taught, with some extra moves dependent on your progress. As this is a workshop-based class, questions are encouraged.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Master the four disciplines as listed with confidence.
*Perform tricks using the four outlined principles, with a view to expanding the tricks into routines.
*Have the confidence to stand in front of any audience and use the tricks and principles as a tool to entertain.
*Entertain with knowledge of basic stage craft techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of magic is necessary, though some performance experience (i.e. acting, clowning) is an advantage. Those with experience are welcome, indeed professionals who wish to brush up on skills not used for a while sometimes join the class.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Take part in class discussions.
• Read a script and/or related text.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The various aspects of magic will be demonstrated, followed by pair work, group work and individual attention.
Members of the class will be asked to demonstrate an effect followed by group discussion.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Comfortable clothing. All other items and equipment will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Consider undertaking a beginners acting course to enhance your performance skills.
Book titles and information will be supplied for further study and advice for those who wish to enter the world of
professional magical entertainment. Plus information on passing entrance exams to magic organisations e.g.
the world famous Magic Circle.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details