This list should get you started...but remember to Practice!
|Books in my opinion are always the easiest place to start. Not to mention the least expensive. Book stores, the library, and magic shops have plenty to read.|
Videos & DVD's are becoming a popular way to learn.
|Magic shops This is one of the best places to start. Do not get a "magic kit." If you (or you have a child interested) in learning magic, the magic shops are the best place. They have lectures and special gatherings where you could see and learn the art of magic. (check yellow pages or call information). Even the Internet has On Line Magic Shops for ordering. |
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|Conventions (magic and entertainment conventions) are a great way to learn about the industry and meet quality performers. Plus, the lectures and performer can give you hands on learning experience. There are magicians and dealers from around the word and you get to learn and see some really exciting magic. Not to mention, make some new friends! |
|National and international Magic Clubs ( Like IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians or SAM - Society of American Magicians) are two of the best clubs to join in the USA. There are many local, national and international organizations you can join to meet magicians and learn from them. |
|Magic Clubs ( provided by the local magic shops) and are usually free to join. These are the best to start at. Often there are performance nights where you get to practice your craft. They may have professional magicians from around the world giving lectures which are generally around $15 for a few hours of learning. The magicians giving the lecture may also sell some of their ideas or magic that they perform. Get on the magic shops mailing list for lectures and new magic. |
|If you have Friends you know that perform magic, tell them you want to learn! Be serious about it! I'm sure the'll help you. If you need to ask me something, and if I can help, I'd be happy to. |
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|LEARNING MIME |
|What Is Mime? Ever look it up in the dictionary? |
1 [U] when you use movements of your hands and body, and expressions on your face, without speech, to communicate emotions and actions or to tell a story:
The first scene was performed in mime.
2 [C] a short play without speech
verb [I or T]
1 to act or tell a story in mime:
The whole of the banquet scene is mimed.
2 to pretend to sing, play or say something without making any sound:
Most of the bands that appear on the show just mime to a recording of their songs.
He was miming something at me across the pub.
Etymology: Latin pantomimus, from pant- + mimus mime
1 : PANTOMIMIST pan·to·mim·ist - Pronunciation: 'pan-t&-"mI-mist, -"mi-
Function: noun Date: 1838
1 : an actor or dancer in pantomimes
2 : a composer of pantomimes
2 a : an ancient Roman dramatic performance featuring a solo dancer and a narrative chorus b : any of various dramatic or dancing performances in which a story is told by expressive bodily or facial movements of the performers c : a British theatrical entertainment of the Christmas season based on a nursery tale and featuring topical songs, tableaux, and dances
3 a : conveyance of a story by bodily or facial movements especially in drama or dance b : the art or genre of conveying a story by bodily movements only
- pan·to·mim·ic /"pan-t&-'mi-mik/ adjective
Mime in it's basic form is "Acting without words." It's being able to use only your whole body to tell a story. No voice! No sounds! Just your body and your facial expressions. For parents or teachers who want to tell kids what it is. Say,"It's just like pretend, but with out the words." To get very technical, I could write a whole page on the subject, and believe me there is much to write about this amazing art form. Please note, it's not just the guys in the streets with the white faces
Mime is more rare of a talent to have & learn than magic. Just as in any form of entertainment, there will be the professionals, who actually perform or teach Mime and get paid for it. Then you have your Amateurs who just put on a white face and act goofy in the streets .There isn't a big call for Mime artists, but if you have a unique style, than it is possible to get booked. I get many calls for performing Mime, but not as often as I do for the Magic.
|It's not as easy as it looks |
|You can learn Mime through books and video, but, personally I think it's easier to follow someone who teaches live in a classroom. They can guide you better, help you with your techniques, and your skill level will increase much faster with hands-on experience. Most small towns or cities have some special Mime classes at the community colleges. The big cities have everything you can learn. |
But remember, just because they teach, doesn't mean they are good teachers. Be wise in the choices you make because they can either help you and lead you onto a great path of successful learning or they can harm you by taking your money and leading you no where without any skills or abilities to show for the time you've wasted. Also, you may be able to get some recommendations from your teachers for performances.
The INTERNET also has great resources for learning both Mime & Magic.
I will change the link often. Click the image and see where you go! Have fun!