My magician club

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gyopi, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. I go to a very small school in Alabama with a little over 500 students. I started a magician club today after months of planning and finding a teacher to sponsor the club. I am the only magician in my school but i have about 15 people going to the first meeting. I was wondering what activity's that should be held at every meeting. I was already planning on showing how to do a trick every day and maybe once a month having a competition. I need some ideas...
  2. I would ask them what they want to get out of being in this club, if they actually want to pursue magic or if they just want to know how the tricks are done. I would also put together some sort of demonstration like a small routine with some pretty simple tricks.
  3. I'll post tonight after work. I have ideas for you.
  4. First off, what is the age range of the people that would be attending the club? How often would it meet?

    Also, some things to keep in mind. Be careful what you teach. My suggestion would be to take Royal Road to Card Magic, open to chapter 1, and teach only that at the first meeting. Then at the second meeting, check that everyone has at least a moderate grasp on that material before continuing. Go very slow. (As in don't teach very much at each meeting) This serves two purposes. One, it ensures that you help people develop a solid foundation in the basics. And two, it acts to weed out those who are only interested in learning the secrets and not actually becoming magicians.

    As another point: This might just be me, but personally I detest magic competitions because the winner would be entirely subjective. A much better approach, in my opinion, would be to have the people in the club perform for each other, and give each other feedback. Especially if everyone is performing the same trick, because then you can get a better understanding of the intricacies of the trick.
  5. I would not meet every day of the week. That is insane. I would pick one day of the week and only meet for about an hour or two. At the meetings I would not just sit and demo effects as everyone watches because then you are just spoon feeding some students who are just there to see the secret, and then the next day at school they will run around to everyone in class and perform that same effect haphazardly thus exposing the effect. They need to learn to sit and take notes and possibly allow them to video with their phones if you want. That is your choice whether or not you want them to video step by step instructions. My mentor made me write things down for a good few months before he would let me video.

    I would not run your club like a true IBM club with new business and old business and functions and such yet, but you probably do need to have someone kind of "steering" the ship and not allowing it to just be a free for all, everyone do what they want. I'm guessing that man will be you.

    Personally I would have "theme" days. Perhaps on one of the days everyone is to come ready to come learn / share a rope effect. Talk about the different types of rope, sizes, coreless, etc. Share different videos of professionals doing rope routines. And everyone bring cheap clothes line from Walmart to work on rope effects. Talk about different resources such as books and videos that people can go to, for learning rope effects. As the leader you should bring some type of easy beginner rope routine to share with the group that everyone needs to work on. Make it clear that the students should not be performing the effects for other high school kids until you have seen if the effect is ready. This could be a tough one.

    Another good idea that was already mentioned is maybe choose a cheap book that everyone in the group agrees to purchase. Something cheap like this. Karl Fulves Self working card tricks. Everyone will be able to afford it.
    As a group, work through different routines and have people come up in front of the group to show progress and such.

    As the group gets better and better you may want to try and go put on a FREE show at a local library or church group. Just and idea. This would later on down the road.

    Let me know if you have more specific questions. I am in an FCM group and an IBM ring so these are run way differently than what you are trying to accomplish, but you can still take bits and pieces.

    You may even want to have someone be the secretary that types up a little newsletter with what was accomplished at the meeting and take a few pictures. This will help spread the word of your group.

    Is there going to be a fee to join the group? Just a thought. You could use this to purchase needed items to learn magic or have snacks at the meeting.
  6. Pretty much what Rick said. Meeting everyday of the work is a good way to burn people out and lose members. MOST Magic clubs tend to meet maybe once or twice a month and then that's it. Because they know that most of their members have other things going on in their lives (Plus it's pretty much impossible to learn something in a day and then be able to show it to people..)
  7. I know.we are currently meeting every Friday for an hour and thirty minutes.

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