Magic is the art of entertaining people through the use of illusions. By employing these subtle sleights of your hand, you can capture the mind of your audience and give them an unforgettable experience. Magic, although considered as nothing but a form of entertainment, is also one of the best hobbies in the world because the scope of the hobby keeps increasing with your hunger for knowledge in that line of work. The more you want to expand or improve or experiment, the more opportunity this hobby presents to you. You can never go wrong with magic, especially if you have children or spend a lot of time with them.
Magic is all about spending a lot of time in perfecting what you do. The simplest tricks, when part of a fun act, can become extremely entertaining. If you are entertaining a group of friends or hosting your child's birthday party, these magic tricks can not only become the main event for the evening, they can also help you break the ice with in a group. If you get really good at it, you can even start doing shows in exchange for money, something that will keep you motivated to keep trying more and improving yourself in this hobby.
The Magic of Rituals
Magic isn't something that is new - in fact it has been around for almost as long as humans have been around. Anything that couldn't be explained, at the time, was either defined as a divine act or magic. Sorcery and magic were considered to be evil things, things that were designed to harm human beings. However, the most important use of magic was mind-control. By proving oneself as a magician, people would instil fear into the hearts & minds of the general public, putting themselves on a pedestal and forcing the community to serve their interests.
The position of power that comes with including magic in your armoury has long since gone although many people still continue to live with those rituals and rites as a part of their life. They study symbols and read about rituals, performing them in the way they have been done for years and some even believe that these rituals and rites are essential for them to live their lives as they are. They are, however, very different from the magic you see at a child's birthday party and depending on the kind of magic you are more interested in, you can pick and choose your path and the tools of your trade.
Entertaining with Magic
If you are looking to use magic as a means for fun rather than as a way of life, then there are plenty of ways to get started. You can start by heading into a toy or hobby store, or even to the local library, and find a book or tool-kit that will help you get started with some basic magic tricks. These kits usually come with some basic equipment that can be used for some beginner-level magic tricks. Alternately, you can find books or websites that will teach you how to perform tricks using everyday objects like coins or paper or even dollar bills.
The extent to which you want to take your hobby is completely up to you and you can do simple card tricks or take things to another level with some advanced levitation tricks or even disappearing objects. The idea is that the amount of time you are willing to spend in preparation and practice decides exactly how elaborate your tricks can be. If you have the kind of time and money needed to spend on equipment, or if you are handy enough to build the equipment on your own, you can really get into this seriously.
You can start by practicing in front of the mirror until the action is extremely smooth. Remember to be honest with your judgement of your ability to perform the trick because a nervous or unsure act will be easy for audiences to decipher. Next, try it out on some friends and family and remember to put on a bit of playacting along with the actual trick itself. The idea of playacting is to take the audience's mind off the actual object or prop that is being used for the trick. What you say or do is going to distract the audiences and give you that split second you need to make that trick happen.
Once you are accustomed to performing tricks, you can not only raise your game by putting in some bigger or more elaborate props, you can also go commercial with your hobby. Hire a stall at a local farmer's market or just put in a booth at the local fair. Walk around the city and become a walking-magician like David Blaine or just do parties for friends and family or even your neighbours and make their children's birthdays more special.
Not only does that give you money that you can put into your hobby, it also allows you the opportunity to keep improving yourself until you get to the point where you can start working on really impressive magic, along the likes of David Copperfield or Chris Angel, who use massive equipment to fuel some incredible tricks. There are always ways to do something bigger & better and at the top level, and if you are that deeply involved with your hobby, you will enjoy every single minute that you spend in trying to do what the professionals do on television or simply coming up with new tricks of your own.
The hobby of magic is a great way to spend time with your family or friends and is also a great way to teach your children something new. It helps them improve their hand-eye coordination as well as their motor skills, all within a fun and entertaining environment. If you do put in the practice and get really good at it, you might even be able to make your magic tricks help you earn a living.