Professional magicians don’t just appear out of thin air on the stage. Well, they do, but after years of practice and even they had to start somewhere. More than likely, they witnessed or were taught a free magic trick and that is where their love of the art began. Magic enthusiasts probably begin the same way in their foray into the magical world. The question is: how can you learn free magic tricks that are entertaining?
The first step can be a magic book. They will be available in your local library, at bookstores and for more advanced tricks try a specialized bookstore. If there are no specialized bookstores in your city or neighbourhood, check the internet where you will have access to an extensive collection of resources.
You should start with simple, straightforward tricks that will allow you to practice your technique and timing. Choose tricks with simple props like a deck of cards, hat, or handkerchief. As your confidence increases and the tricks become seamless, then, you can take on more involved and entertaining magic tricks. Some of the first tricks you can try are causing small objects, like coins, to vanish; dealing a royal flush of cards; or causing a ring to levitate.
It is best to probably begin performing for people you know before you take to the sidewalk to demonstrate your abilities. Once you have perfected those tricks, go ahead and try them out on strangers. Then you will truly test yourself if you can capture the attention of someone you don’t know and who isn’t sitting on the sofa oohing and aahing because they’re your grandmother.
Everyone likes to be entertained and the more practice you put into these the better you will get. Once you have finessed the technique of your tricks, you should then practice capturing and maintaining your audience’s attention. People go to see a magician to be surprised, shocked, and disproved in their skepticism.
Distraction and diversion are a magician’s tools to manipulate an audience’s attention so he or she can perform. A great deal of focus is required from the magician and a good sense of the audience. You must fully captivate the audience to truly be successful. Knowing yourself, your tricks, your audience and the human psyche is what is required. Performing free magic tricks is the first step in practicing and building your magical practice.
Word of mouth is a powerful tool in making a name for yourself, so go ahead and impress everyone you meet!