Magic and Illusion/principles


what would you say are the failure points in magic and how to overcome then ie. so far some examples that ive seen starting out are too many uncommon props or intimidating sleight of hand movements introduced too early in some books like why people would stop pursuing it and put books down can you elaborate a bit on this?


Thanks for asking an interesting and important question.

There are many 'failure points' as you call them and of course even more ways to over come them.

The answer could be very long but I'd be delighted to discuss this in some detail with you. However I notice that you've asked this in Public Mode and I never like to discuss details of the inner workings of magic unless it's in private with magicians or magic students only.

Copy the question and ask me directly in Private Mode and we can work through your question.

BTW What makes you ask? Are you a beginner who has faced some early problems?

Looking forward to your response


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I am a professional performer, and attained status of Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle and, over and above this highest degree, I am only one of about a dozen performers alive who has been awarded their coveted 'Silver Wand'. I perform at the highest level as well as train and coach both beginners and experts in learning a few tricks to creating a brand new award winning act. I ran The Summer School at The Magic Circle for many years as well as booked performers for the monthly public shows. I run a company called `MagicWorks` which provides magic for adult private and corporate events, television, film and theatre productions. I also hold training workshops and seminars, teleconferences and online training on using magic in business, performing at Trade Shows, Magic for Presenters etc and provide after dinner or conference talks and speeches all on the subject of business and personnel development. This includes creativity, presentation, online and offline marketing etc.


Whilst I have been a performer for many years I now spend an increasing amount of time as a personal and business coach, using magic as a metaphor in my teaching and training sessions. I have several Internet Businesses that include Coaching and Mentoring entertainers in the whole business of self Branding, Promotion, Marketing and filling their diaries with bookings.

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