Most of the magicians I’ve met in my almost 40 years of magic are shy. It seems strange that a shy person would place themselves in the centre of attention when he or she is more comfortable in the background.
I have mentioned this in previous posts, but Romaine, Monarch of Manipulators well known around the world, couldn’t even talk to people when he was young as he was so shy. I also mentioned recently that one of our customers, who is a teenager and has trouble speaking to people recently started magic expressly to overcome her condition.
Actually, I think I’m one of those shy people. Some people go into a crowded room and are instantly at ease. They talk easily, laugh easily and seem to fit right in. Most magicians are low key, regardless of how they act on stage or when they are performing. I often wished I could be like the outgoing people. What gives them that confidence? For sure, we don’t all have it.
The fact is that magic is a tool. Shy people don’t enjoy being shy. When they are performing magic, even though they are the centre of attention, the attention is not on them, its on the trick, and they know it. The better they get at it, the more appreciative the audience, and the praise and wonder it produces boosts their confidence. The kids that are into magic have an added advantage. They learn to think outside the box. They know that what they see is not necessarily what is happening. I have my repertoire of magic that I demo when newcomers come in and I fool adults and children alike. But when a kid even as young as 7 or 8, comes in that knows magic, even if he hasn’t seen the trick before, he has a theory about it. Right or wrong its usually plausible and I have to go on to more complicated stuff to impress them.
One of my grandsons was invited to a birthday party and each kid was supposed to bring a magic trick and do it. They were 8 or nine years old. My grandson went over to his magic case and couldn’t decide which trick to do. He brought the case to the party and said he would decide later. When he got to the party only one other kid brought a trick. He said that this was supposed to be a magic party. He got up, opened his case and gave them a half hour show. The party boy’s mother phoned my daughter in shock. She could not believe that my grandson, a quiet kid, could give such a good and entertaining show. Everyone loved it. What do you think that did for his confidence?
Its a time consuming hobby. It keeps them away from the computer and many of them save their money for magic. They could be spending it on worse things.
I know many a magician who put themselves through college doing kid shows. Its one of the few hobbies that can pay for itself. Also if your PHD doesn’t work out for you you always have something to fall back on.
So if your kids or grandchildren are shy or quiet, encourage them to take up magic. We’re starting magic lessons at Perfect Magic for 7 to 9 year olds Saturday mornings May 21 to June 11th. Maximum 6 kids. if you’re interested, or know someone who might be interest, phone us for details.