How Magic Clubs Can Evolve
By Andi Gladwin - Sunday, October 4, 2020
If there's one thing I've missed more than anything in 2020, it's lecturing for magicians. I had the busiest year of my career booked with lectures in close to a dozen countries, with requests to focus on various different topics and deep-dives. The primary reason I love to lecture is that it gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with magicians from all over the world, hear their viewpoints, and see their magic.
I'm one of those frustratingly positive people who believe that the world will mostly return to normal after the pandemic. But I also have to ask myself, how will things change for magic clubs around the world? Here are some thoughts:
More focus on communication between club nights
This year, I have received regular requests to lecture online, share short videos with groups, and interact with magicians in new ways (such as on Facebook groups, Zoom hangouts, and so on). And while I don't think those will be the primary ways magic clubs will meet ongoing, I do think we'll see more magic clubs have more regular hangouts and interactions between club nights. This way, magic clubs become more than a monthly outing, but instead a group of people all wanting to share and improve their magic.
Beginners outreach and support
I have noticed more people than ever before starting up magic. Local magic clubs can become the go-to place to help these new people progress and improve their skills. It's a win/win as clubs will grow, and magic will get better.
Less visiting lecturers
At least initially, I sense that we'll see less lectures passing through magic club's each month. But perhaps that's OK for a while, because when your club has a visiting lecture, it will be a much more special experience.
I am often surprised at how far in advance magic clubs (especially British magic clubs) arrange their club nights. Even before the pandemic, I was receiving requests to lecture two years in the future. But we've now seen that the world can change in a heartbeat and so I hope that magic clubs start planning just a few months ahead so that they can respond to things that happen around them.
Better support for local events
The world needs entertainment more than ever before. Magic clubs could easily become a source of that entertainment with local performances and shows.
Whatever happens, I'm excited to get back to touring and visiting magic clubs!
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