What Is The Best Way To Learn Card Magic?
By Joshua Jay - Saturday, January 11, 2020
I’m asked this question a lot, and it of course depends on the student. How old are you? How do you learn best? How much time are you putting in to your card magic? What’s your goal within the craft? The answers to these questions will, of course, affect how you study.
But in general, the best way to learn card magic is from private instruction. If you can find a great teacher to mentor you, you’ll gain experience not only in what tricks to learn, but how specifically to get into and out of the tricks. You’ll learn how to interact with your audience, and if your mentor is smart, she will work with you on your specific problem-areas, be they technique or presentation or simply remembering the steps. Your teacher can also help you curate the kind of magic you enjoy performing.
If you can’t locate a mentor, the next best option is a magic book. Magic books pack the most value for your money, and they allow you to go at your own pace as you learn new material. There are a lot of terrible books on the market, but if you invest in the right books, you’ll progress quickly.
The advice I would offer on what not to do is easy: I would avoid YouTube as a primary teaching source. Most of the tutorials on YouTube are junk, and the self-appointed teachers are often fuzzy on details and lack an understanding of the subject matter.
Back to blog homepage
Similar posts on the blog: