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|Posted on April 6, 2020 at 6:10 PM|
In this recorded LIVE video chat session, I very briefly tell the story of how I first came to love magic and how I got started as a magician ( I was "tricked" into it!}.
Seriously, you'll see me perform a few fun magic tricks for the audience, explain how I do the tricks, and then answer questions.
|Posted on April 30, 2016 at 8:30 PM|
Do you feel inspired to learn more about magic as a performing art o hobby?
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|Posted on April 30, 2016 at 7:25 PM|
The world of magic first captivated Julius at a very young age. When he was a very young boy, his parents owned a Hungarian restaurant in New York City where he was born, and one day a butcher delivered a pig to her, carrying it over his shoulder.
Awed by the sight of the man dressed in a long white coat, little Julius was delighted when the butcher magically pulled a quarter out of the pig’s ear. Then made it vanish. And then pulled the coin out of Julius’ ear.
“I was fascinated,” says Julius, now a professional magician with the stage name JULIUS MAGIC.
The power of magic is not in the illusion or trick we think we see
It's in the imagination; the image the magician creates.
The way it makes us feel . . . . . . that certain sense . . . . . . . . .
of childlike . . . . . . . wonder.
Having never forgotten his feelings of wonder and amazement at that moment, he now delights in entertaining children and adults with magical illusions. He can make a black scarf turn multicolored just by waving it in the air. He can make a deck of cards vanish in front of a child’s eyes. He can put one ball into a spectator’s hand and then have it multiply into many. And he can make a rope appear to pass right through his waist, one of his favorite tricks.
“I do that one at the end of the show,” says Julius, who performs at children’s birthday parties and corporate events. “I save it for last, because it’s the most memorable.”
He engages his audience throughout his shows, striving to make it appear that they are the ones doing the magic. Which he says surprises them, and makes them laugh. "I learned that laughter is important,” he says. “The more I can make them laugh, the more they’ll enjoy the magic.”
Despite his early fascination with magic, Julius didn’t become a serious magician until later in life. He attended Yale University for three years and then 20 years later finished his bachelor’s degree, followed by a Masters Degree in Science and Management.
He’s worked in sales most of his life, and schedules magic gigs around his day job. He was always fascinated by magic, and tried to learn some tricks from books, “but it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I was lucky enough to go to a magic convention,” he says.
He took his young daughter with him, thinking magic would be a fun way to entertain her. They saw dozens of magicians and after seeing some cool sleight of hand magic performed, he bought some super soft sponge balls.
As he drove home, his daughter taught herself a sponge ball trick by reading the instructions while riding in the back seat . . . and his little girl amazed him with magic! She inspired Julius to learn, practice and begin entertaining people at work. Then he started shopping in magic stores, where he bought more tools of the trade. Shortly after learning a few more effects, he got his first paid gig as a restaurant magician! One gig led to another and now he loves performing magic for kids, families and businesses.
While many of his props are designed for magicians, much of magic can be done with unprepared props, such as real coins, he says. Learning how to perform illusions takes skill, practice, and investment in time and money. He looks forward to perhaps doing magic full time one day. “One of my dreams after I retire is to be able to travel the world and do magic shows in other countries,” he says. “It’s a dream—but you never know.”
|Posted on April 26, 2016 at 7:45 AM|
As a result of learning magic, people of all ages can:
help heal people
earn better grades
share their joy with others
improve their success in school
receive invitations to many parties
teach others how to perform magic
meet people and make new friends
win prizes at school fundraiser sales
make extra money in their spare time
make others feel special and appreciated
become better readers and critical thinkers
improve their public speaking skills and confidence
become the most popular guest and family favorite
"work" their way through college performing magic shows
provide therapeutic rehabilitation to others using "magic therapy"
develop more confidence & new skills learning how to perform magic
receive personal rewards and satisfaction from bringing smiles to faces
|Posted on December 25, 2015 at 6:25 PM|
Few people know about the therapeutic, rehabilitative healing power of magic available through programs like David Copperfield's PROJECT MAGIC and Kevin Spencer's HEALING of MAGIC:
David Copperfield's Project Magic is a program designed to give the gift of magic to people with a variety of diagnosis, such as those with cancer, arthritis, spinal cord injury, brain injury, drug and alcohol abuse, chronic pain and learning disabilities.
Teams of magicians and occupational therapists work together to teach sleight of hand to physically challenged patients to aid in their rehabilitation.
By learning to perform magic, individuals achieve new skill levels, which motivates their rehabilitation progress, and develops and improves their self-concept.
Project Magic also assists in the development of competent, achievement-oriented behavior, which is necessary if the hospitalized, disabled individual is to successfully re-enter the outside community.
Project Magic provides interested magicians, educators, and medical professionals all over the world with information and written material on magical effects and their therapeutic value.
As a result, this establishes a network of communication and social group interaction for all participants, based on the new, shared, common interest of magic.
The tricks taught in Project Magic functions on several different levels, and were designed to help improve dexterity, coordination, visual perception, spatial relationships, and cognitive skills.
There are specific magic tricks developed for varying disabilities. Another, and perhaps, more important benefit of Project Magic, is that it motivates the patients' therapy and helps them build self-esteem.
David Copperfield got the idea for Project Magic from a magician that he had been corresponding with for some time. Once, when Copperfield received a press clipping in one of the letters, he was surprised to learn from the photograph that the young man was in a wheelchair.
"He had never referred to the fact that he was in a wheelchair," explained Copperfield. "His own self-image wasn't one that had a disability." This led Copperfield to wonder if magic could help recovering patients gain the same self-confidence.
In February 1982, Copperfield brought his idea to the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood, California, which was recognized by the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities as the "outstanding rehabilitation center of 1981".
The occupational therapy department quickly embraced the concept, realizing that it could offer other benefits beyond just bolstering the patients' self-image. Copperfield began collaborating with Julie Dunlap, the hospital's assistant director of occupational therapy, to develop tricks that could be applied to treat various disabilities.
They soon discovered that Project Magic presented the patients with a pleasing distraction from the often painful and tedious hours of therapy, and motivated them to work harder than before. The participants also gained self-confidence by being able to do things that others could not.
The occupational therapists using Project Magic work in teams with local volunteer magicians. The magician first teaches the illusions to the therapists, then together, they instruct the patients on how to perform the illusions. The therapists then helps the patients to master the techniques involved during the following week. After a week, the magicians return and give advice on how to polish up the magical feat by using other techniques such as misdirection and the proper stage presence.
"Project Magic is presently employed in hundreds of hospitals throughout the world," comments Copperfield. "I am pleased to say that the American Occupational Therapist Association has endorsed this program as being an authentic therapeutic tool."
For more information about how you can support or contribute to Project Magic, you can click here to go to David Copperfield's website: http://www.dcopperfield.com/flash/project.swf
|Posted on August 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM|
To create the best possible kids' & family magic show experience and maximize everyone's enjoyment of the performance, please take a moment to review these general Magic Show Party Success Tips and share them with anyone who will be helping you with your party:
The performance area:
Set Up - I will arrive about one half hour before show time to set up my two small tables, one of which will support my briefcase and the other will display my magic props. ( Inevitably, children always love to talk with me before the show starts and of course I always end up doing a few "warm up" illusions for them. However, it's very helpful to keep the kids occupied with an activity away from the performance area while I set up to ensure the show can start on time. )
Distractions - Please avoid having visible or audible distractions such as other entertainers, TV's, bounce houses, games, food or activities or other entertainers behind or to the side of the performer.
Performance Area (The "Stage") - Select an area that limits and prevents guests walking into, through or behind the performance area during the show. A stage, wall or neutral background setting directly behind the performer works well.
Seating – Chairs and/or benches set up theater-style works best. Some clients prefer the kids to sit on the floor/ground/grass. In that case a picnic blanket might make them more comfortable. Either way, smaller children should sit in the front row so they can see better while the oldest children can sit towards the back rows.
Space – Please allow 4 feet in back of my magician's tables and 4 feet in front of the tables before the first row of the audience.
Ensuring a smooth show performance:
Audience Management & Preparation - Although I encourage participation and interact extensively with the audience, we all know that "kids will be kids" and for that reason. let's "Be Prepared." While I am setting up for the show, it might be a great idea for the client to talk with some of the older, more "loyal" kids. Let them know your expectations of respectful, considerate behavior and audience etiquette during their upcoming magic show with JULIUS MAGIC.
Few people fully realize that talking and conversations by anyone during the show distracts the audience and detracts from everyone's enjoyment. Parents, teens and adult guests can set a great example. Please encourage parents, teens and adult guests to watch and participate in the show along with the kids.
Small children - Please have parents monitor and restrain toddlers who might wander up “on stage” or be likely to run around in front of the performer.
Hands - Please ensure the children have nothing in their hands. Food, drinks, toys, balloons, noisemakers, and party gifts can be a big distraction. The kids will need empty hands when they come up on stage to assist the magician.
Food and drinks - If possible, please have the children eat either before or after the magic show.
Magician's volunteer assistants - Applaud & cheer loudly for the children (and adults) who volunteer & help perform magic "on stage" with Julius Magic.
Bounce House fans, air compressor pumps, Radio, Stereo, Music, & TV – If show is outdoors or on patio, please turn off "bounce house" fans and air pumps. Please turn off TV and music during the magic show.
Magician Introduction - Simply say: "Please welcome magician JULIUS MAGIC!"
Pictures and videos – Always welcome and a great idea to capture the wonderful magical moments forever. Please feel free to take photos with flash during and group photos after the magic show!
Please let me know if you have any additional questions and if there is anything else I can do to excellently serve you and your group.
Thank you in advance for helping to create the ideal magic show atmosphere and environment. I appreciate you!
|Posted on March 6, 2015 at 6:45 AM|
Close-Up Magic - Sleight-of-hand magic, also known as prestidigitation ("quick fingers") or léger de main (Fr., "lightness of hand") to secretly manipulate small objects such as sponge balls, cards and coins. A magician performs close-up magic in an intimate setting usually no more than a ten-foot (three-meter) distance from the audience with the party guests all around him. The magic happens right in front of you "in your hands." This performance is best for relatively small groups of people. Sleight of hand magic is intended for more intimate environments. Perfect for kids and adult birthdays, receptions, cocktail or dinner parties, trade shows, hospitality suites and restaurants. The magic involves colorful silk handkerchiefs, money, ropes, rings, coins, cards and other small objects.
Table Magic - Performed on a table with the audience in front. This type of performance is not limited to magic that must be performed solely "in the hands" because props can rest on the magicians table or pad. This performance is also best for a relatively small group of people. Sleight of hand magic is intended for more intimate environments. Perfect for birthdays, receptions, cocktail or dinner parties, trade shows, hospitality suites and restaurants. Magic involves coins, cards and other small objects.
Stand-Up Magic - Performed while standing in front of the entire audience. This type of performance is suitable for either a small group, or with proper staging (lights, microphone, etc.), the audience can consist of several hundred people. This act features comedy and audience participation and it is particularly appropriate for large parties and banquets. Perfect for private parties, trade shows, banquets, conventions and corporate entertainment.
Mingling Magic - Performed in the magician's or guests hands while the magician mingles with the guests. This type of performing is most suitable for events where there is not a specific performing area such as a reception or cocktail party and usually involves some audience participation.
|Posted on October 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM|
Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss on April 6, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, was the son of Dr. Mayer Samuel Weiss, a Jewish rabbi, and Cecilia Steiner Weiss. He legally changed his name in 1913.
Houdini is said to be one of the most influential magicians of the 20th century. His specialty was any type of escape, including slipping out of ropes, chains, and handcuffs while locked in trunks and milk cans, or submerged under water.
Houdini became world famous by barnstorming across America and around the globe. He died on October 31, 1926, at the age of 52, after his appendix ruptured and peritonitis set in.
Houdini had little formal education, but his self-education was a lifelong pursuit. "My mind," he is often quoted as saying, "is the key that sets me free."
By the time Houdini was six, he had already developed a taste for magic and sleight of hand. His first trick was making a dried pea appear in any one of three cups. As a boy, he spent his time practicing acrobatics, and doing odd jobs as a newspaper seller and bootblack.
When Harry was nine, a circus arrived in town. He showed the manager his tricks and the man was so impressed with Harry`s talent for releasing himself from rope ties, and picking up pins with his eyelids, that he hired him to perform while the circus was in town.
At age 11, Houdini began to work for a local locksmith and was soon able to pick any lock. After reading a memoir by the famous French magician, Houdin, Houdini decided to follow him career-wise. With a friend named Hayman, he started the Houdini Brothers, named after the Frenchman.
When Hayman and Harry parted ways, Harry`s brother Theodore became his partner. Initially, Harry`s magic career met with little success, but in 1893 at the age of 19, he met fellow performer Wilhelmina Beatrice (Bess) and married her after a three-week courtship. After Houdini taught her the principles of conjuring and mind reading, Bess worked as his stage assistant for the rest of his performing career.
Houdini initially focused on cards and other traditional card acts. At one point, he billed himself as the "King of Cards." One of his most notable non-escape stage illusions was performed in 1918 on the brightly lit stage of the Hippodrome in New York City. There Houdini made a 10,000-pound elephant disappear. When Houdini fired a pistol, Jennie the Elephant vanished from view, and the crowd went wild.
Houdini soon began to experiment more with escape acts. His big break came in 1899, when he met showman Martin Beck. Impressed by Houdini`s handcuff act, Beck advised him to concentrate on escape acts and booked him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.
Within months, Houdini was performing at the top vaudeville houses in the country. In 1900, he traveled to Europe to perform. By the time he returned in 1904, he had become a sensation.
Between the years of 1904 and 1920, Houdini performed all over the U.S. with great success. In 1913, he introduced perhaps his most famous act of all, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, in which he was suspended upside-down in a locked glass and steel cabinet filled to the top with water.
Many of his escapes were originally performed behind curtains, with him popping out free at the end. However, Houdini discovered that audiences were more impressed and entertained when the curtains were eliminated, so that they could watch him struggle to get out. On more than one occasion, he performed his straitjacket escape dangling upside-down from the roof of a building for increased dramatic effect, and to the utter thrill of the spectators.
In 1919, Houdini signed a contract with film producer B.A. Rolfe, to star in his 15-part serial, "The Master Mystery." However, financial difficulties resulted in Rolfe`s going out of business. Houdini was then signed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, for whom he made two pictures before establishing his own film-production company.
Called the "Houdini Picture Corporation," he produced and starred in three films. Although success in film eluded him, and he gave up on the business in 1923, his fame became so widespread that years later, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the 1920s, following the death of his much-loved mother, Houdini turned his energies toward debunking self-proclaimed psychics and mediums. Houdini`s magic training allowed him to expose frauds that had successfully fooled many scientists and laymen.
Houdini was a member of a "Scientific American" committee that offered a cash prize to any medium who could successfully demonstrate supernatural abilities. Thanks to Houdini`s efforts, the prize was never collected.
Houdini began to attend séances in disguise, accompanied by a reporter and police officer. Possibly the most famous medium that he debunked was the Boston spiritualist Mina Crandon, also known as "Margery."
Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix when he had sustained a surprise blow to his abdomen from boxing student J. Gordon Whitehead in Montreal two weeks earlier. It was a long-standing part of Houdini`s act to deflect such blows. But Houdini was reclining on his couch after his performance, in this instance, and was struck several times, with no chance to prepare himself.
Despite popular belief, it was the appendicitis and not the blow that was the cause of his death, although it is thought that the pain inflicted by the blows may have masked the pain of the appendicitis, which prevented Houdini from seeking treatment.
Houdini`s funeral was held on November 4, 1926, in New York, with more than 2,000 mourners in attendance. His remains were buried in the Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, New York, with the crest of the Society of American Magicians inscribed on the gravesite. The society holds their "Broken Wand" ceremony at the gravesite on the anniversary of his death to this day.
Shortly before his death, Houdini had made a pact with his wife to contact her from the other side if possible and deliver a pre-arranged coded message. Every Halloween for the next 10 years, Bess held a séance in an effort to contact her husband.
In 1936, after a final unsuccessful séance on the roof of the Knickerbokker Hotel, she put out the candle that she had kept burning beside a photo of Houdini since his death. She was later quoted as saying, "Ten years is long enough to wait for any man."
---- Selected Quotes ----
Quotes by Harry Houdini.
I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death.
Quotes regarding Harry Houdini.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He had the essential masculine quality of courage to a supreme degree. Nobody has ever done and nobody in all human probability will ever do such reckless feats of daring. His whole life was one long succession of them.
|Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM|
If you were to weigh the benefits of learning how to perform magic illusions against buying another video game the comparison becomes clear. Learning Magic with your child can pay back immensely over the course of a lifetime! What benefits does another video game offer?
The last thing you want is to frustrate your child with magic tricks that are too complicated for your child's age or ability! Frustration can set in if things aren't going right for your child.
Learning tricks alone without learning how to perform them willnot move a child's confidence forward. More likely it will just increase their anxiety that they aren't good enough to show them to anyone.
I recommend "self-working" illusions for beginners and younger children. Please take the time to enjoy magic with them! Help them to understand and practice magic tricks. It's a great opportunity for you to spend more time with your child and perhaps develop a hobby that you both love!
Ask anyone who has ever seen a magic show, and you’ll hear“Magic is Fun!” Not only is magic fun to watch, but it is also fun to perform. Magic can make people smile, laugh and marvel at the mysterious wonders the magician presents, if, of course, you present the magic properly.
Above all, please understand that magic is nothing more than illusion used in an entertaining way. No mortal truly possesses magical powers. Realize that you will be learning how to entertain with illusions which make it appear that you have magical powers.Don’t claim to be supernatural or better than anyone else. Magic is designed to do two things: amaze and entertain your audience
Magic offers amazement, excitement and mystery, but it must always entertain those involved, either as spectators or as participants.Perfecting magical techniques is one thing, but it is quite another to go out and face an audience, knowing that they are waiting to be entertained. Buying a magic set or a magic book doesn’ tautomatically make you a magician, but with practice and interest,you could go a long way.
Every game, profession, or organization has certain rules to adhere to. I recommend following generally accepted "rules of magic":
Never tell your secrets. A magician never gives away the secret of a magic trick. The audience’s enjoyment of magic is to a certain extent due to the mystery of how the magic happened. To tell the secret of a trick would deny the audience of that enjoyment. Once people know how to do a trick, all of the mystery is gone. Plus, if they can do the trick too, your talent and skill is no longer special to them. People are naturally fascinated by magic as long as they don’t know how it’s done. So, keep it that way! Keep the secret!
Throughout history, magicians have maintained an oath of secrecy. This oath is a cornerstone of the magician's art, in that it both binds magicians into a world-wide brotherhood and serves as a constant reminder of their responsibilities as deceptive entertainers.
The original magician's oath was written some 2,400 years ago by Charlatates, the Greek father of modern magic. Over the years, the oath has been modified to keep up with changing times (for example, the bit about not performing for women has been removed), but its core has remained intact.
The current magician's oath, as used in the ascension ceremony though which every magician must pass before being recognized, is as follows:
The Magician's Oath
I promise I will always guard against exposing the secrets of magic, whether through lack of practice before performing, or through explanation to any person not entitled to know the secrets. I make this promise seriously,realizing that in violating it, I am not only violating my word of honor, but I am violating the trust and rights of all other magicians who, by the very nature of their form of entertainment, are entitled to the preservation of the secrets of magic.
The only exception to this secrecy rule is when students need a little extra help and ask Mom, Dad or an older sibling to help interpret instructions. Students should always guard against exposing secrets unnecessarily.
Practice, practice, practice! Practice is learning the secret, learning how to execute the trick, and then lots of rehearsal. Never perform a magic trick for someone unless you can do it really well.The best magician is a well-rehearsed magician! It is a good idea to practice in front of a mirror, to get an idea of what the audience would see.
Never repeat a trick for the same person. If they ask you to do it again…..and they will…. they are really looking for an opportunity to catch you in the secret the next time. So, DON’T DO IT AGAIN …. keep them wondering!
Anyone can do a "trick"; only magicians can perform magical illusions. Your performance affects your audience’s perception of every other magician. If you perform well, they’ll think that all magicians are good, and visa versa if you perform poorly. Make sure that your performance is high quality so you’ll be remembered for your good work.
Be a good audience member. Now that you will be learning some magical secrets, if you see someone performing, you MUST treat that person the same way YOU want to be treated. In other words, don’t let them or the audience know that you know how the tricks are done.
Most importantly, be yourself and perform magic to entertain and mystify, not to show you are better than others. Remember,always try to entertain your audience and treat them with respect. Without an audience, there is no magic.
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Who do you know that has expressed a desire to learn how to perform magic tricks themselves after they've seen a magician do what appears to represent "the impossible"?
When have you or anyone you know experienced feelings of wonder during and after a magic performance?
How strong is your curiosity or desire to learn how it works?
Are you inspired to want to learn more?
Please visit https//juliusmagic.webs.com to learn more about how JULIUS MAGIC can benefit you, your children,and your organization.
|Posted on May 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM|
Have you ever felt wonder during and after a magic performance?
Can you remember the first time you saw a magical illusion?
Do you remember believing that real magic was happening? Or were you skeptical?
You may have even dreamed about being able to do magic and having superpowers.
You may have developed a curiosity or desire to learn how it worked.
You probably felt inspired to want to learn more.
Did you have someone available who could teach you?
Did you read books that explained and taught magic?
Did you watch magic instructional videos?
Did you go to magic shops or these days, order magic online?
If you now want to learn how to perform more convincing magical illusions yourself! or perhaps coach someone in becoming a magician, stay tuned to this blog. You will be able to ask questions and make comments.
Ultimately, you can learn to do what appears to represent "the impossible"!
You will soon begin your magician's journey and learn how to perform "feats of visual and mental amusement."
As you become an amateur or hobby magician, you will learn techniques of deception, misdirection, and sleight of hand as well as how to use various gimmicks and secrets. However, you will never use your knowledge and skills to harm or cause a loss to anyone.
You will only use these methods for a good purpose. When watching a magic performance, everybody expects to feel wonder puzzled. They're left to find out the mystery on their own, the best way they can.
Of course, you will never reveal a magic secret method either intentionally or accidentally to a non-magician. To ensure this you practice and practice and practice! By the way, if you haven't learned the magician's oath yet, please see my blog titled "The Magician's Oath."
|Posted on April 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM|
When you start to learn magic and gegin to amaze and delight your friends and family, many of them will beg and plead for you to reveal the secret.
You will feel tempted to tell them how it's done. Of course, you will not share the secret with them.
That would take all the mystery, wonderment and magic out of your newly acquired skills.
You will have wasted all of your hard efforts in learning how to perform magic.
All the fun will "disappear." Magic is about amusing your audience and leaving them with a feeling of awe.
Therefore, before I start sharing specifics on how to perform specific illusions in future articles, I will start by asking my readers to review and let me know whether or not they agree to uphold the Magician's Oath:.
"As a magician I promise never to reveal the secret of any illusion to a non-magician, unless that one swears to uphold the Magician's Oath in turn. I promise never to perform any illusion for any non-magician without first practicing the effect until I can perform it well enough to maintain the illusion of magic."
If you are truly dedicated to learning and understanding magic, then by taking the Magician's Oath listed above, you establish yourself as a magician along with making the promise to yourself and other magicians that you will uphold your promise and not reveal secrets of the trade either purposely or due to your inexperience with performing a trick.
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