with Steve Dacri, star of the television show, "Magic Secrets
from Around the World".
What is magic?
The word "MAGIC" takes on many meanings, but our focus in this course
is to better acquaint you with "the art of entertaining by causing
an audience to temporarily accept that you can bend, or defy, the
laws of nature".
Will I have to buy special props to do these tricks?
No. Everything you need is included in the kit, except for a few
props you might have to make with things you can find around the
home or office. People always assume that in order to perform a
magic trick, you are required to have specially purchased props
or "gimmicks". While this is sometimes true, you are about to discover
that you do not have to buy anything in order to present many of
the tricks and routines in this kit. Most of them are brought about
using ordinary objects. That, my friends is REAL magic! Most of
the tricks can be performed with items that you will be able to
carry with you. I always make sure I have some of these items in
my pockets or briefcase so that I am always prepared to perform
some special feat of magic should the situation arise.
How did "Steve Dacri's Magic Secrets from Around the World" come
Over the years, I have talked with magicians throughout the world
about teaching magic to people who want to learn a few tricks, people
like you, who have no interest in becoming full-time magicians,
but who would just like to do something magical, entertaining, and
unexplainable from time to time. In 1985, I created the world's
first magic video called Magic Secrets, which taught
magic to the general public. It was a huge success, and thousands
of people have since written and thanked me for introducing them
to the world of magic. Now, for the first time, I have assembled
some of the best tricks from some of the most entertaining magicians
on this planet. The tricks all share one thing in common - all of
them appear to require tremendous skill and years of practice. Yet,
without exception, any one of these tricks in Volume 1 can be learned
in 10 minutes or less. Pretty cool, huh?
Who will do these tricks?
YOU WILL! This collection of tricks is suitable for all ages. I
have taught children to perform many of them, and I have taught
these and other routines to thousands of adults as well. As you
may have heard me say on the TV show which introduced you to this
kit, over the years, many people have often asked me to "teach them
just one trick". These people said they wanted to learn one trick
for various reasons; to show their friends, to warm someone up during
a sales call, to entertain guests at a party, to impress a date,
and on and on. These routines are suitable for all ages and skill
levels. Children will learn some of these tricks to show their friends
and family, and maybe, like my son, Jesse, some will demonstrate
one of these routines for "show and tell" or work magic into a oral
presentation at school. Businessmen will use these tricks to break
the ice at a meeting or an appointment. Doctors will do a trick
to put their patients at ease. That's the great thing about magic
- it can be done almost anywhere, by anyone.
How do other magicians feel about you giving away secrets?
Magicians are happy we are doing this. We are increasing the interest
in magic and teaching magic to people who show an interest in learning.
There is a big difference between exposure and teaching. Teaching
magic is a way of presenting material to people who are sincerely
interested in learning. This is the only way magic can grow and
continue to flourish.
Isn't it true that magicians spend years
perfecting their craft?
When you see me (or any magician) perform, you assume that these
tricks require GREAT SKILL and YEARS OF PRACTICE. In most cases
this is true. Some tricks actually do require years of practice.
It would be wrong for me to attempt to teach those tricks to you
now. If you become serious about developing your skill as a performing
magician, there are many videos, schools, clubs and organizations
for you to pursue your growing interest. (Log on to www.magicwebchannel.com
to find out all about them.) For this course, I have assembled a
number of great magic tricks that have two things in common: (1)
they are extremely easy to do, and (2) they appear to require great
skill or special powers to bring them about. You can master them
all even if you have never done a magic trick before.
Will I have to practice a lot?
Whenever I think back to my high school years (and before), I recall
the many times I was yelled at during a class or study hall when
I would drop a half dollar and noisily disrupt the class. I didn't
drop it on purpose, but I was constantly practicing the art of coin
palming at the time, and I would carry a coin concealed in each
hand in the Classic Palm position all day long. Occasionally one
would slip out and fall and roll to the front of the class. Remember,
everything presented on the video and in the accompanying book can
be performed with a relatively small amount of practice, provided
you take your time and follow these all-important steps which have
been laid out in detail for you. As a professional magician, I am
very much like a musician. A concert pianist practices for years.
That is his life, and therefore, it is understandable that he will
be practicing with incredible devotion. Professional magicians practice
their art in the same way. However, with the proper attitude, nearly
anyone who desires to play the piano as a hobby, for family or friends,
or in front of any group, can do so with a few months of practice
. . . and the proper attitude. In many ways, Magic is a lot easier
to master at the beginning level. With only a few minutes practice,
many miracles can be performed by people who have never had any