The Art of StagecraftAlexander Marsh teaches everything you need to know to excel on stage!
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1. Self Working
Self working magic tricks are tricks that just work! They require no sleight of hand whatsoever. They are absolutely perfect for beginners. Desipite being super easy, we still recommend practising them in private first to perfect your patter and presentation.
2. Easy to Learn
These tricks are also beginner friendly, but there will most likely be a few sneaky (but fairly easy) moves to rehearse and remember before the trick is ready to be performed. Unlike self working tricks, these will require a little more confidence, but we believe in you!
3. Some Experience Necessary
Products in this category aren't difficult to do, but they will require some basic knowledge of the craft. If you know what a false cut is and can do a double lift, you've probably got what it takes to get value from these tricks. If you have no idea what any of that just meant, don't worry, you will after watching our beginners masterclass (coming soon).
4. Dedication Required
We always recommend practising your magic, even for self working tricks. But these tricks will require more than the average. Products that require some more advanced coin or card manipulations will probably fall into this category. Or tricks that need you to memorise a lot of information.
5. Serious Dedication Required
You're a serious magician if you're venturing into these realms. But it's true what they say; dicipline is rarely enjoyable but it is ALWAYS profitable. And boy, will you will reap the rewards. We salute you!
The Art of Stagecraft presents a detailed series of lessons that unlocks the secrets to becoming one of the world's most exciting professions; the stage mentalist.
This is not a course that focusses tricks; this is an entire masterclass in building a stage act, performing it and getting it seen by thousands of people.
Taught by the headline act for one of the world's most successful magic tours, this course contains immense value for magicians and mentalists of all skill levels. For beginners, this is your blueprint for becoming the stage performer you've always aspired to be and for seasoned professionals, this course will give you a new lens to examine, refine and improve your existing stage acts.
Your Internal Process
The importance of solidifying your "process"; How the way you want your audiences to perceive you will ultimately shape every artistic decision you make.
Alex explores different personas and offers insightful advice on how to discover and settle on a persona that's right for you.
Alex proves you don't need to be a good writer to come up with great scripts for your acts.
Structuring Effects, Routines and Shows
Alex likens the structure of a good trick to the structure of a good joke; they share some fascinating similarities that will help you better construct not only your individual tricks but larger routines and even entire stage shows!
Blocking and Rehearsing
At the risk of looking insane to any onlookers, Alex offers practical advice on rehearsing material in your kitchen or living room. Follow Alex as he rehearses a routine that remains a staple of his paid performances to this day.
Traditionally learnt exclusively through (bad) experiences, Alex teaches a very important yet overlooked skill that is rarely spoken about by magicians - how to properly use a microphone!
Alex discusses the age-old dilemma of what to open your act with.
Getting the Gig
Whether you're a beginner with no stage experience or performer with many shows under your belt, Alex imparts excellent wisdom to help you secure more shows
How to promote your gigs when you get them. In arguably the most information-packed section of the course, Alex will guide you through interacting with journalists for newspapers, show you how to navigate the modern obstacles of performing on the radio and demonstrate how to blow people away on live television.
And so much more!
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Our goal with the new TAO series is not to teach you effects or routines, it's to teach you how to be a better magician.
Over the course of filming, we learnt so much from listening to Alex talk and we're extremely confident you will too! Whether you've never stepped out on a stage before, or you're on stage every week, you'll find immense value in The Art of Stagecraft.