Although I am not new to magic, I felt this was the best place to post this as I am still a beginner. I have been "in" to magic seriously for 2 years. I perform mostly for family and friends in informal situations but have been called upon several times to entertain the occasional family dinner party or the crowd at where a friend tends bar.
I am from California but am returning to Philadelphia for my third year in undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. I am seeking someone more experienced than me with professional performing experience to help guide me in my magical development.
I have previously played piano for 10 years under the tutelage of a fabulous teacher so, to an extent, I have attempted to apply the principles of training that I learned in that pursuit to that of my magical interest. However piano and magic are, obviously, very different things.
I wish to regularly meet with someone to discuss the art of magic , the performance of magic (misdirection, character, presentation, etc.), selection of effects, perfecting techniques, etc. I am not looking for lessons, per se (at least I don't think so... But I have never had a magic lesson so you never know...). I am looking more to formally and regularly meet with a magician more skilled than me to broaden my knowledge and receive constructive criticism and suggestions from this magician.
I would gladly agree to some sort of compensation structure for this. As I do not have a car, this magician would have to be in Philadelphia.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone wishes to privately contact me. Everyone, feel free to chime in on what you think about my desire for a mentor.
Have a great day,
PS - My goal is to develop a working knowledge of all fields of magic with a concentration and focus on general close-up magic (coins, cards, rope, IT, TT). To give an idea of my current abilities, I have listed, off the top of my head, the effects I can do well. Obviously, as you can see,I started out doing cards exclusively and only very recently have I expanded into other close-up effects. I am JUST starting coins and IT work now. "Well" means the techniques have been practiced, thought about and put to the test in a performance situation. "Well" however doesn't mean that the presentations have been fully fleshed out and perfected. Creating effective and entertaining presentations is something I need help in. The technique has never really been a problem as long as I put practice into it.
Whack Your Pack (harris)
Twisting the Aces (Vernon)
Henry Christ's Fabulous Four Ace Routine
Triumph (Hooser stand-up version)
Chameleon Sandwich (Conn)
Final Verdict (Bannon)
Shuffling Lesson (Long)
Mcdonald's Aces (Vernon? It's in his book but I forget if it's his or not)
Super Swindle (Harris)
Immaculate Connection (Harris)
Voodoo Card (Hollingworth/Steranko)
Be Honest, What Is IT? (Fechter)
Tattoo You (Bannon)
Deep Astonishment (Harris)
Anything Deck (Harris)
Mind Power Deck (Kennedy)
Invisible Deck (Hull?)
Spare Change (Acer)
Reality Twister (Harris)