What is a mentor and why are they important? In a world where children and adults are YouTube instructions, it’s a great starting point. However, it’s just that a starting point. When trying to learn magic tricks… you can watch and emulate another YouTube magician/trick, but you may be learning bad habits that are tough to shake off.
A mentor/expert (think of Professor Albus Dumbledore for Harry Potter) teaches the student timing, pacing, angles, and a multitude of other super important elements to make a magic trick work correctly when performing for an audience.
Someone to point out that the affect will be stronger if they slow down the pacing of an illusion can really add to the impact of the magic results! Magic is a performing art, so having a keen eye watching and suggesting what you are doing right and encourages those strengths and then pointing out areas that need more of their time and attention is super valuable.
I teach a magic camp in Portland, Maine, but have students from all over come to join in the fun, from beginners of all ages (6-16) to those who have experience and skill but learn valuable lessons that you can’t find in a YouTube video:) Personal instruction is still the best way to learn a skill, art, or hobby.
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