THE MAGIC MAN
Who are the Instructors? Are they safe? Our Magic Youth Instructors are hand-picked volunteers. They are dedicated to intelligently advancing the performance art of magic. Each of our mentors is either a working professional entertainer or serious magic enthusiast from the Triangle area.
Roger "Skip" Way, also known across the state as Happy Dan the Magic Man, founded this program in 2007 and has served as Program Director since. He is a 40-year veteran of magic and a retired law enforcement investigator. He takes the safety of each student very seriously. Nationally approved youth-adult interaction guidelines are in place and are strictly enforced.
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.
The Raleigh Magic Club provides accomplished adult mentors to guide each level of the program. Magic Youth Raleigh teaches leadership skills, self-confidence, public performance skills, theatrical techniques, and more.
Monthly lessons are generally drawn from the Tarbell Course in Magic. Lesson fees cover the cost of this book and all lesson materials.
Is this a Secret Society? Magic Youth Raleigh and the Raleigh Magic Club are not secret societies, however, we do guard the secrets of our craft. We believe that revealing a magic secret reduces a beautiful and hard-worked magic effect to a baseless puzzle with no real charm. The beauty of magic is found in her secrets.
In 2007, the Raleigh Chapter of The International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) formed Magic Youth Raleigh, a program dedicated to training and mentoring boys & girls with a serious interest in the theatrical arts of magic. The program is open to young magicians between the ages of 7 through 17 years.
The club (called a Link) generally meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 5:00 PM (Begiiners) and 6:00 PM (Intermediate).
While we work hard to maintain a steady class schedule, youth class schedules may sometimes change to accommodate the busy schedules of our instructors. Please check the club's Event Calendar to verify each club meeting.
Guests are welcome to "test drive" up to three (3) workshops at a charge of $10.00 per lesson before joining. After this, attendees are required to join the club. Lesson fees are $10.00 per lesson for members. Lesson fees include all lesson materials, books, instruction, and youth membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Youth members and their families are welcome to attend all adult Raleigh Magic Club lectures and special events at a specially discounted Youth Rate. Escorting parents that are not adult club members may attend free of charge. Nonmember guests and their families pay the full Guest rate.
Magic Youth Raleigh has five basic goals:
MAGIC YOUTH RALEIGH
What Is A Typical Youth Workshop Like? Beginner Youth members (less than one year magic experience) meet with adult mentors at 5:00 PM. Intermediate students (One year or more of magic experience) meet at 6:00 PM. Both classes cover magic history, magic ethics, magic and stagecraft, magic performance theory, and hands-on instruction of one or two effects based on the lesson's principle or theory.
At least one magic principle or presentation theory is discussed at each workshop followed by one or two practical examples. Students are provided with all materials, study notes and hands-on instruction on the mechanics of each effect. Instructors are always available by email through the month for questions and assistance.
Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to attend and participate. Students need someone with whom to practice and evaluate new skills. A knowledgeable and supportive parent really helps.