As someone reasonably new to magic, I want to know more. I've put down about 5 forums on the general discussion page all trying to answer the same question. How to be a magician. Alot of people say that reading books is the way to go, so I tried that but they all say the same thing and is all quite pointless. Being 12, not often I get to buy from the Penguin Magic site as the books are quite expensive for me. In the forums I have asked how to be a magician and a fare few have said that I should just go out there and do it. I don't really think that suits my age. I have learnt alot but most of that knowledge is tricks and bits of imformation that I can't quite understand. I keep thinking to myself that I want to be a early/young professional because I would like to do childrens shows, and when I get older start doing the more bigger stuff.
So as I was saying earlier, I can't really purchase books that easily but I do have the ability to teach myself. I think I need to hear how other people started and what I can do to teach myself.
I really need this help, so please give it to me.
Believe it or not, you know the answers - they're in your post. You don't become a magician overnight, you need to do three things. Study, Practice and Perform.
Study - The information you're looking for isn't gonna jump into your lap for free. Save up some money and buy Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic book. Its around 20 dollars but its HUGE. It's packed with all the stuff you need and it will keep you busy for a while. You can find it in some regular bookstores or its on here - http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=S3603
Its a great place to start. If you can't afford it, ask for it for you birthday, or do a paper round, whatever...unfortunately, magic isn't free; get used to it.
Practice - This is incredibly important. Gather up three or four of you absolute favorite tricks and practice. Practice, practice, practice. Come up with what you're going to say while you do the tricks and get them ready.
Perform - Show people. This is the best learning experience you can get. Start off by just showing your family and friends, then go from there. Sooner or later you'll have friends of friends asking you to show them something. Don't worry about going professional just yet, you've got a fair way to go. Just start small - Study, Practice and Perform.