never expose your secrets for money
PenguinMagic exposes magic secrets for money...
Yes PenguinMagic does that, but lets ask why. They sell these tricks so that professional magicians can learn new material and perform it to enhance their repertoire. They sell it on from people who have developed the tricks themselves. The people who create the tricks say that other magicians can use it, but they don't want to let the general public know all the secrets. If they find out all the secrets it destroys the art.
Imagine the feelings that you get when you perform something. Imagine how it feels to trick someone. If we all revealed the secrets of the trade you would never get that because after a while people will just say "I know how that's done...""A guy showed me how to do that" Now where is the fun in that!
I'm performing on Halloween night. I've just moved house so this is a big thing for me. By doing this I could get into a lot of new areas and a real new window would open up for me. It would be terrible that if I perform some of my favourite tricks people would just not be interested and know how I did it. My career would be ruined.
If people are desperate to know there are some basics you can say. If they ask where you get it from, a good answer is name a magic store far away. I usually talk about Davenports in London (not mentioning names) as the odds of people trying to find it are minimal!
If people are genuinely interested in learning magic, a simple way to check is show them how to do a basic flourish. Tell them that if they can learn how to do that then you'll see. Most people won't bother - it's too much work they'll try for one night and give up, but for someone who is interested in it and really makes a go of learning it, maybe teach them something you've designed yourself
and point them in the right direction. Normally these people will take a couple of weeks and should just about get a grip on the flourish. If after a couple of weeks they cant do it then normally they haven't practised. In honesty you'll probably never find someone who will be that willing to learn. Never give out something you've paid for - otherwise its a waste of your money and lets down the whole magic society.