Casting the Spell: Magic as a Natural Phenomenon
Part survey, part technical instruction, this course explores the role of the magician in culture and folklore, from the ancient shaman to the modern entertainer. Each of the five lessons will feature a strong, practical effect of classical magic, mentalism, sleight-of-hand card magic, or even so-called fortune telling. The course will also touch on several theatrical concerns, such as scaling effects, presentation, and audience management.
To illustrate these topics and principles, the class will examine the Cups & Balls, the Linking Rings, Hofzinser's Everywhere & Nowhere, The Tarot is Typically Tommyrot Two, Pseudo-psychometry, the Egg Bag, and any others that come to mind.
Students will receive reading material and exercises weekly.
While the course will cover some advanced material, the class is appropriate for students of most skill levels.
Jared Kopf performs magic and interprets symbols all over the world. Sometimes, he and a company of wizards create practical effects for live events, films, and TV shows such as The Eye Ball, Red Thread, A Ghost Story, Light from Light, and National Geographic's Breakthrough. Other times, he pretends to be someone else on a stage or in a movie. Once, in Changchun, he found the Philosopher's Stone and turned lead into gold. Occasionally, he reads the tarot for free outside a cafe on Greenville Avenue, just down the street from his home in Dallas, Texas where he lives with the sorceress Elayna Mitchell and their son Martin, who draws people's dreams in a notebook.
It is mandatory that all students have a working video camera and leave it on for the duration of each class.
These sessions are not to be recorded. Please do not use Zoom’s recording feature, or third-party recording software to store these classes for later viewing.
Registration can be cancelled or changed until 5 days prior to the class start date. If you are purchasing classes as a gift, it is your responsibility to inform us of the recipient’s name during checkout or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Late cancellations, transfers, name changes cannot be accommodated after the cancellation/change cutoff date.
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