Future of magic in nepal

What is future of magic here and why there are so few magicians in Nepal? I wanted to provide some commentary on this topic and also of the scene of woman magicians here too… often untouched topic! For this I contacted several prominent magicians male, female from all over Nepal. So Are there challenges that Nepali magicians encounter that their entertainment counterparts or not? If so, what are they?

Most magic shows are tasteless clownish acts here in nepal with a series of odd non-routined tricks shown at a speed of an express train, so they can boast of 50 items (as they call effects here) in 30 min, on their biz card!And strangely they get hired on this very basis…Who can show the most strange looking boxes and contraptions in so small time frame. So that clients ‘get back’ their investement and yes(!) the same magician gets hired for next time due to their SUPERB TIME MANAGENT with the most tricks in less time! So the problem with magic is a non exposure to world class magic scene here! Clients here don’t know the pleasure and a value of routined, scripted magic act… so I dont blame artists here… you get what u want to buy… simple! Garbage in garbage out!

Next I think in the entertainment community, the magician is not going to be taken more seriously in the beginning than the actors or comedians or singers here in Nepal.

Also It’s not uncommon for me to hear from a few female magicians here for themselves that they are pretty good, for a wasted talent. I usually advise them that taking into consideration whether the magician is male or female shouldn’t be an issue. We have to say ‘I am a magician’ first. The fact that I am a woman or a man is secondary. Most magic books are written for men. Not because the writers are trying to exclude women but because the writers are men and they are writing what they know. Tricks are designed using suit jackets and wallets and pant pockets. So if you’re a woman and want to do these tricks but don’t wear a suit or carry a wallet, you’ll have to figure out something else. Most patter is written for men. Again, not because the writers are trying to exclude women, they are just writing what they know. This shouldn’t matter in the long run because as an entertainer you should be able to make the trick your own, but in the beginning, it’s good to be able to work with patter that has been tested. And if it has a “male” feel to it, the women won’t be able to pull it off as well as their male counterparts.

But the scene here is still crazy for a female magician… The female magician almost needs to work from scratch when it comes to patter. I think female magicians are going to be hit on more than male magicians. They’ve had some inappropriate things said to them that if they were a man, wouldn’t have been said. I have seen a few ladies  had men try to pull  them down onto their lap and put their arms around their waist.  What can magic organizations do to be more welcoming to female magicians? That’s a hard one for me because I don’t belong to any magic organization because WE  DONT  HAVE  ANY  HERE!! I’ve been performing for so long now and the local magic community personally, they are very welcoming for ladies than men, positevly… so now I like to focus on the advantages rather than the disadvantages. I think woman magicians can actually have an easier time with the general public here in NEPAL because I think women are more disarming than men in general. Not intending to say anything bad about men, mind you. Just saying that society allows women to be less confrontational and if that’s what they want their style to be then I think women can pull it off better just because we are women. I think women can flirt in ways that don’t come off creepy but if a male was to act that way… well … it comes off sort of creepy. I can touch people physically in ways that would be, maybe, crossing some boundaries if I was a man. It’s easier for them to be “sweet”. Men socially don’t get to be sweet. They have to be tough or edgy or fake con men or something like that! Now i would like to focus on what magic really is like here in nepal.

Nepali Magicians here take an easy way out.magic here is not a respectable art form but just an easy way to get some bucks due to its curiousity value.people everywhere love to be amazed and surprised,Nepal is no different…we all love to shell out for a different type of fun,that magic gives!In Nepal u rarely will see a good card or coin or cigarette manipulations like cyril or a pleasant cane dance or ball magic..which require hours or years of practise! Most magicians u see today are a by product of an infamous exposure show by masked magician,which keep telecast repeatedly here.Any kid who watched the show is now a MAGICIAN!They are more inclined to use props based shows than using manipulative dexterity..by that I mean 9 out of 10 magic shows u chance to watch here will be using all sort of mini boxes and bags and all!u wont be able to watch a decent card or coins trick but more of change bags or silk blendos or likes!

Another problem here is lack of a proper magic culture.we dont have magic clubs or even a magic craft shop or a local organisation! Magicians here work under mutual fear of exposure..If i have a show and a fellow magican must have free passes ,tickets for them and familes or i risk half of my show exposed right out side of the hall or theatre..if I experimented with a novel secret,i got to share or again i risk mindless guesses cum bickering around the local meetings.If i grab a deal there must be 5 other magicians ready to work on half the price i get!

Its really a strange mindset among fellow magicians that needs to be straightend out by mutual consent here in Nepal.

Now about the other aspects of magic in Nepal.

Recently a Netherland magic Consultant an old friend of mine and Magic Designer Erik Vesser visited Nepal and we had really great talk on future of magicians in Nepal. He said that as magic world over is expanding its horizon, in Nepal too its high time Magic 2.0 needs to be introduced. If it has to survive here as a viable carrer option for today’s generation and for future!it has to be incorporated in main stream biz and culture!so what is magic 2.0?? You can read that in the next text. We have to grow beyond the usual set of magic and start an era of grand illusions here.

We can’t survive anymore by pulling out rabbits out of bags..

We can’t survive anymore by changing a color of hanky by putting in a change bag…

We cant survive anymore by swallowing paper and bringing out blades..  we keep doing these over worn effects again and again and think people here are stupid enough to enjoy them!we have to evolve as has magic!we have to compete in world class talents that people can watch on youtube at home…facebook throws tons of links of super magicians..world has changed,magic has changed world over..nepali magic has got to change!

So here is how I think we can do that change.

First of all we should stop worrying about exposure, which stops us taking magic as carrier in Nepal.  Here’s why?

There’s lots of talk that many of magic’s secrets are but a mouse click away. And in our technological age, these secrets aren’t just written explanations, they’re presented in full-motion video. This initially sounds awful and I understand why many magicians are riled about the public posting of secrets. To see what’s out there, I recently evaluated exposure videos on YouTube and concluded that there’s little to worry about. The majority of the exposure videos fell far short of being dangerous for a number of reasons that I’ll explain. For this exercise, I looked-up tricks that are well known to the lay public. I’m not going to name the tricks here because I don’t want to promote the videos. Also, note that in this story, I’m focusing on YouTube videos and not the topic of illegal copying and downloading of video, an entire different issue. Incompetence First off, to expose a magic trick, you have to be able to do it well to show what it looks like. Most of the exposure videos feature individuals who show little to no technical competence or experience with the tricks. As all magicians know, there’s a huge difference between understanding a magic secret and being able to convincingly perform the related trick. The technique is so poor in many of the exposure videos, I think that someone searching for a secret, in many cases, will think that the secret is for a simpler or different trick. Boring… In online exposure videos, there’s little or no attempt to make the effect entertaining. This is no surprise as the person exposing the trick has no investment in the technique, method or prop. As a result, watch most videos that promise to expose the secret of some magic classic, and you’ll find videos that are pure tedium to sit through and have no entertainment value. Perhaps even worse than exposing a trick’s secret is to make the trick boring. And who cares about the secret to a boring trick? I deplore the old and incorrect adage, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach,” when applied to the teaching profession. However, this adage is undeniably correct when applied to those who attempt to expose magic tricks. Clear and Present Danger? I’m not saying that online exposure videos are no danger to magic. There are a few videos that I came across that are rather devastating, but most of these were from television shows (probably copyright infringements), not from the masses of amateur videos. As we’ve learned from previous magic exposure, the revealing of secrets is far more devastating when it comes from within our own ranks. Our art of magic will always deal with exposure. For now, I’m convinced that online exposure is no more of a threat than anything in the past.

So now to to start, we can watch other magicians do their stuff. Masters of the art know what an audience wants to see, so we can pay attention to what types of tricks and what styles modern magicians use.we can use youtube and other resources and learn some magic. But we Do not, however, need to buy a beginner’s magic set (unless you’re a kid). Apply the stuff you learned from modern magicians and decide what type of act you want to do.

Get to know that there are 7 kinds: street, close up, parlor, stage, escape, mentalism, and grand illusions.

If you have the opportunity, try to get a magician to guide you. He might not reveal you any tricks, but he could give you tips on how to perform your first tricks like a pro. If you don’t have this advantage, try to learn from your mistakes as much as possible.

Over time, you will know what your audience wants most.

Have some tricks of your own. No one wants to see an unoriginal magic act being performed over and over. Of course, you should have some (or many) old and famous magic tricks in your act (such as the cups and balls). The public may enjoy some old classics (like the Miser’s Dream), but you should avoid certain old classics, like pulling a rabbit out of a hat (instead make it appear in a box).

Here’s how to think of your own original tricks (only do this if you understand the process and working of magic): Think of an idea that has never been done before. For example, make strings disappear from a guitar. Then, decide how you will accomplish the effect. Now, think of a way to make the trick convincing. Make some equipment, if necessary. You might even need duplicate object with which you’re working on. Once you’ve got all the parts planned out, start practicing the trick.

Develop a unique style of performing. Don’t steal others’ styles. You may take an old (dead) magician’s style and put a unique twist on it, but never take a modern magician’s style. It’s better to have unique style and perform previously performed tricks, rather than take someone else’s style and perform your own tricks.

Get organized. Before performing a show, be sure to rehearse it many times. You also might need to know how the room you perform in is designed. If you’re performing at a party at your friend’s house, that’s not really necessary. Just make sure there’s no one behind you. Your equipment should be made properly. Be sure to check, if everything works. Also, try to merge several tricks together to create a new effect. For example, after you turn a ball into a tissue, make a coin appear out of the tissue; then, make the coin go through your hand…

Make your own equipment. If you can’t produce your own equipment, ask some of your friends to do it for you, or go to a magic store or website and buy the equipment. Also, you might consider making people to help you as your assistants during your tricks (You already gave away the secret of many tricks to them, so why not make them part of the show?).

Get a good costume. A traditional costume for magician is a black jacket, a red formal vest that goes under it, and a pair of black pants that go with the jacket. The jacket should have many little pockets on its inside for storage of secret coins, cards, balls, etc. The vest should have big pockets on the inside so you can make big objects, such as plates, disappear/ appear. And pants should have two pockets, one on each side. The pocket should be long and made under the folded part of the pants. Also consider using the same basic outline of the costume to create a more modern one. One thing is certain you should dress a little nicer than the people you will be performing for.

Improve the flexibility of your arms, fingers and hands. Start with coin manipulation. It’s easiest to master, but is still hard. Anyway, back to coin manipulation. Learn how to palm the coin on your hand. Find a spot in your palm where the coin will stick the most even if you open/close your hand, or turn it upside down.
Then, learn creating illusions (like pretending to put an object in your other hand when really its still located in the first hand). After mastering coin manipulation, you can move on to ball manipulation and, finally, card manipulation.

Make it fun! Develop some artistic talent and sense of humor. Try to narrate or tell a story with your tricks. Be very humorous and funny (unless your style is to be mysterious or serious). If your magic act is boring, no one would want to watch it. Remember to tell some jokes every once in a while that relate to the trick. You might also want music playing during your act, just to make it more exciting. Sound effects would be cool too. But do not make an act with only music and no talking..

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Magic Lessons:Be a Magician!!

Learn magic!

Do u wish to be a magical entertainer? A magician who is loved and is famous! An icon at any party or function or popular  in a group of people or in your school or college? Are you a CEO who wants to be a magical mangement expert in HRD? If u would be interested in learning a bit of magic then my purpose of the Magic Workshop is to teach new skills and give u opportunity to perform for your guests and entertain in front of a crowd. The benefits of this in the business world is obvious: Confidence Building, Inter- Personal Skills, Communication as well as a huge Morale Boost.

What will you learn at the workshop?

You will learn 20 magic tricks!

What we do

We teach over 20 really cool magic effects. For example: A glass of soda that levitates right in front of everyone’s eyes. An ordinary newspaper that is slowly torn up into many pieces just inches from the audience. They can see and touch the pieces. Then, in a flash, the entire newspaper is totally restored. There is an amusing rope routine, a trick pencil, multiplying balls, an Nepali flag, liquids turning into solids, swords, fire  effects and then of course the one thing that will definitely get everyone’s attention; our live rabbit productions. Lots of bunnies that can be pet and held! We hold nothing back, depending on the ages of the audience members, in performing some of the best magic most people have ever seen!We include some puzzles that you can do while building your presentation skills and self- esteem. .  The Magic workshop will give you an opportunity to learn Sleight of Hand Skills, Stage Performance, Misdirection and Comedy Patter. Best of all you will learn all you need to know to put on a fantastic mini-magic show for your family and friends! Our magic workshops are built around the premise that learning is fun and, with a little practice, anyone can learn to be an Amazing Magician!

Where is the workshop conducted?

Our workshops are conducted at our Magic shop/studio at  janakpur office. We also conduct private workshops at residential places , provided we get minimum 10 students . Each workshop runs one hour in length and is taught by one of our outstanding instructors/ magicians.

Who can attend the workshop?

Workshops are appropriate for children as well as adults, ages 5-70 years old. Adults also can enroll for the workshop. Each workshop can acommodate a maximum of 10 students , this is due to the personalized instructions. The class begins with the magician showing the class a magic trick and giving the students a chance to guess how it was done. (They love that part!) Once the secret is revealed, the magician will go over the mechanics of the tricks with the students , emphasizing magic words to use, gestures and stage presence. The class is very interactive and hands-on, and the students are encouraged to explore their innate creativity.

What is the fee & duration of the workshop?

The fees are Rs10000/- (Rs.Ten Thousand Only) . This includes all material and apparatus required to teach 15 tricks and Puzzles, also lecture notes are included .Each workshop is conducted for one hour daily for 3 days . Timings can be fixed between 11am to 6pm . Saturdays we are closed.

After the workshop what next?

After one completes the basic workshop described above ,and is interested in developing this art further, then one can attend our INTER MEDIATE AND ADANCE WORKSHOPS. Each workshop runs one hour in length and is taught by one of our outstanding instructors. If one takes it seriously, one can make a good career out of this art of magic . We also merchandise professional magic equipments.

Birthday Magic

my birthday party show is specifically designed for children to laugh, clap, and have a great time!!! Watch in amazement as your guests and children cheer the volunteer on stage. Laugh out loud as the birthday child and a friend get “turned” into magicians. Watch their faces as the children “OOOHH and AAAHH” out loud to visual magic with fun and colorful magical props. Though designed for kids, the adults present are sure to be amazed and have a great time! my show is clean, fun, quality family entertainment.My magic show is a great option for those who are bored with usual birthday parties and want to try something new!!! Birthdays are the most exciting the day of the year for your child. Below you will find the answers to frequently asked questions, as well as valuable tips that will help guarantee that your child’s birthday is everything  e/she     d for!  How Much Will This Cost Me?per show Nrs 5000 per hour! What Ages Do You Perform For? I offer two separate magic shows – one designed for ages 6-10, and a second for ages 10-19. How Long Is The Show? The show runs approximately 30 to 60 minutes long, depending on the ages of the audience.Is This Just Another Cheesy Magic Show? Absolutely not! I perform for children much like the way I perform for adults, offering an incredible magical experience that is engaging, interactive, and fun. You can guarantee that I design my birthday magic to fool and entertain everyone in the room!  For information on adult shows, please visit www.aarteeillusionsystems.com! Is There Audience Participation? Three-fourths of the effects I perform involve helpers from the audience. You can be sure that if your child is the birthday boy/girl, he or she will be the star! Do You Require a Deposit? Yes, a small non-refundable deposit of Nrs 500 is required to book the date. We accept check. The balance is due the day of the performance. How Far Will i Travel? I have traveled all over Nepal for performances. However, the Nrs 10000 price tag is for local area birthdays only. Further travel is subject to a price change. When Should We Start The Show? I recommend starting the show 30 minutes after the party begins. This will give the late comers time to arrive. How Can We Have The Best Show Possible? I recommend having one adult for every three kids in attendance – so invite the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a few of the other parents to stick around as party assistants. This will give you more time to enjoy yourself, and keep everything running smoothly. For the best show possible, I invite the adults to sit down amongst the kids. Not only do the kids really enjoy this, but it also creates more of a show environment (kids know when to laugh, but it is the adults that start the applause). Also, please save all goodie bags, food, and drinks for after the show. The show features a lot of audience participation, and these will only serve as distractions (and possible messes)!

Important Birthday Party No No’s: Live show etiquette is appreciated! If some of the adults choose to talk instead of watch the show, be sure they take it to another room where the audience cannot hear! With this in mind, there must be at least one adult in the room (preferably four or more) at all times. Also, the magician is not a disciplinarian. I will be trying to put on the best show possible, and misbehavior (kids wrestling/messing with props, toddlers running around, etc.) creates distractions and breaks in the show. Misbehavior, though rare, is unacceptable, and it is the host’s duty to manage this before, during, and after the show. How Much Room Do You Need? This show is designed for the average living room, and can be adjusted for most any situation. Can We Have The Show Outdoors? Yes, however I must change the show to suit this environment. Otherwise, some of the props, etc. will blow away in even light winds. I charge a 500 fee for this adjustment. Having the party inside is always the best option. What Do You Wear When You Are Performing? Please do not expect a clown. I dress classy and cool. Is There A Guarantee? Absolutely. If you do not feel that I am an incredible magician, then I will not charge you for my performance. My goal is to exceed your expectations. What If I Need A Last Minute Entertainer? I invite last-minute calls, even on the day of performance (sometimes other entertainers get sick, etc.) If I am available, I can help! Do You Work With Live Animals? A life on the road with a magician is hard for an animal. Sometimes I have two to three shows a day, and I choose not to put a pet through that. On some occasions, I do produce live goldfish. Is There A Limit To The Number Of Children? The price given is for less than 50 children. I can perform for any number, but price is subject to change for larger parties. Do I Need To Provide You With Anything The Day Of The Show? The show is completely self-contained. If I ask for anything, it will be for either a chair or a small table (T.V. tray) for certain routines. Of course, this would be discussed before arrival! Any Other Tips? Most birthday parties are held in between 1:00 and 4:30 on the weekends. The bonus of using this timeframe is you will not have to serve everyone lunch or dinner.So mail or call me whenever u need me!

I invite last- minute calls, even on the day of performance (sometimes other entertainers get sick, etc.) If I am available, I can help! Do
You Work With Live Animals? A life on the road with a magician is hard for an animal. Sometimes I have two to three shows a day, and I choose not to put a pet through that. On some occasions, I do produce live goldfish. Is There A Limit To The Number Of Children? The price given is for less than 50 children. I can perform for any number, but price is subject to change for larger parties. Do I Need To Provide You With Anything The Day Of The Show? The show is completely self-contained. If I ask for anything, it will be for either a chair or a small table (T.V. tray) for certain routines. Of course, this would be discussed before arrival! Any Other Tips? Most birthday parties are held in between 1:00 and 4:30 on the weekends. The bonus of using this timeframe is you will not have to serve everyone lunch or dinner. So mail or call me whenever u need me!

School Magic

My visit to your school or college can be such a wonderful opportunity for your students to witness magic and ask, “Now how in the world did he do that?” By getting kids to ask questions and wonder about something is the first step in getting them to want to learn more. Several books about magic flew off the library shelves and the talk around school was pretty much centered on how much everyone enjoyed my show after my visits. Of course, everyone was wondering how I magically fixed my scarf after I cut it!! This is the very reason we want to bring enrichment to your schools. It launches interest and excitement and broadens the horizons of your students. Isn’t it true? Have you seen the magic yet?

Perhaps you may be familiar with my shows? Perhaps you are not. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rupesh Thakur and I am a full-time Nepal based Magical Entertainer. Over the past fourteen years, my magic and Illusion show has been featured entertainment for many schools. I have also presented many workshops and as well as themed my magic around requested ideas and events. (I.e.“Harry Potter Day”, “Reading is Magic”, “Self-Esteem” programs etc.). My magic assembly presentations are baffling, mystifying and most of all FUN! (They are even educational!) I have been studying the magical arts since the age of eight. I was performing for schools while I was still in school myself! Although I offer themed shows, such as motivational and anti- drug/chemical shows, I feel children (and teachers too) sometimes need a refreshing break. While many entertainers “specialize” in themed programs, I educate and touch on many important topics subliminally. The children are inspired; forced to question reality and learn things are not always what they seem. They are having fun and learning in an unconventional way. My Illusion show has been a huge success for numerous schools’ assemblies, orientation, graduation, and has been successful in fund-raising events. Some schools have hired my services as many as seven times!

Perhaps your looking into fundraiser ideas? Wouldn’t you agree that it would be nice not to have to look too far? I have been producing intelligent, classy, wholesome family entertainment since 2004. Mostly, everyone enjoys a mystery. There are few forms of entertainment that are as intriguing and fascinating as that of a magician’s performance. Young and old alike never cease to wonder at the work of a dexterous magician. The great flexibility of my magic permits arranging entertainment’s of any length, from an act of ten minutes, to over an houror tailored to a class/assembly period. For those extra special events, we can work together with you, incorporating your event theme into the presentation. Making it possible to design a program to meet your“specific needs” . I have an excellent reputation for quality, dependability, reliability, and service. Above all else, I guarantee to be a highlight of your event. Whether working with a small group or the entire school my shows are energetic and my presentations are a sure crowd pleaser. ·Self-contained show! ·Flexible ·  Appropriate for all ages · Audience participation · Guaranteed to make your event memorable and fun.

Party Magic

Besides designing for and consulting magicians and businesses, i can also work as a party-, birthday, or wedding entertainer! Here is how u can use my help as a Wedding magician !my guide lines will help you to decide how you can best use me to break the ice and make your wedding day different and special.

Having a magician at your wedding is a great way of making your big day uniquely enjoyable, but before you hire me for your wedding there are a few things you should know. Take a look at how to hire a magician for general guidelines on how to choose a good quality professional magician for your wedding. The following will help you decide what you need before you start contacting me or any wedding magicians for quotes.

When to use a Wedding Magician? There are two blocks of time when wedding magicians are best used. The first is after the ceremony when the wedding magician performs mingling magic for guests while photographs are being taken. This can then continue with the magician performing at tables over the course of the wedding breakfast up until the start of the speeches.

The other popular time slot to have a magician perform is during the evening function, in an area separate to where the music and dancing are happening. This means that guests who are not interested in dancing are entertained, along with those who are just taking a break from the dance floor. Providing entertainment during the evening function can also act as a good ice-breaker for any evening guests who have just arrived.

Of course there is a lot of flexibility here and a magician experienced inwedding entertainment will be able to work in with your plans for the day. Things to Consider when using Wedding Magicians:

Speeches and music are two key traditional aspects of a wedding which should be considered when using wedding magicians.

Speeches: No matter how carefully you brief the best man and the father of the bride to keep it short, often as not speeches will overrun! Many people find it best to make the speeches a natural start or end point for the magic to avoid paying for the magician’s waiting time.

Music: You will need to consider how your wedding magician will fit in with any music you have planned, as magicians rely on wedding guests being able to follow what is being said. Three things can help: having the music at a lower level, having a separate “quiet zone” for the magician to work in, or a large room where one end will be quieter. If the DJ or band is expected to be at a volume where conversational speech cannot be easily heard, then you will get better value for money by changing the timing to avoid a clash.

So drop me a mail, if u need me!