Well with restrictions easing it’s time is time to have and go to parties again and magic shows are happening again at events of all kinds. It’s great that the phone is ringing again and also small parties in back gardens are a pretty perfect arena for a magic show. It’s been a long time away but it’s great to be back 🙂
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Learn professional card magic on zoom with a Magician.
Professional Magician Simon Palmer (aka Professor Palmermoff )is now teaching his incredible skills with zoom card magic lessons to children and adults aged 9 upwards.
A complete beginner can learn how to do professional standard card magic in a few months, its a fantastic skill to learn and with a few regular lessons progress is rapid
In times of lockdown us Magicians have very few shows to do so passing on our skills to the next generation is a great thing to do.
Within a few lessons pupils will have some fairly stunning card tricks in their repertoire but will also learn the basic card sleights (or moves) that are the building blocks of card magic as well as the art of mis-direction and sleight of hand more generally.
The benefits of learning card magic are not just in having a few great tricks at your disposal with which you can entertain family and friends with a quality party piece.
Performing these tricks involve performing and public speaking, they involve audience control and controlling a table or a room of people. It involves psychology, mathematics, dexterity, showmanship, a whole range of skills that have benefits way beyond just doing a few card tricks.
The props required are just a pack of cards.
Something cheap, versatile, found in every home, portable, replaceable and never in the world of entertaining has a prop so small played so big and in such a wide variety of situations. Its no coincidence it is the most used prop in Magic.
I currently have 8 pupils, while shows are impossible with the current restrictions i have room for a few more. Ring Simon (Professor Palmermoff) on 07939047780 or visit www.palmermoff.com for details about me and my show.
I have been performing my magic show for 25 years and have performed 1000’s of shows, its now time to share these skills with the next generation so give me a call.
Well a big thanks to the Canterbury Festival for actually happening and to all those who attended all masked up. I just pretended i was in Venice and it was great to be back on an actual stage again. For those determined to still put on shows here and there, a big thanks from all the artists and a massive thanks to Canterbury and all involved for making the Festival still happen in these trying times.
I am taking on zoom pupils for one to one card magic lessons and i have to say the pupils I’ve had have been brilliant and have made startling progress.
If any children have an interest in magic then card magic is the way to go. A prop found in every home, easily carried and so versatile its become the most used prop in magic by a mile.
Cards are good for simple tricks but also for some of the most skilled tricks and illusions in magic.
They can be used to entertain just with beautiful, fan’s, flourishes and shuffles, you can learn the building blocks of magic and illusion with sleight of hand, misdirection and a plethora of devious moves.
I’ve enjoyed teaching over zoom and i find without the hassle of travel to and from lessons, pupils can slot it into their schedules a lot easier, they don’t need to burden their parents for help getting too and fro and they can enjoy learning from home. it is a seriously fun thing to learn and i try to make it as entertaining as possible. Ring me on 07939047780 for more details 🙂
Professor Palmermoff started teaching card magic with a 10 week Monday night course for 10 beginners in January 2019 which was a great success. Since then he has taught three beginner card courses and an intermediate 10 week course and a new generation of card magicians has been born.
The widespread use of zoom has also made teaching one on one now much easier, less time consuming without travel involved and has meant The Professor can share his skills far and wide.
With the new Covid restrictions the Professor is now doing all his teaching with one to one Lesson’s on Zoom. These can be done at a time of your choosing, they are one hour Long and cost £30 per session. Its great to have one on one tuition though it can also be done to parents and children together. An array of stunning tricks will be learnt in no time at all and the most crucial moves required to do the very best Card tricks ever invented.
Why learn Card Magic?
Never in the field of entertainment has a prop packed so small and played so large as a pack of cards. They are found everywhere and can entertain virtually anyone.
The array of tricks is immense from very simple self working tricks do those that involve incredible levels of skill. To be able to perform with cards involves an incredible array of techniques from audience control, psychology, misdirection, comedy patter, showmanship and can help grow confidence and give you skills that can apply to all walks of life.
The tricks learnt can entertain in an incredible array of situations, can be taught to others such as your own children and really used to provide stunning entertainment until you’re old and grey.
For more information or to arrange a lesson call the Professor on 07939047780.
There are so many things children can learn from seeing a magic show apart from just enjoying all the tricks and illusions.
– The art of showmanship and putting a show together just by yourself and a few props.
– How a few skills can entertain in a powerful way.
– How often simple props can pack small and play large, there is no finer example of this than a pack of cards.
– How to use audience participation in a show to powerful effect.
– How to interact with volunteers and use them for comic affect.
– How do decorate a show with patter and comedy.
– How to deal with heckling and using it for comic effect in your show
Of course you can often say this about any show but unlike going to a theatre or any big stage these shows can be performed in small spaces, in homes and living rooms and yet still be dazzling entertainment.
I like to think watching a show like mine can inspire as well as entertain and show children how powerful a few skills, props and a bit of showmanship can be.
Well i have been performing my magic show at children parties in London for over 20 years now and have performed at well over a 1000 children’s parties so have seen venues of all types, shapes and sizes so i like to consider myself quite well equipped to answer that question.
Now i do understand there are many considerations in finding the right place for a party and the numbers particularly is going to be a big factor. If you want to invite the whole class to the party then perhaps the lounge is not the best place for it but if you going to hire a venue then its probably best you really do give what that venue is some serious thought.
I have to say the nicest parties in my opinion are held at home. I know this often limits numbers but a party is a lot more personal at home, lounges make great little theatre’s, the kids are often a lot more comfortable on a carpet or cushion, chair or sofa than on the floor of a hall. There’s other rooms for smaller siblings or chattering adults to go (if for some crazy reason they don’t want to see the show) and obviously the catering, tea and coffee’s are so much easier.
Its also the cheapest place, you have your own music system, the parking is often easier and the set up and clear up is always easier in your own home. Overall the ambience is much nicer, its a lot more personal and the child really gets the feeling that their friends are coming to their home for their party.
I know not everyone has the facilities to have a children’s party at home but if you do my recommendation is that you do.
Often the younger kids (5-6 years olds) want to invite the whole class to their party and this often means a house party is really out of the question. Where this is the case really would examine the options thoroughly because different venues vary massively in suitability.
Church halls or village halls are often very good, reasonably priced, have all the kitchen equipment you need and have the loads of seating and tables. I do suggest you bring a nice sound system if you are going to play music and the type of music you play does affect the atmosphere greatly. Your standard children’s singalong party CD is probably not what any of them really wants to hear and if it was me i would compile a playlist of really nice music that i, the children and the adults would like to listen to on a computer or any other device and play it through the best sound system i could muster. Often its a good idea to ask the entertainer booked or any musician friends to help in this dept as hearing good quality music makes all the difference. This is something i can definitely help with.
The one thing you get with halls is space and its good to give the kids room to run around in. Having space often makes playing games easier and gives you a lot more options as to the games you do play. With halls you don’t have to worry about your ornaments nor mess and spillages and if you are organising a party with a lot of children its easy to see why parents want to do it. Function rooms in pubs and clubs can be good too. They are very similar to church halls but with a bar for the adults and beer all over the carpets! They possibly have music systems already and some have other facilities too such as stages and lights.
One issue with parties in one room is there is nowhere else for anyone to go. Often this is fine but if there are lots of people there not interested in a show such as a magic show because they are too young such as babies or younger siblings or because the adults just want to have a chat then they can make a noise and be very distracting.
In my case i really do try to get everyone there watching and getting engaged in the show and when they do it really is better for everyone.
One advantage in a house is that those not interested just go somewhere else, this is not the case in a hall.
Some people have parties in Restaurants, i’m not sure i’d recommend this really though i have performed at some good ones.Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes and serve cuisine of every style imaginable so theres no rule of thumb. In restaurants generally i prefer to perform close up magic circulating from table to table with my close up magic tricks but the show can also work well at parties if there is a room just for the party.
Having a party in a restaurant does often mean you have to pay top prices for every drink and bit of food, i’m not sure its very cost effective but i know many people have contacts with various restaurants so like to have their parties there and get very good deals when they do so.
There are actually many other places to have children’s parties, just looking at where i’ve been in the last few months, i’ve performed shows in sports clubs, leisure centres, horse riding centres, schools, offices, One o’clock clubs,, warehouses, parks, community gardens, scout huts, churches and synagogues. A reservoir, community centre’s, a football stadium boardroom, hotels and country houses. I do however go back to the beginning and say the place i would recommend above all others to have a children’s party is at home and that i certainly where i chose to have my own children’s birthday parties.
December is normally the busiest time of year and this December didn’t disappoint.
Amongst the usually array of party’s for young and old there was a week of visits to the city for the bring the kids to the office day. I must confess i absolutely loved those shows so a big thanks to all the companies that brought me in and what fun it was. It was nice to see people in an office drop tools and just be thoroughly entertained at work and see their kids thoroughly entertained as well.
It felt a bit like the famous Mary Poppins scene at times but fun was had by all and the shows were great. i really think offices should get entertainers in more often.
I also did a Mayfair casino kids of staff party next to the Hilton Hotel which was also great. A lot of the staff were croupiers and it didn’t take long before my card tricks had got me banned from upstairs, i had one trick in particular that had them reconsidering their profession. Many thanks to them too for a great party.
So this year i have been teaching Beginner Card Magic as a 10 week course to 10 people and my third group have just come to the end of the course. They have amazed me with their enthusiasm and ability and they have all come on so much perhaps you’ve been dazzled and amazed by them too !
so its now time assemble my next group of ten for the next course starting on January 13th and every Monday evening 7.30pm to 9.30pm for 10 weeks. I have some names down already but if you would like to join this class and become an expert with a deck of cards in ten short weeks let me know.
This is suitable for complete beginners and you will learn
– some brilliant card tricks, some relatively simple to do and some professional magician standard tricks.
– how to shuffle cards, fan a deck, spring a deck and an array of moves and sleights to enable you to do these tricks and many more.
– The art of showmanship, patter and the nuances of how to perform card magic. The right decks to use, card maintenance and some hidden secrets of card magic.
The cost is £100 for 10 x 2 hour sessions
This is suitable for those with an array of objectives, either just to have a fancy party piece in the locker with a deck of cards, to be able to teach ones children some great tricks, to be able to perform a short routine with a deck of cards or as a route to take card magic or magic in general more seriously.
Contact me through my website www.palmermoff.com if you are interested or have any questions.
I know i’m slightly biased but i think doing this course is a no brainer and the skills you will learn can be used to dazzle and amaze people for the rest of your lives.
Last week i went into a school to perform my show and it struck me that it is a fantastic thing for children in a school to see and that every school should do it.
I think schools should bring all types of shows in frankly but just referring to magic, there is so much kids can get from it apart from being entertained.
Just to see the sort of things you can do by working on your skills, to see showmanship in action and to inspire kids to entertain their family and friends with simple tricks.
I try and mix up my show with some very skilful stuff that i have worked on for years but other things that are learnable with minimal skills and pure showmanship. I would like to think that kids can see a show like mine and imagine that it is something they could aspire to do and at the very least develop a few skills to entertain those around them.
Anyway many thanks to The Pointer school in Blackheath and hopefully see you again soon.