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    Magic Schools / Magic Courses

    So where does one "go" to learn magic? The traditional methods might suggest the following...

    DISTRIBUTORS:
    Buy a book or two, maybe a set of DVDs and of course, a handful of one-off tricks from our favorite magic distributor (such as Ellusionist.com).

    ORGANIZATIONS:
    There's the option of joining a magical fraternity such as the International Brotherhood of Magician's (IBM) or the Society of American Magicians (SAM). Membership entitled you to receive a free magazine as well as the potential opportunity to join a club where you can meet with other magicians. This brings us to...

    Here's some common organizations one can join:

    The International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.)
    http://www.magician.org

    The Society of American Magicians (SAM)
    http://www.magicsam.com

    The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle)
    http://www.magiccastle.com

    The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (FCM)
    http://www.fcm.org


    LECTURES:
    Lectures provide aspiring magicians the opportunity to meet their idols and in most cases, talk with them one-on-one about magic. Typically however, the conversations are limited to the topics outlined in the lecture, but sometimes, spinoff conversations do happen.

    PERIODICALS / PUBLICATIONS:
    There's the typical battery of trade magazines such as MAGIC Magazine or Genii. There are others, but they are typically less known. or no longer being published. It is a niche market after all.

    MENTORSHIP:
    If you're lucky enough, mentorship would be the best way to go. This is probably the most difficult method of education to acquire.

    While these common methods are noble endeavors that every magician should investigate on their own, there is one other possibility.

    SCHOOLS / COURSES:
    Yes, that's right - there are Magic Schools and courses you can take to augment your career in magic. Here are some examples:

    COLLEGES:
    College: Santa Rosa Junior College
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA, USA
    Course Title: Introduction To Magic
    Instructor: Colton Maxwell Briner
    Web Site: http://www.santarosa.edu

    College: Muhlenberg College
    Location: Allentown, PA, USA
    Course Title: Introduction To Magic
    Instructor: Dr. Lawrence Hass
    Web Site: http://www.muhlenberg.edu

    College: North Glasgow College
    Location: Glasgow, UK
    Instructor: Mark Walbank
    Web Site: http://www.northglasgowcollege.ac.uk

    College: Forth Valley College
    Location: Glasgow, UK
    Instructor: Mark Walbank
    Web Site: http://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/

    MAGIC ONLY INSTITUTIONS:
    College of Magic
    Capetown, Africa
    http://www.collegeofmagic.com

    The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle)
    Hollywood, CA, USA
    http://www.magiccastle.com

    Chavez Studio of Magic
    La Verne, CA, USA
    http://www.dalesalwak.com/Chavezstudio.html

    Jeff McBride's Magic School
    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    http://www.magicalwisdom.com/

    PRIVATE LESSONS / TUTORIALS:
    John Carney Workshop
    North Hollywood, CA, USA
    http://www.carneymagic.com

    The Mostly Magic Shop
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Instructor: Ken Garr
    http://www.mostlymagicshop.com

    Devenport's School of Magic
    London, UK
    http://www.davenportsmagic.co.uk


    There may be other schools, institutions, or private lessons of this nature. If you know of any, please, post them here - let's keep an ongoing list of such resources.

    Cheers!
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