Space Coast Magic Club members perform, critique one another to improve skills
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Steve Hart, a member of the Space Coast Magic Club, performs his special brand of humor and magic for children and adults.
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Steve Hart, 64, of Carmel, Ind. has worked professionally as a magician since 1980. Hart is a current member of the Space Coast Magic Club (SCMC) in Melbourne.
“We have three, if not four, professional magicians who make a living doing it,” Hart said. “The rest are semi-pro or amateurs, hobbyists.”
Hart said a member “can get a lot out of a magic club, more exposure to your interests.”
He noted other advantages of being a member of a club.
“When buying magic tricks, you’re better off in a club, because we discuss what to buy and what not to buy” he said. Most importantly, “we perform and we critique each other.”
Hart said the majority of current members are close-up magicians: cards, coins, rings and things, so it’s more of a relaxed approach to magic.
“We encourage members to develop a persona when performing,” he said. “It takes awhile to discover what that is but, when you find it, you become a much better entertainer.”
John Henry, 73, a semi-retired professional magician and the president of SCMC, looks forward to the meetings each month.
“We have a pre-meeting workshop — people serious about sharing ideas about magic, helping each other be better, then a short business meeting, and a general meeting with a theme, for example ‘sponge magic,’ ” he said.
Henry said the theme aspect of the meeting is a great opportunity for people to be creative and perform magic, anybody can get up and contribute.
Afterward, they get together at Applebee’s for a cup of coffee.
“We might have a lecture, guests who lecture or perform from around the country,’’ Henry said. “There’s always something different going on.”
Henry said there is a tremendous amount of support. Everyone has the same motivation to be better at what they’re doing.
“If you have an interest in magic, join our club,’’ he said.
For more information, call 617-694-5584. Meetings start at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Beef O’Brady’s at 3030 Lake Washington Road in Melbourne. It is at the intersection of Lake Washington and Wickham Road.