Weekly Breakdown

Section 1: History and Origin

1: Shamans and Medicine Men

2: Miracle Workers - Victorian

3: Houdini - Today

4: Shams and Charlatans

Section 2: Magic Tricks

5: Types/ Styles of Magic

6: Close Up (cards and coins)

7: Parlor, Stage

Section 3: Speech and Performance Studies

8: Personality Tests - Know yourself, find your character

9: Story Telling

10: Speech Writing

Section 4: Stage Works

11: An Actor Behaves - Performance warm ups

12: Stage voice, presence, Movement - Bigger then life

13: Lights , Music/microphones, Sets,

14: Posters, Advertising, Radio, Getting A job, Assistance

Section 5: Performance

15: Perform for class / Master Class

Finals Week: Performance for invited audience

Required Texts:

Tarbell Course in Magic Vol. 1

Eugene Burger and Robert Neal's Magic and Meaning

Plus information/chapters from 5 other texts on electronic reserve.

There will be use of Texts, Videos, Guest Lectures/performers, Audio Recordings and hands on experience with stage illusions , Stage theatrical equipment, Computers and Broadcasting Technologies.

Point Breakdown:

High in Class Participation 200 pts.

The Class will also be required to participate weekly in an e-mail discussion group 75 pts.

and read and report on one of several magic message boards. 75 pts.

3 Papers will be Written. 5 - 15 Pages. Quality over quantity 75 pts. each = 225

3 In Class performances 75 pts. each = 225

1 Out of Class performance Final 200 pts.

1000 Possible Points. A = 1000 - 900 , B = 899 - 700 , C = 699 - 500 , D = 499 - 300 etc.