The problem with magic today

Do you ever find yourself looking at all of the magic that you’ve bought (books, dvds, downloads, gimmicks, etc..) and wonder what to perform.

There’s plenty of resources available to learn new magic, but not enough resources on how to do good magic. The worst part is there are even less resources teaching how to get hired.

Anybody in magic for more than a few years must be aware of the online and local marketplaces available.

Don’t get me wrong. We believe in buying magic, supporting artists, and learning! But we also want to keep magicians working on the most important parts of magic; the introspective ones.

We want you to become a better magician.

Better does not mean more tricks. Better means better.

Anyone who performs magic should want to perform it well. Studying method after method doesn’t make you a better magician.  This applies to any art form. You can buy all the different kinds of canvass, paints and brushes in the world and still not improve your ability to paint.

In magic, this study is called theory.

Theory is what separates the craft or design from the art of expression.  Theory is what can make your magic art.

Theory is the purpose of Discourse in Magic.

Magicians have spent years speaking in back rooms of magic stores, conventions or clubs. That’s how we grow the most. We learn best from each other directly, sharing thoughts fluidly with ongoing discussions and actually engaging with one another.

We want to move those amazing conversations, from 4 a.m magic convention hotel rooms to out in the public internet for magicians to share and reflect on.

After interviews with people like Shawn Farquhar, Wes Barker, Patrick Kun, Aaron Fisher, Mathieu Bich and other experts from around the globe, we’re trying to shake the world of magic.

Our goal for this podcast is to combine the knowledge of small communities with the power of the online world to further the most important parts of magic.

We want to answer magician’s questions with discussions about everything in magic except for methods.

We truly believe YOU can be an incredible well rounded magician without spending more money on tricks

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A little about us

Jonah Babins

Discourse in Magic founder and producer Jonah Babins is a natural born performer and teacher from Toronto with well over a decade’s worth of experience in magic. He’s recently completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics, and uses his problem solving skills to put an analytic and often procedural spin on the study of magic.  Recently he launched The Toronto Magic Company with magician Ben Train.

Jonah performs all over Canada, currently specializing in overnight camps, youth leadership, and teaching magic to beginners. For Jonah, Discourse in Magic is an opportunity to put together magic, teaching, problem solving, and community engagement to do his part in making magic flourish in the modern world. If you want to make him happy: subscribe to the newsletter!

Tyler Williams

Born in Toronto Ontario, Discourse in Magic co-host Tyler is a young magician with many passions. He’s always obsessed with new hobbies since learning and teaching new skills is what drives him. He has had a wide variety of identities including animal lover, drummer, slackliner, DJ, rock climber, metal head, hippy, math lover and more! He is currently trying build a career as magician by getting good performing regularly on The Newest Trick in the Book in Toronto as well as private events in the city. If you want to make him happy: join the newsletter.