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 wondering what to perform, or how to get better?

There’s plenty of resources available to learn new magic, but not enough resources on how to do magic well, and even less information about 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.

It’s learning how to paint, how to create, how to perform, how to entertain, how to get hired, how to get noticed, how to be the best.

In magic, this study is called theory.

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 the public 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

Growing up in Toronto Jonah quickly became part of the magic community, joining magic lectures, meeting up with local magicians, and attending magic camp. After completing his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, he dove headfirst into all things magic.

Jonah learned community and mentorship are essential to your growth as a magician. But, after years away at university in a smaller city hours away from Toronto, he realized that most magicians don’t have access to that level of support. He created this podcast with Tyler Williams in 2016 so magic enthusiasts all over the world could experience the benefits of community regardless of where they live.  

Months later, along with collaborator Ben Train, he began hosting a monthly (now weekly) open mic magic show “The Newest Trick In The Book”. Out of that collaboration grew The Toronto Magic Company which now features weekly and monthly performances across Toronto and features local and visiting performers.

Jonah has his hands in every magic cookie jar in Toronto (except the ones with peanut butter cookies in them, he’s allergic). He performs regularly at corporate, private, and school functions and every summer tours extensively across Ontario brining magic performances and workshops to children’s summer camps. When his pinkie is not in the deck he enjoys beatboxing, inventing new words, going to the gym, and binge watching The Gilmore Girls.

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.