Magic As A Science

I could teach you fifty tricks and you would be happy to know them — and perhaps you would think you were a Magician when you had learned these tricks. I know, however, that you wouldn't be a Magician — you would be only a poor amateur.

Imagine going into a chemical laboratory and doing fifty experiments according to directions given you. You would be able to do the experiments in a bungling sort of way. Not knowing the why or wherefore — not knowing the fundamental principles of chemistry — you wouldn't know whether you were getting the correct results or not; unless of course, you got an explosion. Then you would be pretty sure you were wrong.

If you completed the fifty experiments without disastrous results, would you then be a chemist? No. You would have an idea as to what it was all about, but you would forget the experiments and with them you would forget all the chemistry you ever knew. Having no knowledge of the fundamentals, you could never perform other experiments except those taught you -- and even those, you couldn't do well.

So it is with Magic. Your tricks are your experiments which illustrate and fix certain principles in your mind. If I did not lay such stress on fundamentals and principles --even above the actual tricks -- you could never be a Magician. You would do the tricks blindly, not knowing why you must hold your hand at a certain angle or why you must look at a certain point to get the effect. You would have to guess as to whether you were doing it correctly or not. Then your explosion would come. Your secrets would be discovered because you performed like an amateur.

Science, on the other hand, does not permit any guesswork. Everything must be based on sound theories and proved. It does not make experiments its foundation, but builds on fundamentals. In Magic if you master the fundamentals, you have the Master Key. These fundamentals become a part of you.

I don't care how many tricks you forget, if you have the principles down so well that you can recall them at a moment's notice, you can do a great variety of tricks.

Another reason I give you the Science of Magic is that I want you to be able to do other tricks besides the ones I give you. I want you to be able to originate new methods and even new tricks. You can do this easily if you really know the Science of Magic.

I have studied each lesson time and again to make sure that I give you everything to contribute to your understanding of the Science of Magic. I have chosen the trick for each lesson not because I wanted to teach you a trick, but because I wanted to teach you a principle. Each trick illustrates specifically some fundamental and I want you to practice the trick to learn the principle. Do not make learning the trick your sole aim. That is unscientific and unprofessional.

Learn the principle and you will be able to do hundreds of tricks based on the same principle, not only the trick I give you. A Magician is not a Magician because he knows tricks, but because he knows Magic -- the principles, the fundamentals.

So remember you are to become a Scientist in the Realm of Magic and consequently a real Professional.

You as a Scientific Magician will stand out way above the ordinary man in the Profession -- because you have a clearly thought out, scientifically arranged course. You will have a firm foundation of Science through which you can develop and reach unbelievable success as a Magician.

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