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It was in Stockton, CA at the local Civic Center, I was in grade school at the time and somehow the teacher gave me some tickets to the event. They were free tickets if I remember right.

So, me & my mom found us some good seats near the front of the stage.

And the performer that put on the show did all stage illusions i.e Zig Zag Cabinet, New Way of Sawing a Lady in half etc. He also wore a tuxedo.

It was a good show and I was already ordering magic from the Tannens catalog at a young age.

What about you? What was it like seeing your first magic show? Were you a kid or adult? What kind of stuff did they do? Was the performer any good and what did they do?

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A magician called Mickey Magic came and did an assembly performance at my elementary school. I recall Stratosphere, peanut butter and jelly, and cut and restored rope.
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I was 7 years old when a magician came to my school,i remember that he did the trick where he peeled a banana and revealed that it was split in half,also he did some billiard ball manipulations,after that i would spend all my pocket money on magic tricks,my interest in magic has lasted,on and off for many years.
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My first live show was in St. Helens, Oregon in 1990, give or take a year. I went with my dad, who’d won tickets from work or a radio station contest, and one of my brothers. It was my first exposure to magic and was life changing.

The effect I remember most was a bank nightish bit with a borrowed and signed bill from my dad. Of course, he guessed wrong and the envelopes he didn’t pick were burned. The magician produced a sealed envelope from his jacket with a sealed “Fire Insurance” envelope. I’m sure most of us know the end result, and many of us the method.

I was a kid at the time, so I can’t vouch for the objective quality, but to me is was spectacular enough i spent years scouring tv guide listings for magic shows and yard sales/bookstores for books like Fulves Self Working Tricks and Wilson’s Complete Course.
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Unfortunately for me, what was to be my first live magic show was shut down due to Covid last March.  [frown] L
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It's funny but I never really felt the need to see a live magic show... my idea of magic is not a staged approach to things so it wasn't important to me to see a show - however the psychology of magic interested me from the very beginning and many years later Derren Brown appeared on TV, on seeing him I thought 'at last somebody is doing something I can finally relate to' 😎

As a result I went to see his first ever run of stage shows and found it most interesting. So Derren Brown is the exception, other than one show of his I have never seen any other magicians perform.
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My memory is a tad fuzzy, but I believe the first show I witnessed was a close-up show by Ernie Heldman in my parents basement.  If you haven't heard his name before, check out the thread in "Who's Who".   He was a pioneer of magic on television and happened to be a friend of my parents.

I distinctly remember several of the effects.  Benson bowl, Polaroid Money with a Himber Wallet, Coins Thru Table and others.  He kept the group keenly focused on a routine he did where he demonstrated the art of "short changing".  He had a number of dollar bills and through a series of false counts, showed how a professional can make them seem to be any number of amounts.  Looking back, I now realize he was using false counts such as the Hamman Count, to facilitate the trick.
Reminds me of Quentin Reynolds '5 minutes with a pocket handkerchief' in that with just a little stack of singles, Ernie was able to entertain the group for quite a while.

There was another show at a local church around the same time, but I'm pretty sure it came after having watched Mr. Heldman.  That show was the standard fare you would expect to see.  

I can attribute my lifelong interest in magic to Ernie Heldman.  That original show had a huge impact on me.
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My first live magic show was during our town's summer rec (recreation) program. 
I was probably around 5-7 years of age. It was in one of the school's auditoriums.
My older brother and I went to see him. The magician wasn't all that good. 
He brought me up for the sponge balls. He'd make them "vanish" and I would say, I see it in his other hand. He "shushed" me and tried to carry on but he kept flashing and I kept telling people where it was. 
I wasn't doing it on purpose. I think I really believed that it would vanish, but this guy wasn't able to do it, so he resorted to lying instead. 

And there's a lesson to be learned here - your "volunteer's" point of view is another angle to consider when working on your magic. 
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My first magic show that i attended was at a school assembly, I was in kindergarten then and i cant remember what went on, but from then on I wanted to be a Magician then. SO, here i am a magician, looks like I followed my dream after all
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The first live act I got to see was when I was 21 and I stopped by Vegas right after getting out on summer break from college, I went and saw Mac King and it was fantastic! 
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It's funny but I never really felt the need to see a live magic show... my idea of magic is not a staged approach to things so it wasn't important to me to see a show - however the psychology of magic interested me from the very beginning...

Owesome!
Personally I would say exactly the same!

I always was OK with the TV magic shows as were all my siblings, cousins and all my family members and friends.

Actually, the only magic live shows that my people could see were mine own!

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There were no resources for magic (no shops or props or even magicians) where I grew up in South Africa.  We also had no TV.  But the magic bug had already bitten me when I was just a little tyke, due to my Dad being able to make coins disappear, or push a cigarette up his nose and pull it out of his ear.  

When I was six years old our family relocated to Holland for three years.  Over there, I once attended a kid’s birthday party which had a professional magician.  He was dressed in a tux and top hat, and performed wonderful miracles.  I remember afterwards running around with a piece of rope trying to impress the other kids with a trick I had just “invented”.

Back in South Africa, to my delight I found a magic book in the library.  And after my Dad helped me build some props, I began performing shows for family and friends and at school.  When I was a little older, we went to see a traveling illusionist in our town hall.  He was tall and elegant, and did amazing things, including levitating his exotic assistant across the stage.  He even selected me as a volunteer, and made jumbo Coke bottles appear out of nowhere!

I never remembered that illusionist’s name.  But many years later at a magic lecture in New York City, after reminiscing and verifying dates with the lecturer and his wife, I discovered that it was none other than John Calvert! 


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I remembered another incident from when I was just a little guy.  This was not a magic show, but I think it accounts for my love of magic.

One day my Mom drove me for many miles to visit family friends of hers on a remote farm.  I didn’t know the people.  But there was a man who performed the ball and vase trick for me.  I was so intrigued and delighted!  Then, to my surprise, he showed me how to do it, and then gifted me the props.  It was just a tiny plastic version of the effect.  But it would have been the first magic prop I had ever held in my hands.  

Unfortunately, after my Mom and I had left and arrived at home, I realized I had left the ball and vase props behind.  The sadness and remorse at losing such a precious gift probably added a lot to my life-long passion for magic.


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The sadness and remorse at losing such a precious gift probably added a lot to my life-long passion for magic.

So, actually it was a good thing to forget it! It was your destinity to love magic forever by means of missing this magic prop! ^_^

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Not really a magic show...but I was first entertained by Al Flosso!;  really...Chet Karcut took me to Flosso's back in 1975 and Chet, Flosso, Fred Baum, and another magician where at Flosso's and they did trick after trick trying to show me what style of magic I should study...now that I look back at it...what a way to learn...

But the real first show was in Waterbury, CT by a magician under the name of Volcan  or something like that...I used to know his name but I just can't remember it now...

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