The Joy and Beauty of Magic
About the Course:
Outline of course content
Welcome to the Joy and beauty of Magic! Magic is truly a mysterious phenomenon originally developed by human beings for entertainment. In fact, magicians in the past were treated as either sacred or evil. But today, magicians are much more accessible to the public, yet still able to create beauty with a simple illusion. Did you know that many famous magicians such as Chris Angel and David Copperfield are not tricking your eyes, but your mind? It is not what you see but what you think that creates the illusions. This course is specially designed to not only unveil the secrets of illusions, but teach you the psychology behind why magic works!
Therefore, students with little or no magic experience are highly welcomed to attend this course and join us in exploring the fundamentals of magic. You will learn the basic theory of magic, the basic skills of how to perform magic (cards, coins, fire, wand, etc.), and gain the confidence to perform in public. Participation will be a large proportion of the course grade because in each and every class, you will be learning new materials. As a result, missing class is strongly discouraged and may result in not passing the course. The issue of attendance is addressed further below under “Quiz & Attendance”.
There will be three parts in the course. In the first part, we will introduce you to the overall fundamental theory of magic. We will touch on different fields of magic, understand the basic physical principles of magic, and learn some basic magic tricks. In the second part, we will focus on specialization. Students will need to choose a field that they are most interested in and delve further into its applications through training their skills at an advanced level. In the final section, students will be trained to go on the street, stage or in front of a camera to perform magic in public.
The ultimate goal of this course is to spark students’ interests in magic and give them confidence to perform magic whenever and wherever. Regarding the final, students will either go on the street, camera, or stage to perform magic (depending on the specialization that is chosen) and be judged by an instructor as well as the class.
For additional information about the course, please visit our Magic De-cal program website at xxxxx or email xxxxxx. Once again, we welcome you to the The Beauty and Joy of Magic Decal and we hope you have fun!
1. Magic in Theory: An Introduction to the Theoretical and Psychological Elements of Conjuring by Peter Lamont and Richard Wiseman.
Frequency and duration of class meetings
There will be one class per weeks. Since this course is designed as a 2-unit course, each class will be1.5 hours.
Clear description of assignments and requirements for passing the class
1. Quiz & Attendance- 30%
Attendance is crucial for this course and missing any classes will result in losing the opportunity to learn magic. Additionally, coming to class is essential for getting a good grade on Midterm and Final. Also, there will be a quiz announced every other week right after class to insure attendance and reinforce the learning process.
Please note, the quiz is not in class, so please sign up for a time at the end of every class to take the quiz. It will only be pass or no pass.
2. Midterm- Further Specialized Test- 30%
The midterm is designed to test a stduent’s eligibility for further specialized study.
This test will also determine which field students will delve into. This is a P/NP test and students can retake the test until they pass to ensure a progression onto the second section of the class (specialization).
3. Final Exam- Performance-40%
The final exam will be the most important exam in class and students will have different performance challenges depending on their selected fields. Since the final is a performance-based exam, the score distribution of final is as follow: 60% of the grade is audience based and 40% is instructors based. The audience will only focus on the effects of the performance and the instructor will focus on skills and creativity.
Key learning outcomes (what will students know or be expected to do as a result of this course?)
From this course, students will not only become familiar with magic, but also confidently perform magic tricks in public.
Methods of instruction
Lecturing will only be a supplemental method of promoting a student’s skill. Once students become familiar with the principles of magie, self-study and group discussion will be promoted as the main bulk of the course. We expect students to eventually research magic on their own time instead of listening to our tedious lectures. That way they can really discover what interests them!
How to Enroll:
The upper limit of the decal is fifty people. Students need to contact Course Facilitator to be considered in the list. Students who are not Art (Practice) major need CECs to enroll. On the first day of class, we will deliver the CEC to everyone who come to our class. The first day of class will be on Sept. 4.
We will select students in the way of lottery.
Course Contact: magicberkeley AT gmail.com
Faculty Sponsor: John McNamara
Time & Location:
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