We need to teach magic to adults and kids to keep it alive

ABRACADABRA Matt Blossom wants to keep magic alive among youngsters
ABRACADABRA Matt Blossom wants to keep magic alive among youngsters
Fareham Community Hospital in Salisbury Green

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I WENT to a circus school when I was a kid, which is probably why I’m interested in running one around here.

Most magicians won’t teach people how to do stuff, they’re really secretive and protective over it, especially ones in the Magic Mircle.

The Magic Circle is a secret magic club, really old fashioned and full of old guys, although it’s perhaps not quite like that now.

I’ve never been interested in it because if you’re in the Magic Circle and you do reveal how tricks are done, then they can throw you out – it just seems nonsense.

There won’t be any magicians in a few years time – that’s why I do it.

I always get a good reaction from people, they like learning it and it’s quite addictive as well.

Some things I teach, like plate spinning – where you get a plastic plate and spin it on a stick – I see adults watching me teach the kids and think ‘that’s easy’.

Then they try it and they end up getting hooked on it.

Children learn everything I teach far quicker than adults do too. It’s amazing, I’ve taught thousands of people over the years and I’ve only just noticed it.

It’s partly because when a child is learning to unicycle, for instance, an adult knows if you fall off it can hurt but kids seem to not care.

I even had a guy in his 80s come down to my adult class.

And a woman also brought her 15-year-old daughter, and they were stood right next to each other learning.

People can do unicycling, stilt walking, magic, illusions, and we’ve even done fire eating at the adult class.

Visit mattblossom.com to find out the times and dates of workshops at Brodrick Hall in Alverstoke and Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.