Magic Classes

The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. offers basic magic classes for adult beginners. You do not need to be a member of The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. to take this class. The class is open to adults 21 years of age and older.

The Basic Magic class is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to perform basic magic. The class combines instructor presentation, step-by-step explanation, hands-on instruction, group practice sessions and individual performance. Successfully completing the course does not automatically qualify you for membership; anyone wishing to become a Magician member must still pass an audition. However, this class can provide you with the skills you need to develop your own magical routines and prepare for a successful audition.

Our distinguished instructor is David Thorsen, a charter member of the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. and a teacher of magic for more than 30 years. He is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton and the former Chair of the Department of Music. His e-mail address is and his phone number is 714-773-9282.

Classes are held one night per week for six weeks, from 7:45PM to 9:45PM. The cost of this six-week class is $295.00, and includes all necessary materials. You can signup and pay your class tuition from within our Online Gift Shop.

2014 Class Schedule - Classes All Filled for 2014
 Class  Dates
 Magic I - Tuesdays  Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7
 Magic I - Thursdays  Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9

2015 Class Schedule
 Class  Dates
 Magic I - Tuesdays - CLASS IS FULL  Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10
 Magic I - Thursdays - CLASS IS FULL   Jan. 8, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 5, 12
 Magic I - Tuesdays - CLASS IS FULL  Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
 Magic I - Thursdays - CLASS IS FULL   Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
 Magic I - Mondays  Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19
 Magic I - Wednesdays  Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21

Students who are not currently members of The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. will receive a temporary (six-week) student pass to The Magic Castle. During the six weeks the pass is valid, students will enjoy many of the privileges accorded to regular members: students and up to four guests (per visit) may visit The Magic Castle during regular business hours without paying an entrance fee or being required to purchase dinners. However, students may not attend magician member's lectures or hand out guest cards. Other restrictions may apply.

Please note: The Magic Castle has a very strict dress code: coat and tie for men, and a dress or skirt for women. Absolutely no casual wear is permitted. Please call the Magic Castle during regular business hours if you have any questions about the dress code!

For more information, call the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. hotline: 213-630-3149