Photo By: Brock University Magic Club
The Brock Magic Club provides a place to teach and spark an interest in magic while fostering creativity in the art form.
Anuja Marasinghe has been practicing magic for about five years and decided to start the club at Brock with friends two years ago. Even though they aren’t running this year, they are hoping to return in person soon.
At the moment, they are looking for ways to create more opportunities for the winter term and accommodations during COVID-19. Some ideas include running classes online or having one-on-one lessons. A bigger event idea is to host a talent show for members to show off their skills. In the future, a bigger workshop would involve having a guest magician speak to, and teach the club.
Their plan is to hold weekly meetings, where one of the executive team members will pick a topic to teach and each meeting will build on what they learned the previous week. So they would start off with the basics, and then move on to more intricate techniques. One thing they want to make sure of is that at the end of every class they can teach members a trick using the technique learned that day.
“The goal of the club is to have people understand what magic is and have fun with other people,” said Anuja Marasinghe, club President. “We want people to also feel the magic of the art itself, not just performing for people, but more what it means to be a magician. We want to spark that interest in as many people as possible.”
Right now, there are over a dozen members signed up and even more have shown interest in getting involved.
Most of the events will depend on communication with members to get ideas of what they want to do. Then, these events will be promoted throughout the week, where their main form of promotion comes from Marasinghe, who sometimes will be performing tricks around campus to get people involved.
No experience is required, and there are currently no associated fees with joining. The only fees that could be encountered are optional extracurricular expenses to take part in larger events.
Marasinghe has some personal words of encouragement for anyone wanting to learn or who has a slight interest in magic.
“Magic for me has been a very good leap of faith. I have social anxiety so talking to people is really hard for me, so picking up something that makes me talk to people is really hard. But that leap of faith got me a lot of friends and has gotten me where I am today,” said Marasinghe. “A lot of the things I get to do today is because of magic. If there is a big leap of faith you need to take, take it. You never know where you will end up because of that one leap of faith.”
For more information and to stay updated on when events will resume, visit their Instagram page @brocku_magicclub.