What is AIM Juniors?
AIM Juniors is an initiative of The Australian Institute of Magic created to encourage young performers in the art of magic. Young magicians have the opportunity to meet, share their skills and knowledge, learn about showmanship, stagecraft and fundamental performance skills, attend shows, hear from experienced magicians and industry professionals and participate in performances and events.
The AIM Juniors program encourages it’s participants to form friendships with their peers while developing their craft. Sessions are guided by senior members of the AIM providing an environment where budding performers can build their confidence and contribute whether they have been studying magic for a week, a month a year or even longer. AIM Juniors teaches not tricks but the valuable performance skills needed to be a magician, we discuss all things magic from current trends to old classics. Special guests sometimes stop in to share some words of wisdom and answer questions. We always have something exciting planned and have a fun and magical time.
Who is AIM Juniors for?
Are you under the age of 18? Do you have an interest and a basic understanding of magic? Great! You’re more than welcome to join the group! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing magic for 6 months or 10 years – we’d love to have you!
AIM Juniors events for 2017
The AIM Juniors program produces a number of different events throughout the year.
AIM JUNIOR SESSIONS
These events provide a fun and safe environment for young magicians to gather and ‘session’, share magic and learn and develop skills from a range of professional magicians. These occur at different times throughout the year, especially around The Melbourne Magic Festival.
AIM Junior Sessions are not a magic school. At AIM Juniors Sessions, we do not teach any new magic to our members. Instead, AIM focuses on developing students’ existing knowledge in Magic, with a strong emphasis on performance skills and having fun! Thus, it is necessary that attendees have at least a basic understanding in magic, and a few routines already up their sleeves
AIM JUNIORS EXCURSIONS
Over the past years AIM has been able to arrange groups to attend various magic shows at the invitation of the performers, and pass on special ticket deals.
THE AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC
The ‘Australian Junior Championships of Magic’ (AJCM) have been produced by the AIM since 2008. Beginning with the intention of connecting young magicians and providing a platform where they can practice the process of constructing an act and performing in front of a live audience, this event has become an annual feature of the Melbourne Magic Festival.
With two categories, Stage and Close up, the Championships have proven a valuable launching pad for young magicians. Our special guest judges always provide helpful feedback allowing participants to learn and grow through their experience while meeting new friends who share their love for the art of magic. Previous Competitors have gone on to produce their own shows, appear on television programs and win international awards.
The Championships are open to all young magician Australia-wide. You don’t need to be an AIM member to participate.
For more information about AIM Juniors – email Lee Cohen at Lee@MelbourneMagicFestival.com