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Integrating magic into circus arts 

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 Integrating magic into circus arts
© Joseph Culpepper
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Dates

Tuesdays, January 26, February 2, 9 and 16, 2021
Schedule : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
[ 8-hour workshop]

 

Registration deadline

January 18, 2021

Language

French

Maximum number of participants

15

Cost

Subsidized Rate: 26.20$
Actual Value: 174.60$

In order to be eligible for the subsidized rate, participants must reside in Quebec and either be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,or hold a work permit (open or closed). In addition, they must have one of the following employment statuses: Self-employed individual or Support for Self-Employment Measure, employee of a non-profit organization or a company whose payroll does not exceed $2,000,000, recipient of Employment Insurance or Social Assistance, recipient of an employment integration measure, or unemployed.

Required materials

A computer with a camera and a good wifi connection.

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 Description 

Can circus artists transform themselves into magicians to develop something onstage? This hands-on and theoretical workshop explores the art of micromagic and ways to personalize it and apply it to different artistic disciplines. Accompanied by Dr. Joseph Culpepper, you will learn more about the history, vocabulary and performative techniques of magic.

This workshop is developped for circus artists and designers and is offered online on Zoom.

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 Trainer 

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Dr Joseph Culpepper is a magic consultant, magician, and researcher. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University and an associate researcher and instructor at the Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC) at Montreal’s National Circus School. He has designed 19th-Century stage illusions for contemporary performances, received a Black Rock City Arts Honoraria Grant to create a participatory optical art installation at Burning Man 2019, and developed hybrid magic-circus props for Cirque du Soleil. The title of his current research project is “Adapting Human Performance Techniques, Illusion Aesthetics, and Specialized Apparatus from the World of Stage Conjuring to Contemporary Circus Disciplines.”

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 Workshop outline 

Course #1 (2 hrs)
Body part underlined: eyes
Effects: production, transformation and disappearance

Course # 2 (2 hrs) 
Body part underlined: hands
Effects: appearances and sympathetic reaction

Course # 3 (2 hrs)
Body part underlined: voice
Effects: invisible knot, impossible knot and knot with only one hand (ropes)

Course # 4 (2 hrs)
Body part underlined: the whole body
Body effects: "Illusion of contortion" (micro magic, parlour magic and stage magic)

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