SOMA Philosophy

At SOMA, we believe in a "student first" program.  We honor and teach to our student's unique abilities, interests, and learning styles.  We are educators who believe that learning stage magic, as an art form, can boost life skills including focus, problem solving, public speaking, and communication, no matter a student's age.  Our exclusive, professionally designed curriculum is centered on inclusive, exciting magic that encourages discipline and is grounded in exploration.  We are the School of Magic Arts.

SOMA Philosophy

At SOMA, we believe in a "student first" program.  We honor and teach to our student's unique abilities, interests, and learning styles.  We are educators who believe that learning stage magic, as an art form, can boost life skills including focus, problem solving, public speaking, and communication, no matter a student's age.  Our exclusive, professionally designed curriculum is centered on inclusive, exciting magic that encourages discipline and is grounded in exploration.  We are the School of Magic Arts.

History

In 2016, magicians Annie Montone and Brian M. Kehoe, performing professionally as "The Encounter," were teaching students private magic lessons in the Baltimore area when they realized that there was really no such thing as a "stage magic school."  

There were magic camps, lessons, and courses, yes, but no centralized place for students to grow.  To feel like they were part of a true magic community, no matter what their age or level.  To learn magic effects, and also the art of performing them.  And so, in 2017, the Baltimore Academy of Magic was born.

Since that time, BAM has evolved into what is now the School of Magic Arts.  Our goal at SOMA is to teach, elevate, and share the art of stage magic with as many people as possible. As one of the only stage magic schools in the world, and possibly the only with a year-round, comprehensive curriculum, our SOMA community comes to us from all over the map, and is growing every day.  

Curriculum

We at SOMA are proud of our proprietary stage magic curriculum, based on three tenets.  SOMA curriculum is:

All classes, lessons, camps, and workshops at SOMA have an organized, consistent flow.  We believe students learn best when they know what to expect.  Our unique program is also structured for our students to grow as far as they wish in the art form.  Whether you're with us for one month or several years, you will build on your skills, and "level up" as you go.

At SOMA, our students gain a comprehensive understanding of the art of stage magic.  Rather than learn, say, a card trick that can only be performed in one way, our students master key concepts that open the door to many different kinds of effects, across multiple types of magic.  SOMA magicians also focus on performance skills to increase their confidence on stage and in front of their peers.

We know that it can be difficult to learn sitting for long periods in front of a computer or device, so our curriculum is designed to be fun and dynamic.  We have found that lots of instructor interaction is critical for students to be able to grasp concepts.  We also use games, physical activity, prop building, and more to maximize student engagement and foster long-term skill retention.

Faculty

Annie

Head Magician

Annie Montone is one of the co-founders of the School of Magic Arts.  She is a magician, teacher, and playwright who has been working in the Baltimore area for over fifteen years.  When Annie has free time, she likes to do embroidery and play her violin. Her favorite cat is named Clementine.

Brian

Head Magician

Brian M. Kehoe is one of the co-founders of the School of Magic Arts.  Brian has been performing stage magic since the age of seven.  He has been a professional magician since he was in his teens, and is also a teacher and designer.  When he's not performing or teaching magic, he really loves to cook for his friends and family.  His favorite cat is named Willow.

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School of Magic Arts is owned and managed by Annie Montone and Brian M. Kehoe.

Email: answers@encountermagic.com

Phone: 443-681-9229

Mailing Address:
2620 Talbot Rd., Baltimore, MD 21216