Learn Magic

At SOMA, there's magic for everyone.

Free Trial Class

Know someone who's interested in magic?  Try a free class!  (You can sign your student up to observe any session, but they will have to register for the appropriate age group if they continue with the program.)

After School Programs

$100 / month

  • Appropriate for ages 7-14
  • 45 min live virtual instruction weekly
  • Limited to 5-10 students per class
  • Join any time, new topics each month
  • Program runs October to May
  • Appropriate for all skill levels
  • Stop any time, no cancellation fee

New Registration Deadline: 
Monday, December 21, 2020

School of Magic Arts offers after school programming for students beginning at age 7. In fun, exciting group classes with a live instructor, students learn the building blocks of magic effects, are trained in the secrets of successful routines, and increase their confidence in performing.

SOMA curriculum was designed by two professional magicians who are also trained educators, and is engineered to effectively teach the core concepts of stage magic and the art of performance.

Class Structure

SOMA classes are structured for a consistent learning experience.  In each class, students will:

  • Prepare - check-in, physical and vocal warmups, props check.
  • Learn - core monthly concept introduced.  An effect is demonstrated, and taught by the instructor.
  • Practice - students are guided in practicing their new effect and receive instructor feedback.
  • Perform - students perform individually.

Levels

HOURGLASS
At the end of their first month, students earn their Hourglass pin.  Hourglasses will have mastered at least three magic effects and one key curriculum concept.

RABBIT
After three months with the program, students earn their Rabbit pin.  Rabbits are eligible to participate in School of Magic Arts Performance Nights.

KEY
After six months with the program, students earn their Key pin.  Keys are eligible to perform in School of Magic Arts Performance Nights, and can access all Key Level workshops.

STARS
After their first year at School of Magic Arts, students earn their Stars!  They will get their final one year pin, their School of Magic Arts hoodie, are eligible to perform in School of Magic Arts Performance Nights, can access all Key and Star Level workshops.

The Kit

School of Magic Arts magic kits are provided to each student, mailed upon registration. Kits include a deck of cards, a magician’s silk, sponge balls, a notebook and pencil, and magician’s rope.

Schedule

Testimonials

How would you describe your experience at SOMA?

"I really enjoy the relaxed and encouraging atmosphere and the chance to try out the effects for someone other than my family!"

Rich T.

SOMA Learner

"He was able to craft the props and practice all the skills at just the right level and with the perfect amount of time. There was time to chat with his classmates and make friends with them. And the opportunity to focus and perform is great for his development."

Regan A.

SOMA Parent

"L loved the class and can't stop sharing his effects at home. Thank you so much for making this class a possibility."

Jennifer S.

SOMA Parent

Summer Camps

$200 / week

  • Appropriate for ages 7-14
  • Live virtual instruction
  • Limited to 10 students per group
  • Each camp day is 2 hours long
  • Kits are included
  • End of week show

Registration Opening Soon

20% of ALL Camps until
11:59 PM Friday, November 27th


School of Magic Arts Summer Camps provide an opportunity for students, both new and currently enrolled, to take a “deep dive” into the study, performance, and creation of stage magic.

Camp themes like “Eight Types of Magic” or “Magicians We Love” engage campers, whether first-timers or seasoned SOMA students, with hands-on prop building activities, new effects each day, social games, and performance opportunities.

Camp Day

A typical day at a SOMA virtual camp follows our "Prepare, Learn, Practice, Perform" curriculum model.

  • Prepare - camper check-in, props check, physical, vocal, and mental warmups, vocabulary.
  • Learn - core daily concept introduced.  First effect is demonstrated, and taught by camp counselor.  A Lighting Round! or Spot Check! ensures the effect is grasped by all campers. Second effect is demonstrated.  Campers are guided in Prop Build!  Second effect is taught by camp counselor.
  • Practice - campers practice their effects individually.
  • Perform - Pick Two!  Campers pick two effects that they've learned at camp and construct a short routine to perform.

Camp Themes

Eight Types of Magic -

Did you know that there are really only eight types of magic effects?  In this five day camp, students will learn effects and based on production, vanish, transportation, transformation, levitation, animation, tear and restore, and solid-through-solid stage magic principles.  They will also construct at least one prop a day to use in performance, and, at the end of the week, will participate in a magic show!  This is a great "introduction to magic" camp!


Magicians We Love -

In this five day camp, students will learn about five very different magicians and their most famous effects, from Kruti Parekh's mentalism to Harry Houdini's escapes to David Copperfield's large-scale illusions.  They will also construct at least one prop a day to use in performance, and at the end of the week, will participate in a magic show!  This is a great camp for students who might be interested in the history of magic.

The Kit

School of Magic Arts Camp Kits are provided to each camper (materials necessary to build all props included) and mailed two weeks prior to the first day of camp.

Testimonials

How would you describe your experience at SOMA?

“Having never attempted performing or studying magic, I felt supported in trying things I have never tried before.”

Stefanie C.

SOMA Learner

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about the School of Magic Arts! My daughter just performed after her first round of lessons...we can’t wait to do it all again and highly highly recommend their services!”

Heather B.

SOMA Parent

“I appreciated the instructors' being in tune with everyone. I had a lot of fun and I can't wait to show folks what I have learned!”

Ethan S.

SOMA Learner

Wreck this Deck!

$50 / 2 hour workshop

  • Appropriate for ages 7-14
  • Live virtual instruction
  • Hands on prop building
  • 2 hour workshop
  • Card deck included

Registration Opening Soon

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Forget deck the halls, because it's time to wreck this deck!  In this two-hour workshop, students will learn how to construct three card "gimmicks" (props used to perform magic tricks).  No need to sacrifice beloved playing cards, we'll send you a deck you're allowed to cut, tape, and paste to make gimmicks you can use in performance again and again!

Adults

Finding Magic:
Rediscovering Joy in a Crappy World

$50 / 2 hour workshop

  • Appropriate for ages 18 and up
  • Live virtual instruction
  • Limited to 10 students
  • Materials included
  • Adult students will master three effects

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Let's face it: 2020 has been the worst year ever. If you're like us, you're having a harder time than usual accessing creativity, unlocking positive energy and feeling...well...happy. In this special School of Magic Arts workshop (for adult learners only) we will use the art and science of stage magic as a tool to practice meditation, improve focus, and free imagination. Let's rediscover joy in a crappy world, and make 2021 just a little bit better. Together.

Magic Room Gift

$60 / session

  • Appropriate for ages 18 and up
  • Live virtual instruction
  • Up to two students may attend
  • Each session is 45 minutes long
  • Lesson packet provided
  • Adult students will master three effects

A live magic lesson with a professional magician that introduces adult learners to something new in a relaxed setting.  In this private, 45 minute session, participants will work with their instructor to master three different types of magic effects and be able to perform them.  Magic Rooms are a great introduction to magic for those new to the art, or looking for a fun date night or birthday activity.

Once purchased you can contact us at answers@encountermagic to book a date and time.