“Aaron is one of the few people that have it all. Aaron does magic that even makes magicians’ jaws drop. He fools me every time I see him.” -Chris Kenner, Executive Producer, The Magic of David Copperfield
“One of the best card men to come along in twenty years.” -Larry Jennings
“Aaron Fisher’s lessons rank with the best magical instruction I’ve ever seen. Like a hip college prof coaching his students for finals, he teaches both moves and theory, helping all magicians to reach the next level.” -Jerry Dunn
Aaron teaches card magic. And there’s a simple reason why he loves to do that. It’s because he loves to learn card magic. The thrill of seeing improvement, no matter how small is a thrill that never, ever fades for the serious performer.
But he discovered while he was still in high school that learning card magic can be a great deal more complex than it looks. Between the ages of 16 and 18, he met his first real card experts: Jack Birnman and Peter Galinskas. Jack taught him about creativity and its role in card magic — including the notion (unbelievable to him at the time!) that you were allowed to change, or alter, the moves you read in magic books. But you had to have good reasons for doing so. Peter taught him what those reasons were.
While he was in college at UNLV in Las Vegas, Aaron was in the perfect laboratory to continue these lessons. he studied theater during the day and worked on close-up magic the rest of the time. While he lived there, in the city that’s most synonymous with our art, he learned from several of the great names in card magic: Larry Jennings, Michael Skinner and, of course, Johnny Thompson, The Great Tomsoni. From these men he learned that true creativity comes only from a solid grounding in our craft; and so they impressed upon him the rigors of study, the importance of the classics, and the need to seek that ever-elusive concept of naturalness that makes sleight of hand so beautiful.
Aaron continued learning as he continued working. In 2002, the same year that his book, The Paper Engine, was published, he decided to become a full-time entertainer. Since that time, the satisfactions he has experienced as a performer have inspired him to impart what what he has learned to a new generation of magicians.
Aaron knows all too well, after all, of the many pitfalls and missteps that can derail anyone who attempts to learn the craft of sleight-of-hand. He’s read misleading books filled with bad information. He’s taken advice that turned out to be wrong. He’s spent countless hours learning sleights and techniques that turned out to be of no use at all. All of these experiences have convinced him that no matter how many books or DVDs we own, there is simply no substitute for an effective teacher — a living, breathing guide — to help us on the journey.
That’s why, in addition to his performance schedule of corporate events, nightclubs, and stand-up stage shows, Aaron spends time every year helping card magicians improve. Each summer, for example, he works with magic campers at Sorcerer’s Safari Summer Program in Ontario, Canada. He also continues to present his lecture/seminar at magic clubs, societies, and conventions all over the world. And he offers one-on-one personal coaching to serious, dedicated students.
For Aaron, it is seeing these students improve that makes teaching magic worth the effort.