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20 Oct 2017, 3:41 am

Department of Performance Magicks Class Listing

Please note: Classes that are required are listed with a red title and asterisk.


Bardic Magick 101
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: Have you heard of sacred words? Bardcraft is word magick and Bards are the Guardians of the Sacredness of the Word. You will be taught about Awen -- the source of all Bardic magick – which will be the basis of the course. Through Bardic Magick 101, you will meander down the melodious path of inspiration, path work, perspective, Spirits, and Otherworlds.



Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 4 – 6 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Contemporary Magical Lyrics
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Nicholas Kingsley"
Class Description:

Description: This class is a quick look at a small number of contemporary songs and the artists who wrote and/or performed them. Without these songs, and others like them, many of our world's modern mechanistic thinkers would never stop to reflect on the possibility of magical forces in their lives. These lyrical "intrusions" have played an important part in raising the magical awareness of large groups of music lovers around the world. Today's magical thinking Bards would do well to construct and memorize a few similar type lyrics for sharing during storytelling circles.


Required Materials:

This class requires that each student have a computer Internet connection fast enough to easily play YouTube videos.


Estimated Completion Time: 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Ethical Secrecy in the Performing Arts
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Rosencruz"
Class Description: This class is a recommended lead-in for all following Performance Magic classes. It considers the ethical questions attached to what has come to be known as the "Magical Oath." While working as a practicing Stage Illusionist or Street Magician the idea of trade secrecy is imperative in the teachings of some magical communities of old. Do these same ancient standards still hold today? Should you be held to them? Let's find out. Oh, and you should know that this class will be required as a pre-requisite, but only for those classes that directly share "trade secrets," as estimated by each instructor.
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Oberon Zell Ravenheart. 2004.
Estimated Completion Time: 2 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Illusions 101
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Rosencruz"
Class Description: This first of a series of classes will quickly get you started with stage performance. It's about you and the joy of making others happy. Would you like to learn a fun levitation trick? Great! Let's go!
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 Week or Less
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Be careful while preparing your magical object.
Included Lessons:

So, You Want to Be a Performance Wizard!
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: "Rosencruz"
Class Description:

This is currently a required Performance Magicks Department Class. Unlike most Year 1 classes, it has more assignments than usual. This is because of the consideration for student safety and training exercises. Please take your time with this class. Other Level 1 classes are far less demanding when it comes to record keeping. 

The class will introduce students to the basics of a "stage presence" and will provide students with simple exercises to improve their own stage presence. Performance Magic is all about control of the audience, but without self-control, the magician cannot have control over the audience. Exercises include practices of posture, composure, language, speech projection, balance, stamina, and provides tips on dealing with stage fright. Some of the exercises may require several weeks of practice before students can expect to be good at them.


Required Materials:

A way to record your own voice repeatedly, such as a hand-held dictation device or a microphone for your computer along with a playback program.


Estimated Completion Time: 8 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: In order to avoid injury, always warm up and stretch before exercising.
Included Lessons:

The Role of the Orange Wizard
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Aaron "Frater Adservio" Meighen
Class Description:

An introduction to the core concepts of the Orange Wizard. This class explores the role the Orange Wizard has within the magickal community and the mundane community and how he/she affects both societies. This class will also look at the reason why Orange Wizards do what they do.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

The Wizard's Voice
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Nicholas Kingsley"
Class Description:

Welcome! Don't just stand there in the door like that! Come on in and take off your cloak, Stay awhile! You are just in time to learn one of the greatest powers a Wizard can have!  It's the power of VOICE! 

​After​ ​completing​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​the​ ​student​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to: 
 
1.​ ​​ ​​ ​Speak​ ​Clearly​ ​Before​ ​Others 
 
2.​ ​Project​ ​Their​ ​Voices​ ​Effectively 
 
3.​ ​Better​ ​Understand​ ​the​ ​Power​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Spoken​ ​Word. 

Required Materials: A voice
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: There is not an ounce of danger to be found in this class!
Included Lessons:

Conjury 201: Magic Without the K
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "Rosencruz"
Class Description: (See Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 237-243)

Here you will be invited to embrace the secret arts of Performance Magic (Parlor Magic, Stage Magic, Conjuring or Illusion Magic, “miraculous” illusions or special effects). Magic is one of the oldest Arts in the world, and is practiced in every culture known. It weaves its threads through Arcane Magick, Alchemy and Ceremonial Magick, Shamanism, storytelling and just pure fun. In this Class you will be welcomed into an ancient and vast secret society of wonder workers that lives in all cultures and has had its own special impact for as long as humankind itself has existed.

Required Materials: Owning a copy of Grimoire For The Apprentice Wizard.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Ethics of Magick class.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Exploring Vocal Performance
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Nicholas Kingsley"
Class Description: The class provides an overview over the various vocal performance arts, including theater, drama, singing, chanting, narration, debate, oratory, and general public speaking. It is designed to let the student research and observe the various offerings of this performance art within their community, and then to participate in one of the arts to the level where they can participate in a public performance.


Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Illusions 201
Credits: 1
Level: 2
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: This second class in a series of classes entitled, Illusions, has but one stage "trick" to learn. It's about having fun.
Required Materials: A resealable plastic bag and a pair of scissors.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 day or so
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None . . . just be careful with the scissors.
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Masks
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Nicholas Kingsley"
Class Description: This class is an introductory explanation as to how masks were typically used within the Ancient Greek Ritual Theater, the Medieval Mystery Plays, and, the Italian Renaissance Commedia dell' Arte. Likewise it touches on mask traditions used in Eastern Theater; expounding in all cases on the possible relationship between theatrical mask usage, and the mysterious concept of magickal shape-shifting. This leaves you, the student, to explore each of these ideas as you make and use your very own masks!
Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, Materials for making masks:  

Scissors,

Glue,

Flexible poster/card paper,

Elastic band

optional: construction paper, glitter, feathers, or anything you wish to decorate the mask with Blank plastic mask for the Green Man (Flora for girls/women) mask

Plastic of fabric green leaves plus flowers for Flora mask

Stapler

Hot glue


Estimated Completion Time: 2 months
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions:

Crafting of masks require use of scissors.  Necessary precautions must be taken.


Included Lessons:

Magickal Memory Skills
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

Class Description:

Magickal Memory Skills  will help the student develop ways to increase their memory recall that they may then apply to many aspects of their life, not just their magickal world.  We will look at the types of memory and investigate ways to help unlock the recall process.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None--well, watch out for earworms
Included Lessons:

Scribbulus 201: Introduction to Fiction Writing
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description: Use your imagination to create magickal fiction! You will learn the ins-and-outs of writing fantasy stories including creating characters, building magickal worlds, developing rules for magic, structuring your story, and hooking the reader. At the end of the class, you will pen a wizardly tale of fantastical creatures, sages, and magickal ages.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Performance Magic Perfection: The Life and Times of Jeff McBride
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description: This class is an exposé on the magical thinking, adventurous explorations, and performance expertise of one of our world's greatest modern day Magicians, Mr. Jeff McBride! A magical illusionist extraordinaire, he has exploded on to the world stage, bringing his message to the hearts and minds of countless people that magic, in all its forms, is alive and well, and available to everyone, if only for the mystical price of one's total commitment!
Required Materials:

1. You'll need to have access to a computer that's fast enough to play videos found on both YouTube and Jeff McBride's Official Site.

2. Grimoire of the Apprentice Wizard. Oberon Zell Ravenheart. 2004 


Estimated Completion Time: 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Storytelling 401: Tales of the Fabulists
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Eliana "Elthadrail" Vehar
Class Description:

 Storytelling is one of the oldest—if not the oldest of the wizardly Bardic arts. Whether stories are told for entertainment, educational, or magickal value, there’s nothing that beats listening to a good storyteller. Join this class and begin learning the history and how-to of storytelling. Continue the process in "Storytelling 501: Talecrafting."


Course Objectives

 At completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1)     Create and use a storyteller’s journal.

2)     Name and describe at least five story types that are of interest.

3)     Name and describe at least one classical story or storyteller of importance.

4)     Describe the desired impact of a well told stories on the listener.

5)     Identify and summarize at least ten stories of interest.

6)     List at least ten story resources.

7)     Tell at least one story from memory.

8)     Describe the experience of being a storyteller.


Required Materials:

You will need a system for collecting stories: a folder, binder, etc.

A good dictionary.

Zell-Ravenheart, Oberon. Companion for the Apprentice Wizard.  Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2006. Print. 

Zell-Ravenheart, Oberon. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2004. Print. 


Estimated Completion Time: This class can be completed in 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Storytelling 501: Talecrafting
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Eliana "Elthadrail" Vehar
Class Description: Together, Storytelling 401 and 501 make up one large “mega class.” In this class, you’ll take your Storytelling 401 skills and put them to use. You’ll learn how to supplement your stories with special effects. You’ll consider the ethics of storytelling, explore the greater world of the storyteller, and consider how to plan and host a storytelling event.

Required Materials: Completing this class requires planning and hosting some type of storytelling event. You’ll need the folder or binder that you started in Storytelling 401. Also, you’ll need to send copies of some of the stories entered into your binder; you can either do this electronically or via classic mail. Scanning or photocopying may be required. The use of CD, DVD, and/or podcasting is an option in this class, but is not required.

Estimated Completion Time: This class can be completed in 4-6 weeks.
Prerequisites: Storytelling 401: Tales of the Fabulists
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Circus 701: Sideshows, The Human Marvels
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description:

This class examines the circus sideshow, and important part of American performing magic that satiated the viewers’ lust for sensationalism. The institution started to decline sharply in the 1960s with the advent of TV and later on the onset of the internet. Society’s changing sensitivities towards people with disabilities did the rest to put a stop to this once popular form of entertainment. In this class you will learn how sideshows were operated, will get to know many of the many attractions, and meet several of the performers. You will also evaluate the impact that this institution had on its performers.


Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Performance Magick 799A: Practicum Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

You have nearly completed your Major in Performance Magick.  This Practicum culminates that course of study, giving you close one-on-one interaction with your Professor.  Here you will explore how to move from classroom study to real-life applications of your chosen field.  You will plan and produce a significant work of Performance Magick, your Final Project.  Note: The Practicum is a paired Class.  You must enroll and work in both sections, Performance Magick 799a and Performance Magick 799b, simultaneously.  

This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 240 - 243, Companion for the Apprentice Wizard, pp.122 – 135. Materials for your final project, depending on your choice of project.


Estimated Completion Time: 3 months or more
Prerequisites:

Students must be L7, majoring in Performance Magick, and have completed all other Performance Magick Major requisites already. Magister students will not be admitted to this class.


Safety Precautions: Depending on the final project chosen, Youth students should get adult permission and adults should take care while undergoing physical exercise. 
Included Lessons:

Performance Magick 799B: Practicum Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: "Lloydiarth"
Class Description:

You have nearly completed your Major in Performance Magick. This Practicum culminates that course of study, giving you close one-on-one interaction with your Professor. Here you will explore how to move from classroom study to real-life applications of your chosen field. You will plan and produce a significant work of Performance Magick, your Final Project. Note: The Practicum is a paired Class.  You must enroll and work in both sections, Performance Magick 799a and Performance Magick 799b, simultaneously.

This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 240 - 243,

Companion for the Apprentice Wizard, pp.122 – 135.

Materials for your final project, depending on your choice of project.


Estimated Completion Time: 3 months or more
Prerequisites:

Students must be L7, majoring in Performance Magick, and have completed all other Performance Magick Major requisites already. Magister students will not be admitted to this class.


Safety Precautions:

Depending on the final project chosen, Youth students should get adult permission and adults should take care while undergoing physical exercise. 


Included Lessons:

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