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Magic 1 (4,5 ECTS credits)

June 8, 2015 - July 30, 2015

Course Code: D2012G

This 3 week university course at Stockholm Dance and Circus University gives 4,5 ECTS credits.

Special Skype lectures were given by:

  • Teller
  • Jim Steinmeyer
  • Will Houstoun

Three weeks fulltime, June 8-30. Like any other university course, is free of charge for EU citizens. Non-EU citizens are also welcome, but unfortunately not free but to a cost of 36000 SEK (about 4000 USD).

Depending on your nationality and your government’s approach to education you might be eligible for student loans or grants.

Johan Ståhl and Tom Stone are the main facilitators.

The main topics are misdirection and dramatic structures. It will draw heavily on the participants’ own experiences. The study model is very hands-on with focus on research and practical experiments. The course is given in English.

You’ll get 4.5 university credits and university diploma from the Stockholm University of the Arts – something that might open doors that previously have been closed to you.

To apply you need at least 5 years of practical experience and submit a work sample, 5-10 minutes performance on video (if possible; single camera, unedited). Last date of application: April 15.

The pace will be intense, and it will be exhausting, and it will be insanely fun!

Entry Requirements
General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle with the exception of Swedish 1,2,3 and English 6 and
Specific entry requirement

  • 7,5 credits in circus or the equivalent
  • At least five years experience of magic on a high level

If there are more eligable applicants than places there will be a selection. The Selection is based on the submitted documentation from eligible applicants. The performance of Magic is assessed according to FISM-standard, minimum 50p (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques).

Language of Instruction
English is the main language of instruction.

The aim of the course is to give the studensts tools to ba able to, individually and in a group, develop and challange their knowledge in magic.

Course Content
During the course the students work, individually and in a group, with different given themes. In lectures and seminars they will meet and discuss different ways of working with magic, focusing on misdirection and non-linear methods both on a practical and a theoretical level. At the end of the course the students present one of their routines in magic that they have created during the course.

Teaching methods
The course contains lectures, seminars, individual work and group work.

Intended Learning Outcomes
After completing the course the student is able to

  • discuss and in practise work with misdirection and non-linear methods
  • work with the process of brain storming – visualisation – presentation in relation to a chosen theme
  • discuss and elaborate with the use of neighbouring art forms in relationship to the practise of magic

Course Requirements
The student has to be present at least 80 % and participate in obligatory parts of the course like lectures, seminars and workshops. If the student cannot participate in the obligatory parts of the course they can make a complementary assignment. The examiner, course director and student will agree on the content of the assignment.

The examination is carried out through a final practical presentation.
In case a student fails the ordinary examination, the student has four more examination opportunities in order to pass the examination.
In special cases, for example, illness or injury, some parts can be examined through a special assignment. Each case is assessed individually in consultation with the head teacher/s and therapists (if applicable).

Replaces a previous course
The course replaces D2002G Magi 1.

Overlaps another course
The course overlaps D2002G Magi 1 and cannot be included in a degree together with this.

Grading criteria
The student has met the expected learning outcomes
The student has not met the expected learning outcomes

Study Resources
Wonder, Tommy (1996) The Books of wonder volume l. Seattle: Hermetic Press inc. 310 sid.
Recommended literature
Wonder, Tommy (1996) The Books of wonder volume II. Seattle: Hermetic Press inc
Stone, Tom (2011) Vortex. Seattle: Hermetic Press inc


June 8, 2015
July 30, 2015
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Stockholm University of the Arts
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