Baltimore School of Magical Arts opens virtual doors to the public

Baltimore’s School of Magical Arts (named one of New York Magazine’s “Thoroughly Worthwhile Online Classes”) is, for the first time, offering the public the opportunity to participate in a virtual open house and to get a coveted invitation to join the school of professional magic. The Virtual Open Houses are available free of charge to students ages 7-17 and will run monthly, with the first taking place on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Registration is required.

School of Magic Arts is a very different approach to magic. A school open 365 days a year, it offers classes, camps and private lessons that align with a thoughtful curriculum that builds as the student acquires skills. In weekly magic classes, students “level up”, giving them a solid foundation in teaching magic on stage.

“At the School of Magical Arts, we know that there is no single person who characterizes ‘a magician,’ says Annie Montone, Head Magician. “We strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our students, families and the public. »

Students receive the SOMA Magician’s Kit, a professionally curated box of supplies, and the opportunity to perform several times a year in public shows for live audiences. Because SOMA is a virtual program, students come from all over the United States and beyond.

“Sometimes people are surprised by the way we teach magic,” says Brian Kehoe, head magician. “But we believe magic is strongest when it includes everyone. We love looking at stage magic from a different perspective, which includes all gender identities, races, ethnicities, orientations, physical and mental abilities. “

For more information or to register for a SOMA Open Day, go to

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 it didn’t really exist. of “school of magic on stage”. There were magical camps, lessons and classes, yes, but no centralized place for students to grow. Feel like part of a real magical community, no matter their age or level. Learn magical effects, and also the art of performing them. And so, in 2017, the Baltimore Academy of Magic was born. Since then, BAM has evolved into what is now the School of Magical 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 schools of stage magic in the world, and possibly the only one with a full year-round program, our SOMA community comes to us from all over the map and grows every day.

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