At this point, you're probably intrigued by magic tricks and would like to learn a few. For this, visit my collection of easy magic tricks that you can learn and perform. All of the tricks employ everyday, common, household materials and require no complicated sleight-of-hand or moves. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. And, if you like, you can also learn some easy card tricks.
As you learn and master easy magic tricks, I recommend that you begin your formal study of the art of magic, mainly through books and a few DVDs that I recommend. Here you'll learn more sophisticated magic tricks as well the presentation of magic. Here on the site, you can also learn and master basic magic techniques.
To progress in the art of magic, it's important that you meet other magicians. Here at Magic.About.com, we have a forum where you can pose your magic-related questions to our many magician members. You'll almost always be given a response and answer. (You don't have to be a member of the forum to read and make use of its content.) I monitor the forum daily and this is the best way to request answers from me to your questions.
Another way to meet other magicians is to find a magic club that convenes near you. You can find links for IBM (International Brotherhood of Magicians) and SAM (Society of American Magicians) and locate a local arm of the organization that is near you.
As you learn magic, you'll probably want tricks or DVDs that are in your chosen area of interest or magic genre (stand-up, cards, etc...). For this, you can read my many reviews of magic tricks and instructional DVDs.
Finally, you'll be ready to put together routines and an act. For this, I provide recommendations on how to choose tricks and routines for your audience, venue, skill level and more. And for performance tips, you'll find an entire section devoted to the topic that discusses dealing with nervousness, applying themes, how to prepare for your first show and more.
All that's left is to develop routines and find an audience. Good luck.