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Topic: Nearly Normal Story Telling Gig
Message: Posted by: harris (Aug 31, 2005 08:14PM)
This afternoon I shared at the first of a two part series on story telling.

I was the "guest speaker" at a high school english class for juniors.

The unit was on story telling.

My talk included use of props, voice change, body posture as part of status change and other aspects of story telling.

Those of you who are in the I.B.M. may have seen the article in this months Linking Ring on my work with students.

It was an honor to be part of the September 2005 issue.

Be safe, well and creative.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 31, 2005 08:22PM)

Could you share a few of your thoughts about storytelling and its use in magic for children? Meeting you at SAM Nationals, I know you have a lot of knowledge in this area and it might be a great way for you to share some of your thoughts, ideas and tips for us to all learn from.

We might then be able to get a discussion going on storytelling and its use in children's magic and be able to have others post their own questions or even ideas and tips that have worked for them.

I know a great deal changed in my magic when I started realizing that the journey I took the kids on was often more fun for them then the actual trick itself. By adding the element of storytelling to my magic, the kids related better, kept their attention span better and they had more fun with it.

I would love to hear more on your thoughts and others.

Message: Posted by: harris (Sep 7, 2005 06:38PM)
Kyle and others.

I believe both elements need to be strong.

1. A good story and
2. Good magic

This does not mean that you have to do killer sleight of hand.
In fact in the two programs I used today, the magic included....

A. Professors Nitemare...to illustrate my being "short challenged", first in height and then by fear...
B. No tear and restored newspaper to illustrate the different emotions our stories and parts of our life can represent...(In my life...sharing laughter of friendship and tears when my mom died and anger over her addiction to cigarrettes)
C. Mask created by balloons to illustrate the mask we wear such as class clown, super-hero...., scapegoat...

Tomorrow I will share with the "Big Kids" in a conference presentation called

A Nearly Normal Look at Humor for the Helping Professional.

I am by no means an expert and still am learing.

Mr. Solomon's columns and others in the magic journals give great examples.

This nearly normal guy finally found it easier to tell his own story. (edited at times for the age level of the audience)

Kyle, I really enjoyed hearing about your combination of magic and stories.

I hope someday to see you in action sharing them.(Live or "memorex".)

Be safe, well and creative.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Sep 7, 2005 07:12PM)

Thanks so much for sharing that all wqith us. That is a perfect example of how storytelling can be used in your magic to elicit an emotional response or to even inspire someone in a great way. You really seem to have some great ideas and I love the effects you chose to covey those ideas. Excellent stuff.

I do love to use storytelling and try to use it a lot in my shows when I can. In my theater and stage shows, I always put in 1 or 2 personality pieces. These are routines where through the art of storytelling, I can take the audience back in time to experiences that we all have shared at some point. Because we all share these moments, the audience starts to relate better to me on stage and sees me as one of them. I connect better with my audience through this process of storytelling and combining it with strong magic and music.

It is something I have been working on for a few years now and it works really well to connect with an audience on a different level and to break down that wall that stands between us as performers and the audience.

Message: Posted by: calexa (Sep 8, 2005 07:40AM)
From my own experience with story telling, I can say that you need a story that fasziates the kids and seems to be "impossible". If you then make this impossibility happen, no matter how easy it is for you, for the kids it will be a miracle.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Sep 8, 2005 06:41PM)
I do not even feel that the story you tell has to be a magical one or one inwhich the impossible becomes possible. I have used stories that are not magical in nature at all but are used to get the kids to relate to what I am doing, open up their imagination and to just get them to smile and laugh and giggle as I am telling the story to them in a magical way.

In some cases of my routines, the storytelling is first and the magic becomes secondary to the story to help back it up. If I am there to entertain the children, then I can choose to do so in numerous ways to obtain and reach that goal.

Just my 2 cents worth. =)

Message: Posted by: harris (Apr 19, 2013 08:36AM)
While doing some research, I came apon this old topic.

I find stories from life, can be just as appealing (or sometimes more) as fantasy/fiction.

still 2 old to know it all
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Apr 19, 2013 02:29PM)
I have had great success by combining storytelling with music. Two of our Interactive Routines, "Merlin" and "The Magic in You" are excellent examples of this. Each routine is a wonderfully crafted story with a self-esteem message (the first by Oscar Munoz, and the second by Brother Shadow). And each routine is performed to its own custom music score. The music highlights and enhances specific events within the story-line, which draws the audience in, so they experience it on a deeper level. More details available on our website at http://www.arthurstead.com.

Arthur & Leslie Stead