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Topic: Key to Success...
Message: Posted by: Peter Eggink (Feb 8, 2006 07:33PM)
What makes you a good Magician?

I only can share MY thoughts and perception on this with you…

First off, your audience don't mind being fooled as long as they LIKE you. If they like YOU they will like what you do. You don't have to be a technical genius to be a good magician. You could be technically one of the best magicians out there, but if you not have the ability to present, entertain, or if you are boring, your audience simply won't care.

Presentation, charisma and personality are the keywords. There's a huge difference in just "showing ticks" and being a (close-up) magician. A good magician knows how to ENTERTAIN his audience, and is using his tricks just as a "tool" for doing so.

The magic is inside of YOU ;)


Message: Posted by: NeoMagic (Feb 9, 2006 04:33AM)
Very true. Good advice. May I ask where you stand on the question that if someone has to ask, 'How did you do that?', it means that your routine/effect wasn't entertaining enough? In other words, a properly executed effect should give no reason to someone to ask that question. If they do, the performance is lacking.

I think it depends on the type of audience also. Some audiences see magic as a type of puzzle to be solved, or a mystery that needs investigating. For others, say at a Las Vegas show perhaps, they just want to sit back and be thoroughly entertained.

I find watching (good) magic both entertaining and puzzling!
Message: Posted by: Peter Eggink (Feb 9, 2006 05:31AM)
If you receive the question "how did you do that", isn't per definition a sign that your performance was lacking. It all depends on your performance style, or what kind of "Role" you choose to play. What I'm saying is that you'll have to find the balance between amazement and entertainment.


Message: Posted by: NeoMagic (Feb 9, 2006 06:10AM)
Thank you, again. What advice can you give to performers who face the question, 'How did you do that?'? What replies have you used in the past? :)

Also, on a related matter, what about an audience member who after a routine asks to examine your (gaffed) deck or any other prop that's gimmicked, what's the best way you've found of getting out of this situation, short of a deck switch or whatever?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Feb 9, 2006 06:17AM)
If they say how do you do that, don't you see that as a higher sign of flattery? They are so impressed that they just have to know. Some people don't expect to get the answer from you, but they are so puzzled and it stars to hurt them that this trick is just racking their brains, they just have to know how it was done, just to satisfy their curiosity, but inside, they know you wont tell them, else its like a Magican giving a lecture to laymen
Message: Posted by: Peter Eggink (Feb 9, 2006 07:40AM)
If they ask me: "How did you do that", I usually respond with: "very well" ;)

As far as examination goes, If your routine construction is good as well as your presentation and timing, there's no reason for any spectator to examine anything.

e.g. I always ring in a gaffed deck once I conditioned my audience with a regular deck. At the end of that particular effect not ANY spectator wants, or feels the need to examine that deck, as they simply "Believe" me at this point.