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Arkadia
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When got into magic for real, (i.e not adding some easy magic tricks into my juggling show.) I, like everybody else, copied the trick, the lines and the style. If I did "Conscience overload" (Kenton Knepper) I tried to be Knepper as much as I could. The same happened to me when I did a mental show some years ago - I tried to become Max Maven. Then I left those tricks behind and developed by going out on the streets. That - according to me - is the best thing I have ever done. By bringing magic and juggling to the street I was forced to develop a real character and to create routines around him. When I later picked up my old tricks I performed them just as I remembered them - but when I watched the DVDs I found out that I did not use the same slights, the same lines and did the trick in a very different way. I didn't even know this change came about. I believe the change happened because of the finding of my character. And as I said - I thank the streets for that! I believe that because people can leave whenever they want - it forces you to be fast, funny, interesting and witty. On a regular corp. show the audience pretty much has to sit around during your act. Then you have to wait around until your next booking - and that can take forever. The street is always open. (Okay, not during the winter unless you're really enthusiastic) That way you can do hundreds of shows and develop much quicker.

And I couldn't agree more with Mario Morris - props have to fit your character. Cups and balls fit me like a clove so I don't have to change anything. But the Miser's Dream, a routine which is just great and beautiful, didn't fit bit was great and beautiful!). Until I changed the champagne bucket into a rusty, beat up bucket. Then the Miser's Dream worked.

So, what do I do to make my tricks and my show to stand out? I sit at a café and drink lots of coffee writing down lines, jokes and routines. Then I go home and toss around my props and try to get a trick going. I speak loud and pretend to interact with my audience. At those practice sessions I usually find new lines, change the written ones and come up with a presentation I like. Unfortunately I don't come up with to many tricks and routines myself - but I try as much as I can. The only bit in my circle show that is entirely mine is my linking rings routine - and that one I am very happy with.

/Ark
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Mario Morris
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Ark
That is Pricless.
Mario
Jaz
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Another question.
Where do you want to make your mark? On the magic community or the public?
I think the public. Yes?

I wouldn't mind seeing others more knowledgable than me about magic history reply to my questions.

Who has made a mark on magic?
What was that mark? What moved them to the forefront?

Too many to name here but unique acts and good publicity seems real. A lot seem to have stood out among magicians but are not well known to the public.

An original trick, method, character, good publicity? An innovation, a style, good entertainment value?
Who stands out today and why?

For the public I think these guys are best known. In no particular order.

  • Blaine - because he does intimate magic that was rarely seen before. He does strange stunts not seen by this generation. Maybe since Houdini.
  • Copperfield - What can I say. Charisma and super magic.
  • Penn and Teller - Two guys similar Laurel and Hardy who do funny stuff. An old formula with a few twists.
  • Lance Burton - To me he's more classic style. It works for him


These are "out there". TV likes them.

These may not as well known but they're out there.

~Ricky Jay - He's a card specialist and very good and entertaining.
~Rudy Colby - made a hit with mutiple legs.
~Amazing Johnathan - Wild comedy magic.

Unique stuff, charisma and good promoting, good promoting and ...never mind.
Mario Morris
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Jaz
You wouldn't mind seeing others more knowledgeable than you in magic history reply to your questions.

Join the queue, LOL.

As for your questions I don’t think we are looking at the same song sheet but I do appreciate your input.
Keep on keeping on
Mario
P.S I have been trying to see some of your art work on your web-site I cant find it, do you have a link to any?
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Quote:
On 2005-05-01 11:08, Mario Morris wrote:
The Viking in you made you say it, OK.
Mario


Alright, it was a cheap shot.
I have seen your video and it looks good.

However, I think your home page should be larger -
that way you don't have to squat to fit inside of it.
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What do you mean?
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I have just took a quick look on penguinmagic.com and found that Jay Sankey has a new product called Create Your Own Magic, which apparently teaches you to add a bit of yourself to your magic. Check it out, I haven't really taken a good look because I am watchin the election results and am kinda drunk at the moment.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=1000
markmagic
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Not only should you add a bit of yourself to the routines you do, You should listen to the spectators comments. I was doing a ring and string routine years ago, when I placed a ladies ring on the rope, a spectator said, " be careful, it may turn your rope green." A funny line, used right, it always gets a laugh!
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