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On 2007-08-04 21:38, clynim wrote:
In my opinion, a good trick without good presentation is still just a trick. A lousy trick, presented well, can not only entertain, but might even come close to being considered art.

I want to interact with the quote above. I stripped it out of a nice little thread in the Newbie section. Let's see what happens as what I am about to espouse is NOT the party line.

Let's start here: The BEST magic that I have ever EXPERIENCED had virtually NO presentation in the modern or expected sense of that term! In real terms it had 'none'. That is to say the magic itself was just offered up for what it was by a virtual tyro who had 'one' good trick at his command and he simply DESTROYED me with it. I can mark my entrance into the magic milieu from that point onward.

Almost no magic effect before or since has affected me in quite that same way. The only other routine I can think of was Chop Cup when I first saw it close up and right there. Thus my obsession with Chop Cup for all these years.

But, that first trick that REALLY messed me up. To this day I can remember the 'magic' of it. The wonder of it! My version of the trick called "Is This Your Card" is published on one of my DVD's and is my homage to what that particular effect means to me even now.

Point again: The trick was delivered with virtually 'no' presentation other than, "Here watch this...." And, yet, it just blew me away...again and again and again. Not knowing the second Law of Magic, "Thou Shalt Not Repeat A Trick During The Same Performance", my friend did it three times over before refusing to do it again. And, in this case each repetition became more amazing than the last.

What's can we learn from this?

My first assertion is this: MAGIC if done well enough to fool someone is just plain entertaining by itself. Stripped of clever patter. Stripped of any of the other things that make most other forms of performance entertaining the MAGIC moment itself is by itself ..... ENTERTAINING to most people! And, I have seen hundreds of instances when this has proven true.

My second consideration is this: It is true when it seems to happen at an unexpected moment. In other words when folks are not aware that magic is going to take place, the above holds true. When in the midst of a formal and expected show situation a boring and laconic routine might work once as a novel form of presentation, but it won't work over and over again.

What I am trying to get at is this: There is something in the magic moment that is almost primal and the MORE unexpected that it is the more it taps into that primal internal sense of the mystery of things.

The next ... BIG .... QUESTION? How can we, if it is possible at all, translate the impromptu situation into our more formal paid situations? I'm not sure and this is my first attempt to examine what I have observed for 30+ years, but have not until now been able to put into words. Can we somehow manipulate a more formal performance into something 'like' a more impromptu one?

Thank you for your attention,
Brad Burt
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