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housermagic
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Time was, when ordering at a local restaurant, the waitperson or manager would ask, "Did you bring any magic?" This was after attending a meeting of the local magic club. I would end up entertaining the waitstaff, as my food arrived and proceeded to get cold.

This did lead to an offer for me to do walk-around for the other patrons. Unfortunately, the owners were NOT on the same page, and there was no opportunity offered again.

BTW, there was never an offer to reheat or replace my cold food either.

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It's strange that every time I have been nagged into doing magic when I didn't feel like it, it has always gone wrong. lol
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It isn't strange, your heart wasn't into your performance. You always do your best when you heart is in it.
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So, you actually HAVE friends and family who LIKE magic?? I used to do church basement shows for groups consisting mostly of children, and they seemed to be very eager and happy to book me for special events such as banquets. But the only times I have ever been asked to perform impromptu for a few adult friends or family members in an informal situation, I got the impression they were asking only to be nice to me -- they themselves could not really have cared less about seeing magic, not if I were the greatest magician in the world. I started a thread about this elsewhere. I honestly think, though we do not like to hear this, that only a small percentage of people actually like magic.
Did you ever see "Arrested Development", that very dark sitcom of awhile back? It made the point over and over again that adults, anyway, who like magic are very rare. People tend to see it as something for children, if for anyone, not grownups. Or am I just too pessimistic about this?
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We wake up, we comb our hair, we put on a smile, and we go out into the world to create a little wonder. For ourselves, for others. Yes, sometimes we have to dig deep to retain our composure due to many factors. But if we give a little more than we take, perhaps we can truly find joy sometimes.

If we think we are simply trained monkeys and perform in our sleep without feeling, then we are truly missing something in our lives.

Perhaps it's time to think out of the box a little bit.

When we hate the art we love, when we feel like our art is simply work, when we insist on only doing what we love for money, something priceless is lost in the process.

Magic is a communicative art. We share the joy of wonder. It is hopefully what brought us to the art in the first place. Spread it around. If it becomes nothing more than routine and work, take a break, climb the mountaintop, reexamine the priorities, and return.

People don't hate magic. People like to be entertained. And if you're not entertaining the audience, i.e. communicating with them on some deep and meaningful level, you are missing out on the joy of one of the world's oldest crafts.

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On 2008-03-07 18:36, Hushai wrote:
Did you ever see "Arrested Development", that very dark sitcom of awhile back? It made the point over and over again that adults, anyway, who like magic are very rare. People tend to see it as something for children, if for anyone, not grownups. Or am I just too pessimistic about this?

Adults who like the Teletubbies are also very rare, and most would rather not sit through one of those shows in their spare time. You said it in your own post, many people tend to see magic as something for children....and/or some middle-aged man floating about the stage in a sequined shirt. Show them the difference. Most adults like magic for adults.
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On 2008-03-07 18:36, Hushai wrote:
Did you ever see "Arrested Development", that very dark sitcom of awhile back? It made the point over and over again that adults, anyway, who like magic are very rare. People tend to see it as something for children, if for anyone, not grownups. Or am I just too pessimistic about this?


You'd see it a lot differently in Chicago, where there's a lot of magic aimed at adults. The venue "Magic Chicago", which has sell-out shows, is recommended for audiences 17 and older. The magic-laden show "Supernatural Chicago", which has been playing at the Excalibar nightclub for years, is not recommended for children. There are bars that having strolling magicians regularly scheduled. Of course, there are a good number of top-notch magicians in Chicago who have enough audience awareness to know how to entertain adults.
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I think you are lucky to have people around you who are interested in what you do. You cannot expect family members and most friends to understand how you feel about what you do. It is too distant from anything they know.

I have studied all kinds of crafts, and nobody has ever gotten any of it. That is only natural. For instance, after many years in an art college, people would ask me to paint their walls. "Since you love painting so much..." You have to see the humor in these things.

"Magic pet"...what a great expression! I wouldn't mind being one for a while. Nobody ever asks me to do anything. Not even my parents have ever asked me to see a single magic trick, ever. Only...one of my closest friends has asked once. Who, by the way, hates magic, but he said he would endure watching it since I probably need the practice.
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I am doing magic shows all the time for a living. My family has seen me do it so many times and don't want to see it anymore. The only thing my wife likes is to watch the reaction of the kids at my show. She loves that more than anything.

As far as going to my daughters school they all know that I am a magician. The one thing I get from them is the repeated "Do Magic, Do Magic, Do Magic". Most of the time I say I am out of magic and I have to recharge. Sometimes I just play a little trick on them. I have them all stand together, face the other way, and count to 3. By the time they get to 3 I have slipped out the door. Funny to hear the say... ooo man he tricked us Smile

I do break down and give them a little show with coins if I have time when I drop my little ones off at school.

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On 2008-03-03 08:39, Owen Thomas wrote:
Does anyone sometimes get annoyed being asked to do tricks all the time for family and friends? Does this mean I got the wrong hobby? Maybe I'm not a performer and enjoy practicing tricks. Any thoughts? thanks


When I was younger, just starting in magic my dad and family always asked me to do some tricks on occasion, and that was a good thing, It gave me needed practice and confidence in front of people, even though they were my own family.

As years went on, I would often initiate performance in front of my friends when we were all sitting around at the table or whatever.

But lately, I have really found my attitude and approach changing, I just don't do that anymore. even though I am a magician, when sitting around with others, I would much rather just participate in conversation and laugh and joke and if I am going to impress them with something, I'd now rather let it just be my personality.

Besides, some of the people I talk and converse with are church going folks, and to them pulling out a magic trick is tantamount to growing horns out of my head and jabbing them with a hot pitchfork...take it from a guy who knows...
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I'm fairly new at being a magician but I'm a little on the opposite spectrum. I'd love for people to ask me to do a trick. (As long as I have something that I'm comfortable doing!) I haven't found too many people who seem turned off by magic. Most everyone so far has seemed to thouroghyly enjoy it. One thing does get tiring though. My 4 year old grandson comes for a visit every week. The first thing he usually does when he comes over is say, "Grandpa, show me the magic coloring book!" Now, THAT can get tiring!
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I too am not a regular performer but I always have a P.W. with me for the occasions when someone asks to see something, a P.W. is just so versatile and it doesn't take much thinking to be able to come up with many routines that appear different but have the same method.

Also I quite often carry a packet trick or two, or a deck of cards with me just incase.

Regards 0045
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I don't mind it whe people ask, but its never okay when people expect me to do magic.
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I don't mind them asking since I am a performer, and I like to perform. What gets me are those that feel that the have discover and reveal how the trick was done.
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On 2008-03-16 10:04, rockwall wrote:
I'm fairly new at being a magician but I'm a little on the opposite spectrum. I'd love for people to ask me to do a trick. (As long as I have something that I'm comfortable doing!) I haven't found too many people who seem turned off by magic. Most everyone so far has seemed to thouroghyly enjoy it. One thing does get tiring though. My 4 year old grandson comes for a visit every week. The first thing he usually does when he comes over is say, "Grandpa, show me the magic coloring book!" Now, THAT can get tiring!

You need to get some other effects that are suitable for him. May I suggest Samuel Patrick Smith? (I hope he's still doing business.)

Posted: Mar 21, 2008 9:07am
Take it from me. You are never going to be able to get away from those types. They are always there. Lurking in the crowd. Waiting to pounce.

We can only try to deal with it the best we can.
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On 2008-03-21 09:05, daffydoug wrote:
You need to get some other effects that are suitable for him. May I suggest Samuel Patrick Smith? (I hope he's still doing business.)


I'll look up Samuel Patrick Smith. Thanks for the suggestion. I do have other tricks. If I say, "Not today" about the coloring book, then he asks for the money trick which is misers dream that I learned from Chris Capehart. He can spend all night throwing coins in the can and laughing at me getting mad about it.
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Here is Sammy's website. He's the best when it comes to kid effects. And a real friendly, helpful guy, also. (Not to mention, a seasoned pro who knows his kid stuff!)

http://www.spsmagic.com/
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