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samslaven
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Does anyone know the name of the song that An-Ha Lim did his winning manipulation act to at the combined convention this past summer?
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I don't know but it was quite inspiring, wasn't it?
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Let's let him keep it that secret for himself.
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If it's correct


it's bond's explosive.
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I agree with Peter. It is ok to enjoy the music as long as you are not so inclined to copy it. Creativity is the art of NOT imitating.

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It sounds very much like he may have had it recored for the act ...if he did bravo to him as it makes me laugh and number of years ago every manipulation act out there was using the four seasons ( aka Lance Burton) I would say anyone serious about there manipulation act should spend the money and have custom made music because on many facets your music is a very large part of the act.



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It is a HUGE part of your act. In so many ways music itself can be something that can be manipulated just like the objects in your hands.

I have actually done and used both lyrical and non lyrical based music. It really does depend upon what it is you are doing. When I use lyrical music, I usually am doing so to create a certain mood or convey a certain feeling. This is what I refer to as an "emotional response."

No matter where you are in the world or what person you come across. If you can not even speak the language there is something you and that person will always share in common. That is emotions.

Every single person feels emotions. We all feel happiness, sadness, anger, surprise etc. etc. Because of this, music can also help you to convey those emotions to your audience. Just like your cards are tools for your act, music can be as well. Music can be a manipulative tool.

One thing I find happening too often is that people build their act and try and tack on the music afterwards. This is never a good idea. The music needs to be integrated and apart of what you do. If done well, the music and the magic combine to create a mood and an overall experience.

With lyrical music, I try and find one where the words and the music itself convey the mood I am trying to express. It may also tie directly into my theme or into the character I am playing for that routine or act. This way my magic and the lyrical music go together to form a poetic style piece.

In one manipulative act I do I talk about my childhood and about my own personal story about being deaf and growing up that way. It is about finding magic in the simplest of places and realizing that the world (even to a deaf child) can be a wonderful place. The manipulations I do as part of this act is done to "It's a Wonderful World". It just makes sense and ties in beautifully to what I want to have happen on stage.

In this sense and instance, the lyrics tie in to the emotional response I am seeking and after and help to tie everything I am doing together. It helps me to achieve the entertainment value I am after.

This does not mean I always have to use lyrical music. It simply means this is how I often will use it and the ways in which I feel are important if you are to use lyrical music in a manipulative act. Think about what the song is saying and the mood conveyed and make sure the act you are doing works well with it. It should fit like a glove.

If you are not using lyrical music, then some of the same rules apply. You still must realize that the music is not something that should be just added to a routine or act after you have ot all worked out. The music should be worked in from the start so that the music and what you do coincide with each other.

The music also needs to fit the act. by this I simply mean the music needs to make sense to the action being portrayed. It also must fit your theme, style and character. If you are more modern in style and fast paced movement, then your music needs to fit this as well. If you are more classical in nature and smoother movements, then jazz style music may fit you best.

Whatever music you find working best for you, remember that it needs to also have peeks and valleys. A good peace of music is like a good play. A play has ups and downs and fast times and slow times. it has conflict and resolution. Good music will have this also. If placed into an act, it can make your act flow much better and aid in the pacing.

Too many magicians tend to go to fast and never give the audience a time to rest or to applaud you. Good music can be used to add these moments in and give the audience that much needed time to react to you.

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On 2008-12-21 13:46, magic4u02 wrote:
It is ok to enjoy the music as long as you are not so inclined to copy it. Creativity is the art of NOT imitating.

Kyle


That's good preaching, brother.
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Thanks my friend. I just try and preach the truth as much as I can. Whether or not people listen, is another story. lol

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