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On Jan 12, 2017, funsway wrote:
I am reviewing/revising some of my thinking on this "balance."

For any audience today a majority may never have seen a good LIVE magic performer or heard a good LIVE storyteller.
Even though TV has mangled the word "live" to mean "happening now, sorta" as opposed to "recorded earlier, I use the term to me "nothing between you and the performer but air."

The impact of impressions on an audience when performing live is much more sweeping than when viewed through the equivalent of a toilet paper tube.
A combination of good story and good magic may be essential to having any affect on an audience - if you desire something more than just fleeting entertainment in competition with cellphones.

This may be your only opportunity to provide a magical experience for a spectator. Give it everything you have.

Thanks Funsway! This is a good thread to keep alive and revisit every now and then.
The ever present glow of the TV tube and cellphone screen has society viewing events through augmented reality; the human brain can become addicted to HYPER-processing.
This is in direct competition to actual LIVE events that can not happen at the same speed and multiple camera views of edited video.
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I think a great thing with storytelling magic is that it can have more props. Like pictures and old boxes and all sorts of items that might fit with or embellish the story, and that now adds the other senses that TV and electronics can not engage. If you have something old that someone gets to touch or use it can connect with them, it might smell old also. These are things that help us, it helps drive story and authenticity.
We have more than just the 5 senses.
Muscle tension

Because we all have a remembrance of what pain,thirst or hunger might feel like a good story can make a spectator feel that again(on their terms). The absence of the constant screen flicker from TV and Cellphone actually allows the sense of sight to dull and can now make us aware of other senses. Which good books do, from the absence of sight and sound.
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This thread is a joy to read and educational.

Does anyone have any signposts to storytelling magic performers or videos of performers doing great storytelling magic?

I recently came across a video of Christian Cagigal performing at the The Magic Castle. I was blown away by the presentation.
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I'm new to this thread, but I trust people don't mind revisiting it. I've decided that embedding magic into a story is the way I want to go. I'm learning that three things are key: (1) Committing to the story with energy and acting. "A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician," right? (2) A tight script. Each sentence (really each word) contributes to the effect and moves things forward. Strip out the incidental details. Wherever you can, tighten a sentence to a clause, a clause to a phrase, a phrase to a word, a word to a visual gesture. (3) Keep the story visually interesting. Give the audience gesture, color, motion to watch.

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Most of the time used a Story patter , better than just doing a TRICK-FOOLED YOU / posted many - so wont repeat - p/m if interested. RR
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A special way of "telling a story" when presenting a magic effect is to name the props as a sort of anthropomorphizing.

This both focuses attention the props such as coins, but also makes them unique and interesting. The key is the "Story told after" for the spectator
that will not be repeat of the one you told. Yet, you can encourage the formation of this story by planting memory seeds.

For example, I have a CSB routine in which I name the coins Phil, Lee and Juan with a story of them trying to skip classes in school.
For me it is better than saying, "I'll take the copper coin in my left hand." You may improve on my, "Juan sneaked over to the Caféteria," but you might see the advantage.

I also name the scissors or knife I use in a C&B routine, especially if a spectator will be handling it.

"I call these shears Matilda because my uncle used them for shearing sheep." Later I ask, "Can you please hand Matilda to me and ignore my long hair?"
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst

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Anthropomorphizing - "WOW" - I agree Funsway - for instance - Doing an "Alice in Wonderland" story -Die Box, is White Rabbets Home / Die, White Rabbets Toy / Hat, is where the Mad Hatter Lives - and where he put the Rabbets Toy, Hatter stole - when Mom Rabbet told White Rabbet to put his toy away in his room (die box ). Also "spot Card' is a picture of my Pet "SPOT" and his 4 sisters , 3 Uncles, 6 Aunts - and the rest of the family "8" - just a couple ideas I've done for 60 years and wanted to share. Ralph ROUSSEAU (russo)
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