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twm
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Entry to my local magic society is by audition. Since most of my magic at the moment is for children, I feel a little self conscious performing hobbyist childrens magic under these circumstances. The only angle I can think of is to let them think I'm going to do something trivial like a Magic Colouring Book, and introduce a major twist when they are least expecting it.

How the heck do you entertain professional magicians with children's magic?
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You don't have to entertain them you just need to show them you are passionate about what you are doing. They are not there to judge you for your skill, just your passion. Prove that you are passionate about performing and learning the Art and your in.
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Yup, kids magician's ar a very important part of the industry.. besides, you bring smiles to children's faces -- be proud!

With the recent shift in focus in magic back to sleights (its a pendulum that swings back and forth periodically) its putting a premium in people's minds on ';skill", but performing is JUST as much as skill as a good back and front palm. (One could argue more so, in fact.)

I frankly am always more impressed by a trick I know, performed in a way that makes me see it anew, then when I'm just dumbfounded by the method.

In the end, you are ALL there because of love of the art, let that love shine through and you will be fine Smile
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My local club it is all about enthusiasm; I think others are the same. We have hobbyists, pro's and yes pro's who do kids shows.

I am sure it will all go well. Enjoy yourself.

Danny
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Forget that you’re performing for magicians. That’s a HUGE trap that is all too easy to fall into. Just do Magic. They’ll appreciate it. We all love Magic.

Everyone who said it’s about passion and love of the art is right on the money. Is your enthusiasm showing?

When I first started (sometime last century) the requirement was to show three different effects. Glad to see that ideal hasn’t gone by the wayside.

We have all levels, from some working pros and a guy who’s been picked for AGT this November to people who only know a couple tricks, to this one guy who KEEPS missing his t*p*t (after a while it gets funny, can’t help it, and he’s good natured about it).

They’re interested in what you’re interested in more than in what you can do. AND there will usually be more than one who will help when he can as well as being ready to learn from you whenever you’re ready.

Don’t be intimidated! If they didn’t love Magic, they’d be home watching a game!
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Don't ever be intimidated by other magicians - its highly likely that you will do something that 'fools'them, they will just nod acceptance.
Do what you do well, and enjoy the experience. If you are not succesful, then it is likely that you will be given some feedback, and asked to return.

I did a ten minute spot for my audition, and two things went wrong!!, I then got asked half a dozen questions (so prepare some answers) - along the lines of 'How did you get interested', What have you read' e.t.c.

Good luck
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Yep, don't worry about it. In addition to showing your enthusiasm for magic, and that you're not just there to see how things are done, it also gives the club another chance to see some magic. Any kind of magic!!! Just have fun with it. You'll do just fine.

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One of my concerns was how to ensure that I am able to show my enthusiasm if I do things that I know would be familiar to the group. I just may have an answer to that though. I love comedy. Making people laugh is a real joy. So if I use comedy I have a real chance to do something original and to be entertaining even if the magic is familiar. The audition won't be for a while, so I've got a lot of opportunity to plan it.

Thanks, everyone, for your support and advice. This really is a most amazing group!
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Everything will really be OK. Honestly, you do NOT have anything to worry about. Don't think you have to "knock their socks off" and blow them away. It's nothing like that. They just want to see that one (you) has an interest in magic, is sincere in their desire to join the club and can do SOME magic...anything. Again, just have fun. It's a magic club. It's NO big deal. You WILL do just fine.

Mark. Smile
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On 2011-03-25 07:48, mrunge wrote:
Everything will really be OK. Honestly, you do NOT have anything to worry about. Don't think you have to "knock their socks off" and blow them away. It's nothing like that. They just want to see that one (you) has an interest in magic, is sincere in their desire to join the club and can do SOME magic...anything. Again, just have fun. It's a magic club. It's NO big deal. You WILL do just fine.

Mark. Smile


I appreciate all of that, but I'm hoping to get some feedback from them, and feedback on my best shot will be much, much more valuable to me than feedback on a mediocre 10 minutes.
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TWM:

One way you can perform a "familiar" effect for them is to change it up a bit. Find a way to have a surprise ending...change the patter...anything to put a twist on it.

Even if they have seen an effect before, if you do it in a fun way, show enthusiasm (as everyone else has already said) and let them know that YOU are having fun...it'll all be cool!
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In every club there will be magicians that are more skilled, more experienced than you. There will also be ones that are less skilled/ experienced. And since magic is such a wide field, there are very likely that even a beginner knows an effect that others in the club havent seen or know. For most clubs it is not a test of skill, but rather a test of interest, commitment and dedication. All magicians know that to do evem the most basic of routines moderately well takes hours of practice. That's what they want to see evidence of.

And if you have a god group, you will get great feedback on how to improve. I remember asking for feed back and making it clear that I wanted the unvarnished version - boy did I get it! But now my C&B routine is MUCH better and consequently all my magic is getting better because I've been able to apply those learnings to other routines.

Nothing better to improve your magic skills than joint a club! (except performing)

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TWM, here's an idea. Preface your performance by ASKING for their feedback. As Hudson mentions, you'll get it!

Mark.
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I promise you, if you don't immediately move, or give up magic, this wont be your last performance for this group Smile
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