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geraldbelton
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On Mar 18, 2014, mike herbert wrote:
Also why on earth would you want to leave an audience trying to figure out “how it was done”



In Harry Anderson's Penguin lecture (which I highly recommend), he talks about our "conceit" vs. our "instantiation." Basically, the conceit is what we are trying to say, and the instantiation is how we say it. He points out that a typical magician does things backwards from every other artist: we start with the instantiation, the trick, and then figure out how to present it.

It's far better to start with the conceit, with what we want to say, and then develop the method for presenting it. Harry points out that if you don't know what your conceit is, the audience will supply one. And the one they supply will be, "I know something you don't know," which is the worst possible conceit for a magician to be working from. It reduces everything to a trick to be figured out.
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I am glad this thread took of. I am tired of seeing some wanna be magicians doing a trick just because they can.
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In a recent trick I did with framing and reframing I watched my friends reaction. He seemed to believe every word of it. He said I'm not even Gunna ask how it's done and that's scary all it was was equivoque. But, according to him it was real magic that superseded all other magic I had done for him in the past. I imagine that I should spend more time thinking up that deceit mentioned earlier.
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