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magicianbrady
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Be entertaining. People enjoy stuff even if they know the methods to it if you give them a fun time.
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Lots of interesting ideas on this thread -- thanks, everybody! I just want to point out, Terrible Wizard, that certain items on your list seem almost designed to set yourself up for failure. I think it might help if you looked at your list again and asked yourself which items can be changed by your efforts, and which are beyond control. Charisma, for instance -- that's a rare commodity, and those of us who don't have it aren't likely to purchase it through work, however hard. (Though we may make some improvements in our dealings with people.) So, as with everything else in life, we have to play to our strengths while shoring up our weaknesses.



The great thing -- and I think this is a subtext of many of the posts on this thread -- is that you don't have to be Great to be useful. You can work hard enough to be Good Enough to bring some wonder and happiness to the people you know or meet.



See you,


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Presentation, presentation, presentation...
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Many years ago, Dr. A. M. Wilson published, and edited, the "SPHINX", a long dead magazine for magicians. He had an op-ed page, a masthead, in which he stated: "Magic is an art which sometimes instructs, often amuses, but always entertains."

I was 14 or 15. I believed the good doctor. In the next few years, I had the opportunity to see many magicians present their show.

I soon realized that the Dr. Wilson was WRONG! MAGIC IS NOT INHERENTLY ENTERTAINING!
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P.S. Ya gotta make it entertaining with a good PRESENTATION!
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A great presentation will make all the difference. Take a trick like Wild Card and watch most presentations of it vs Tommy Wonder's. The secret is pretty much the same as any other version of Wild Card but the presentation is totally different and amazing to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMxaQN9Ma3o

When I was doing corporate training it was the same thing. Different instructors had the same material but a different presentation and it made all the difference. Same material but one class would say it was the best ever and another class would say it was terrible. Presentation made the difference.

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Nothing is more important than secrets. If the secrets are exposed, the magic and the entertainment value are lost. Secrets are fundamental to any magic performance. Presentation rests on top of secrets. Without secrets it may be entertaining (e.g., comedians, actors, dancers), but it's not magic.
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Writing a great novel is about so much more than just printing words on paper. But, at some point, to write a novel, you need to print some words on paper.

Performing a great magic trick is about so much more than just successfully employing a secret method. But, at some point, to perform a magic trick, you need to successfully employ a secret method.
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