The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Food for thought » » Showmanship (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

RandyWakeman
View Profile
V.I.P.
Plainfield, ILLINOIS
1617 Posts

Profile of RandyWakeman
The topic of showmanship has had scant coverage in the (magical) literature, and of the older texts that address this and related issues, there were other problems. In the case of Henning Nelms (plagiarism allegations aside), Harlan Tarbell, and Dariel Fitzke, the perception was that they were not particularly effective performers. Rightly or wrongly, it seems that their words have largely been set aside because of this.

Based on the accounts of his students, and the Ottokar Fischer translation of Kartenkunste, it seems that J. N. Hofzinser had a unique understanding of the human conditions and the way to connect his presentations to them that few others could.

Part of the reasoning for the mastering of a particular effect, is so you can get past it. Getting past the self-inflicted barrier of the mechanics gives you the freedom to develop the relationship that you need- to create the experience you want, the end picture that is in your mind’s eye.

I believe that magic on its own is uniquely intriguing; I’ve always found it so. To go farther with the give and take, the conversation that the audience that takes place, the breathing and tempo, will always be a performer specific, character specific, audience specific, venue specific, and venue contingent area of focus. If you believe that one size does not fit all regarding effective technique; that is doubly true in connecting with your audience: whether emotionally as you have framed it, or perhaps spiritually as Hofzinser alluded to.

You might agree that this is why some performers are terrifically effective “in their environment,” but usually ineffective when placed in unfamiliar conditions. There is no easy answer, but facial expressions, body language, as well as spoken responses give feedback to consider. Don Alan was fond of saying, “Just look into their eyes.”

Sir Dono knew.
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Food for thought » » Showmanship (0 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2021 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.14 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL