Outlook on performing magic
misdirection and Slycology
with the Heckler
when to do the move
tricks and routines
to find your own performing character
magic on stilts
- New Lecture notes added July 2010
Management 2 - July 2010
Management 3 - July 2010
MY BASIC OUTLOOK ON PERFORMING
I have two different
approaches on performing magic. The first one is when I play magic as a
comedy routine, here the actual magic effect is secondary to the big
surprise laugh or applause. The second is in the more normal
surroundings of close up magic where I am entertaining them with STRONG
I try and visualize
what a real magician would do to achieve the same effect. I had to admit
a real magician wouldn’t walk around a restaurant making sponge balls
appear out of someone’s ear!!
I had to look at what I
was doing there then and I realized that entertainment is the key
element otherwise there is no reason for my waltzing around doing card
effects to the unsuspecting punters.
The routines are the
mere fabric for the bigger picture of entertaining them, placing a cloak
of mystery over them, allowing the audience to participate in a moment
of magic, a moment where reality and disbelief merge.
I leave a table or show
knowing that I have tried to get the bigger picture through, where all
the parts of the performance merge to make a lasting impression on the
audience and they leave knowing they have participated in something
I BELIEVE IT IS
IMPORTANT TO START WITH SOME SORT OF REASON OR MEANING FOR YOUR
PERFORMANCE WHETHER IT IS TO SHOW ONE ROUTINE OR ON A BIGGER SCALE WHAT
ARE YOU TRYING TO PORTRAY OR GIVE TO THE PUBLIC BY BEING A MAGICIAN.
Ask yourself why are
you there? , What is the meaning for this and you will see it will help
give you a better focus point when performing your magic.
So after all that heavy
theory lets get into some of the more nuts and bolts stuff in magic!
TIME MISDIRECTION AND SLYCOLOGY
I have found
vanishing an object can be enhanced by time misdirection. Once again it
is the same point of not rushing the routine. I feel the magic can be
enhanced by not revealing that the object has vanished too soon.
For instance if the
coin has been toppited then you can stretch out the disappearance so
that the audience cannot recap where and when it could have vanished.
This way the magic of the moment can be enhanced.
This can be taken
further to the actual point of opening the hand to show it empty.
I find it is far better
to place time misdirection between the placing of the coin in my hand
and the actual revelation. French magician David Stone counts to three
before opening his hand. Find the time frame that fits your style of
By slowing down and
accentuating the actual vanish the public are less likely to look for it
in the other hand. Further subtleties like rubbing or fiddling with
the" invisible "coin before vanishing it, will also enhance
A clumsy paw like
opening of the hand is the normal way when one first starts but by
placing a bit of style or finesse you get a much better feeling that
magic is occurring.
If you believe that YOU
are actually making the coin disappear it will be projected onto the
audience and thereby enhance the presentation.
THE SALTICRAX TRICK!
A training idea I have
done is to take a Bacon Kips biscuit or Salticrax (use any coin shaped
biscuit) and to place it in the left hand and then proceed to crush it
into fine pieces. I then try and repeat this action with the real coin.
I have been hired in a
TV advert to do this very thing. They required me to toss an invisible
coin into a bucket and decided a magician would be able to do it the
It was the easiest job
I have ever done and I made a load of real money doing it!
I read in my early days
to practice palming a coin while going about your daily business. I
found this of great help in FORGETTING about the coin in your hand. This
will enhance the naturalness of your handling. Also you will then be
able to handle other objects with ease while palming the coin, further
enhancing the illusion of empty and natural handling.
Hitler said, " Good liars would make good
magicians" I personally disagree with this harsh statement but I do
believe we have to actually convince ourselves that we are real
A subtler form of lying to ourselves!!
They say our subconscious does not know the
difference between reality and fantasy hence the reason why violence on
TV is detrimental for under developed minds of children.
It makes sense then to train your subconscious
to believe in a different reality thus making your outward movements of
your hands and basic mannerisms more natural.