As I proceed to create 5-7 minutes of dynamite stand-up magicomedy, I find it almost impossible to do so, as I have a repertoire of conservatively 2 hours that I could perform if I had the wherewithal.
Elsewhere you can find that there are four types of legerdemain, however so that you don’t have to go away never to return;
- Stage, and finally
- For Camera
The last is the kind you see on your everyday TV shows, movies, YouTube videos, etc. wherein you say to yourself, “How’d he do that?”
As someone whose a little more familiar with magic than most, I can elaborate on the other 3 forms in order to further explain my dilemma.
An intimate gathering of friends and family get together and someone asks The Magician among you to perform. In this case, that would be me, and I do have about 20 or 30 minutes of cards and coin magic that I could perform. I was once put on the spot by a good friend who asked me to perform for his company as I was there in a client capacity. Don’t let this happen to you! One coin trick in that atmosphere would probably be sufficient. You’ll probably be in front of no more than 20 or 30 people in this case. If they don’t have to move around to look over the shoulder of those in front of them, you probably should be performing in the
Wherein the next size up of illusions is required. You’re still the same magician amongst the crowd, however in this case you’ve probably been asked to perform ahead of time. You’ve brought your props, and maybe the size of the crowd has even doubled or tripled.
On several occasions I’ve been asked to perform in this capacity with a larger crowd of about two to three hundred. Understand that depending on the location and the audience, you’ll be able to get away with most of what you’ve created for this type of act, however, they may want to see the big illusion that takes place on a
Here’s where it gets tricky, no pun intended. You’ve probably seen the bigger illusions performed on TV specials in the past, and it is those that you may even be able to perform, however storage of the large props is an issue. Don’t let this become an entire subscription. If you’re capable of performing the large illusion, you’ve probably already figured out how to do it, and where to store the various and sundry props involved, and how to get them from point A to point B, and back again.
An aside about musical accompaniment: If you’re in a foreign country performing, you have this. You may not speak their language, and surprisingly the converse is also true. Don’t let your Harvard education goto your head. If no one understands you and what you’re doing, maybe they’re at least listening to the music in the background. For yourself, you may also time your routine to the music in order to make the magic either more dramatic or funnier.
This is the 21st Century as of this writing, and you’re going to be recorded both visually and audibly whether you want to be or not. You may ask the crowd to not take pictures or use flash photography, however there’s always one in every crowd that will ignore you, and if you’re in a venue, there’s probably video surveillance as well.
As a professional magician, I’ve solved most of the above problems. They say that a magician is an actor playing the part of a magician, however, no one knows who they are. Well, I do, but I’ve written about them elsewhere.
I firmly believe that an actor is a magician, playing the part of an actor. I’ve solved my above problem stated at the beginning while writing this missive, therefore I ask you the home viewer, studio audience, or whatever you refer to yourselves in the 21st century: What do you think?
Hope to see you tonight!