Monday, May 31, 2010

You ever get that... "I'm not really that original" feeling?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Light up my life!

No matter what, it's hard to remove yourself fully from your job/hobby/obsession/etc. You will always see it with tainted eyes. (Which is WAY better than having someone's taint ON your eyes.)

We will see method. We will know the secrets. We will have witnessed the same damn trick over and over again and be aware of it's existence. Once you take that first step, you are forever jaded... even if it's just a little bit.

Many magicians have made a reputation by doing effects that no one performs anymore. They have been lost to the ages or fallen from grace. Magic is a common thing in the mainstream of the world for the most part. However, that mainstream is corrupted by a landscape of intensely similar bullshit. It's not hard to stand out, if you just look around at the things that mire down our entertainment world and rise above it.

Just because YOU know the trick exists, doesn't mean everyone in the world has seen it. Merely because it's for sale on a popular magic site, doesn't mean ANYONE in your city or even your state is doing it. Sometimes it amazes me how far removed people are and how plugged in they can be all at the same time.

Do yourself a favor: Do some research into our rich history of bizarre and magnificent magical craziness. You could very well get inspired and be more bad ass to the general public than you could ever know.

and for the love of all that is swiss cheese... stop doing linking rings.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It has come to my attention that there are a lot of magicians online who just like to argue and be bitter and cause a rumpus. Well in an effort to do my part and create peace between warring factions., next time someone is all up in your grill about the way you do your pass or perhaps your style of dress, just how them this....

All will be well...


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Not magic but still....

It'll fool yah.


(PS: Watch the other one they do too!)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Let it go, let it go, let it go...

When the magic world is coming down on me, I let it go!

Too many magicians are so hung up on the concept of getting caught, they don't allow themselves any breathing room to care enough to entertain an audience.

Yah, I said it. Someone had to. You guys suck. Deal with it.

If you just let it all go, you might just discover something new about yourself. "Forget everything you know... or think you know" We worry so much about our sleights flashing or some complicated prop not working that we get lost in that chasm of helplessness.

Look at the pros and how comfortable they are. Most of them have streamlined their act down to the best moves, easiest to use props, and funniest lines. This is all so they no longer have to worry about the magic part and get right down to the nitty gritty of entertaining.

Eliminate superfluous moves and filler. All of that hand washing and BS tricks are not needed. Turn your 8 minute dove routine into a 4 minute powerhouse of personality and magic then no one will care how long it is or if you flub something here or there. They will be so drawn in by you and your nonchalant manner that they will like you no matter what.

If you care enough not to care your audience will appreciate you all the more.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Tommy Wonder aside...

It is not unusual for stage magicians to be wired up to the waistband with weird devices for accomplishing miracles. However, this line of thought has permeated into the "street" magic sect of our art and quite frankly, it's silly.

So many products over the last year or two have promised powers over the elements and even the occasional drinking receptacle. The sad fact is these are items that are being released to turn a quick buck for the impulse magic enthusiast only to end up in the "Buy and Sell" part of any magic forum you may wander onto.

Some of the devices are so silly or cumbersome that many will try in vain to use them and get their money's worth but then one of two things will occur. They will get distracted by the next shiny happy trick holding hands OR they will realize that they can get more out of less and curse the day they coughed up hard earned cash for something that cost a third of the price to produce.

There is an upside to this of course. There are those few diligent souls who will find a use for these products and be one of a small handful doing it and making a name for themselves. In some ways everyone wins. The people who release it make a shiny nickel or two. The buys learn a valuable lesson to watch out for shoddy product, and a small percentage will actually get a great new trick they can use and will love. Quoth the Raven...

"Dismantle me for parts!"