Sunday, January 30, 2011

Now that I have dipped my toes into the infested waters that is magic downloads, I thought I would toss my hat into the political ring. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Everyday things...

I never set out to create something that is either based on an old principle nor for release to sell. However, it sometimes works out that way. Hence my first official foray into the world of magic video downloads:

Right now it's 12 dollars, but soon it will jump up to $16 so act now!

ALSO: I am offering one free download to the first person who can tell me where the name "Threek" comes from.

So take a stab at it, you might get lucky... ZING!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Love me me , kill me, fool me, bore me...

I have a love/hate relationships with acts like This.

An act like this can be very entertaining and commercial, however I myself would never want to do something this reliant on sound effects timing. If just one things gets off you are screwed and it gives you VERY little room for improv or having fun with the audience. It's almost like you are performing at them and not for them.

The plus side is you look very polished and practiced, but if you go too far certain moments can come off as fake and forced. It's a fine line you must walk if you plan to do an act like this.

Sound good?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Commercial magic...

I was just watching a commercial where women were randomly handing each other yogurt. I understand it's all metaphor and theatrics to sell product, but it's also insulting to the intelligence of the person watching the TV. They don't really expect us to believe that being handed a cupful of bacteria by a stranger is going to illicit anything but strange looks and possibly security being called?

I don't watch TV for this reason. Commercials are dumb. Some are clever, but they are few and far between. ow does this apply to magic you ask? Well I will tell you Mr. Happy Consumer.

Think how annoyed people get watching dumb commercials that insult them on a mental level. Talking down to them, forcing them to believe ridiculous premises... sound familiar? Do you think the same people who dislike that kind of mental bombardment appreciate it when they are NOT watching TV?

Look at your magic... closely. Do you have any routines, patter, or tricks in general that could be off putting to a thinking person? (If you work solely for mental midgets then I suppose you can ignore this post but for the rest of you.) It's like I always say: I like to insult my audience, but not their intelligence.

Stick that in your idiot box and smoke it.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Telling someone in Vegas you are a magician is like saying you are an accountant ANYWHERE else.

I forgot how fun and amusing it is to do magic to random strangers. If you haven't brightened the day if someone in the service industry in a while try it.

It's quite refreshing sometimes.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Snap into it...

I'm really getting sick of magicians starting their explanations with "Let's get into it".

Even our speech patterns are getting mundane now. Ugh!