A Performing Lesson from Tom Cruise

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Only in magic the abject lesson of “it’s not what you do but how you do it” is being bandied about carelessly. In other performing arts, this is simply heresy.

Take the movies. Tom Cruise is good-looking and has a great personality. Would you watch his films and stay in a dark theater to watch him loll on the beach and just making goo-goo eyes and nothing else at the camera for one-and-half hours?

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Do You Like to Move It, Move It?

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Some young magicians in the Philippines suffer from the false belief that their hard-earned sleight-of-hand skill is itself magic.

The truth is that sleight-of-hand, secret moves, expert techniques and manipulative dexterity by themselves are not magic. Continue reading

Reading as a Habit

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books photo: Books books2.jpgMost people believe that persons who read a lot are intelligent.

Omnivorous readers have a reputation for being profound thinkers. Having a good grasp of everything, they can converse with anyone about any topic.

To make it to the list of intellectuals, I read everything that is dangled to me. It is a time-consuming habit, but I invest several hours a day on it just so I could sound erudite.

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The Stuff I Love in Magic

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Here is the stuff I love the most as a magician in the Philippines: 

New Moves –  magicians in the Philippines—and all over the world —love new moves.  They admire manual dexterity. They love knuckle-busting methods to manipulate billiard balls.  Fingers that twist as if with arthritis during a difficult sleight-of-hand get admiring “oohs” and “aahs”, even though the magic is lost due to the contorted configuration of the hand.

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Magic’s Special Lingo

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Magicians in the Philippines, or anywhere in the world, are a curious lot.

They speak a peculiar jargon.  They call red cloths silks, instead of handkerchiefs.

They call a silver ball Zombie, although it doesn’t look like one that comes straight out of the TV series The Walking Dead.

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Gems in the Most Unlikely Places

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Some magicians think they know everything and need no more input from other performers. Worse, they are so set in their ways of doing things that even if they see value in other people’s views they are no longer willing to change.

I follow a different tack. I listen to everybody and harvest nuggets of genius from everyone.

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Filipinos Are Always Laughing Because…

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filipinoslaughingWe Filipinos are always laughing because we are a happy race.

The Philippines is in the Far East. We get to see the sun rising ahead of most of the world. Since the sunshine catches us while half of the planet is still sleeping—a happenstance, if you asked me—our happy genes are already working while the genes of half of the world’s people are still resting in slumber. Continue reading

Closing the Year with Christmas Parties

christmas parties photo: Office Christmas Parties christmas-party_zpsdf5e42f8.jpgI always find Christmas parties fun. But after performing daily at Christmas parties for a good part of December, they can also be predictable. Still fun, but predictable.

From my experience, Christmas parties come in two types. One, the family Christmas parties attended by parents and their children. And two, the all-employee, all-adult Christmas parties.

If you are like me, you will find the second type of Christmas party more fun to perform at.

Fortunately, you are not like me

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