This is to continue my thesis on the subject…
As a general rule, a magician must aspire to natural movements. Magic is not really about speed, where the hands try to outstrip the eye. Rather it is about naturalness. Natural movements deceive the eye more than speed.
Natural movements are also more pleasant to watch than jerky moves. The more natural movements you can choreograph in your performance to cover the tricky maneuvers, the better you are able to build good routines. Also, natural movements help make your performance pleasant to watch.
Music also creates the right mood. Is your performance funny, mysterious, suspenseful, instrospective?
Play the right music, and you set the mood even before you have started the performance.
Staging – Knowledge in staging is important not only to parlor or stage performers. Even close-up workers can gain much mileage in terms of pleasing performances if they master the art of staging.
In theater parlance, staging is also called “blocking”. It is the way performers move and position themselves onstage. So when asking a volunteer to choose a card, where do you position him? Right side, slightly in front, with his back to the audience?
When you get a prop from your table, how do you turn your body?
When you steal a body load, do you steal it with your downstage or upstage hand?
When you want to make your lady assistant vanish, where do you perform the vanish? Downstage? Upstage? Center stage?
Well, a performer who has a modicum knowledge in staging, or someone who uses common sense, should know the answers to these questions.
To be continued…