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They speak a peculiar jargon only they understand. They call colored cloths silks instead of handkerchiefs. They call a silver ball Zombie, although it doesn’t look like one. They claim their threads are invisible even though you can see it, if you watch close enough. They also boast that they can move undetected the upper half of a deck of cards to the lower half. They call that maneuver and Invisible Pass, even though your shortsighted grandma can see it without her glasses on.
They say they perform magic but call what they are doing tricks. The terminology is confusing to the audience, but some magicians are okay with that. They think confusion is magic.
Taking the lead of famous conjurers of the world, magicians in the Philippines style themselves as “The Amazing”, “The Great”, “The Professor.” Or they add “dini” to their names, as in Ferdini, Randini or, horrors of horrors, Leodini.
Magicians in the Philippines also have their own preferences. Like hypnotized zombies, they love almost the same stuff, hate the same things.
Here are three they adore most from morning till afternoon every day:
New Moves – magicians in the Philippines—and all over the world for that matter—love new moves. They admire manual dexterity, even if it’s obvious to the audience. For example, they love knuckle-busting methods to control a card. Fingers that twist as if with arthritis during a difficult sleight-of-hand get admiring “oohs” and “aahs”, although the magic is lost due to the contorted configuration of the hand.
New Techniques – How many ways you can lift two cards off a deck? Go ahead count ‘em. The National Statistics Office have lost the inclination to do so, as soon as they saw the third variation of a double lift. Still, many magicians get a blissful glow in their eyes every time you show them an nth to the power of third variation of the double lift that has just been published in an eBook.
New Props – Some magicians have been spreading the gospel of “packs flat, plays big” magic. They rue props—specially large, ornate, garishly painted props. Nobody seems to heed their counsel. Or admonition. Or, if you want me to be graphic about it, their trashing about like epileptics. Magic stores still continue to produce large, ornate, garishly painted props. Magicians all over the world snap them up as soon as they hit the shelves.
Why do I know all this?
Because I’m a magician in the Philippines. Like you, I love new moves, new techniques and new props. I adore them every day from morning till afternoon.