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They all came from the beautiful mind of a magician in the Philippines who is going to be famous as soon as many people hear about him.
Read them to be inspired…or be annoyed. Your free choice.
On hiding from suspicious security guard the secret of body loading.
“I came this close to losing my temper. I felt I wanted to strangle, cripple, crush, clobber, mangle, disfigure, mutilate, batter, maim, dismember, and castrate him.”
On the difficulty of keeping a secret.
“With the advent of the Internet, this seems to be a dying discipline in the modern magic world. Not only digital media have made information dissemination a cinch but also a growing number of magicians seem to be in a rush to release their material for money and posterity.”
On being dedicated to the art of magic.
“How many modern magicians can claim dedication to the art of magic to the extent that they show willingness to suffer for their tricks? Nowadays, one can hoard on tricks easily and cheaply from legal and illegal sources. The glut of secrets, methods and props in the market does not seem to offer much motivation for magicians to aspire faithfulness in their art.”
On thumb tips.
“My favorite use of the thumb tip is to produce a dove.”
On being down-to-earth.
“The applause and the accolades your received in the past have an awful way of going up to your head and swelling it.”
On not being prima donna.
“Keep this in mind: unless you are God’s gift to magic, being difficult to work with will lessen your chances of getting repeat engagements from your agents or from your clients.”
On being a crusading teacher of magic.
“Teaching magic, like performing it, is tricky. The ramifications are mind-boggling, because magic is replete with ethical issues and the need to safeguard the secrets of the art. Since you are still new to the game, even your best intentions can be more harmful than helpful. Pardon me for saying this, but the ramifications are simply too complex for neophytes to grasp.”
On poor facial expressions.
“Don’t wear a granite poker face unless you are playing poker. Or if you are one of the imposing stone figures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Communicate with your audience through the sparkle of your eyes, the smile of your lips, and the glow of your face. They’ll be interested in what you offer them if your face radiates interest.”
Lack of excitement for your act.
“Do you feel sleepy, lethargic, tired? Maybe you are not feeling well or running a fever. Don’t let malaise show in your performance. The audience is psychic. They’ll feel the lack of enthusiasm a mile away. Inject energy into your performance even if your biorhythm is off.”
Not stopping even after the audience is satiated.
“Every audience has its saturation and satiation point. Don’t perform beyond those points or you’ll lose them. Worse, they will leave you in the middle of your show. You don’t want to perform the vanishing-audience trick, do you? Trust me, it’s not good for your ego.”
On resting on one’s laurel.
“I also got carried away by my audience’s saccharine and syrupy compliment after last Sunday’s show. After all those sweet comments, I have to detoxify my body lest I end up with diabetes.”
On being clueless.
“Many Filipino magicians are probably boring and don’t know it. It’s sad to be boring, but it’s sadder to be unaware of it.”
On being dense.
“So how do you solve a problem if the person concerned does not know he has a problem? Well, send him to a cave and intravenously feed him with the performance tips you read on this blog. That should help him get over his denseness.”
On interminable magic performance.
“You see, I am not only reluctant to count tricks but also loath to go on and on after I have already accomplished my mission. Which is to entertain the audience.”
On flyaway doves.
“At one birthday party held outdoor, one of my doves flew away and perched atop a tall tree. I had to dangle a P100 bill to a clown to go after it. The audience was entertained watching a clown swinging from one branch to another in pursuit of an escaped dove. They even applauded the clown after he caught it.”
On performing peripheral magic.
“Magic is not meant to be an ambient performance. A conversing, dancing, singing or eating audience is impervious to wonder. People have to watch closely a magic performance for them to appreciate the magic.”
There. You have a boatload of wisdom from Leodini, the world-famous magician known only in his own barangay.
Chew these lessons well, digest them, and let them nourish your artistic self. Whatever that means.