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Magic is about reactions. It is not ALL about reactions, but rather MOSTLY about reactions.
If you are a birthday party magician, you should be working for shrieks of delight, laughter, applause and amazement.
If you are a stage magician performing an elegant manipulation act, you should be looking for sighs and moans of a young-girl-in-love.
If you are an illusionist, you must be able to sweep the audience off their feet with your teleportation, levitation and other stunning “ions’ in your repertoire.
If you are mentalist, you must be able to astound your audience into silence and deep cogitation.
If you can do all this, then you are excellent at creating magic and entertaining your audience.
That’s right. Reactions not only come from the audience. They also come from you.
Ironically, your reactions to your own magic plays an important role in moving your audience into reaction.
Don’t be an unfeeling Zombie, going through the motions of your act. You may have performed it a hundred times and can do it in your sleep and in auto-pilot. But that doesn’t mean you have to project a bored demeanor, or worse, and emotionless performer, on stage.
If you are doing comedy magic, you must be flustered by the number of thimbles materializing on your fingers no matter how many times you throw them away.
If you are doing an elegant stage magic, then strike a pose with panache when a dove appears from silk handkerchiefs.
If you just have escaped from a straitjacket, put on a disheveled look, puffing and panting from exhaustion.
The more you react to your magic, the more the audience will react to you.
Learn from vent shows. The funnier acts are the ones where the ventriloquists interact well with their dummies. They just don’t drop laugh lines and then turn into frosty snowmen. Rather, they react (angry, surprised, annoyed, etc) to what their puppets say or do.
If you don’t get the kind of audience reaction you want, look at the way you are reacting to your own magic. It will tell you volumes where you are lagging behind.
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- A Proper Review on The Illusionist (2010), by Jacques Tati & Sylvain Chomet (artfashionandhim.wordpress.com)