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 photo colorchanginghanky_zps7735c215.jpgMake much ado about your trick.  Fussing over the things you do is the essence of showmanship.

Make something mundane and ordinary look the most important thing in the universe. If you could really change the color of a red handkerchief into blue, would you do it in thoughtless abandon as if you are on auto pilot?

You are not an auto and not a pilot, so don’t just go through the motions of the performance.

overspeeding photo: Overspeeding Can Quickly Get You Into a Car Accident Speeding_car.jpgPique your audience’s interest by not rushing through your trick. Over-speeding performance will merely blur the effect, lessen its impact and diminish its entertainment value.

Add panache to your performance. You can touch people’s emotions with a flair for drama, even though all you are doing is just to vanish a red handkerchief with a thumb tip.

Build the trick up…That’s why I don’t like much the Appearing Cane and its cousin, the Appearing Candle, and some other permutations. Appearing Canes would just appear from nowhere without any preamble. Yes, they look magical when they appear. But is the appearance entertaining to a lay audience if you just keep triggering 12 of them one after the other?

laurels photo: Greek-laurels Greek-laurels.jpgRemember, you are an entertainer using magic to entertain. As a magical entertainer, your job is not only to perform magic but also to entertain your audience using magic.

Most beginning magicians stop at the point of delivering the magical effect. Once they’ve produced the cane, they think they have done their job. They then rest on their laurels even though they don’t have laurels to rest on.

To amaze the audience is just half of the job. The other half is to entertain them with the stuff you amaze them with.

If you asked me, that’s a tall order even for tall magicians.

Stay magical,