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While the Net is bursting with information, I have this sneaking suspicion it dumbs people down, specially magicians who want to improve their magic.
Because it teems with all sorts of experts, posers as experts, and non-experts who think they are experts, the Internet is like a huge discordant orchestra. Many of the knowledge it offers are contradictory, thus making the searchers of knowledge none the wiser by the end of an ordinary day’s surfing the World Wide Web.
If you are tired of listening to online experts, listen to somebody instead.
For a start, listen to Leodini. He is not an expert. He sucks online or off.
1. Leodini says: “Don’t treat your audience volunteers with respect like what the politically correct magicians would recommend you to do.”
Instead, treat your audience helper with playful irreverence, whatever that means.
Play with him. Show some mischievousness. Horse around on the stage, if you have the personality of a horse. Joke, banter, exchange repartees with your helper. Sometimes the jokes are on you, sometimes on him.
If you can’t do that, then go back to your books and remain an armchair magician, dispensing advice on performing magic on online forums.
The star of the show is you, not the audience helper Don’t yield the spotlight to him. You may let him share a part of it, but don’t give up everything to him.
If you really mean the audience member to be the star of the show, then get off the stage. You have no right being there. Let the real star of the show bask in the audience’s admiration. And don’t collect your check. Let the audience member collect it after the show. After all, he is the star, not you.
3. Leodini says: “Don’t believe the nonsense that it is not what you do but how you do it matters in a magic show.”
Don’t engage in a conflict. WHAT you do and HOW you do it are equally the guiding principles of an excellent magic performance.
Do your act well, but choose the best material you can find to do well. There are hundreds of thousands of tricks in the dealers’ shelves and catalogs. Only a few of them will fit your personality and your venues.
Go to great lengths to find the ones with the strongest impact, the most entertaining, and the most suitable to your needs. What you do matters as much as how you do it.
Follow the examples of the superstars in magic. Though they have the personality and the star quality, they don’t come on the stage or national TV performing the 21 Card Trick. Instead they break out their large illusions or do something jaw-dropping like escaping death from an onrushing roller coaster.
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