January is now going into its second week. But the fun, the dancing lights and the laughter in those parties still ring in my ears. Continue reading
From my experience, Christmas parties come in two types. One, the family Christmas parties attended by parents and their children. And two, the all-employee, all-adult Christmas parties.
If you are like me, you will find the second type of Christmas party more fun to perform at.
Fortunately, you are not like me
Many magicians in the audience thought we did a Steinmeyer illusion.
That’s partly correct. Only the well-posted Bob Dureza got it right. It was Jarett’s 21-Person Cabinet from Jim Steinmeyer’s the Complete Jarett.
Some parents, though, get lost in the shuffle and opt to hire the cheapest performer. They have this romanticized notion that the cheapest performer is the best choice. The result is sometimes not the way they expect.
Here are tips to create your own funny magic words—the emphasis is on funny.
Say something funny. Duh. Example: one funny magician I saw said, “Let me recite the magic word I learned from the church. Bingo!”
Just make sure you are not performing at a bishops’ convention. I doubt they will find that magic word funny.
Contrary to rumors, I am a human being.
I have emotions to handle. The tear ducts in my eyes shed tears.
I have had bookers asked me to do shows for cancer-stricken children. Performing for sick kids has opened my eyes to an awful truth: I suck at emotion management.
Those daring to present a talking performance usually opt for the easy way. They use a generous amount of clichés in their scripts.
Clichés are expressions that have lost the power to touch the emotion due to years of overuse.
I’ve listed a few below. I hate them because I once made them parts of my show. But one day I had an epiphany. I realized I’ve grown tired of them.
I once went to a party of a rich kid and wanted to be friendly. “Hello, what’s your name?” I greeted the birthday kid. He said, “I’m Harvey and you are STUPID.”
Yesterday I performed magic at a boy’s seventh birthday party. I kept forgetting my script and the flow of my tricks, because the kids were super noisy. They were chattering non-stop. They kept claiming they had seen my tricks before. They shouted the methods of the tricks.
Help me please. Is there a kid-friendly way to say “shut up” while I’m performing?
What does this mean? my magician friends ask.
I don’t know what that means. I was not there, so I didn’t hear the words the children used.
If the children talked in French, I wouldn’t know either. Even though I speak 10 foreign languages perfectly, seven of those languages I don’t understand.
French is one of the seven I don’t understand.