How to Overcome Your Perceived Limitations as a Magician
Have you ever heard someone say “my hands are too small to do card or coin sleights”? How about “I am too old to learn new effects”; my voice is not strong enough; I have no stage presence and I am too awkward. I don’t look like a magician or entertainer. I cannot learn from reading books, I am too short, too tall, too fat, or too skinny.
The Story of Sydney Slater
Sydney Slater was a penniless writer and magician. He eked out a meager existence in a tiny one bedroom hovel on the outskirts of Pacoima, California. By night, he would perform 49 of the 50 Tricks With a Thumb Tip at the local Taco Bell. By day, he would stare at the keyboard of his outdated Dell computer, a gift from his sex surrogate, searching for inspiration. But he was bereft of any original thoughts or ideas. After all, his signature magic trick was still the Zombie Ball. And he kept dropping the ball into the pot of refried beams.
How to Create an Effective and Entertaining Mentalism Act
Creating an effective and entertaining act in mentalism is not an easy task, but it is not rocket science either. You first must possess some important skills. These definitely are not in order of importance, but never the less be a building block for your act or sort of a foundation to build on. Without a doubt, some knowledge of sleights (all kinds, coins balls and etc.) is a good beginning.
The Curious Case of Doug Henning
"Wonder is a very subtle, precious emotion, often lost in the gross hustle and bustle of modern life. When we feel wonder, we are immediately reminded of the purity and innocence of our childhood. Then, everything was magical and mysterious. Magic should help us relive that wonder."
- Doug Henning