Blending Your Magic Act: From Random to Routine
I have often wondered what would have happened if when I was first learning magic and mentalism, and buying every prop in the store, if someone would have said “you need to learn how to blend”. I was like every other student of magic; I just wanted every prop, gimmick and secret there was. I never stopped to think of putting the same kinds of effects together for a routine nor did I realize that what I was stringing together for a show was just effects, no real entertainment value at all.
Magicians: Be What Fits You
When I first started in magic, it was quite by accident. Well not an accident, but a sickness. I came down with a disease that was only curable by bed rest. My family doctor was the brother of a famous kid’s magician, Bert Easley. My doctor got me started by bribing me with a trip downtown to visit his brother and magic shop; if I did not cry when they drained my lungs. Now, you ask, what does this to do with the article? well, because of all the trips I made; I became fairly good friends with the local magicians and learned a lot from them. When I needed to come up with a persona for me, the magicians all agreed, “be what fits you and your personality”.
Television: Where Did the “MAGIC” Go?
Do you ever wonder why we do not see many magic TV shows? How about theatre magic shows? Why are the magic clubs dwindling in membership? Why does a magician (I use that word very loosely) who exposes magic effects get more TV time than all the great magicians? Where did the magic go?
Repair and Maintenance of your Magic Tricks and Apparatus - Part 1
Before we get into the actual repair of magic equipment, let me tell you what I carry in a small carry around bag. I always used to carry a few pairs of non-latex gloves, a small container of flat black latex paint, an assortment of small model building paint brushes, several clean rags, small spray bottle of Windex type cleaner, can of spray lubricant, and a bar of soap (watch that is not a creamy kind, like dove or caress, I use dial or ivory) and keep it in a zip lock bag. The whole idea behind carrying such a bag of stuff is, you want your props to be as sharp looking as you and working in tiptop condition.
What Kinds of Entertainers do you Get in Your Audience?
After a performance do you hear the groups that hang around talk about your show? Do you get heckled from other performers? Well this all begins with you and your attitude and how you handle the situation.