A magician is a person who does things which can’t be done. A magician does the impossible. At least, they appear to be impossible when he or she is doing them. A mystery.
To be effective in magic you need to work hard at it, and for a long time. I learned my first magic from Evanston Public Library books when I was in the sixth grade. My shows still encourage youngsters to read (80 libraries with lots of repeat bookings).
There are thousands of different tricks. I prefer to call them “effects” for what seems to be going on. And, after all, no one really wants to be “tricked,” but rather to be entertained, to have fun.
If you do the same effects — the ones people love the most — for as long as I have, you’re going to get really good at it!
But effects without carefully crafted reasons to present them are merely puzzles. Puzzles don’t engage and involve people. Magic does.
I have written more than 400 reviews of effects, books, videos and DVDs for an international magicians society. Only four effects have earned their place in my routines.
Why so few? Because their premises enable me to inject the essential ingredient, not only wonder, but “Wow!”
My magic has . . . “WOW!”
My style is interactive. I carry on a conversation. I ask questions and respond to the answers. In fact, some of the funniest lines I use actually came from the spontaneous things audiences members have said over the years.
People get to help in my magic (but only if they really want to). Several items in my stand-up program can involve the entire audience …and you!
It’s all so entertaining because I make it personal, with amusing stories everyone can relate to. (Some I made up, some are real, you and your guests can decide which is which!)
For instance, I may introduce you to my goofy uncle and demonstrate one of his failed inventions. The tale ends with a big magical surprise.
You might hear about the “Case of the Missing Top Hat,” in which The Great Sleevo solves the mystery at my London magic club, just as two Scotland Yard officers arrive.
“Do you spend your money too easily?” I will explain my strategy to fix that problem (sorry, it doesn’t work).
Want to know how I first became interested in magic? An encounter with a charlatan at a carnival when I was a youngster.
How about a lottery routine with seven people up helping? The audience will choose the winner of a “genuine one million dollar bill” (how in the world did I influence the outcome with my “powerful mind”?)
I could tell you about my magic credentials such as magic society memberships, honors and many performing trophies won. What’s much more important, though, is what my clients think:
My bottom line: The secret to my being a popular magical entertainer is not the effects, but rather how I present them. It’s the “singer, not the songs” concept.
What will you and your guests think about my Miracles by Appointment magic shows.
Most likely what others have written:
“Enthralling,” “fresh and fun,” “engaging,” “mind-boggling,” “charming,” “mesmerizing,” ” a delight,” “unforgettable.”
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