It’s arrived in the post! A large padded envelope has been dropped off by the postman and you are standing by the front door, staring down at it.
You know what’s inside…
After all you’ve been excited about this moment right from the second you clicked the ‘confirm order’ button.
Now it’s finally in your hands
Your next move…
Rip it open, play with the props and experience a small feeling of disappointment? Maybe!
The problem with magic is that the secret is hardly ever as exciting as the magic effect it produces. That’s one of the reasons why TV shows that expose the magicians secrets never do well in the ratings over time. The whole value of magic, its charm and fascination, is in the feeling created by the magician using the props.
The props and techniques are not special in and of themselves. They are by their own nature ‘empty’. For example, there is nothing special in either a coin or a handkerchief. But when the coin is placed inside and transforms into something else, then the magic has been created. The props don’t contain this, it’s the way they are used that makes the magic. When you receive a new magic trick, you are excited about the effect you saw demonstrated and want to perform yourself. But the contents of the package don’t hold any of this, it’s up to you to create it.
So how can you avoid this feeling and get the most from the new magic trick you decided to learn? Choosing it is just the first step!
The Merchant of Magic team have created a free ebook teaching you how to get the best from the next new magic trick you intend to learn. Written by professional magicians, ‘How To Learn New Magic Tricks‘ takes you from the moment you rip open the packaging to your first performance.