A magicians hook is a technique that magicians can use to make people interested in their magic tricks. It’s a dramatic technique most often used in good writing and advertising You may have an amazing magic trick to show your audience, but unless you capture their attention quickly, you may not be getting the best reactions to your magic. Let’s look at 7 hooks that professional magicians use to make spectators pay attention to their magic:
1. Begin your magic tricks with a simile or a metaphor.
Your mind is like an open book. These coins are like people.
2. Ask a question.
Do you know what real magic looks like?
3. Give a definition.
Magic is…. A magician is….
4. State a quotation.
Charles de lint once said: “That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” Let me show you what he means..
5. Explain you have a dilemma.
Create a problem, and then propose a solution. Suggest that what you want to show them is very secret and special: ‘You know, many magicians have asked me never to show this magic trick to the public..’
6. Begin with a scene.
Imagine what it was like being a slave building the pyramids in Egypt, thousands of years ago..
7. Give them an anecdote.Tell a short story, setting a scene from your childhood, your first experience of magic or how you became a magician.