Dymano Magician Impossible walks away after a magic trick.
Something was wrong and I simply could not work it out. I knew that the trick was presented perfectly, and that it was strong magic, but it never seemed to work well when I performed it live at a gig. In isolation, the trick really hit hard and spectators would go wild at the climax, but for some reason it was falling flat when I performed it to groups at tables. They it finally hit me.. Here's what I discovered:
Why Dynamo magician impossible walks away
Have you noticed that Dynamo magician impossible and David Blaine often performed a trick then simply walked away. This isn't just a style statement. The retreat at the climax allows the trick to breath and the spectators to share their disbelief with each other. The camera stays on the spectators to capture this. It's a powerful technique that YOU should be using as well.
Magic tricks need to breath
We all know that magic tricks build up to a climax, finishing with a magicial event that causes a reaction. For some reason I wasn't giving my trick a pause after the claimax to allow the spectators time to process what had just happened and to react. Instead, I rushed into a funny line about what they had just seen, which caused them to 'move on' mentally as they reacted to the JOKE rather than the trick they had just seen. By stopping for a short while after the climax, I allowed the spectators some space to show their reactions and to exchange their experience with the others around them. I took a step back from the action to give the magic trick time to 'breath' and it's impact to be expressed.
Ways that we suffocate our magic tricks
Watch out for these tempting behaviours after the climax of a magic trick. Rushing into these actions can reduce the impact of your magic:
- Putting away the props too quickly
- Introducing new props for the next magic trick
- Telling a one liner
- Talking about our own reaction to the magic
- Giving a 'smart' false summery of what just happened
- Trying to over prove the conditions of the trick that was just performed
- Saying farewell right after the climax
Instead of rushing on to the next trick, PAUSE. Simply look at all the spectators and share in the impossible nature of what just happened. Soak it in and enjoy thier feeling of wonder. The lesson we can learn from Dynamo magician impossible is that magic isn't a race. Let your magic tricks have time to breath.