Close up magicians find it easy to get great reactions when they perform a close-up magic. However, they often struggle to get applause at the end of their tricks.. why?
In most conditions, spectators don’t understand that applause is expected after a close up magicians performance. The audience will still express their happiness and approval, but because of the closeness of the interaction, they tend to simply tell the performer how great they thought it was rather than clap. Applause is a long distance signal of approval. For many people it’s not natural to give applause to someone they are standing near.
How can close up magicians communicate to an audience that applause is appropriate, without actually asking for it. Dominic Reyes recorded this video showing how he uses his body language at the end of is close up act to prompt applause: