Here’s one of the most common questions the magicians at the magic shop get asked:
‘How do I make a magic act,
that flows well and is correctly scripted?’
The magic shop is full of card tricks, coin tricks, big tricks, small tricks. There’s more tricks than any magician could ever hope to perform! Picking awesome tricks is the easy part. The hard part is building them together to create a professional act.
When you order a new trick, it usually comes with an instructional DVD or book, teaching you how to do it, but there’s usually something left out. The real secrets to improving your magic tricks:
- How you perform your tricks.
- What you say when you perform.
- How you act and present yourself.
- The way tricks fit together.
This knowledge is why you can watch two different magicians, both performing the same magic trick, and both doing the moves really well, but one will seem much more polished and entertaining than the other. The secret is in the scripting and the performers routine construction.
If you find you lack confidence performing your tricks, or freeze, when it comes to doing your tricks in front of people, you need to study how to present your magic, more than you need new tricks to perform.
The following books are core texts on the subject of making a script for a magic trick and how to improve your performance as a magician. They are required reading for any of the MoM magicians.
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