Keith asks if it’s OK when spectators film your magic performance.
When people film your magic it’s invaluable marketing
They say that word of mouth is the best form of adverting, and they are right.. Every performance you give is an advert about how great you would be at your spectators future events. If some of the guests pull out their phones and film you performing, encourage it. Although all of my work tends to be close up to groups of guests, I’ve found this applies just as well for any size crowd. Make sure you switch around your material, so they can film something close up right away and then prompt them to pan out for reactions..
Spectator reactions are THE footage you want them to capture.
You want them to have some great footage of everyone having fun, they can show their friends..
Make sure your angles and misdirection is good
Use off camera moments
Ask one of the spectators to use YOUR phone to film your magic.
You REALLY CAN do this. People don’t find at all. Just hand someone your phone and say:
“I’d like you to film this, because there is NO WAY you will believe what you are about to see..”
That doesn’t make sense, but at the same time.. it feels like it does.. I say that a LOT. You probably won’t show them the footage anyway, as you will go on to perform more.. but it SOUNDS good, and you will find the person will usually really enjoy doing it. That footage is great for your showreel, and you can even send it over to your client later when you recontact for a follow up.
Try to steer them to focus on the reactions of the spectators
Sorry to say, but the method of your trick is BORING to everyone other than other magicians. People sit through the method, to get to the magic. It’s just a tool to get a spectators reaction. The reaction is the reward and your footage should be full of rewards!
If you see a spectator just zooming in on your hands, steer them to focus on the whole group. other spectators questions and engage with them, make them a feature of the performance too. Bring you r hands up away from your waste line level. Your crotch is not the best think to be on camera,, faces are! If you reveal a card, move over to stand next to a spectator and bring it up to be displayed at a level that gets people in the shot. Open up whats being filmed. It’s quite easy once you start thinking about it.
Remember to smile and have fun
Make sure you get them to send you a copy
After you finish with a group, take a moment to ask for a copy of the footage. They can transfer directly from phone to phone. or just ask for their email address so you can get a copy later. Make sure you do this… Bank all the performing footage you can.
When spectators film your magic tricks, they need to reference you.