We all have tonnes of magic DVDs teaching us magic tricks, probably more than any of us will ever have the time to learn. However, many magicians are looking for some flashy extra skills to build in to their current magic repertoire.
It’s often the small details that magicians add to their acts, that set them apart from others. A quick flourish with a coin, a spin of a pen as a card is being signed, or a sudden cascade of cards between the hands. These small moments of ‘magic along the way’ can help for several reasons:
- They quickly establish you are a competent magician.
- ‘Dead moments’ between the action of a routine is filled.
- The moves act as misdirection.
- They create humor and a change of pace to your magic.
- Attention and focus is maintained
If you perform magic as a hobby or on the streets, your spectators don’t know you are a magician. If you rush up to a group of total strangers and demand to show them magic tricks, it can seem aggressive, attention seeking, and pushy.
Performing a sudden skill or interesting flourish, can often get their attention indirectly, and lead into requests to see ‘what else you can do’. If you struggle to find a way to start performing impromptu, you may benefit from acquiring a few flashy quick magic skills. Many magic stunts make great introductions to your magic as ‘openers’, or as a lead in to your introduction.
As a magician, you should be careful not to come across as a show off. The key is to use them sparingly, to enhance your core material and create a scene of fun and entertainment, whilst showcasing that you are something special and worth the spectators attention.
Gregory Wilson has created a new magic DVD: The School of Cool, which is a head first jump in this direction. Take a look at the trailer:
In the DVD he moves away from teaching magic routines. Gregory covers magic skills and stunts that you can use in just these situations. If you fancy learning moves that you always thought every magician should be able to do, but you never got around to yourself, this may be the answer.
Here’s a free trial of the DVD giving you some of the content to try it out yourself: