There's a quick and easy way to create a better reaction to your magic tricks
Dale writes: 'Do you have any tips on how to go around a room when performing? Should I start at one end and work across the room, or is there a better approach?'
Every magician is different, so I can only tell you what works best for me. The approach I use depends on the performing situation. Here's a short video describing each approach:
During walk-around, your guests are changing groups and coming and going so it's hard to keep track of everyone you have visited. A systematic approach to moving through the room will give you the best coverage of guests in the time permitted. I work around the outside of the room clockwise, before moving in towards the centre.
When performing at tables it's much easier to remember where you have been, so it's practical to pick an choose the order of tables to visit. I tend to start from a position as far away from the bar or DJ's as possible as those tables have beter sound conditions. I'll work through the room, making sure I visit every table at least once.
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: