Comedy Acting Techniques for Character Performers, by Colin Underwood. Surprise is vital for character entertainers and…
We’ll start of with a basic intro and over the next few weeks, we’ll look at and share various aspects of magic such as time misdirection, slycology, the salticrax trick and more!
“MY BASIC OUTLOOK ON PERFORMING MAGIC.
I have two different approaches on performing magic. The first one is when I play magic as a comedy routine, here the actual magic effect is secondary to the big surprise laugh or applause. The second is in the more normal surroundings of close up magic where I am entertaining them with STRONG magic.
I try and visualize what a real magician would do to achieve the same effect. I have to admit a real magician wouldn’t walk around a restaurant making sponge balls appear out of someone’s ear!!
I had to look at what I was doing there then and I realized that entertainment is the key element otherwise there would be no reason for my waltzing around doing card effects to the unsuspecting punters.
The routines are the mere fabric for the bigger picture of entertaining them, placing a cloak of mystery over them, allowing the audience to participate in a moment of magic, a moment where reality and disbelief merge.
I leave a table or show knowing that I have tried to get the bigger picture through, where all the parts of the performance merge to make a lasting impression on the audience and they leave knowing they have participated in something special.
I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO START WITH SOME SORT OF REASON OR MEANING FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE WHETHER IT IS TO SHOW ONE ROUTINE OR ON A BIGGER SCALE WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PORTRAY OR GIVE TO THE PUBLIC BY BEING A MAGICIAN.
Ask yourself why are you there? , What is the meaning for this and you will see it will help give you a better focus point when performing your magic.
So after all this heavy theory lets get into some of the more nuts and bolts stuff in magic!”
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