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A simple step to improving your magic

July 13, 2013 |

We were having a lecture at our local magic club the other day and were thinking about some of the principles of stage-craft and performance.  In spite of a number of important books on this subject it is an area largely neglected by many amateur hobbyists.

But if you’re reading this article I assume you are interested in improving your magic and taking your art to a higher level.  And I want to suggest one really simple way to help that process. Read More

Don’t do it the same way as everyone else

April 26, 2013 |


Or, a few reflections on individuality and creativity.

The point of this article is to encourage us magicians not just to perform the tricks we buy in the same way we have seen them performed. Even if you don’t bother reading this article, watch the YouTube clip of Yann Frisch. Here is an outstanding performance on so many different levels.

But what I love most about this routine is not the flawless sleight of hand (even though I know what must be happening it is beautiful to behold). What I love most about this routine is the fact that of all the one cup and ball routines I have ever seen (and I have seen many), I have never seen one like this. It is his routine. There is much to admire – a story is told (in an international language), a character is explored, and there is some stunning magic. But above all it is his routine.
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