3 Quick Tips to Instantly Improve Your Magic (Part 1)

3 Quick Tips to Instantly Improve Your Magic (Part 1) - Freddie's Magic (www.freddiesmagic.com)

These aren’t hard and fast rules for everyone, but they’re definitely some useful tips we’ve picked up over 20 years of performing close-up magic.

1. If Someone Doesn’t Want to See a Trick, Don’t Show Them

We know it’s hard to believe that there are people out there who don’t enjoy magic but it’s true!

There’s nothing worse than putting in lots of effort to entertain someone with your latest trick, to find that they don’t find it very interesting.

Try and gauge how they feel about seeing a trick before starting one, or start with a quick opener to see how they react. The Neck Cracker or Vanishing Silk are great openers as they can be done very quickly, and usually provoke strong reactions from people.

If you get the impression that the audience member is not that into it, then move on to someone else and repeat the process until you find someone who does want to see a trick.

2. The Audience Makes the Magic Happen

Many magicians make the mistake of thinking that people will be impressed when the magician seems smarter than their audience. Actually, this can be a very patronising and annoying thing to watch.

When figuring out how to present a trick, it is much more interesting and engaging for an audience to see a magician present a problem, and then resolve it in an impossible way. It’s even better if the audience is the one who fixes the situation by using magic powers they never knew they had!

Let’s take an example such as The Magic Colouring Book. If the magician shows the audience a colouring book that is blank, then has pictures, then colours, it is kind of interesting. 

But, how about this instead…

The magician shows the audience a colouring book. When they open the book they are surprised to see that it is blank. This is really embarrassing and the magician tries everything they can to make the drawings come back. Finally, the magician asks a spectator to wave their hand over the book. When the book is next opened it is filled with black and white drawings! The magician asks for the spectator’s help again, and this time the book is filled with bright, colourful images!

The second option is so much more intriguing and joyous for everyone involved because the spectator gets more involved and there is nothing that suggests the magician is cleverer than the audience.

3. Get the Audience Involved as Much as Possible

This is partly explained in the Magic Colouring Book example given above. 

So much of performing magic (and many other art forms), is about getting the audience to care about what you are doing. If the audience cares, they will get more involved in the trick, and it will have a bigger impact on them.

You can easily get them more involved in various parts of the trick by asking them to make magical gestures, say the magic words, think of their selection, etc. 

It’s also much easier to do this when you know the trick and the patter very well. That way it won’t throw you off when you deviate from the script – so practice, practice, practice!