To Flourish? Or Not To Flourish? That Is The Question.
After browsing the Essays forum i noticed nothing has been written about Flourishes. (I only checked the front page and the titles so maybe something has been written about it in the past.)
These are simply my thoughts on Flourishing in a Magical performance. I hope this helps you, even if you think the opposite to me. My aim isn't to make you think any differently, only to share my thoughts on the subject.
I'll start of by saying a fan, ribbon spread, Charlie cut, Waterfall spring ect... are, in my opinion, not Flourishes.
Now, and this is only my opinion, but i don't think Flourishes have any place in a serious Magical performance. If you don't create patter and presentation based on Magic, or some sort of supernatural effect, then please, Flourish away, the more the merrier. If you don't mind your audiance thkning you are doing everything anyway you might aswell entertain with a few Flourishes.
However, if you claim to be a Magician, and not a Trickster, and you wish your audiance to believe what you are doing is Magic, then as soon as you Flourish you might as well say "and yes, of course, everything you have seen/ are about to see, has been controlled by me. I'm clever arn't i?" (Or something to that effect...)
Now i'm not telling you to be "sloppy" in your performances. Quite the opposite. Magicians are known to be dexterus with a deck of cards, so any "sloppyness" on your part will kill your image as a serious Magician. But at the same time so can displays of amazing skill and dexterity.
For the most part, teenagers are not going to be taken seriously as a Magician. Sorry but it's a true fact. At best you will look very skilled at what you do, but your audiance will know it's you making everything happen, not Magic.
In this case, take advantage of that. You can still amaze, puzzle, mystify ect... an audiance who know it isn't real Magic. Adding Flourishes in these types of performances will only enhance your reputation.
As said these are just my own thoughts on the subject. I havn't thought about it too deeply though, i just noticed nothing written (lately) on the subject and started "free writing" this.
These are just thoughts off the top of my head so if anyone wishes to post anything please do so. I'll enjoy hearing your opinions on the subject.
In answering my question more directly, i would have to answer; If you want to be seen as a Magician, don't use any Flourishes. If you don't mind being seen as a trickster, or you don't mind your audiance knowing you are controlling everything, then flourishes can really enhance your reputation and should be performed.
I will write another (short) essay on Belief: Why And How To Suspend It.
This is because i see more and more people performing and they tell me "They know it isn't real anyway"... My thoughts on that later...
Here's a link... (LINK TO FOLLOW)
As said, i welcome everyone's opinions on the subject, and look foward to reading them.
Thanks for your time.