I originally was going to make this into a topic in the General Magic Discussion Forum, because I didn’t think there would be enough for it to be considered an essay. But, regardless of the length, I don’t want the topic to be buried under countless useless topics, and never be read again. So I decided to post it here in the Essay Section, as in the long run, more people would read it.
To get started... I think a lot of young magicians don't realize that hygiene, both visible and "invisible" hygiene, is very important to your performance. Visible hygiene would include things like nails, clothes, hair, etc. And the "invisible" hygiene would include stuff that is part of your hygiene, but you can't really see... such as your smell, breath, etc.
If your hygiene is bad, it can really affect how your audience perceives you as a performer, and sometimes they may not wish to watch you perform because of it. If some stinky, trashy looking teenager approached you, pulled out an old, dirty deck of red Bicycles from his coat pocket, and asked if you wanted to see something cool, what would you say? More than likely ... you would turn the kid down. As would most normal people on this Earth. It's nothing personal against the person, it's just life.
So, before you leave the house, even if you don't plan on performing, follow this checklist:
- Make sure your nails are trimmed.
- Brush your teeth.
- Make sure you're dressed appropriately.
- Brush your hair.
- Use deodorant!
- You should already know this, but… shower everyday!
Now, if you know you’re going to be performing, run to the bathroom 10-15 minutes before your performances, and follow this small checklist:
- Fly is zipped all the way to the top.
- You don't have boogers or snot hanging from your nose.
- You smell all right.
- You wash your hands so they’re not dirty.
- Your breath smells good (carry mints).
If you follow these checklists, it will lower your chances of getting turned down or told to get away on basis of how you look and smell. Of course, there will be those times when you have to rush, and don’t have time to do the little things like brush your hair or dress as nicely as you normally would. I personally don’t see a problem with this, as it happens to the best of us.
This has received mixed enthusiasm over at theory11. As one person said this is common sense, and therefore doesn’t need to be posted. But, I see videos online of kids performing with dirty untrimmed nails, in dirty clothes… who says they won’t go out and perform like this in public? I totally agree that most of it is common sense, but I feel it’s an important aspect of performance, and needed to be posted.
Thanks for reading, and I do apologize for the shorter length of this essay, but I figured most of it was common sense. Thanks again!