“What is the best……” That starts every question in every magic forum.
Just so you know “best” is an opinion. What you may deem as the “best” effect and what others might think – are not always the same.
That is exactly why some people prefer King Rising to the Balducci – it’s what you “prefer.”
Finding the “best” effects and the “best books and props” is going to chiefly rely upon only one person….you.
1. Read a lot of effects on the www (their descriptions)
2. Subscribe to some free magic newsletters
3. Become a member of several forums (and read them, don’t just ask ask ask)
4. Read customer reviews
5. …and THEN make your purchases still on the effects that sound good TO YOU. Don’t buy something just because everyone says it is awesome. I know lots of people who like D’Lite, (I don’t) I know lots of magicians who like coin tricks (I don’t.) Don’t buy tricks on the HOT LIST because they are hot, in your hands they may be stone cold.
And as a magician who has been around a while (20 years), I have bought a lot of crap magic. Effects that I did not like, and effects that just didn’t work for me. I have wasted hundreds of dollars.
WARNING: You will experience “buyer’s remorse.” I think initially you think that the NEXT trick really will be “diabolical.” But, when you learn how an effect is done, you almost always go, “Oh, that’s how it is done?” And a small amount of disappointment always sets in.
The point is getting past that and beginning to work with various effects to find what ends up working best for you.
2. Ordinary props
5. Or strictly impromptu
6. Or some combinations….
Like any other art form, this kind of thing takes time. Maybe the best question is not “what is best” but more so, find out “what WORKS best for you” or “what are a few of your favorites?” (so you have more that one option) Or better yet, find out what magicians DO NOT like, that way you have BOTH sides of the argument to make a better choice when buying magic.
Because if it says, “No strings” that means it is magnets. And if it says, no magnets – then it uses invisible thread. If it says no sleight of hand, it means that it looks cheap, and if it says “packs flat and plays big” that means it takes hours of practice.
Stop worrying about what other people think is “best.” And discover YOU in the art of magic. Mozart wrote original music as an elementary student. He didn’t ask which songs were “HOT.” Mozart defined HOT. Magic, like any other art form takes YEARS of practice to perfect. Some magis spend their whole lives living in the shadows of great men and women.
Advice is great, don’t get me wrong, I ask for advice all of the time. That is how we grow and learn. But craft your questions into something “real” and “honest” and that reflects who you are as an artisan. Don’t just stand in line with the other drones and ask…
What is the best card trick?
What is the best coin trick?
What are your three best tricks?
Ultimately you need to decide what you want to say with your magic, don’t rob yourself of that discovery.
David Kenney Magic
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