creecy: Back to the original post. You're not ready.
Hey people read his thread again - he's 12! Of course he's not ready.
And how many of you were "ready" on your first gig? (at 12!) Listen, he isn't going to get ready between now and then. And the only way for him to be ready is to just do the show.
You'd better be glad that Paddy or Sluggo isn't replying to this post. I actually gave some pretty good advice.
Let's analyze your post a little.
And how many of you were "ready" on your first gig? (at 12!)
Was I ready at age 12?...Probably not. Was I a magician at age 12?...Of course not. Would people take me serious as a magic performer at age 12?...Well you can bet that almost no one would be so lucky at this age. Don't get me wrong, there are some young ones out there who would be able to gain respect as a performer at this age...but they are far and few between, not to mention I can guarantee they had a lot more practice under their belt and more than a few gimmicks to work with.
Listen, he isn't going to get ready between now and then. And the only way for him to be ready is to just do the show.
Keep in mind that you can be ready mechanically but not entertainingly (if that even makes sense). What I mean is, you can be able to go through the motions of performing an effect but still not be able to keep the attention of your audience by makeing it entertaining. Additionally, you need to have more than three effects. Knowing a few magic tricks doesn't make you qualified to "do the show", nor does knowing a bunch of magic tricks. And no, doing the show is not the way for him to be ready. In fact, it may be just the opposite. Trying to do a performance when you are clearly not ready may be just enough to discourage you from ever wanting to do it again.
He might screw up. He might do fabulously. Either way, he's 12 and the only way to learn is to just do it. And I promise, he's not oging to destroy "our art" if he messes up a trick. Really. It's okay.
Give Evan some credit - at least he's asking 2 months ahead of time and not 2 days.
This all depends on the gig. If this is a paying gig, then absolutely not. Don't do it. It does matter if he screws it up because of being totally unprepared. You don't take a paying gig to become ready. If it's not a paying gig, then as you said, have fun and good luck. Also, if he's read through various posts before his own, I give him credit for asking the question at all.
As for tricks, for my first gigs (yes plural), I did simple, self-working magic that was easy to do.
-Scotch & Soda
-DeKram deck (note - this is a regular deck all around so it can be used for a multitude of magic)
Sorry Robert, you do have some good advice, but I still stick to as few of the gimmick effects as possible. With what you've listed for your first gigs, if performing a set for a group of people it my go something like this:
I pull out two coins, a half-dollar and a copper coin (do the effect).
Now, I've gotten rid of the other half-dollar and I've pulled out a different one (or two...do the effect)
Well skip one.
Now, think of a card. Ok, your card is now upside down in this deck (great effect by the way).
Now I'll put this deck away and pull another deck of cards to use for another trick.
Don't get me wrong, those are all great effects, but if that's all you have and you don't know any regular card on coin effects, then you'll find yourself all bulked up with props that can only perform one effect each, not to mention it will be easier to get confused where everything is (example - "Where's that deck of cards?...Oops. That's the wrong one. Let me find the other deck."). That is why I say to learn effects that require no gimmicks.
People skills, as you said, are a must. The way you interact with people, in Evan's case probably adults, is key.
Please don't take offense Robert. As I said, you have some great advice. But again, if this is a paying gig, then don't think Evan should do it. Instead, he might offer to perform for free and see how it goes.
We'll wish him luck in whatever he decides.