This is my first essay, and I’m not much of a writer an I’m working on my essay writing structure so place bare with me. BTW, I don’t know if this has been done before but here is my essay.
What makes a "good" Magician?
I’m going to sound like adjones for this, but I’m going to attempt to answer a question you might ask yourself at times. “What makes you a ‘good’ magician?” or maybe “AM I a ‘good’ magician?” And hopefully at the end of this essay, you will ask this question to yourself.
Before we get to the question, let’s talk a little about what “good” means. The dictionary definition of good, is to be satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree. Of course, we can apply this to our magic. After reading this, you might think to yourself, yes, I am good in magic. I have tons of tricks and I perform… I am good.. The real answer is no.
Why do I say, you’re not? It’s because collecting, accumulating, owning and having tricks does not make you “good.” It actually makes you worse, in my opinion. Why? In Jay Sankey’s book, Beyond Secrets, he talks about someone who owns thousands of tricks, but chooses not to use them. It’s not the quantity of the tricks, it’s the quality of the tricks.
“Okay…you’ve talked about not owning too many tricks…what now?” Now, I’m going to be talking about presentation. Presentation is a big word, in my opinion. It has a big role in everything you might do. Particularly, in magic. My definition of presentation is, the act of performing. I know it’s simple, but it’s not easy. I’ll tell you why.
The first step to becoming a “good” magician, is to have a trick. Even if you have one trick, presentation is still very important. Then comes presentation. Presentation is going to bring life and excitement and wonder to your audience. The best way to build presentation is to build patter. You need to connect with the audience and come close to them. Presentation is essential to a magician, especially a “good” one.
Also, another thing I want to cover is a good magician knows how to handle their props, the audience and their presentation. Those are important to know.
Now, I want to mention something we all hate. And that is messing up. But messing up isn’t a terribly bad thing, is it? No, in my opinion, I think it helps you or me, as a magician, better and more experienced, if you will. Making mistakes in a performance will make you stronger as a performer. All you have to do is patch up those spots and you’ll be better than the last performance.
I remember one time, a long time ago, I was performing sponge balls to my dad. I’ve been practicing the sponge ball routine for a few hours, and I tried to perform it to my dad. My dad was at an awkward angle for me, and saw a flash of my retention vanish. I knew he saw it, so I stopped and practiced and established a way that it would be impossible for someone to see it. Then I did the same routine again and he didn’t see anything. He was amazed. I’m glad to have had that moment on my dad, rather than a real audience member. Which brings me to another important necessity of magic.
Practice. Practice is as big of a word as presentation. You’ve probably read some magic books, that tell you to “practice, practice, practice” millions of times. But it’s true. I once read a book that told me to “Practice 25 times in the mirror, and if you mess up, start over.” I thought that was a little strict at first, but I got in a habit of doing that, and I’d say it works. Before your show, rehearse and practice in front of a mirror, maybe perhaps film yourself with a camera/camcorder so you can look back and see yourself make those particular errors or mistakes. I find, either method extremely useful and efficient.
This concludes, my essay on what makes a “good” magician. Hopefully you find yourself asking yourself, “Am I a ‘good’ magician?” or better yet, trying out these methods how to be a “good” magician.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
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