This is a thought that Has been in the back of my mind latelly and I have been planning this essay out in my head and in my notebook. It is a topic that I feel needs to be written to improve your magic and make it more fun to perform and sometimes more fun for the audience. So I hope you enjoy reading this!
When we perform our tricks and routines, what are we really doing? Are we competing with other magicians? Are we competing with our spectators? Are we competing with the waiters and waitresses? And the simple answer to all those questions, is NO. We are not competing. We are not competing with anybody, EVER in our performances (Unless the trick calls for it)
There was a post here on the penguin forums that really brought this all up into my head. Somebody was talking about an undeserving magician (We will discuss that in that forum). But that really made me think. Most people have never witnessed much magic (if any) in the real world. Sure almost everybody has seen David Blaine or Cwiss Angel, But who has seen magic in the real world? Not many people if you think about it.
So when somebody watches you or another magician perform, They will be astonished basically no matter what. You can do the most basic, simplest, non-magician fooling trick, and have the spectators on there knees with their fingers crossed like you were the freakin' devil. So when you hear about a magician you think is terrible, the spectator will think they are the best thing next to David Blaine that they have ever seen.
Now of course we are not fooled or baffled that much being magicians and seeing so much magic on a day to day basis, But they don't. Its part of connecting with your audience and getting to know them. You need to take this into consideration next time you are at a table with "WOW" in your hands ready to perform it. You don't need that.
I have performed a few times, in really impromptu situations. Situations where maybe I was at a family reunion for example. I was at a table and my parents introduced me to everybody and told them I was a magician blah blah blah. One thing led to another and I was in a situation with my brain moving faster than my hands and I had to think of something on the spot. So I had a card chosen blah blah blah, and I just took it, lost it, and changed a card into it via the erdnase. And you know what? They were amazed. And do you know why? I think you do.
So think about this next time you are at a table or at a show or in school ready to do a trick. You are not competing with anybody. almost none of these people have seen magic in there entire lives. So before you do this gimmicked trick, remember. Anything will fool somebody who doesn't know magic.