How do we contribute to raising the bar on magic?
One way is to improve our connection with those that we perform for, making the experience unforgettable?
In the words of John Carney in his book "Magic By Design"...."It is fundamental to have an ideal in mind before you begin. You need a standard, a vision to live up to, and you need the integrity to live up to that vision"
Below is a summary of the ideals of John Carney from "Magic By Design" that he tries to apply to his magic:
- The magic should be surprising and inexplicable.
- Any gimmicks or sleight of hand shouldn't be apparent. The audience might theorize but should have no clues or evidence.
- The effects should be pure, simple and understandable.
- The routines should be practical under most circumstances.
- Make the routine fresh. If it is a standard effect, how can the method be improved or the presentation changed to make the routine more memorable.
- Props should not be the center of the magic. The performer should be responsible for the magic, not the props.
- The presentation should be fun, relevant or compelling in some way for the spectator.
The following are my ideals:
WHAT ARE YOUR IDEALS? HOW DO YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN RAISING THE BAR ON MAGIC?
- The magic should be open and quick.
- The magic must be smooth, powerful and unexplainable.
- The magic must bring out my personality.
- The magic should not challenge the attention span of friends and spectators.