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The art of magic as entertainment for your next venue

The art of magic as entertainment for your next venue

Mar 30, 2015

The art of magic as entertainment for your next venue

Magic has been performed over many decades in most countries. Initially the magician was a traveling performer riding from one town to the next to capture the imagination of their audience. What we find now is known as stage magic where the performer dazzles their audience with staging tricks and creating illusions that most people perceive as impossible or even supernatural. Most of these performers use natural means to perfect their performance. The performers are referred to as either stage magicians or illusionists among their huge following.

The art form has gained substantial following in many countries and the better performers travel internationally to promote their art. Many of these illusionists have their own television shows and have become a household name in many countries. During the past decade this art form has been refined to allow the performers to create illusions such as bending metal, doing card tricks, the famous escape tricks created initially by the well-known Houdini and a wide variety of mind games or magic

In ancient history the magician was a very important person in the court of royalty or wealthy individuals. Known then as a court jester they entertained the guests of their employer with their skills using dexterity of their hands, conjuration and many other tricks perceived as magic. During a certain period of the world history they became associated with being part of the supernatural and many people perceived their art as evil. Only from the 1700’s did magic gained popularity as an art or entertainment among the masses.

The majority of the illusionists decided to move from the traditional street scene into a stage or theater setting to entice larger audiences and charge an entrance fee. The theaters and stages were purposely constructed and designed to help the performer create new and exciting illusions. This entailed items such as trap doors and other props to make the illusions more real and easier to achieve. The art form gained more respect and over the next few years became a very important means of public entertainment. This does not mean that all the magicians disappeared from the streets and even today young and novice magicians use this as a starting point for their career as an illusionist.

The method used by illusionists is to engage their audience in such a way that they focus their attention exactly where needed. Many people thought it was a matter of the hand being quicker than the eye, not true. The skilled and experienced illusionist has perfected the way to create seemingly impossible illusions that appears to be very real and sometimes even dangerous.

To become a successful illusionist the aspiring and inexperienced illusionist must become a master in showmanship and have the charisma to captivate his audience during the show. The more interaction they have with the audience the better chance they have to captivate their attention and perform the illusions perfectly. Illusionists use the principles of neuroscience to hone their skills to a level that will attract large and captivating audiences all over the world. This is all part of the unique qualities required to become a master in the art of magic. Gaining these skills take a lot of hard work and years of practice and total dedication to achieve a level that will ensure people coming to watch them perform. Apart from all the above the aspiring magician will have to possess the following five vital skills to succeed in this highly competitive but rewarding art form.

The first of these required skills are self motivation as they normally start totally on their own. Their passion for the art will motivate them to study other well-known performers, read books on the subject and create props to practice on. Only a truly motivated individual will be able to go through this period and become an illusionist.

The next step is that they must be willing to learn from both past and current performers that have been successful in the art. Becoming an assistant for one of these magicians is a bonus and most have a team of assistants helping them perform the tricks and illusions. Teaching independently has certain limitations and should be complemented by assisting other magicians as an apprentice or assistant during their shows.

Having charisma and showmanship is probably the most important factors for any aspiring magician. Many introverted performers have created a persona to keep their personal and private life separate from their performance.

Magicians must possess the ability to adapt to the special needs of an audience. Being able t read your audience and make immediate changes to the routine is a requirement to become a true master of this art form. Depending on the nature of the performance or even the country in which you perform certain changes are a per-requisites for becoming a great illusionist.

Finally the skill of versatility is required to allow the illusionist to broaden their repertoire of material and not become stagnant in their performance. This entails learning and perfecting new tricks and original illusions.