Originally posted by David Alexander:
The first thing necessary was to put them at ease rather than put them off or on the defensive, as so many younger magicians seem to delight in doing.
I do not think age is the issue. There are just as many older people performing magic as self-medication as there are youth. In fact, I would go so far as to say the reason
so many young people perform the way they do is because they are modeling that which they see being done by older magicians at magic clubs, etc.
As to touching, I auditioned for a marketing promotion that took me to several hundred nightclubs in a year. I became very close with my managers who auditioned many magicians from all over the country. I asked why I got the nod, as my magic is not the visual style one would think of immediately for nightclub audiences.
Their answer: "Because I touched
them and talked with
them, not at
So I, for one, believe that the power of touch is strong, and used wisely - and this is
the key, isn't it - can greatly enhance the magical, personal experience for an audience.