Mark.Lewis wrote:It sounds like INTERACTION and I already pointed out the difference.
Thank you Mark you bring up a great point. I think that that interaction and the magician that is a conversational performer.
That is that the performer has sort of a conversation with the audience. As the magician does magic the audience talks and the magician talks back and what builds is what I call the situation comedy magic show. Others may call it something else but that is what I call it.
In my opinion my dad (Billy Bishop) was the best at this that I ever saw work this way. He got people up - and involved them in a situation comedy as the trick unfolded. His work with the box trick and often let the audience members put carry the box onto the stage - then look at the canvas cover and all that with the gags - it was a riot.
The same thing with the old abbots bow sawing. He used one of the helpers from the box trick and got the bow sawing stocks around them by saying it was an escape trick - then it went wrong and the helper was moved into getting sawed in half with the old bow saw. It was funny stuff.
The thing about my Dads act was that without helpers in the audience - it did not work. He needed the audience and helpers to talk and say things and then he could respond and get that laugh. So in that my Dad was not doing comedy material in the strict writing of jokes. He did a routine - where the audience got to act in a situation comedy. In my opinion that is very different.
No surprise - I work the same way too.
I also respect people like Bill Malone and Billy Weimer. I worked with both of them for years and Houdini's pub and Bit "O" Magic in Chicago. They were naturally funny. Bill Malone in my opinion is as funny and entertaining as he is skilled. I remember in the early days of Houdini's Pub. Bill did great card work (way over my head at the time and a lot of it is still over my head) and he was funny and entertaining at the same time. And he is so good that he makes it look easy.
I think that it is that interaction or conversation with the audience and that audience reaction is the part I like best in close up magic. And in my opinion and some may agree and that I think it also brings the customers back in a restaurant performing situation.
Anyone have any restaurant magic - heckler - audience reaction stories that they would like to share?
Just my opinion.