Originally posted by Adam Brooks:
If someone finds out you're a magician, and she says "Can you show me something?", do you immediately flip the switch to "performing mode"? Or do you stay within your current mentality and work the magic there?
Magic is a performing art, and yet I've seen many examples of good magicians who simply "do" magic instead of performing it, and the audience still loves it.
"Organic' magic as it has come to be known is a great example of just "doing" magic.
Great question(s) Adam.
I think there are those that do magic [it seems to flow from them naturally] and those who over do magic [their character doesn't fit the venue].
For magic to feel "organic" it must arise within, and aware of, the situation. It is a matter of presentation. It is also much like accepting and then making an offer in Improvisational Theater. (Yes, I read your profile) If your magic offer is too different from the request for magic, it is very awkward and they (your audience)won't be sure how to react until they get acquainted with this new character. One often doesn't have that much time.
My style of performing close-up is intimate. I am sharing with my audience. For this reason my "performer" and everyday personna are not far apart. (Psst, the performer is the nicer guy ;) )
Having been asked so many times to show a little something I have a transition piece that requires an object which can be found in almost all my favorite places to be; restaurants, wineries, catered events.
I get to give someone a quest to find the item, aluminum foil, and casually warm the audience up to my intimate, sharing style. As a group we experience the search and upon return we all experience a little culmination of my lead in story. The magic then just starts flowing out of that.
I don't think magic without spoken words would be appropriate for a first effect. It seems to me, too much a puzzle.
Making magic seem natural unto yourself, in that instant, is the key. It is not easy to do. It requires an accurate ability to judge people's desire instantaneously and the ability to engage them with your passion for the art.
To put it bluntly, truly improvised spontaneous magic is rehearsed in great depth.
[ October 23, 2001: Message edited by: Tom Cutts ]