Close Up Pads for Magicians Close-up Pads for serious amatuers and working pros. Tue, 03 Sep 2019 18:12:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Close Up Pads for Magicians 32 32 147213600 The Real Secret to Great Magic Sat, 07 Jul 2018 05:31:19 +0000 It was a typical summer afternoon. Beautiful fluffy white clouds dotted the ultra-blue sky as far as the eye could see. As I was getting into my car I noticed a bird soaring high in the sky. He was easily 500-600 feet high. He was not flapping wildly trying to stay airborne. Instead, he was soaring effortlessly, never flapping once. It was awe inspiring to see something done so beautifully, so easily, so naturally, and so gracefully.

As so often happens with me, my thoughts turned to magic. As I watched that bird soar across the expanse of the sky. To an audience of laymen, we, magicians, are like that bird. I was in awe of the bird’s ability to do what he was doing. To the bird it was perfectly natural and he was obviously enjoying what he was doing. That bird was doing something that I would love to be able to do, but for me that is only a fantasy. For the bird it is his reality. Flying is simply what birds do.

Magicians routinely do things that seem impossible to laymen, but sadly, too many magicians today present their wonders to an audience as puzzles rather than miracles of magic. Tony Slydini, one of the world’s most talented magicians, performed for magicians more than for laymen and his presentation style reflected that. He would often present an effect and challenge magicians to “watch closely and you will see what I do.” In other words, “Catch me if you can.”

That style of performing may work for magicians, but it’s one of the worst ways to perform for laymen. It robs laymen of that awe struck feeling when they see a miracle performed right under their nose. The effect becomes little more than a puzzle for the audience to figure out how it was done. That cheapens and destroys the impact of the magic. Magic is AWESOME and MIRACULOUS, but puzzles are only puzzling until the secret is discovered. Magic should seem to have no secrets. Magic should just happen.

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