Anyone can learn the ‘magical’ tricks of the trade, but when it comes to actually performing magic to an audience not everyone can attain the skills required to amaze and wow their spectators. While many magicians have tried and failed in the art of magic, several magicians like Oliver B have risen to new heights in the illusionist industry and have perfected their performance skills based on the following 3 tips and traits.
First and foremost, not everyone is going to understand your tricks and from time to time they may question your talent as a magician. However, in order to maintain a good reputation and to generally make the audience feel at ease, it is important that you treat sceptics kindly and answer any queries they may have about your act politely.
Not only will this help show your audience that you’re open to criticism, but negative comments can also assist you in improving your act. If you’re act is too obvious, someone is bound to say something and vice versa, so by accepting this scepticism and criticism you will be able to adjust your act so that it suits even the most pernickety of viewers.
Treating your audience nicely can go a long way in the performance industry, especially when it comes to your reputation as a magician, making it vital that you behave accordingly.
Inform Your Audience
A lot of magicians will argue against this point but just hear us out for a second. Have you ever seen an act that you didn’t quite understand? I believe that most of us have but by informing your audience of what you’re going to be doing, you not only help them understand the act in greater depth, you can also give yourself a slight advantage in wowing your audience.
Of course, it’s not always appropriate to reveal the nature of your trick however, in some cases it’s always best to explain what you intend to do beforehand, especially for smaller tricks like card magic.
This tip coincides with the above point in terms of explaining what is going on to your audience. However narration occurs during the trick rather than just before. Now, sometimes it’s better to use a combination and other times it is advised to just narrate or just inform prior to the trick; it’s all down to personal preference really.
By narrating your trick, you will be able to keep your audience interested while focusing on the trick at hand. Also, the tone of your voice is vital during narration as a dull, deadening tone could actually lose your audience so make sure that you act yourself, with perhaps a little more enthusiasm.
These are just 3 of the tips that magicians can adopt in order to improve and perfect their performance skills and keep their audience hooked throughout the show. Do you have any more tips that you’d like to share with our readers?