Performing street magic can be scary, especially if you aren’t used to it and you’re new to magic. The first time is always the worst – after that it becomes more natural and eventually you won’t be nervous at all!
We wanted to give you a couple of tips on how you can make performing street magic slightly less daunting. So, here they are:
Location, Location, Location
Where you choose to perform is vital. The best close-up magician in London may automatically know where his audience is going to be, but the chances are that you won’t be that fortunate at the start. Always make sure that you know the area you are in and that it is safe to be there. You want to make sure you are located somewhere that you will get noticed, but not somewhere that is so busy that you’re going to annoy people, such as at underground stations. Use some common sense when looking for the right location to perform your magic.
Remember to smile. If you don’t make yourself approachable by using your body language, very few people are going to feel comfortable coming towards you. On top of that, if you have managed to attract an audience, if you then come across as nervous and avoid eye contact, you run the risk of making your audience feel uneasy or even disinterested. If the audience becomes disinterested then you’re not going to receive the response you want once the trick is finished. So remember to smile and make your audience feel comfortable.
What would you do if you were approached by a magician? This is a great way to consider whether the people you are approaching would want to see your magic. Some people will obviously appear too busy and therefore try and avoid anyone marching through the streets, looking as if they need to be somewhere in a hurry. Try and identify what your ideal audience looks like and then approach those people, for example, a family on a day out might be perfect.
This tip ties in with the previous one. If you do stop someone who says they don’t have time, don’t take it personally. That person is probably in a hurry or maybe they just don’t want to see any magic. Not everyone likes magic; don’t force them to watch you.
You might also have some tricks that require you to take objects off of your audience. If someone seems hesitant or they don’t want to give you their item(s), just accepted it and move on to your next trick.
It is always a good idea to have tricks that are easy to cut off whilst you are in the middle of performing them. Someone’s phone might ring or they might even bump into a friend. By having tricks that you can cut off at any moment, your performance will feel much smoother to watch. Having short and snappy but effective tricks is the best route to go down when performing street magic.
The First Trick
Once you have approached someone, the aim is to keep them entertained for as long as possible. The best way to do this is by making your first trick one of your best. This way, you will leave them eager to see more instead of considering moving on to the next shop. This doesn’t mean that your second or your third trick should be bad, just make sure that you set a high level from the offset.
Finally, once your performance is over, either you have run out of tricks or the audience needs to leave, remember to thank them for their time. They didn’t have to stop and watch your magic so be genuinely appreciative that they did.
Oliver B – London Magician
Oliver B is a close-up magician based in London who has worked all over the world. He has been hired by a number of large corporate companies, such as Apple and Sony, to make their events memorable. If you want to make your party or wedding one to remember, get in touch with Oliver today.