Audience Participation: An Essential Part of the Act?

When it really comes down to it, there are just two kinds of magic; magic that is good and magic that wows, leaving your audience with their jaws on the floor and an incredulous look on their faces. That’s the kind of the magic that gets people talking.

audience-participationThat’s the only magic that really gets people excited – and audience participation at any level is part of what makes it so special.

Working as a magician in London has given Oliver B the chance to perform in front hundreds and thousands of people at all kinds of events – close up and personal table magic at intimate events, parties and weddings as well as stage shows and big performances at corporate events not just in the capital, but across the country.

Be a Part of Something Special

With such variety in the type of magic, and the part in plays in any given event, how essential is audience participation? To give the short answer: very.

Back in the old days, audience participation meant climbing into a box as a magician sawed your legs off, or even taking part in a card trick or two. But these days, modern contemporary magic is much more sophisticated and a crucial part of creating that all-important ‘wow’ factor.

Of course, audience participation opens up the modern magician to a whole new world of opportunity thanks to smart phones and live streaming, but that also makes it all the more important to deliver the performance of a lifetime.

Love It or Hate It

The hallmark of a great magician is the way that their audience reacts. At its core, magic is designed to involve and engage – it is a community pastime, a talent which is always best shared. The tricks of the best magicians feed off the interest and curiosity of the audience; when it comes to magic, both are undeniably essential parts of the whole.

Of course, this isn’t to say that it isn’t possible to have a magic show where the audience plays no greater role than passively observing the show from a distance. Those performing grand illusions or magic shows on a large scale often do tend to have very limited levels of traditional audience participation, but that’s not to stop them sharing photos or videos with their friends via social media, or tweeting about what they have just witnessed.

No Greater Audience than Today

While the way in which audience participation has evolved with the industry and the way we operate in the wider world, there is still no greater rush than seeing someone blow your mind with something completely out of this world.

But the purpose served by audience participation? This has always been to confirm to those watching that this is not a trick, this is not an illusion: this is magic. You are the real deal and there has never been a better time to show off your magical prowess than today in the digital age.

“How did he do that?”

While the method’s behind today’s magicians in London and beyond are still clandestine and shrouded in secrecy, is there anything better than seeing the disbelief in the eyes of your audience, grabbing their phones and needing to share this with their friends? Just like a footballer scoring a winning goal, or a sellout stadium tour, magic not only draws an audience but a magician feeds off it. Their reaction is everything.

If you’re in the market for a jaw-dropping experience, then London-based magician Oliver B is not just highly skilled but he is passionate about performance, too. Want to know more? Get in touch today.