Common Pitfalls Illusionists Must Avoid
A magic show is a culmination of several illusions and much of the popularity earned by it is an outcome of the magician’s persona as also the manner in which he conducts every illusion. To this effect, the overall impression of the performance shapes up on the basis of how each of the acts is conducted. For a magician, this underlines the importance of exercising caution while picking illusions to build up the show as a wrong choice could easily stand out like a sore thumb and spoil the evening for all concerned. We must look at the pitfalls illusionist must avoid.
Amongst the various considerations that should be borne in mind while choosing illusions, care should be taken to avoid pitfalls dotted along the path and following are some that every magician, amateur or expert, should be wary of –
Crowding too many illusions – ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ is a well-known cliché that best describes the scenario. Just like the scenario wherein presence of cooks in more numbers than required causes the broth ending up as a total mess, crowding too many illusions into one particular evening of magic show can only lead to confusion all around.
To begin with, it would entail excessive amount of practice for the magician and secondly, the audience will end up feeling too confused to distinguish one trick from another. Therefore, a more reasonable approach would be to select a few impressive tricks and carry them out with flair.
Compromising on the authenticity of the trick – Many times magicians, in a bid to keep up with competition, end up investing in tricks which turn out to be pirated, impractical or lacking in mass appeal. While impractical illusions prove to be too cumbersome in terms of preparation, pirated tricks are often unauthorized and project the magician as an amateur. An illusion deserves to be invested in only when it is likely to be enjoyed by a multitude of onlookers across the board and this should serve as a cornerstone for the magician while acquiring illusions.
Inappropriate fillers – It is but natural for a magician to have assistants and dancers who would enliven the performance and more importantly entertain the audience to the point of keeping them distracted. However, this can easily be overdone either by drafting too many dancers or using out-dated costumes and choreography which viewers have difficulty relating to. Both situations not only draw criticism but also fail in achieving their motive, namely to detract the attention of audience and hence should be steered clear of.
Mishandling existing illusions – One of the most common ways in which magicians mishandle illusions is to display them all on stage at the beginning of the show with the intention of overwhelming the audience. Far from being awe-struck, onlookers usually react to such a move by losing interest in the show owing to the instant dissipation of surprise element.
Lack of rehearsal – Presenting an illusion in front of a crowd needs to be backed with plenty of practice to the extent that the magician should be fluent enough to perform the trick with his eyes closed. Any let-up in this discipline leads to fumbles during the performance and reflects poorly on the magician, thus causing him to lose repute. Don’t you think regular practice might be a better drill as compared to the embarrassment that ensues from the lack of it?
Cognizance of these pitfalls is imperative for all magicians so that they could be effectively avoided in pursuit of a glorious career.
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