Must-Have Paraphernalia for a Magician: Items Magicians should always carry!!!!
Does magic require a specific set of tools?
Even 10-year old aspiring and amateur magicians experimenting with their boxes of magic tricks would answer in the affirmative to this question although their perception is limited only to their own kit.
It only goes to prove how important tools are for a magician and in spite of the variation in tricks there are some must-haves which magicians must include in their arsenal.
Following is a list of mandatory paraphernalia that is universally applicable to all magicians.... Magicians should always carry –
Often during a magical performance, a member of the audience is called upon stage as a way of interacting with them and asked to write something on a piece of paper.
In such a situation would it not be embarrassing for you in case the pen does not work?
Carrying at least one working and a few spare ball-point pens not only ensures smooth conduct of the act but also enables magicians to jot down their contact details for a prospective client.
A stack of business cards needs to be kept handy to facilitate subtle marketing after the show and decks of cards enable the magician to perform confidently.
Having multiple decks close at hand is also feasible in case a particular deck needs to be doctored and hence is concealed after the act.
For a magician, a good first impression is half the battle won and this is where the importance of grooming comes into the picture.
Some of the matters in which magicians need to groom themselves regularly and with special care are their hands, face, body odour and oral hygiene. To this effect their nails should be cut and trimmed at all times and their faces should be free from perspiration.
This is achieved by including a nail-cutter in the personal make-up kit as well as a packet of wipes that will soak away the sweat without disturbing the underlying make-up.
Likewise, body odour is best kept at bay by spraying a deodorant every once in a while during the performance and oral hygiene is accomplished by tucking a few mints in the corners of the mouth.
A costume is made out of cloth and hence is most susceptible to wear and tear which may not always come at the right moment.
Therefore, there needs to be a plan in place to cover such contingencies, especially at a time when repairing is out of the question.
Safety pins, black duct tape and an extra tie are some of the supplies that magicians should always carry, the pin being carried in case a button comes off unexpectedly, the tape can be stuck over a torn patch and a tie can replace a bow if the situation calls for it.
Since accessories are repeatedly used during every performance, they are prone to looking old, used and dirty.
Hence it is advisable to have new accessories within your grasp so that a replacement can be sought as soon as there is a malfunction.
These are but a few precautions that go a long way in adding the extra zing to a magic show much to the benefit of the magician.
Having taken care of these matters, magicians can build an aura around themselves and continue to enthral their spectators for many years to come.