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shek
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Hey Tyler, you have a very well-defined and unique style when performing. How long did it take you to develop this specific style of performance and what would be your advice on how to develop a style that is truly "you"?
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Hey Shek,
The question of how to find your style seems to come up quite a bit.

I've found that the easiest way to begin your quest of style isn't thinking about which tricks you want to perform, but rather which tricks you WON'T perform. Once you start examining why you won't perform them, you'll start to understand why you perform the things you do. And that's a wonderful stepping stone to further material selection, and onward to your sense of style.

And you don't necessarily have to be “you,” you just have to be consistent (the only time you have to be “you” is when performing for friends or family). You could develop a character that is completely and utterly different than yourself and still be successful with it, but it just has to be consistent with itself. That's one of the problems when people perform word-for-word action-for-action from other magicians; they're not consistent. They'll be performing like Michael Ammar one minute, Bill Malone the next, and Sigfried and Roy after that. As an audience member, it's confusing and subtly awkward.

So I guess this entire post can be summed up by saying: if you're going to copy someone, you owe it to yourself to take their entire act.

Tyler Wilson
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On stealing the act:

As the talented Mr. Ripley would say: "I'd rather be a fake somebody than a real nobody."

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Hey Guys,
I received a few messages asking for more details on my earlier post. What the hellz am I doing writing a book if I can't even articulate a post on The Magic Café?!

In magic we are EXTREMELY fortunate. There are literally THOUSANDS of great routines out there that we can perform. I'm not talking about the mediocre or downright terrible material, but rather the pure, genuine, unabashed awesomeness. This means there is really no excuse to perform anything subpar. When we have such a vast reservoir of tricks from which to cherry pick, it's easy to answer why we'd perform one of them. "Well... because it's great!" But it becomes a much more interesting and introspective question when you begin asking yourself why you DON'T perform some of those tricks. Everyone swears by the sponge balls, but you won't come within fifty yards of them. Why is that? The invisible deck is highly regarded as one of the best card tricks extant, but you'd reach for a nickels to dimes before even considering the famed rough and smooth classic. Why? These questions reveal... your style! You've already got one whether you know it or not, so it just comes down to defining it, or building a new one from the ground up.

The more honest you can be with yourself (which is much, MUCH harder than it sounds), the more exacting the development of your style will become.

Donny, just so you know, Mr. Ripley was a character created by a writer, played by an actor pretending to be a fake somebody. It wasn't real.

Tyler Wilson
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I still don't get it. Can you articulate this a bit more clearly for us?

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Ty,

I'm the dude playing the dude disguised as the other dude.

It's all relative I think...

DO
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