The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The Good News! » » Ideas for "basic" tricks for Christmas (4 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

Joeni
View Profile
New user
Black Forest Area, Germany
18 Posts

Profile of Joeni
I'm new to magic, and so I'm going through the basic steps for magic in "Magic for Dummies" and going to start practicing the first things for sleight of hand. So my question here is twofold. My first aim is to be able to perform the first three to four tricks this year's Christmas. Are there any suggestions to how to start practicing the best - and at the same time: What ideas are there to make a simple little "story" with the aid of three or four such tricks? I've got some first ideas, but I'd like to see, if there are some better or more than mine. The audience will consist of children and adults as well.
MagicBus
View Profile
Inner circle
Kalamazoo, Michigan
2701 Posts

Profile of MagicBus
Probably a good place to check out is www.LaflinMagicStore.com Put "Christmas" in the site's search box. Duane Laflin's book download will be there on "Christmas Magic". Also, they have several tricks specifically designed for use at Christmas time.
Joeni
View Profile
New user
Black Forest Area, Germany
18 Posts

Profile of Joeni
Quote:
On Sep 15, 2017, MagicBus wrote:
Probably a good place to check out is www.LaflinMagicStore.com Put "Christmas" in the site's search box. Duane Laflin's book download will be there on "Christmas Magic". Also, they have several tricks specifically designed for use at Christmas time.

That's a great idea, thanks! I'll have a look at it!
BillyTheSquid
View Profile
Veteran user
My bamboo hut's supported on
331 Posts

Profile of BillyTheSquid
If you're looking for storytelling Christmas stuff, "The Christmas Gift" by Christian Chelman is a wonderful tale with a magical twist. But then I enjoy collecting bits from junk shops / markets and building a story from them, adding in basic magical moves to pep things up a tad.

I think the best approach is to create a story *first*, then work the effects into it. If the story can powerfully stand on its own without that magical lift, then you're on the road to being a good storytelling magician - the effects lift the story into the realm of true awe and wonder and are what makes it different to ordinary storytelling. I'm thinking of the times when sat around a campfire, stories are being told, and then all of a sudden, at the right time, a flash bursts out of the flames (via flash powder), or a piece of paper with something written on it disappears in a flash, to reveal the paper has something else written on it.

I would point you in the direction of Jeff McBride / Eugene Burger's theories of magical performance, as they're some of the best thinkers in the realm of instilling pure awe and wonder in magical routines.

Blessings,
Matt
Joeni
View Profile
New user
Black Forest Area, Germany
18 Posts

Profile of Joeni
Quote:
I think the best approach is to create a story *first*, then work the effects into it. If the story can powerfully stand on its own without that magical lift, then you're on the road to being a good storytelling magician - the effects lift the story into the realm of true awe and wonder and are what makes it different to ordinary storytelling.


I agree. That's the way I'm planning the whole thing through. But it's not easy - at least not as a beginner. That's why I'm looking here for some more ideas to ponder.
BillyTheSquid
View Profile
Veteran user
My bamboo hut's supported on
331 Posts

Profile of BillyTheSquid
Joeni, why not start with a Christmas story? There's lots of different Christian scripts etc you could have a look at and see if you could fit an effect into.

You could do something from the perspective of the Magi - A star appears from nowhere [usual appearance type effect, or could use a light up TT] which heralds something important as observed by those wise men. Something worth travelling a long distance for.

They go to Jerusalem and meet Herod who wants to meet the child too (and we all know why Smile lol). Appearances can be deceptive [so some sort of change effect].

They arrive at the house and worship Jesus [appearance of gold, frankincense and myrrh from "nowhere")

Then they (and Jesus' family) are warned in a dream and go elsewhere - Herod arrives and discovers the child gone [some sort of disappearing effect]

Just off the top of my head the above lol.
Joeni
View Profile
New user
Black Forest Area, Germany
18 Posts

Profile of Joeni
Quote:
On Sep 15, 2017, BillyTheSquid wrote:
Joeni, why not start with a Christmas story?

Yay, great! Sounds like KIS MIF ;-) I think that I'll stick to that, and maybe gonna do some verses to it on my own.
Donald Dunphy
View Profile
Inner circle
Victoria, BC, Canada
7195 Posts

Profile of Donald Dunphy
Here are links to a couple of previous discussions on this topic.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......c=602001

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=16

- Donald
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
Joeni
View Profile
New user
Black Forest Area, Germany
18 Posts

Profile of Joeni
Thanks, Donald! This helps a lot. There are some great ideas worth another thought.
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » The Good News! » » Ideas for "basic" tricks for Christmas (4 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2017 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.08 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL