When I first really got into Magic, it was about the time Bill Bixby was playing The Magician on television. I wore leisure suits loaded with pulls and hooks and the works ALL the time. Even went shopping for a white Corvette, but I’m a big guy and they just didn’t come in my size. The shows were fun and a lot of people got entertained, but it was a lot of work, and I never got “comfortable” with the image.
Being “just me” was out of the question, since that was a nerdy looking teenager with no self-esteem, poor social skills, and bad teeth. What I settled for was something in the middle, not quite me and not quite my ideal.
Coming back in now, in what most would call “middle age”, is a different person. I’ve won some battles, gained some skills, made some friends. “Just me” is just fine! And it makes a HUGE difference in the quality of the Magic.
I also do a couple characters that are very entertaining. These came out of my own soul, not a copy of someone else’s. I am comfortable with the movements, the dialect, even the vocabulary, and most importantly, the audience is comfortable with who and what I present.
[b]-> Like buying a suit, if it doesn’t fit, people will notice. <-[/b]
Once it fits , they won’t be distracted, and you can get on with the business at hand.
Great article. Thanks for this m.ruetz. Hopefully every magician here, not just the newbies, will see and appreciate!