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Topic: Magicians: Be What Fits You
Message: Posted by: m.ruetz (Nov 17, 2009 06:20PM)
Nice article for those starting out and maybe looking for their own style:

Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Nov 17, 2009 10:36PM)
Thanks for bringing out this article that, I believe, will benefit many newbies here.
Message: Posted by: pradell (Nov 17, 2009 10:45PM)
He references Burt Easley in his article. Mr. Easley wrote a good book in 1948, way ahead of its time, Doing Magic For Youngsters, when no one else was writing about the subject of children's shows. A copy of the first edition is available right now on Ebay.

Message: Posted by: The Futurist (Nov 18, 2009 08:59AM)
Thanks, this is a great article. As an extreme newbie, my audience is pretty much family & friends at the minute, so I must of necessity "be myself" when performing to an audience that knows me so well! However, it's working out well. I am kind of finding aspects of my personality that are germane to the art and kind of turning them up a few notches. So there's no radical discontinuity between my "regular self" and "magician self".
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Nov 18, 2009 11:41AM)
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!
Message: Posted by: m.ruetz (Nov 20, 2009 03:33PM)
Thanks everyone for the nice feedback! BTW- "Doing Magic For Youngsters" was one of my first magic purchases many years back from Tannen's.