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Topic: Music in a magic show
Message: Posted by: cafeinst (May 12, 2013 05:39PM)
I used to use music, using a tape recorder, in my magic show when I was a teenager at the beginning of my show with lots of quick flashy tricks. Then I would talk and do magic with talking.

Getting back into magic as an adult, I'm not sure whether to use music or not. I've seen shows that don't use music that go very well.

What do you think?
Message: Posted by: longhaired1 (May 12, 2013 09:11PM)
Look at some of Copperfield's videos on Youtube and check out how he mixes background music with narration. Of course someone can create a compelling magic act without music, but I don't see the point in eliminating such a powerful tool from your theatrical arsenal.
Message: Posted by: scottds80 (May 12, 2013 11:17PM)
Magic is based on emotions. There is music for ANY emotion you want to create. Music is a powerful tool in magic and life in general, I encourage you to keep developing it as part of your show.
Message: Posted by: tommy (May 13, 2013 02:27AM)
Music is magical!

Speakng as an amateur: Use all the tricks of the theatre. Use whatever fits the bill. However the effect is everything and all ought to be geared towards it. On does not want anything to distract or drown the magic effect.
Message: Posted by: Ken Northridge (May 14, 2013 07:47AM)
Music can be used in many ways and I never do a show without it. Mr. Caféinst, I used to use a tape recorder too with Radio Shack on/off remote. Check out the stuff on this site and you'll realize there's tons of great stuff you can do with music and sound effects these days, all by remote control!

http://www.ceswebsite.com/

Have fun!
Message: Posted by: cafeinst (May 28, 2013 08:36PM)
I'm thinking about using the theme song to the 1980's TV show "The Greatest American Hero" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Q3orQhEcA "Believe it or not I'm walking on air" to be played with my Zombie routine. That's what I did when I was a kid. I had put a tape recorder up to my TV set in recorded the theme when it came on TV. The quality of the recording wasn't the greatest, but it worked. The time of the song was perfect.

But today I'm living in the 21st century and am willing to pay to use better quality music. How do I buy the rights to use this song in my show?

Any other suggestions for music with Zombie?
Message: Posted by: scottds80 (May 28, 2013 11:19PM)
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On 2013-05-28 21:36, Caféinst wrote:
I'm thinking about using the theme song to the 1980's TV show "The Greatest American Hero" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Q3orQhEcA "Believe it or not I'm walking on air" to be played with my Zombie routine. That's what I did when I was a kid. I had put a tape recorder up to my TV set in recorded the theme when it came on TV. The quality of the recording wasn't the greatest, but it worked. The time of the song was perfect.

But today I'm living in the 21st century and am willing to pay to use better quality music. How do I buy the rights to use this song in my show?

Any other suggestions for music with Zombie?
[/quote]

There's a ton of info on the topic of using copyrighted music, royalty free music and all that jazz. It's in the F/X section on TMC
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=183251&forum=11&93

It can get interesting dealing with what music to use. Have a good read!
Message: Posted by: vincentmusician (Feb 23, 2021 01:12AM)
There is lots of ways to use Music in you act. As background at the beginning and end of your show, for a Magic to Music Routine and as a background when performing with a routine while talking. I use Music in most of my Shows.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Feb 23, 2021 02:19PM)
Music is and can be a very powerful way to elicit emotional responses. Why would anyone eliminate it out of hand?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 4, 2021 06:14PM)
[quote]On May 28, 2013, Caféinst wrote:
I'm thinking about using the theme song to the 1980's TV show "The Greatest American Hero" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Q3orQhEcA "Believe it or not I'm walking on air" to be played with my Zombie routine. That's what I did when I was a kid. I had put a tape recorder up to my TV set in recorded the theme when it came on TV. The quality of the recording wasn't the greatest, but it worked. The time of the song was perfect.

But today I'm living in the 21st century and am willing to pay to use better quality music. How do I buy the rights to use this song in my show?

Any other suggestions for music with Zombie? [/quote]

arthur stead on this forum has some royalty free music especially for magic shows--different emotions, different moods...
He's on hiatus for now, but you might want to take a look at his website:
http://arthurstead.com/Products.htm