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Topic: What kind of magician am I?
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Aug 2, 2004 02:41PM)
I'm not really new to magic, but I'm new to these forums. I see that people tend to categorize their acts and I'd like to do the same, but I can't figure out what kind of category I most fit into. The reason that I want to do this is so that I know which areas of the forum to read first, which ones do acts that are most like mine and with which I have the most in common, n'est pas?

OK, here's a typical act, of course I often change it up, especially if it's for tykes, etc., but if I'm doing a corporate gig it's pretty much like this - and in this order.

Torn and restored card
Classic force with a snap change for a kicker.
Scotch and Soda, Centavo under the selected card.
Hummingbird card on that card.
Chop cup
Cups and balls
Sponge balls
Multiplying Sponge balls
ball to giant square
Nite Flite
Zombie

If there's a guest of honor I do some things with him, pen through $20, float his $20, D'Lite coming out of his ears, etc.

I do my routine sort of fast, and I may add or leave out a few things depending on my time available and how the audience responds (lots of applause and laughter and I leave out the Nite Flite and the Zombie)

So, what would you call me, besides a work-a-holic?
Message: Posted by: jsmagus (Aug 2, 2004 03:27PM)
Sounds to me like a combination of close up and walk around. Maybe a little cabaret. I wouldn't try to catagorize myself if I were you ( unless you are doing a special feild like mentalism or escapeology) Just do what you do and call yourself a magician!
Message: Posted by: mattisdx (Aug 2, 2004 08:30PM)
Yea, I'm gonna have to go with close up :D
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Aug 2, 2004 11:07PM)
I guess close up is the closest (so to speak) of course the zombie is stage but it's my least used effect.
Message: Posted by: prettylady1990 (Aug 3, 2004 04:36AM)
I think you are a close up worker
Message: Posted by: irossall (Aug 3, 2004 05:07AM)
Although most of your stuff is close-up, you do have a couple of item's that would work well on the stage. I would call you a Parlour Magician.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Aug 3, 2004 09:51AM)
I know it's easier said than done, but don't worry about catagorizing yourself. Follow your interests and in the end they will show you what you are. Besides, would it be so bad if you were something different? Something not held down by a catagory?
Message: Posted by: Darko (Aug 3, 2004 12:44PM)
Close-up magician.
Message: Posted by: irossall (Aug 3, 2004 01:08PM)
On second thought you look like a Cowboy. You are a Cowboy Magician. :cowboy:
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Aug 3, 2004 09:34PM)
I am definitely a cowboy magician. I'm from Austin!

Here's a funny story, happened to me a couple of years ago. I was travelling from Austin to DisneyWorld for a gig. I was performing at the Disney Swan hotel. I had a performance just before I caught my plane so I was in costume. I stopped at the restaurant on my way to check in and had lunch. After lunch I wandered over to the cashier to pay and realized I only had 100 dollar bills! I figured, this is a resort, they can make change.

The cashier asked me, and I quote, "Sir, do you have anything smaller?"

I just stared at her. Here was an opportunity that I was NOT going to pass up!

I leaned back, affected my very best Texas drawl, put one finger under the brim of my hat and pushed it to the back of my head.

"Ma'am, I don't know if you noticed the fine beaver-fur Stetson or the string tie. Even though my solid silver belt buckle is the size of one of you dinner plate, it might have escaped your attention. My handmade Lucchese boots might be entirely out of your range of vision and you might not even know what this here duster is, but Ma'am..." pause for effect "You see, I'm from Texas and well, we just ain't well known for having things that are smaller."

Oh yeah, I'm a showman.
Message: Posted by: irossall (Aug 4, 2004 05:16AM)
Great story. :lol: I did hold my breath a little while reading your tale but you kept it clean and humorous. I would have loved to been standing there at the time.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: Frostgale (Aug 4, 2004 05:47AM)
Heh ,try street magic the attitude will help you... ;)

Alex
Message: Posted by: aamwood (Aug 4, 2004 08:35PM)
I run my own business and make living from it. I really love magic and always keep the secret for myself without letting everbody else know the secret. I usually spend about $ 100 every month to buy magic tricks or DVDs. But.... I really seldom show the magic to my friends, I just enjoy practicing it :) SO I am not a magician I quess :(

I wonder a lot of times, why should I keep buying magic stuffs if I seldom show it ? May be I just want to learn the secret. But magic is always my interest, it is just about showing it to public is the problem.
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Aug 4, 2004 08:37PM)
Aamwood, I don't think that I would go so far as to say you are not a magician, but you probably aren't a showman.
Message: Posted by: abc (Aug 5, 2004 01:45AM)
I don't know many magicians who can truly classify themselves as a certain type of magician. Max Maven for instance is a mentalist and he does only that(mostly) but I suggest you read as many forums as you can and find the forums you enjoy even if you don't do that "type" of magic.
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (Aug 5, 2004 08:36AM)
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On 2004-08-03 22:34, rikbrooks wrote:
"Ma'am, I don't know if you noticed the fine beaver-fur Stetson or the string tie. Even though my solid silver belt buckle is the size of one of you dinner plate, it might have escaped your attention. My handmade Lucchese boots might be entirely out of your range of vision and you might not even know what this here duster is, but Ma'am..." pause for effect "You see, I'm from Texas and well, we just ain't well known for having things that are smaller."
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What was her reaction?!
Message: Posted by: aamwood (Aug 5, 2004 11:38AM)
Rikbrooks, may be I am just a invisible magician :) LOL. Thank you for your comment :)
I just enjoy doing sleight of hands in card magic and making my own props ( I think it is an art ).
Message: Posted by: irossall (Aug 5, 2004 05:37PM)
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On 2004-08-05 12:38, aamwood wrote:
Rikbrooks, may be I am just a invisible magician :) LOL. Thank you for your comment :)
I just enjoy doing sleight of hands in card magic and making my own props ( I think it is an art ).
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I have not performed for the public since 1978 and that was just doing demo's in a Magic Shop. I have been a member of Ring 339 for a little over a year now and I still have not performed for the club yet (worried about 1st impressions) but plan to before the end of this year. I probably hold the record for being a non performing Ring member (how sad is that?).
Magic is a profession, hobby, pastime, diversion, art, therapy etc... not all Magician's perform for the public and I suppose many more than we will ever know are performing for themselves only. I have seen some "Professional" Magician's that were downright embarrasing and should go back home and do some serious practicing. I have also seen some very fine work by Magician's who have never performed for anyone but Family and close friends.
If you are happy with what you do and it sounds very much like you are, keep it up and yes, you are a Magician.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Aug 5, 2004 07:34PM)
I said something quite like that to my mentor, The Great Scott, when he wondered why I prefer sleights to gimmicks. I told him that I like the challenge of learning the sleight. I told him that I practice for enjoyment. I like the practice.

He said, "Then some of these effects are just for you? You never intend to show them?" I said probably not.

He smiled and said, "That's magical masturbation".

Well, nothing wrong with that, I guess.