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limhanchung
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Hello
I am working on an act where my character is required to wear gloves. In your opinion. do you think that wearing gloves will diminish the strength of a manipulation act?

Thank you.
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Not at all. It is a matter of it fitting your character and what you do with the gloves. gloves are like anything in magic, a mere prop. It is not the propthat makes the magic but the magician.

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My character is more of a assasin/fighter type and somehow the gloves just help to potray this character well. I am just wearing them as part of the costuming and has nothing to do at all with the effects I am doing.
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On 2006-05-28 12:09, limhanchung wrote:
Do you think that wearing gloves will diminish the strength of a manipulation act?


Actually the exact opposite is the truth. It makes most of the manipulations harder and the audience knows/feels it.
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I agree to disagree a bit on this one. Of course nothing personal at all Roland. You know I have your back my friend. =) The problem is that magicians know that wearing gloves makes the manipulations much harder to do and requires more training and skill. However, to an audience, if you do your manipulative magic well, then it is made to appear effortless.

The magician is in control of his or her environment. If the magician can pull a card out of thin air or vanish it, then why wouldn't he or she be able to do it with gloves on to?

Now you can force an audience into knowing that the gloves are harder, but then this requires you to change up your act so that you show emphasis on skill and the entire theme of the act is skilled based. With this idea and the use of pantomime, then wearing gloves can be conveyeed to the audience that it is harder to do so therefor should get a great applause.

I personally like to shy away from this approach and make my manipulative magic not so based entirely on skill alone. I like to interweave my manipulative magic with character, themes, transitional effects so that skill is not the focus of the act at all. In this way the manipulations I do help tell the story and should appear effortless in my hands by my character on stage.

I think the issue of wearing gloves really comes down to a matter of whether you feel that the gloves help tell your magic story better and help fit with the character. If at any time they do not help the act or help propel it forward, then they may need to come off and do something different. Everything in the act must make sense and have purpose for being there.

Just my food for thought is all.

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On 2006-05-28 12:16, limhanchung wrote:
My character is more of a assasin/fighter type and somehow the gloves just help to potray this character well.


Well difficult to use or not, not sure if they covered material or color, but I've always thought a villain with black leather gloves to be quite 'villainous'?

What will he do with those gloved hands? He is a villain isn't he?

You're so bad. Hehehehehe.
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Hehehe good point though. randy expressed that it is the character and what the character does that will give reason for using the gloves or not. If he wears gloves, then why and how can these gloves be used in context of your act? Something worth thinking about.

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I don't know if it is because ive been doing it for ages, but I now find gloved split-fans are actually easier because of the extra cover created. Sounds weird I know. I totally agree with Kyle that magic should appear effortless, you want the audience to relax and enjoy...
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Yeah, fans are easier with gloves, singles without. I'd say wear them because you gain so many advantages with loads. Ganson would walk on stage with 66 cards to produce without having to make any steals other than from the gloves.
Are you including the card sword?
Playing a killer do you really want the audience to relax? Wouldn't you prefer to keep them on the edge of their seats?
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