The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » New to magic? » » Effect verses Trick. Terminology help? (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

DaleTrueman
View Profile
Veteran user
Australia
315 Posts

Profile of DaleTrueman
Hi,

if there is an existing topic or site on this please let me know, I have searched and not found.

I'm interested in the terminology used in magic. An example being effect or trick? Is there a difference between the two or is one considered more correct than the other?

Another word I saw in a thread was gaff. I can make a guess at what it meant by the context but if anyone has the time to explain a few words that novices like myself might not be familiar with, I would be very greatful.
alfvallarta
View Profile
New user
Mexico City
12 Posts

Profile of alfvallarta
"Effect" is used to explain the consequence of an action, if I am not wrong on this. What ye look for is not only do "a trick" but to create an effect on both yer hands and the spectator's mind. Of course I'm somewhat new and can be wrong.

Gaff is (I do hope the following is not exposure) a tricked prop in order to accomplish an effect.
There are no facts, only interpretations.

-Friedrich Nietzsche-
pradell
View Profile
Special user
Alaska
559 Posts

Profile of pradell
From The Magician's Dictionary, i.e.

http://www.glossarycentral.com/magic/

EFFECT
The intended and perceived outcome of a magic trick or illusion. What the spectator thinks he or she sees happening.

GAFF
See gimmick.

GIMMICK
An object that appears natural but has been altered to create a magical effect. For example: a box with a secret compartment, or a specially printed playing card. Sometimes called a gaff.

:magicrabbit:
funsway
View Profile
Inner circle
old things in new ways - new things in old ways
9002 Posts

Profile of funsway
There have been several discussion on the Café' about the difference between a gaff and gimmick in the minds of most performers. Also 'feke' Do a serch on any of these and enjoy the journey. Many have a more expanded view of 'effect' and 'trick' as well.e.g. 'trick' equalling the skeleton and 'effect' being the flesh, with 'make-up and cloths' added in presentation.

It is good that you enquire as to the difference -- but it may be unique to each author or performer.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst



eBooks at Lybrary.com * questions at funsway@eversway.com
DaleTrueman
View Profile
Veteran user
Australia
315 Posts

Profile of DaleTrueman
Thanks all, the glossary is very helpful.

Funsway the skeleton and flesh metaphor is a good one. I was just thinking something similar. It had occured to me that perhaps a trick is simply the mechanics whilst the effect is the overall performance.
Mr. Mystoffelees
View Profile
Inner circle
I haven't changed anyone's opinion in
3621 Posts

Profile of Mr. Mystoffelees
Agree with funsway, but to me, an effect is what I like to use instead of "trick" which just sounds second rate. An illusion is a large, stage effect. Beside, "trick" has already been reserved by the ladies of the night...
Also known, when doing rope magic, as "Cordini"
DaleTrueman
View Profile
Veteran user
Australia
315 Posts

Profile of DaleTrueman
Haha Mandarin, yes I guess telling people I have being doing tricks on the street downtown might give some the wrong impression Smile
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » New to magic? » » Effect verses Trick. Terminology help? (0 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2021 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.08 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL