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Mike.Hankins
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On 2010-01-28 12:47, Lawrence O wrote:
There is no argument there.
A very strong script is indeed only a starting point for a proper emotional communication. It's a fact however that 90% (at least) of the magicians don't have a script at all and confuse plot and script. Can you figure out a comedian in a theater that would claim communicating with his audience without a good script and a text that they are totally familiar with? Do you seriously believe that people like Seinfeld improvise? Does it prevents them from communicating?

Since you said that you would bite, allow me to ask you a question now that you have your teeth on the steak at stake (pun intended in the script). Can you, here, pitch the script of three of your tricks? I'm willing to live up to the challenge any time for twice as many tricks as you pitch and you will see honestly if such very structured scripts (elaborated and polished up over decades) don't open to properly designed communication with a magician's audience.


Actually, there are quite a few well-known stand up comedians who did some of their best work while improvising...

Jim Carrey in his early stand up years, Robin Williams, and Mitch Hedburg are just a few who come to mind. (I know this because I used to teach improvisational acting and sketch comedy writing.)

While I do agree that a strong script can lead to a strong performance, I do think that one should also look at learning how to improvise their routine in the event that something should go wrong.

Often times I have seen really great magicians begin a routine and then something goes not as planned or even as rehearsed...and they have followed so closely to their script that they end up looking so terrible that it is appalling. (We are supposed to rehearse all the way through, even if we drop cards, or fumble a line, I know....)

I personally like to have 3-4 ways to perform the same effect. One of them is always silent, because my regular gig is performing behind a bar and sometimes there is too much going on to be able to speak a word. Other times I have enough quiet around me to talk all I want. And then I have the opportunity to show stumbling idiots who are on their 47th shot of Jager an effect...which if that is a case, I will generally improvise.

Just my $2.98 worth...

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Feras,
I didn’t attack you. The reason you were puzzled about what I thought regarding your comments on interaction with the audience is because I had nothing to say about that. My comments were about learning. One of the problems with the Café is that kids read stuff like what you wrote and assume that YouTube can teach them magic. It can’t.

You said you’re “extensively studied” Wonder’s performance on YouTube. I tried to explain that you are mistaken if you think watching video of his work is in some way equivalent to study. You wouldn’t say you’d “studied” carpentry because you'd looked at a lot of houses.

Wonder's magic reminds me of the guy who was looking at the Mississippi Delta, and said "Wow. that's a BIG river!"

"Yep. And you're only seeing the top of it."

I didn’t suggest you couldn’t learn something from watching him perform, only that you can’t claim to understand his work without reading what he himself had to say about it.

The stuff that makes magic work is hidden, and without someone explaining why choices were made it’s unlikely that you’ll guess. If it was that easy everybody would be as good as Wonder was.
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On 2010-01-30 03:17, wsduncan wrote:
I didn’t suggest you couldn’t learn something from watching him perform, only that you can’t claim to understand his work without reading what he himself had to say about it.

There has been a misunderstanding, I used the wrong words which ultimately made a wrong impression about my knowledge of Wonder's material. I agree with you.

*hands off a virtual cookie*. Thanks for taking time to respond.

With love, cookies and tea
~ Feras
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Feras,
We're good. Apparently I need to make more judicious use of these things:
:)

In an attempt to get this thread back on topic, does anyone do Left Turn on Cactus? It seems like a great layman trick, but it's darn tough.
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Not as it was designed, but between each of the revelations and the initial cutting technique, there's five things in there that are worth individual consideration. There's one technique in particular I've gotten a LOT of mileage from, and I keep forgetting to force a couple of buddies of mine to replace the techniques they're currently using with stuff in this routine.
JACK, the Jolly Almanac of Card Knavery, a free card magic resource for beginners.
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These are great dvds for learning magic. Period. Great tricks, great teaching. And there is something you rarely see on a dvd- Paul screws up one of the tricks (Devilish Princess.) Then instead of reshooting, he uses it as a teaching moment on how to recover from a mistake. How's that for arrogant? Paul is an egoless, dedicated creator and teacher of magic.

--Frank
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On 2013-06-30 17:04, Frankm6 wrote:
Paul is an egoless, dedicated creator and teacher of magic.




:applause: Smile Smile

Agreed!. Anyone that watched his recent Penguin lecture could clearly see that.
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I enjoy Paul. He is UNIQUE in his performing approach; reminds me very much of Bro. Hamman, whom many "flashy" performers, IMO, would not appreciate. Would love to have this DVD set.
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Anyone use paul wilsons ring on wand for close up, I may buy the dvd, although I am not a fan of card routines.
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