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There you go... see? Now that rocks! Eric published his presentation word for word. (At least it looks to me like word for word). Yes yes. Great read. It's important information. After he gave this talk is when I decided I had better buy his book.

Dangit... I should have had him sign it.

I hope some of the other presenters do something like this, but understand if they don't.
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On 2010-03-30 18:30, Craig Ousterling wrote:
...I hope some of the other presenters do something like this....


Yeah, like Weber's prolific quote, "whoever has the best story wins...." That has truly changed the way I think about magic.
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Weber should give an all day seminar by himself. Every time he makes a convention appearance, which is rare, we see a glimpse of greatness. Both he and Eric rock.
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I talk to magicians about this stuff all the time and all the time that I spend talking to them I'm thinking, all they want to do is see a trick..

Most pro magicians have a tendency to call themselves entertainers, and that's what they are..., using magic as a tool to entertain..., it's an extension of them..., and what they want to be viewed as...

lay audiences don't care about magic all that much, they care about being entertained.

I just watched American Idol..., don't laugh, and usher was on and he kept saying over and over... connect with your audience....make them feel something...

Copperfield when he did the little boy and the snow storm..., the audience felt something. He could have stood up there and have snow come out of his hand, but that's not what he did at all..., he told this story that made his audience feel something....

Cellini used to say this to me all the time, "make them like you."

Gazzo, when he's insulting someone on the audience..., everyone in that audience is feeling something..., good or bad and mostly good... laughter, anger..., something, ...tricks make them feel like fools, bad about themselves, but magic and the surprise of magic is a wonderful thing... a coin vanishes... it's gone... do this a few times and your those watching may just feel stupid..., but take the coin and have it end up in your eye, like Card To Mouth they are feeling something other than stupid..., they are feeling surprise and that's what magic is supposed to do, surprise and entertain. It has so little to do with you and so much to do with who you are and the emotion that you are making them feel....

Sorry for my rambling..., I really like Eric Mead..., he's a pro who knows.

Kozmo


Posted: Mar 30, 2010 11:21pm
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Sorry it has so much to do with you and who you are as a performer..., misspoke.
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On 2010-03-30 17:17, Eric Jones wrote:
http://ericmead.org/MeadWeb/Blog/Entries......Con.html

Well worth your attention.

Eric, thank you for posting this. I was watching a clip of Eric mead performing today and thought, "I need to post about this guy and what a genius he is."

And..., here you have.

And Koz gave his generous time to sum up the valuable lesson for us all!

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For those interested in exploring more of this line of thinking and see an example of how one close up performer has developed his on-stage character go to The Magic Newswire's interview with Jon Armstrong recorded last year.

Armstrong discusses how he developed his performing persona and gives examples of other performers who have well defined stage characters (Mac King: 'smarter than his audience thinks he is, Max Maven: A CAD who knows it all).

His own is sort of a young university professor on the first day of class who is constantly flustered. He also goes into the intent & theme of the character, talking about a main theme and then more subtle layers embedded within.

The interview goes about an hour & twenty minutes but is well worth the time simply because you can listen to Armstrong's examples then put in a DVD or watch a performance clip and see the examples he discusses.
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On 2010-03-30 18:47, Eric Jones wrote:
Yeah, like Weber's prolific quote, "whoever has the best story wins...." That has truly changed the way I think about magic.


And Kenner told that story about the kid on the pirate island... man had me in tears laughing so much. Great story!

All of the speakers at Magic Con were really really really great. Looking forward to next year and hoping its still going to be West coast.
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Eric Mead is a fantastic thinker. As are you Mr. Jones.

Thanks for posting this, glad I stumbled across it. I was supposed to go to Magic Con with my friend Asi but unfortunately wasnt in my budget Smile Next year it is.

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On 2010-03-30 18:30, Craig Ousterling wrote:
...I hope some of the other presenters do something like this....


Yeah, like Weber's prolific quote, "whoever has the best story wins...." That has truly changed the way I think about magic.


And slowly, ever so slowly another sleight of hand guy's attention drifts away from his clever hands and into the twilight regions of the imagination... toward the door to the room in magic some call "bizarre".

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Anybody know if there's a Rosetta Stone out there for Townsend-speak?
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On 2010-04-01 11:50, Andrew Musgrave wrote:
Anybody know if there's a Rosetta Stone out there for Townsend-speak?

Have a few drinks and try it again. You may not understand any more but it's way more entertaining.
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On 2010-03-31 20:40, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
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On 2010-03-30 18:47, Eric Jones wrote:
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On 2010-03-30 18:30, Craig Ousterling wrote:
...I hope some of the other presenters do something like this....


Yeah, like Weber's prolific quote, "whoever has the best story wins...." That has truly changed the way I think about magic.


And slowly, ever so slowly another sleight of hand guy's attention drifts away from his clever hands and into the twilight regions of the imagination... toward the door to the room in magic some call "bizarre".

Come, say hello to the legendary Mr. Placebo. Meet the Fables. You can bring your own baggage or acquire new baggage along the way.


Look! Not here; over by the bar. Is that Juan Tamariz chatting with Thalia, Melete and Mneme? (How amusing...)
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When I first saw this thread, I knew I wanted to read it fully when I had time, which was just a few moments ago. A very interesting and thought-provoking article by Mr. Mead. One thing I know for sure, my stuff is not at all that tight, and it needs to be. Much thanks to you, Mr. Jones, for bringing that to light. You da man!

Jim

p.s. Ian and I are definitely having some sessions on that topic, and soon!
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On 2010-04-01 11:50, Andrew Musgrave wrote:
Anybody know if there's a Rosetta Stone out there for Townsend-speak?


Translated here: Magic loses another of it's greatest exponents to (the existential and heavy?) mental stuff.

Waters
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Anybody know if there's a Rosetta Stone out there for Townsend-speak?


Townsend’s writing reminds me of Tom Robbins.

Brilliant and challenging; Townsend’s writing feels like multi-colored fireworks in the mind.

I am a fan.
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I think it’s a part of project MKULTRA they forgot to close down.
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I think it’s a part of project MKULTRA they forgot to close down.


Sorry no on that one. Same for the rumor that Angleton has me posting recruitment tests.
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