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Certain churches/faiths LOVE magic. Safe ones are:

Cyberqat
As the spouse of an Episcopal priest to be, let me chime in here.


I appreciate this info, guys. Much of my audience comes from local churches and I am constantly thinking about "comfort levels" and appropriateness for each setting. My own church (an independant) probably sits on the border; while the church itself might be ok with "Performance Magic" for a youth group or church picnic, some of the members would not come.


Satellite: (some good advice up there)

You should be learning to make your own gimmicks. Think of it as a life skill with immediate payouts. One of my earliest Magic memories involves cutting the corners off of cards to tape them onto other cards. Still doing it (making gimmicks, just not that particular trick)!

As far as parents go, you have to follow their direction, but as long as they have no objections, I wouldn’t worry about them laughing at you. Remember they’ve known you longer than you’ve known yourself. They’ve seen you try this or that new thing with varying degrees of commitment or success, and they know your history. Give them time; when they see your dedication, and maybe even get fooled a couple times, their attitudes may change.

And don’t worry about expanding your trick “collection”. Dai Vernon has been misquoted so frequently that most don’t know the actual words used, but the general thought was, “Find one effect and learn to do it better than anyone else”. While you probably can’t survive on one just one trick (unless you’re Al Goshman), you don’t need a warehouse full of props to be great.

You’ve got enough sleights to do some serious entertaining; be sure to spend some time working on presentation. Watch videos of the two Blackstones and compare their styles. Dad was a down to earth, “common man” who engaged the entire audience. Junior was a polished gentleman who engaged the entire audience.

Look at Lance Burton, the current head of the Royal Dynasty. Whether he’s vanishing a stealth bomber, kissing the girl and making her vanish, or just sitting on the edge of the stage with a brandy snifter full of Petey, his mouse assistant, he draws in the entire crowd, making every member of the audience feel like he’s there just for them.

Too often we get wrapped up in technique and trappings and forget that the only thing we need for Magic to happen is the willing mind of an audience.
...what if I could read your mind?

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"Too often we get wrapped up in technique and trappings and forget that the only thing we need for Magic to happen is the willing mind of an audience."

that's should be engraved somewhere... like maybe on all our foreheads Smile

A good technician impresses other technicians. A good *performer* impresses everybody Smile
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