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RoyHolidayMagic
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Has anyone seen a magician performing where the magician did things that were completely out of place? Post them here. Here's mine.

I was at a Monday Night Magic show about a year ago. About 2 or 3 people were chatting at a BARELY AUDIBLE level off to the side of the theater. A well-known magician (one of the producers of Monday Night Magic) was performing. He turned to them, and at the top of his lungs, yelled "SHUT UP. THIS IS A MAGIC SHOW. YOU ARE NOT TO TALK. IF YOU WANT TO TALK GO OUTSIDE." I will not mention his name, but those who have seen this person perform almost surely know who I'm talking about. It doesn't matter how much people are talking, a performing magician should NEVER lose his temper at an audience like that. If anyone in the audience at that point was saying "He is really good" (which he is. He is really, really good with cards), I guarantee you their train of thought turned to "Boy that man's a jacka**. He should learn how to control himself and how to handle an audience."

I would also like to take this time to talk about magicians who are hypocrites. All the time you hear the rant of "never steal lines, jokes, etc." The best magicians I have seen steal lines. If I hear a line that works for my act or a particular trick, I use it. As a matter of fact, the man I was talking about earlier in the post always says "don't steal lines." On the other hand, one of his colleagues (and fellow producer of Monday Night Magic) that I saw performing used a line that was said by Jay Leno on his show on national TV. Now, "I'm not a big time slick city lawyer," but I highly doubt that Leno's writers are stealing from a little magician on an off-broadway show. They have too much on their hands as it is that they don't have to worry about legal battles with a sideshow performer. The fact is, no matter what line you use, chances are it was NOT heard by your audience unless it is from a popular movie or TV show (needless to say, most people don't watch Leno...11:35 isn't exactly a prime timeslot).

I was just wondering what you think about the above 2 issues.
Monte
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I have actually seen a magician grab, and I mean grab, a child on the arm and yank him literally off the stage because he was jumping around on stage. What an embarrassment to our art (and that guy's future as a magician trying to book gigs) This is really sad. A magician, as you said Roy, should never lose his cool no matter the circumstance.
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indridcold
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Yes, children are very, very sensitive, and saying small things can really upset them at that age. Even doing little magic jokes can embarrass them alot. Be careful with em.
Mark Rough
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Issue #1: I think anything screamed in an English accent is funny. Maybe this was over the top though.

Issue #2: I was at one of the smaller conventions summer and found that one of the higher, shall we say "ranked", magicians performing used several well known lines from some rather well known (and I mean well known to the public) magicians. He does some great magic, and I really like his effects, but this really ruined his presentation for me at least.

It seems to me that if we're going to spend so much time learning effects we should probably spend as much time coming up with original presentations. I'm not an inventor. I use published effects that others have come up with. But I spend the time to create presentations and scripts that are mine.

That being said, I understand how easy it is to happen. Sometimes lines sneak into our minds and we don't consciously know it's happening.

Sorry if I'm sounding especially harsh this morning. I left my glasses at home and am working on a tremendous headache right now.

Mark
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On 2003-08-02 01:41, RoyHolidayMagic wrote:
He turned to them, and at the top of his lungs, yelled "SHUT UP. THIS IS A MAGIC SHOW. YOU ARE NOT TO TALK. IF YOU WANT TO TALK GO OUTSIDE."


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I think this man's outburst was deplorable, and his manners were atrocious. I don't see how he can call himself a magician, he's more like an orangatan, if you ask me. Just makes all the rest of us look bad. Shame on his head.

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