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I just thought of this theory/question as I was reading a topic right below this one (at least for now it is below me ;P).

How should a magician, especially a street magician (Angel/Blaine-esque), establish so-called "rapport" with a small audience? Is it all a big mind game that he must play on a few people, or does it really establish something special for the five minutes that your are performing or them?

I'm asking because I've never really had trouble making firends, but I've always but sort-of........stage-shy. Kinda...I think I know how to amaze and entertain an audience. But, then again, doesn't every magician think they know how to do that?

Two years ago, when I was a high-school freshman, my English teacher knew how to get people on his side right away. He knew his students' personalities inside and out...and he still does. The thing is, all of his students really liked him. Sometimes, he woud spend half the class period just joking around with us. And it wasn't sub-par comedy, it actually meant something. However, he is one of the best teahcers at the school. It was no doubt my hardest class, but no doubt my favorite.

The point is, how can I learn to run an audience like that and get them on my side? I just think that would be beneficial to me as a performer, and them as audience members who gt to enjoy my talent. Just post your thoughts...I love reading your guys' comments, even if they compltely make fun of me Smile

EDIT: Oh yeah, just to let you guys know...

I'm so excited cuz my first paid gig is coming up on Saturday from 12-5. I'm getting paid $50. I'm just so excited...I'll let you guys know how I do.
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Be positive. Make sure you have lots of energy for the show. Project love to the audience. Be confident and aware. Watch and learn from the great comedians. Vary your voice and mean what you are saying. Don't just race through the patter. Learn to have fun because before you know it the show will be over.
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Look your audience in the eyes and talk to them not at them. Make them feel comfortable and part of the performance by engaging with them. Ask them questions, really listen to their answers and get them involved.

Strive to make your performance more about getting to know your audience and making them feel comfortable with you than the performance of magic. When the magic is over you want them to remember you first and the magic second. Just like you remember your teacher’s personality above all other aspects of the class. You wanted to be around him and in his class because he interacted with you on a genuine level. Do the same with your friends and spectators and you will see the attraction in their eyes and their expressions?

Of course to do this well, you will need to know your magic cold. Practice your magic so that it becomes second nature, then your personality will partner naturally with the magic giving your audience an experience they will remember for a long time.
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According to the eulogy delivered at his funeral, Abraham Lincoln was once asked if he thought God was on “our” side. Lincoln replied that it was “my constant anxiety and prayer that both myself and this nation should be on the Lord's side.”

You might consider the same thinking for your next performance. Put yourself on the audience’s side, and they are very likely to side with you. When you become genuinely concerned for your audience’s comfort, enjoyment, and entertainment (as opposed to “How do I look”, “Did I fool you”, or “Watch what I can do”), the audience will sense your sincerity and actually begin rooting for your success.

Even if I completely blow an effect (it does happen) the crowd doesn’t laugh at me. Instead they eagerly wait for me to pull it back together and amaze them some more. It’s an incredible symbiosis, and it begins when I take the focus off of me.
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