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I wish I could control my feelings, Ado Smile. Though I can, perhaps, more easily control what I choose to watch and think about ...
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Watch as much live magic as you can. View the performances not only as entertainment but also as a learning experience. There is something to be learned in every performance that you see. Sometimes it is an effect that you would like to master. Sometimes it is a method of audience control. Sometimes it is just a line from the presentation that you may want to use some day. Sometimes, too, it is how not to do something.

1KJ said to think about your character. Great advice, even if your character is you. You need to know what types of tricks or effects will work for you and your performance venues. I love to watch Gregory Wilson perform and many of his effects are outstanding but my personality is not conducive to successful performance of his effects.

Work at what you like. No one can do it all. Most of all, PLEASE do not confuse method with effect. The simplest of methods are often the most deceptive.
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Probably the best I have ever heard on developing a character was from Jonathan Levit in his DVD "Ahead of the Game". He says his character is the person he would be without any inhibitions. I really like that because you are not creating a character that is so foreign to you that it never feels comfortable. For example, there is a magician (name escapes me) who wears a dragon costume. I just can't imagine going to the 1000th performance in a hot, sweaty dragon costume. On the other hand, Jonathan gets to be the version of himself that he really would like to be, but can't be in the "real" world. Also, it is so easy to develop that role, just one step at a time.

AGMagic said to watch as much live magic as you can. YES.

Check out Chris Mayhew. In his At the Table Live Lecture, he really shows his character, based in large part on who he is, and what he enjoys. He sort of plays the role of a "Terrible Wizard". Check him out.

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I will check him out ... Terrible Wizard is, of course, a play on words Smile
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Yes, frankly, I like the name. I think you could really put on a great show, especially a comedy act.
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Cheers .. Smile.
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