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edshern
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Has anyone performed magic for the blind one on one?
It would have to be something done verbally and in their hands.
If so what effect did you use.
psychod
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At one of the Magic Lives, there was a show with this exact theme. Each spectator was blindfolded and then led to a seat. A box with items in it was strapped to your leg and at various times, the performer would tell the audience to take a particular item out of the box and give directions as to what to do with it. It was a somewhat surreal experience but it did force you to think. I'm sorry but I can't remember the performer's name offhand.

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To understand how difficult is is for a sighted person to understand, notice how Psychod described the participants in the Magic Live program! (He called the participants, "spectators"!

My pal, the late Dennis Loomis, on a tour for National School Assemblies, about 20+ years ago, was booked in a school for deaf children. (Some states, out west, have boarding schools for deaf youngsters.) When he arrived, he learned that about half of the audience were blind.

The school provided a "signer" who would translate his patter. (I've done many similar schools.) The blind youngsters were seated behind the deaf kids. A teacher, would describe what Denny was doing, as the show progressed!

Many years ago, I donated my show to a summer camp that served handicapped kids. About a hundred kid attended. In the front row, a lad of about 12, sat next to another lad of about the same age. The first boy kept whispering to the second boy. After the show, I learned that the second kid was blind.
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Sorry I just saw this.

I was hired to do a birthday party for a young boy several years ago who was blind & (I think) autistic.
This was very 'tricky' because he was the only blind kid; the others kids in attendance all could see. So not only did I have to entertain & make the blind boy feel special (because of his birthday) but I also had to entertain the other kids. This was one of my biggest challenges.

The show went over great, as the parents (who were doctors besides) loved it!

If you want, I can look through my file cabinet & track down the tricks that I performed.

Mark
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Please note that "blind" does not mean that a person is completely without sight. Vision impairment covers an entire range of restrictions.
A person may be "legally blind" and still be able to observe some magic effects quite well.

So, for the OP - determine the "limits of visual perceptions" before trying to select appropriate effects.

the adage "know your audience" always applies.

Now, it would seem prudent for the performing magician to have an effect or two prepared for many "other than normal" situations.

As Marqus indicated, the real issue how to perform for a mixed audience with varying degrees of sightedness.

edshern did say "one on one," but there may be others observing as well. If that person is totally blind, who made the arrangements to hire you?

For example, say you are exploring performing for an Assisted Living Center. The manager expresses concern because, "many of their residents don't see very well."
What do you offer to get the job?

You are table hopping and a man approaches saying, "I love magic and would like to have you come to our table. But, my daughter has a visual problem and is upset by any sudden movements. Do you have any tricks where she can handle the objects first and she can see them up close?" Are you prepared?

My point is that how you handle the situation of blindness may be more important than "what" you perform for the individual.

My wife is very visually impaired and loves magic effects. She does not have to see everything that is going on in order to have a magical experience.
One night I was performing Linking RIngs at the request of a guest. My wife could see that I was moving my arms and caught flashes of light,
but could not "see" the rings joining and separating. But she could imagine these events. Later she was able to describe in fine detail what I had done
to another friend. She knew where every moment of magic was based on the reactions of the other guests.

She never wants to know how an effect was done, and does not understand why anyone would.
She likes embracing impossible things. Being blind can have advantages.
"the more one pretends at magic, the more awe and wonder will be found in real life." Arnold Furst



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There's some wonderful posts in this section. Thank you.
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